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by Blood
Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Want to help Corsair build the [quietest] case ever?
Replies: 44
Views: 20125

Re: Want to help Corsair build the best silent case ever?

George, I am surprised to see you here. As a silentpc enthusiast, I appreciate your attention the matter and willingness to do something different. I have tried the Corsair 550D and here are my opinions on the areas where the case was lacking (I think the case is a bit compromised) 1) Restricted fro...
by Blood
Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1
Replies: 46
Views: 26080

Re: Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1

dan wrote: is ultimate worth getting over home basic?
I am assuming you meant Home Premium. If you are asking, the answer is probably No.

The only thing you will be missing are:
1) Bit-locker
2) Remote Desktop Connection
3) Support for 17GB+ RAM
by Blood
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How good was IBM OS/2 in 90s
Replies: 14
Views: 6700

Re: How good was IBM OS/2 in 90s

pc tools? Whoa.... Throwback... I remember using it a lot, but don't remember why.... that predated OS/2, Win 95 though. OS/2 shares most in common with Windows NT. Remember of course that it wasn't until Windows 2000 that Windows NT was really ready for the everyday user. That was OS/2's biggest p...
by Blood
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1
Replies: 46
Views: 26080

Re: Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1

My preference is Win 7 in a desktop setup.
by Blood
Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:12 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1
Replies: 46
Views: 26080

Re: Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1

does start 8 make it exactly like win 7? will it work for 8.1? Start8 Makes it almost exactly like win 7. You will have the exact same start Menu back. You can click one button to shutdown, you can disable metro start menu / hot corners. What Start8 doesn't do is recreate UI that doesn't exist in w...
by Blood
Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1
Replies: 46
Views: 26080

Re: Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1

1) Yes it boots faster, but only because it uses a hybrid boot. Essentially the internal Windows processes use hibernate all the time, but the drivers start up like they would on a cold boot. hiberfil.sys is by default 75% of physical RAM, so on an average PC that's 6GB of HDD/SSD space used up, al...
by Blood
Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:05 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1
Replies: 46
Views: 26080

Re: Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1

Windows 8's biggest complain can be fixed by purchasing start 8, but then, it's still an odd bag. Assuming, you purchase start 8, which addresses the UI concerns, my opinion remain mixed, and the pros and cons are Pros 1) Fast boot-up. This is especially true if you are a power user with multiple pe...
by Blood
Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Mini-ITX enclosure for 2 or more 3.5" HDDs in suspensions?
Replies: 19
Views: 11659

Re: Mini-ITX enclosure for 2 or more 3.5" HDDs in suspension

2. Is there any other way of mounting the 3.5" HDDs in suspensions that does not require 5.25" slots? For example I know some enclosures have mounting strips that you attach to the HDD and then slide it into the slot. See e.g.: http://www.pcper.com/image/view/22475?return=node%2F56969 If you do not...
by Blood
Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Mini-ITX enclosure for 2 or more 3.5" HDDs in suspensions?
Replies: 19
Views: 11659

Re: Mini-ITX enclosure for 2 or more 3.5" HDDs in suspension

Getting a bit off topic eh? I think the discussion is getting a bit theoretical. Whether the demand exist or not, the bottom line is that there is not many ITX cases with 2x 5.25 drive slots. ---------------------------------------------------------------- If you are interested enough and willing to...
by Blood
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:45 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Corsair Link Cooling kit and similar, any recent experience?
Replies: 7
Views: 4768

Re: Corsair Link Cooling kit and similar, any recent experie

Aquacomputer is a German based company, so (since you are in Sweden) it's probably more cost effective for you. I had to pay Germany -> US shipping.
by Blood
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Corsair Link Cooling kit and similar, any recent experience?
Replies: 7
Views: 4768

Re: Corsair Link Cooling kit and similar, any recent experie

There are 2 other options.

1) Aquacomputer Aquero 5 LT uses voltage control (I am using this kit. It takes some time to setup, but works very well).
2) Koolance TMS-205 has one channel of voltage control (if memory serves me right), and a dozen more PWM channels.
by Blood
Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet gaming rig
Replies: 3
Views: 1756

Re: Quiet gaming rig

If aesthetics is not of utmost concern, I will recommend the PS07 over TJ08.

The PS07 (also cheaper) could be more quiet than the TJ08 if you fit it with quiet fans. Personally, I am not impressed by any of the 180mm fans out there.
by Blood
Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:24 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: SilverStone Fortress FT04 Tower
Replies: 8
Views: 4676

Re: SilverStone Fortress FT04 Tower

What a strange case....
by Blood
Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice needed on components for Lian Li PC-Q08 Haswell build
Replies: 8
Views: 3128

Re: Advice needed on components for Lian Li PC-Q08 Haswell b

*Only Silverstone has two modular PSUs 140mm deep, but they aren't spcr reviewed an no other review goes into any detail concerning noise level so no recommendation here (550W model is electrically good). They even have *gasp* a short cable set. I couldn't get an extra cable for my Seasonic at any ...
by Blood
Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is it just me or is this review lame
Replies: 4
Views: 2193

Re: Is it just me or is this review lame

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/best-heat-sink-haswell,review-32733-22.html Personally I found it laughable that none of the testing was done with a noted room temperature and the degrees Celsius above room temp the CPU got to under XXX CPU cooler He did specific the temp as Celsius above room temp T...
by Blood
Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is Passive CPU Cooling Best for Silent Computing?
Replies: 48
Views: 90205

Re: Is Passive CPU Cooling Best for Silent Computing?

Is Passive CPU Cooling Best for Silent Computing? 2. Does the CPU HS fan only cool the CPU? The fan on a CPU heatsink has the task of cooling not only the CPU but also important components on the motherboard such as the NorthBridge chip and the Voltage Regulator Module (VRM) which powers the CPU an...
by Blood
Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is Passive CPU Cooling Best for Silent Computing?
Replies: 48
Views: 90205

Re: Is Passive CPU Cooling Best for Silent Computing?

CA_Steve wrote:
If you want to have fun with capacitor lifetime calculations, here's a calculator @ Vishay for tantalums.
Whoa... Thanks. Very helpful information.
by Blood
Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: USB powered external 3.5 enclosure
Replies: 11
Views: 5796

Re: USB powered external 3.5 enclosure

No, not even with a Y cable. Standard USB ports do not supply the 12V needed to power a standard desktop drive. A Y cable will allow for higher amperage, but still at 5 V. There is, technically a USB-PD (power delivery specification), but I am not aware of that implemented in any desktop computers o...
by Blood
Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: looking for 140mm PSU
Replies: 3
Views: 3186

Re: looking for 140mm PSU

Maybe not what you are looking for, but something you can consider.

That case is much easier to work with if you use a SFX power supply. This one is quite quiet, but falls behind larger PSU in terms of acoustics.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817151089
by Blood
Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec 620C of Corsair CX500M
Replies: 6
Views: 5037

Re: Antec 620C of Corsair CX500M

Maybe a picoPSU + external power brick will better suit your needs? 160-190W models can be found here in the US.
by Blood
Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building HTPC - Would appreciate feedback on parts
Replies: 7
Views: 2345

Re: Building HTPC - Would appreciate feedback on parts

Not sure if this is something you might consider. I found most HTPC, including the 12inch deep silverstone ones too deep, and went with an ASRock Vision HT barebone. The price seems to be within your range. It has a fan, but due to using a mobile chip couple with a rather deep blower fan, the system...
by Blood
Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Don't buy from NewEgg
Replies: 6
Views: 4500

Re: Don't buy from NewEgg

Hi there, I believe that many of us have had good relations with newegg. I also think that a good retailer is only tested when a problem arises and how they respond to that. On that metric, I do agree that newegg has slipped as they grew. Around the problem with [h]ardocp. It's hard for us to gauge ...
by Blood
Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration
Replies: 20
Views: 9788

Re: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration

I think I found the culprit to my vibration after a long journey of hard drive suspension, new side panel, cutting rubber strips to secure the side panel further, and adding weight to the mid dividing panel, which all turned out ineffective. The culprit were the PCI slot covers.... They are causing ...
by Blood
Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Stylish, mini-ITX case?
Replies: 11
Views: 26403

Re: Stylish, mini-ITX case?

I recommend the silverstone FT03-mini. It uses a bottom mounted 180mm fan for cooling. It won't be the most quiet case you've ever seen. But hard to beat for the combination of size, style, and acoustics.
by Blood
Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:18 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: be quiet! Dark Rock 2 Tower Heatsink
Replies: 45
Views: 19723

Re: be quiet! Dark Rock 2 Tower Heatsink

Wow, surprised by this review. A lot of German websites had given Be Quiet quite stellar reviews, and I was tempted to test them out and order them from over the Atlantic.

Are the fans the same as the famed silent wings 2?
by Blood
Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:16 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration
Replies: 20
Views: 9788

Re: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration

I will try to comment on the build quality of the Fractal Design case in more details after my final attempts at fixing some of my issues. Otherwise, I think my judgment will be clouded.
by Blood
Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:18 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration
Replies: 20
Views: 9788

Re: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration

Been in touch with Fractal Design's Support. So, this could be side panel related after all. I was asked to bench the side panel and try to make things better. Well, it's working, kinda. Except it's very hard to get it just right. Surprisingly how much you can bend those bitumen panels with ease. Th...
by Blood
Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:24 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration
Replies: 20
Views: 9788

Re: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration

On a side note. Realized that I can reduce (almost eliminate, but not quite) the beating sound by adding pressure on the bottom PSU side of the case (requires so much pressure that I have to hold the case with another hand or else the case moves first). So the problem might be side panel related aft...
by Blood
Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration
Replies: 20
Views: 9788

Re: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration

Thanks for all the input. Mounting it may add pressure to the case so that the structure or the thin top starts to amplify vibrations coming from the drive cage. As said, loosen the screws a little if they are tight. Another thing that could possibly change the noise is changing the position of the ...
by Blood
Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration
Replies: 20
Views: 9788

Re: Fractal Design Define XL Vibration

Is there any other way?

The Define XL has side panels lined with bitumen, so it is quite heavy as is. I can't see any visible warping of the panel or gaps at the sides, either.

Another day passed without a response from Fractal Design. Very disappointed at their customer service...