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by tbessie
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: My fanless HTPC (thanks everyone!)
Replies: 3
Views: 16844

Re: My fanless HTPC (thanks everyone!)

CA_Steve wrote:Glad it worked out for you. If you have the time, I'd love to see some heat soak tests results (temp vs time for idle, light load, heavy load).
Sure - how would I do those? I can run RealTemp with Prime95, but that's all I know how to do.

- Tim
by tbessie
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: My fanless HTPC (thanks everyone!)
Replies: 3
Views: 16844

My fanless HTPC (thanks everyone!)

Hey folks... I want to thank everyone here who participated in the several threads I started on the topic of creating a silent, fanless PC to use in my home theater. I ended up with a rather expensive option, but a good one: http://www.atechfabrication.com/products/HeatSync_2800HP_Mini-Client.htm Th...
by tbessie
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Limitations of external PSUs (eg. Pico PSUs)?
Replies: 14
Views: 10742

Re: Limitations of external PSUs (eg. Pico PSUs)?

CA_Steve wrote:I look forward to a nice user review of the case and build. :)
I'll definitely do that!

- Tim
by tbessie
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Limitations of external PSUs (eg. Pico PSUs)?
Replies: 14
Views: 10742

Re: Limitations of external PSUs (eg. Pico PSUs)?

Thanks for the info, folks! I decided to get a vanilla i7-8700 - that will be way more than I really need for this HTPC, but at least I'll know that if I need more CPU "umph" I can get it (occasional transcoding, etc).

- Tim
by tbessie
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Limitations of external PSUs (eg. Pico PSUs)?
Replies: 14
Views: 10742

Re: Limitations of external PSUs (eg. Pico PSUs)?

Since the case will support it, go with the vanilla i7 rather than the T part - no upside to the T. The CPU will only draw what power it needs to complete a task. If the CPU horsepower needed is the same or below what the T provides, the power profile between the two parts will be the same. For tho...
by tbessie
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Limitations of external PSUs (eg. Pico PSUs)?
Replies: 14
Views: 10742

Re: Limitations of external PSUs (eg. Pico PSUs)?

... with an M.2 main SSD and a couple of high-capacity regular SSDs in there; also, a compact Blu-Ray reader/writer, 16gb or maybe 32gb ram; no other cards (it can take one low-profile card, I think, which I MIGHT put something in at some point in the future). What CPU? its very likely that you wil...
by tbessie
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Limitations of external PSUs (eg. Pico PSUs)?
Replies: 14
Views: 10742

Re: Limitations of external PSUs (eg. Pico PSUs)?

picoPSU 150XT usually gets paired with 150W brick , but there is also a 192W brick more commonly used on 160XT . on RC Car hobby, usually they use 12V-24V PSU to power their chargers, and there are lot higher PSU there, for example Mean Well LRS-350-12 Power Supply , but i kinda think this will def...
by tbessie
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Limitations of external PSUs (eg. Pico PSUs)?
Replies: 14
Views: 10742

Limitations of external PSUs (eg. Pico PSUs)?

Hi folks... So I want to build a new mini HTPC based on this case: http://www.atechfabrication.com/products/HeatSync_2800HP_Mini-Client.htm I've been having some emails with the owner, and we were talking about power supplies. I used a wattage calculator to see what would be recommended for the syst...
by tbessie
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: For fanless system : Heatpipes+Case or Huge Passive Cooler?
Replies: 2
Views: 3452

For fanless system : Heatpipes+Case or Huge Passive Cooler?

Hi folks... I'm planning on building a fanless Mini-ITX system eventually (was thinking of a NUC, but I have more options with a Mini-ITX board). Looking around, it seems I can cool the CPU with: 1. A huge fanless CPU cooler (eg. http://www.nofancomputer.com/eng/products/CR-95C.php ) 2. A case built...
by tbessie
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Want to get tiny fanless system for streaming
Replies: 7
Views: 6430

Re: Want to get tiny fanless system for streaming

If you wanted to move up to mITX, and higher power CPUs, HDPlex makes some awesome cases. Downside will be ~15-20W idle instead of 5-7W. Also an option, and good in that it's not proprietary. I may look into those later as well, since I have some experience building quiet PCs (thanks to this site, ...
by tbessie
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Want to get tiny fanless system for streaming
Replies: 7
Views: 6430

Re: Want to get tiny fanless system for streaming

Anything is possible...can't really say without one in front of me or seeing a review. Here's the thing - it's still in a small plastic case. No place for the heatsink to transfer the heat to other than by radiation... Akasa had some nice metal cases for NUC motherboards. I haven't looked at the ne...
by tbessie
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Want to get tiny fanless system for streaming
Replies: 7
Views: 6430

Re: Want to get tiny fanless system for streaming

Here's my 2015 mini-review of the earlier CI320 with a 7.5W TDP Atom CPU. If all you want to do is push stored audio and video, the C series Nano should work great...and you won't need the horsepower of the CPU in the CI549 model. If you plan to use it for any transcoding or other high CPU process ...
by tbessie
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Want to get tiny fanless system for streaming
Replies: 7
Views: 6430

Want to get tiny fanless system for streaming

Hi folks... I'm looking into fanless systems to use for audio and video streaming around my house. Currently, I have a full-on HTPC under my TV, running Windows 7 x64, chock full of storage and great audio and video cards. The issue is, 1) it uses lots of power, 2) I have to remember to turn it on i...
by tbessie
Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Crucial MX100 512GB & Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs
Replies: 10
Views: 8285

Re: Crucial MX100 512GB & Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs

tbessie --Wow, that's a lot of expense for a relatively undemanding role for a PC these days. Aside from fast bootup, an SSD really doesn't provide any improvement in HTPC performance (at least for me). I'm surprised you find the HDD noise so bothersome. What are your environmental conditions? ie -...
by tbessie
Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Crucial MX100 512GB & Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs
Replies: 10
Views: 8285

Re: Crucial MX100 512GB & Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs

For most consumer uses, the 850 Pro is overkill. You won't see a significant benefit over the CX100 or Samsung's more economical model, the 840 EVO. The Pro could provide benefit in a workstation that gets hammered with heavy use (like a video editor, etc). I like the Samsung Magician tool set. Eas...
by tbessie
Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:44 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Crucial MX100 512GB & Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs
Replies: 10
Views: 8285

Re: Crucial MX100 512GB & Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs

I'm building my next HTPC, and want it to be very silent; my current one has a small, older-generation SSD as its system drive, and a big ol' 3TB (or 4TB, can't remember) drive for data. But the hard drive is too loud for my tastes, so the new HTPC will be all SSDs. System drive in the new system is...
by tbessie
Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Any news in the case market?
Replies: 19
Views: 7105

Re: Any news in the case market?

I got a Corsair Obsidian 550D case - a bit bigger than some might want, but I found it quiet; I put in all Noctua fans and Noctua cooler, not using a separate GPU (just onboard), and it runs quiet as a whisper; I can hardly hear anything. http://www.corsair.com/en-us/obsidian-series-550d-mid-tower-q...
by tbessie
Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?
Replies: 18
Views: 6068

Re: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?

Well after I mostly built the PC (just needs some tidying up), I'm thinking "boy, it's massive, and what AM I going to use that front-panel screen for?". I feel kind of silly, since I wanted this super-expensive case, and now I'm wondering if it's the right one. Can't really return it, since there's...
by tbessie
Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?
Replies: 18
Views: 6068

Re: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?

45 mins north of SF. none of my old family/friends can afford to live in SF anymore. google/apple/HP/sysco ect have jacked up all the rents to more than what it cost to live in manhattan. rant over. if you are living in a small apartment, and driving an old pickup, i really think you should find a ...
by tbessie
Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?
Replies: 18
Views: 6068

Re: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?

Dont get me wrong, its a cool looking case, that looks to be well made. but you asked if i would buy it. and ive got to say, hell no! even if i was a fan of stereo looking HTPC's, id still feel too guilty buying that and then walking past the guy trying to bum some scraps of food for his kids to ea...
by tbessie
Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?
Replies: 18
Views: 6068

Re: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?

Maybe it's just the good feeling that things you have spend big money on do look like they cost a fortune? 'cause if you have a living room with designer furniture and stuff that cost more than my and your car together, you do not want to have the cheapo PC look? YMMV Just for the record, most I do...
by tbessie
Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:15 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?
Replies: 18
Views: 6068

Re: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?

ive never really understood why so many want media pc's that look and fit in cabinets like bulky old style stereo equipment, let alone want a screen or buttons on it... to each his own i guess. but spending as much on a case as you would on a decent mobo/PSU/GPU/CPU? Thats straight up cray-cray! :o...
by tbessie
Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?
Replies: 18
Views: 6068

Re: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?

I know it's not the only one but why would you want a screen on the front of the case? What advantage is that? I dunno - 'cuz it's cool n' stuff? ;-) I don't think I'll even end up using the screen, though there are a few uses for which I turn the TV on to modify something in the computer, which I'...
by tbessie
Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?
Replies: 18
Views: 6068

Re: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?

Looks like a modified OrigenAE with custom software and some accessories. Yeah, that's what a bunch of people have said. The front panel display is made by another Korean company as well. I ended up buying the case from them, and have been having some correspondence with the guys who run the compan...
by tbessie
Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?
Replies: 18
Views: 6068

Steiger Dynamics HTPC Case - $749 - would you buy it?

I'm thinking about getting this - it's ridiculously high priced, but looks like one of the best out there in a quickly shrinking (or at least not growing) market. Anyone see/try one of these before?

http://www.steigerdynamics.com/products ... ngineering

- Tim
by tbessie
Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair RM550 cables smell horrible...??
Replies: 5
Views: 3657

Re: Corsair RM550 cables smell horrible...??

Just a followup - after a week or two in the case, the cables no longer smelled bad - still plasticky, but not as terrible as they had.

In any case, I had already ordered those premium cables, and put them in. Now let's hope the PSU lasts! :-)
by tbessie
Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair RM550 cables smell horrible...??
Replies: 5
Views: 3657

Re: Corsair RM550 cables smell horrible...??

Or, it's just plastics out-gassing. Put the cables in a well ventilated area for a couple days and see if the smell goes away. Costs you nothing other than some time. That's what I was thinking too, so I opened the window and sat them in the sun for part of today. I'll keep them out for awhile. In ...
by tbessie
Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:05 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair RM550 cables smell horrible...??
Replies: 5
Views: 3657

Re: Corsair RM550 cables smell horrible...??

Abula wrote:I don't own an RM series to help you, but in case you do find it so bad and cant return it and willing to invest more, Corsair usually sell premium cables, just throwing an alternative out, not sure if those smell also.
Thanks for the suggestion - I may look into that. :-)
by tbessie
Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair RM550 cables smell horrible...??
Replies: 5
Views: 3657

Corsair RM550 cables smell horrible...??

Hey folks... After asking here about PSUs that didn't have any "coil whine", someone recommended the Corsair RM550. I went to my local computer store and picked one up. Today I opened up the box, and found that the cables smell very strongly - it's a very chemical/plastic/solvent kind of smell. I've...
by tbessie
Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:18 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Much coil whine from Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520 - ARG!
Replies: 2
Views: 2269

Re: Much coil whine from Seasonic Platinum Fanless 520 - ARG

Abula wrote:There is no PSU in the world that can guarantee no Coil whine. That said, Corsair is marketing their new RM series as no coil whine, inside the power range you are looking are the Cosair RM450 and RM550.
Thanks! I'll take a look at those.

Everyone else, keep the suggestions coming! :-)

- Tim