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by JamieG
Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:07 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Smallest itx or mATX case that allows tower HS + 1 fan?
Replies: 8
Views: 2274

Re: Smallest itx or mATX case that allows tower HS + 1 fan?

ces wrote:Are you willing to go with a picoPSU?
If you are willing to use a picoPSU - consider the Lian Li Q07. Mount a single low speed fan on the rear side of the tower heatsink and it will act as an exhaust.
by JamieG
Sat May 21, 2011 12:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Case Advice: Silent, Powerful and Small (in that order)
Replies: 8
Views: 1239

Re: Case Advice: Silent, Powerful and Small (in that order)

- Full ATX - Dimensions slightly under w 479mm d 353mm; - Room for a full size, modular >=500 Watt PSU; - Free optical drive bay AND 5 1/4 inch front bay for fan controller (with digital display e.g Zalman, NZXT or Scythe) - Suitable for later silencing features (airflow capabilities) perhaps it wi...
by JamieG
Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:44 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case Rec.| mAtx with support for 5x HD's and 1 Optical
Replies: 12
Views: 1919

Re: Case Rec.| mAtx with support for 5x HD's and 1 Optical

How about the Fractal Design Define Mini ? Case size (WxHxD) is 210x395x490mm, so it is probably a bit bigger than you want in depth, but otherwise it seems to tick all required boxes - 6 x HDD, 2 x ODD, 2 x front 120mm fans. Not sure how much it is in USD, but it looks to be a quality case that mig...
by JamieG
Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:08 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 140mm fans for radiator, need advice
Replies: 1
Views: 693

Re: 140mm fans for radiator, need advice

Yate Loon make a 140mm fan as well - speed is 1,000rpm at 12V from memory.

I haven't used this fan so I can't comment on its noise characteristics.
by JamieG
Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:30 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: DAW - Sandy Bridge i7 2600K - in a new Antec P-150!
Replies: 20
Views: 18125

Re: DAW - Sandy Bridge i7 2600K - in a new (?) Antec P-150!

Very nice and clean build!

You might want to try using some tin snips to cut out the front fan grills - this could help to eliminate the whooshing sound.
by JamieG
Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Recommended HTPC/NAS case? (>=2 hdd bays, pico powered)
Replies: 6
Views: 1305

Re: Recommended HTPC/NAS case? (>=2 hdd bays, pico powered)

I must've overlooked this one! It may be nearly perfect for my needs : ) Thanks a lot , now off to find someone who actually used this case (and a vendor in Poland...). From memory there is at least one system in the General Gallery section of this forum. Also, it seems that the Apex cases are also...
by JamieG
Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Recommended HTPC/NAS case? (>=2 hdd bays, pico powered)
Replies: 6
Views: 1305

Re: Recommended HTPC/NAS case? (>=2 hdd bays, pico powered)

How about the Apex MI-008 (SPCR review here)?

It seems like there would be room to install 2 x 3.5" HDDs - one down the side as shown on page 4 of the review and one under the ODD bay (or suspend one in the ODD bay if you are not using a DVD/bluray drive).
by JamieG
Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:29 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: On/off switch for internal drive?
Replies: 9
Views: 1782

Re: On/off switch for internal drive?

I did something similar to what you want here . Basically, with a bit of soldering and a switch of some sort, you should be able to interpose a switch in the middle of a 4 pin molex extension so that the current is turned off when the switch is thrown one way but flows through to boot up the hdd whe...
by JamieG
Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet case for dusty area
Replies: 12
Views: 1855

Re: Quiet case for dusty area

I don't know if you can find this product where you live (no location in your profile so I can't help further), but DEMCi makes a filter kit for some of the HAF range:

Australian shop

Might be worth looking into as an alternative to a new case.
by JamieG
Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec TruePower New TP-750
Replies: 19
Views: 8046

Re: Antec TruePower New TP-750

Just thought I'd add my 2c (copied from another thread) after I picked up one of these PSUs. I've just picked up an Antec TP-750 as a replacement PSU to try and diagnose some power issues I've been having with one of my systems (Q07 main rig in my signature) - utterly overspecced but it was the chea...
by JamieG
Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:38 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec TP-750 vs Corsiar 850TX
Replies: 14
Views: 2577

Re: Antec TP-750 vs Corsiar 850TX

FWIW, I've just picked up an Antec TP-750 as a replacement PSU to try and diagnose some power issues I've been having with one of my systems (Q07 main rig in my signature) - utterly overspecced but it was the cheapest PSU I could find on the weekend over the holiday break that was well-reviewed at S...
by JamieG
Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: First mini-itx build
Replies: 3
Views: 631

Re: First mini-itx build

Another option would be a picoPSU and a large tower heatsink, which will fit in the space that the ATX PSU would have occupied. See the system in my signature for an example.

Since you haven't got a discrete graphics card, a 150W picoPSU would be more than enough headroom.
by JamieG
Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Cool & Quiet HTPC in Cabinet
Replies: 13
Views: 1938

Re: Cool & Quiet HTPC in Cabinet

If that doesn't work there's always this mod :) I did something similar with my brother's Antec NSK4400 - cut 2 x 120mm fan intakes into the bottom of the case and blocked the front intake 80mm fan grill. Got to get around to posting pictures at some stage ... I would recommend cutting bottom intak...
by JamieG
Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: mini-ITX case/PS for i3-540, fullsize Optical and 2.5" HDD?
Replies: 6
Views: 1449

Re: mini-ITX case/PS for i3-540, fullsize Optical and 2.5" H

The Apex MI-008 reviewed by SPCR might be another option. (I think this brand is sold as Aywun in other parts of the world - at least it seems to be here in Australia). For a very low noise system, the Q07/Q11 + picoPSU combo with a large tower heatsink would be hard to beat though. I really like my...
by JamieG
Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Should i get p180 for this setup
Replies: 7
Views: 747

Re: Should i get p180 for this setup

Silver Power Blue Lightning SP 600 A2C 600W You might find that this PSU is pretty loud after you get rid of the rest of the main noise offenders. I found a review at Anandtech that suggests that the fan speed at idle is 1,250rpm, which I personally would find quite loud (even though the review sug...
by JamieG
Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 540 i3 Higher Than Expexted Idle Wattage HTPC Wrong PSU????
Replies: 6
Views: 1043

Re: 540 i3 Higher Than Expexted Idle Wattage HTPC Wrong PSU?

CASE/ ANTEC FUSION REMOTE BLACK. From memory, this case comes with some sort of display in one of the DVD bays, which is hooked up to the case's power supply. I'm not sure if this display alone would account for the extra 20w or so though. Just a thought anyway. You could try unplugging the display...
by JamieG
Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:40 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive 1156
Replies: 7
Views: 1988

Re: Passive 1156

A passive graphics card (even a low power one) would make things tricky in a small case, or in any case really, depending on how powerful you want it. I could run my Q07-based system entirely without a fan (see my signature) but I would see a significant increase in temperatures at full load (10c fr...
by JamieG
Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:13 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: New sub £500 build advice needed
Replies: 18
Views: 5143

Re: New sub £500 build advice needed

The motherboard you have linked to is an ATX motherboard, while the GD-05 case only accepts microATX (or smaller) motherboards, so you will need to find a new smaller motherboard. Try the Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H instead. If you only use your PC for watching movies, internet and occaisional light gaming...
by JamieG
Sun Dec 26, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Recommend an all metal case for an i7 hex-core system.
Replies: 4
Views: 828

Re: Recommend an all metal case for an i7 hex-core system.

If you don't mind the sideways optical drive mount, how about the Lian Li X-500FX ? Alternatively, if you are a fan of the P182, have a look at the Lian Li A71F . 5 x optical bays gives you enough room to suspend all your HDDs and install your SSD in these bays without using the HDD cage at all, whi...
by JamieG
Sun Dec 26, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet 0 db enclosure for Sandy Bridge mini-ITX computer?
Replies: 11
Views: 3616

Re: Quiet 0 db enclosure for Sandy Bridge mini-ITX computer?

SPCR's review of the Coolermaster Fanless TC-100 mini-ITX case , which has a 35W system TDP rating, would suggest that your heatpipe-based cooling plan is a little unrealistic for your proposed sytem. This also seems to be an issue for HFX cases . As an alternative, have a look at the Lian Li Q07 or...
by JamieG
Sat Dec 25, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec One Hundred?
Replies: 3
Views: 1215

Re: Antec One Hundred?

Interior pic here.

Those oddly spaced rectangular vent holes in the front look a bit weird.
by JamieG
Sat Dec 04, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build
Replies: 12
Views: 2147

Re: Need heatsink recommendations - new WHS build

Well, I attempted to assemble the system today and there's one issue. The CPU heatsink is too tall for the case by between 5-10 millimeters. With the heatsink mounted, the PSU can not be installed. Do you mean (a) the heatsink and the stock fan installed; or (b) the heatsink without the stock fan i...
by JamieG
Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Looking for a quiet 60mm fan for a Dell Zino
Replies: 10
Views: 2798

Re: Looking for a quiet 60mm fan for a Dell Zino

I think Fractal Design does a 60mm fan. Not sure how easy they are to find or how quiet they are though.
by JamieG
Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Are there any alternatives to the Antec NSK3480?
Replies: 33
Views: 9258

Re: Are there any alternatives to the Antec NSK3480?

michaelius wrote:Lian-Li is releasing nice alternative to it:

http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/pr ... dex=63&g=f
Very nice find!

I like it a lot!
by JamieG
Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:04 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Quiet computer for moderate gaming (updated)
Replies: 8
Views: 3506

Re: Quiet computer for moderate gaming (updated)

Nice looking build. Have you considered cutting out the rear (and front) fan grills to improve airflow slightly?

Also, I couldn't tell from your picture but have you blocked off the side panel fan vents in any way?
by JamieG
Thu Nov 25, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Micro ATX
Replies: 4
Views: 841

Re: Micro ATX

Another alternative would be to get an Antec NSK3480 and swap the included Earthwatts PSU to a fanless Seasonic X-Series PSU. There are vents in the top of the 3480 that will allow a fanless PSU to vent hot air. Swap the rear Antec fan for a Nexus Real Silent or Scythe Slipstream, S-Flex or Gentle T...
by JamieG
Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: What about 140mm Enermax T.B. Silence ?
Replies: 22
Views: 5238

Re: What about 140mm Enermax T.B. Silence ?

I don't know much about Enermax fans, they seem to be a flashy fan of choice for overclockers and modders though. In terms of other alternatives, from what other users have posted here, Yate Loon make a fairly quiet 140mm fan. It's a sleeve bearing fan though, so possibly inappropriate for a horizon...
by JamieG
Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New desktop build
Replies: 7
Views: 1009

Re: New desktop build

You may wish to consider some quieter fans. The stock Antec TriCool rear exhaust and the stock Xigmatek CPU cooler fan could seem noisy, as they would be the only things in your system making noise. Consider two Nexus Real Silents, or Scythe Slipstreams, Gentle Typhoons or S-Flexes. Add two Zalman f...
by JamieG
Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: pc for 900€ most "silence" as posible
Replies: 9
Views: 1373

Re: pc for 900€ most "silence" as posible

If you intend to try and sleep in the same room as your PC, you might want to go for quieter fans than the stock ones that come with your case and CPU cooler. Nexus Real Silents or Scythe's Slipstream, S-Flex or Gentle Typhoon fans are all pretty good. Add a fan controller, some Zalman Fanmates or u...