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by danielG
Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:05 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec 300 on its way to silence and performance
Replies: 35
Views: 15287

You have way too many fans. You shouldn't need intake fans unless your southbridge ou GPU runs hot. Even then, just one should sufice. Also, is push-pull on the CPU heatsink really necessary? Three fans that close will increase the noise level dramatically. Check if you can live without the "pull" f...
by danielG
Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:53 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe fan "clicking" noise
Replies: 7
Views: 3406

Thanks very much, that is what I am worried about. I guess slipstream does not have the best QC. Btw, Just wondering how do you control S-Flex in variable speed, it is not PWM fan, by speedfan? or a fan controller? It's controlled by the motherboard. My mobo has two settings for fan control: DC and...
by danielG
Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe fan "clicking" noise
Replies: 7
Views: 3406

Scythe Slipstreams click. I think it's because they have sleeve bearings. I had two, a 1200 rpm and a 800 rpm. The 1200 rpm clicked softly, the 800 rpm clicked audibly and both did so at any speed. I replaced them with S-Flex fans, which have much better bearings. No more clicking. The one on CPU he...
by danielG
Mon Dec 14, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: antec p-183 vs. 182- final conclusion/s?
Replies: 24
Views: 5780

Out of the box, all Antec cases are noisy because they come with noisy Tricool fans. Once you replace them with good fans, a P18x is very quiet. I have a P182 so I can share my experience with it: 1) Air flow in a P182 is only so-so. Not as bad as my previous Asus microATX case, but achieving silenc...
by danielG
Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Project: Silencing the P183?
Replies: 5
Views: 1699

Your first order of business should be tossing those Tricools into the trash bin and replacing them with quieter fans that actually push air. Your PC will overheat with Tricools if your keep them at low setting. And it will be noisy, too. Regarding temperature, what works best in my P182 has been tw...
by danielG
Tue Jul 07, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe SFF12G 120mm noise?
Replies: 7
Views: 2981

I have two SFF12D and one SFF12E. None of them whine. A whoosh is audible at or above 800 rpm. I use mine at 600 rpm. If you value airflow above all, you might consider getting a Scythe Slipstream. Pushes more air than a S-Flex and is quieter at high rpm. The downside is that Slipstreams have an alm...
by danielG
Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is 62ºC motherboard temperature safe?
Replies: 5
Views: 1629

Monkeh16, thanks. Lodehacker, I don't know. I used to think the highest temp was the CPU. When I checked the BIOS to make sure, I was surprised to see it was the lowest. CPU core temps match those reported by the motherboard sensors. Maybe the air in the case is cooler than the motherboard... My cas...
by danielG
Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is 62ºC motherboard temperature safe?
Replies: 5
Views: 1629

Is 62ºC motherboard temperature safe?

My current PC consists of: Antec P182 w/ 2xS-Flex@600 rpm at top and rear exhausts Gigabyte GA-MA790X Phenom II X3 720 + Asus Triton 75 + Slipstream@900-1200 rpm Powercolor HD 4770 (stock, bought a few days ago) When gaming, the graphics card makes the motherboard temperature rise to 62ºC, while th...
by danielG
Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:59 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P183 or P182?
Replies: 46
Views: 21151

I've had my P183 i7 system running for almost a week now and I'm not happy with its noise levels. At first I thought it was only slightly louder than my old Sonata 1 system, but I noticed that I can go into the next room and still hear it quite easily due to the tone. Then a weird little "ticky" so...
by danielG
Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Just about to buy my new setup...
Replies: 10
Views: 2340

P183 has much better airflow, since the whole front is, essencially, a big air filter. A Core i7 is bound to overheat in a stock P182. The intake door is restrictive and the 5.25'' bays are blocked, so there are less places to intake air from. I had to a lot of headscratching when I mounted a Athlon...
by danielG
Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:06 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Best cooling setup for new build
Replies: 13
Views: 3826

I have an Antec P182 with: middle intake: S-Flex @ 800 rpm rear exhaust: Slipstream @ 600 - 800 rpm top exhaust: S-Flex @ 800 rpm CPU has an Asus Triton 75 with an Artic Cooling S12025 PWM @ 450 ~ 700 rpm. Gfx card is an Ati 3650HD with AC Accelero S1. I ran CPU Burn-in (3x) and rthdribl for 30 minu...
by danielG
Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Best cooling setup for new build
Replies: 13
Views: 3826

I bought a GA-MA790X-UD4 motherboard and a Phenom II 720 BE CPU two days ago. I was quite surprised when I noticed the 720 runs cooler than my old Athlon 64 X2 4400+ (2.3 Ghz, 65W), even at full load. I'm running it at stock speed. I won't post any numbers since it is a brand new mobo and I'm not su...
by danielG
Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:08 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Is a Accelero S2 enough for a Ati X1300?
Replies: 10
Views: 2202

Why settle for lesser of the two coolers? Because the S2 is cheaper. A X1300 seems to be a low end card, therefore it might run cool. If so, a S2 should suffice and the 6 euro saved can go towards a CPU heatsink. If the X1300 runs hot (or can't confirm it runs cool) then I'll get a S1 for my friend.
by danielG
Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:40 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Is a Accelero S2 enough for a Ati X1300?
Replies: 10
Views: 2202

Is a Accelero S2 enough for a Ati X1300?

A friend has asked me to help him silence his PC. We're starting with his graphics card. He has a MSI RX1300 Pro: http://www.overclockers.ru/images/news/2005/10/08/x1k_03.jpg This is 2005 hardware and I wasn't interested in PC hardware at the time, so I don't know hot it runs. I'm on a budget, so I ...
by danielG
Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:36 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Want to replace P180 due to cable mis-management
Replies: 19
Views: 3434

Your temperatures should improve if you replace those Antec Tricool fans with something better. Scythe Slipstreams, for example.
by danielG
Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:16 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Core 2 Quad vs Phenom II: is C2Q the silencer's choice?
Replies: 0
Views: 1176

Core 2 Quad vs Phenom II: is C2Q the silencer's choice?

I'm about to buy a quad core CPU + motherboard. I've decided to buy a Q9400 or Q9550 and a P43 motherboard, but I'd like to know if there are any flaws to my logic. I'm under the impression that: 1) a 45nm C2Q runs cooler than a Phenom II X4, at full load 2) a C2Q CPU has a higher temperature limit ...
by danielG
Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:21 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Any point in swapping a WD GP for a laptop drive?
Replies: 10
Views: 2705

Have you checked the CPU usage when playing HD video? Your CPU might be too slow. The Sempron LE 1200 (2.1 GHz) in my HTPC barely has the power to play 720p video, so it skips frames every now and then.
by danielG
Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Video Card or IGP for Light/Casual Gaming
Replies: 5
Views: 1395

I'd buy a 740G motherboard and a cheap discreet gfx card, perhaps a Ati 3650 fanless or similar. The PC will be faster at everything, not just games. The IGP sucks up resources, especially with a slow CPU. I was using the Geforce 6100 IGP on my previous motherboard about a year ago and, when I insta...
by danielG
Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DP43TF motherboard questions (P43)
Replies: 5
Views: 3516

I'm about ready to give up here. :( I can't find a motherboard that doesn't suck. Could someone show me how a VRM looks like? I suspect how it looks like, but I'm not sure. Would that problem be fixed by applying heatsinks to the VRMs? I have a few spare ones from my Accelero S1. Or should I just sp...
by danielG
Sun Feb 08, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DP43TF motherboard questions (P43)
Replies: 5
Views: 3516

Intel DP43TF motherboard questions (P43)

I will be buying a Core 2 Quad in about a month and I'll be needing a new motherboard. After months of indecision, I settled on buying an Intel DP43TF motherboard. I have two nagging questions before I make the final decision: 1) It's got lots of coils. Will I have problems with coil whine? I browse...
by danielG
Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Just built a new Desktop, but still too loud
Replies: 16
Views: 3137

Usually, in any motherboard, only CPU_FAN, CHA_FAN1 and CHA_FAN2 throttle the fan. PWR_FAN does not throttle the fan connected to it, it only supplies full 12V -> about 1200 rpm with SY1225SL12M. You might have have too many fans. Before you buy any more stuff, experiment a bit. The less fans, the l...
by danielG
Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Just built a new Desktop, but still too loud
Replies: 16
Views: 3137

A Slipstream above 1000 rpm is loud. Mine run at 800 rpm and don't bother me. The cheapest solution would be returning the 1200 rpm Slipstreams to the store and swap them for 800 rpm models if you don't want to fiddle with their speeds. If you intend getting a fan controller anyway or think you can ...
by danielG
Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec P1000 (prototype)
Replies: 30
Views: 7388

Antec P1000 (prototype)

http://techreport.com/discussions.x/16201 Looks awesome. Looks a like a bigger, tower style P182 with Temjin side vents and a bit of Antec 1200. So many hard drive slots! The PSU looks great too. The prototype looks like it needs improvement, but it could become a great case. Don't like the front do...
by danielG
Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:48 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Phenom II: AMD pulls closer
Replies: 20
Views: 8623

This review has no temperature readings. I need to know how hot the CPU runs to have a clue if it can be cooled silently. I'm assuming it runs a lot hotter than the equivalent Intel Q9400.
by danielG
Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:27 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Best way to get rid of vibration
Replies: 4
Views: 1549

Is the top fan still stock?

The stock fan in my P182 made the top panel vibrate, which made an unpleasant hum. Replacing it with a proper fan solved the problem.
by danielG
Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: vista or no vista[?]
Replies: 21
Views: 4248

Re: What do you want it for??

What's your definition of "rather well"? If it's rather well considering the system specs, then fine. If it's rather well in that it can handle simultaneous web browsing and email reading, then I'm impressed "Rather well" means that PC is just as usable with XP as it was with Windows 98. Not as sna...
by danielG
Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: vista or no vista[?]
Replies: 21
Views: 4248

Re: What do you want it for??

(...) Also, Microsoft's idea of "minimum requirements" are completely useless (to be fair, so are almost everyone else's). XP's requirements are 233Mhz CPU and 128MB RAM, but you won't tolerate, let alone enjoy your experience on such a machine. (...) [offtopic] One of my father's PCs is a Pentium ...
by danielG
Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:49 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: vista or no vista[?]
Replies: 21
Views: 4248

Vista is better than XP. Vista is a lot more stable and less vulnerable to virii. Vista also seems not to suffer from bit-rot like XP does. However, it is a bit slower than XP and Aero is a terrible user interface, making Vista seem slower than it is. Setting the UI to Windows Classic makes Vista fe...
by danielG
Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:31 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low Power, Fairly Quiet NAS/Router - and reasonably priced
Replies: 22
Views: 8178

(...) I suspect the Sempron is a much slower device so in terms of bangs for your buck so the Athlon may be the better device to go for, but I'd appreciate comments. (...) Not really. My main machine has a 65nm Athlon X2 4400+ (2.3 GHz), the HTPC has a Sempron LE-1200 (2.1 GHz). The Sempron is only...
by danielG
Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: High Performance with Absolute SILENCE
Replies: 48
Views: 15251

I don't understand why people are recommending using onboard sound instead of a Xonar DX. I have one, connected to stereo speakers, and I'm running Vista x64. I haven't had any problems yet and the sound clarity of the Xonar DX is immensely superior to that of onboard sound. Also, people who recomme...