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by petecool
Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Grandia GD05: A Versatile HTPC Case
Replies: 69
Views: 48130

Hi guys, Great review, a good read as always! Very nice case, worth the money in my experience. Small mistake in the description of the GD04 case though. I installed one for a friend last week, it doesn't use a slim optical drive. It uses a regular optical drive, and you stick a supplied plate to th...
by petecool
Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 5 Monitors on one machine?
Replies: 8
Views: 2582

There is no such limitation as "2 cards per device" in Windows XP. We use dozens of quad-vga video cards (Matrox) at work without issues. So you should be able to use a third monitor is you get a Displayport to DVI, or HDMI-to-DVI adapter (if a max resolution of 1920x1200 is enough for that monitor)...
by petecool
Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec NSK3480 users -- what CD/DVD drive?
Replies: 5
Views: 1522

You could get a Nexus Value 430 which has shorter length to make sure to have enough space. It is 23mm shorter than ATX spec. I have a Zalman 460B-APS (standard ATX length) with an LG GGC-H20L Blu-Ray reader in my NSK3480 and it fits, but I had to find right-angle SATA and power cinnectors... and th...
by petecool
Sun Nov 29, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is 400W PSU enaugh for my new i5 750 system?
Replies: 2
Views: 987

You will want to get the Noctua U12P SE2 instead, since you will need Socket 1156 support. IIRC the SE1366 doesn't have it.
by petecool
Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:09 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: best add-on controllers
Replies: 3
Views: 1203

I got those: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.18023

It's the cheapest I found them, took about two weeks to get to Montreal from Hong Kong.

Once again I didn't try them yet, so I don't know if they're any good.
by petecool
Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: best add-on controllers
Replies: 3
Views: 1203

This should do what you want: http://supermicro.com/products/accessor ... LP-MV8.cfm :)

I have one here (not installed yet!), but I chose it after seeing lots of good reviews on avsforum.com
by petecool
Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Solo with a GTX 275 -- some cutting was made
Replies: 10
Views: 2959

what on earth is that 1kW for though? The GTX275 can't honestly need that much power... IIRC the point was that the power use (in %) would be so low that the fan would never ramp up. I remember reading a post about that a few weeks ago, but I don't remember if it was the same person... and I can't ...
by petecool
Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: hard drive recomendations 1.5tb or 2tb depending on cost
Replies: 8
Views: 2009

im hoping to set up software raid0 for for a 3tb volume, but i dont know how if you can boot ubuntu from a raid0 setup, so i may have to have another drive fror the os drive. Just making sure, you do know if one of the drives fail, you will lose everything on that array? Sucks to lose 3tb of data i...
by petecool
Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New HTPC Machine (preferable for Linux)
Replies: 11
Views: 2899

Is there a benefit between using a PCI tuner or a USB one? Would I run into issues using a USB tuner on Linux? I remember reading posts on the Mythtv mailing list, using 4 ATSC tuners on a single (powered) USB 2 hub, with multirec (with a least 2 recordings _per_ tuner). Worked fine, don't worry ab...
by petecool
Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New HTPC Machine (preferable for Linux)
Replies: 11
Views: 2899

Re: New HTPC Machine (preferable for Linux)

I have no better suggestions for the case, but since I own NSK2400 I think the NSK24x0/Fusion is surprisingly large when compared to many video/hifi devices... The NSK2480 is actually very close to the size of my Denon AVR-1909 (amp + source switcher). Maybe half an inch shorter (height) There is a...
by petecool
Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:27 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet & Ultra Low Power Router/Firewall/Server on Debian
Replies: 19
Views: 5808

You'd be surprised how cheap Socket P mobile CPU's are on ebay. This one http://cgi.ebay.ca/NEW-Intel-Core-2-DuoT7300-2-0GHz-SLA45-SOCKET-P_W0QQitemZ320412614481QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4a9a147f51&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14 should be more than enough for what you want to do and shoul...
by petecool
Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Compatibility question (Asus P5Q Pro Turbo + Q9450)
Replies: 8
Views: 1912

Q9450 is listed as supported on the ASUS CPU support page as of BIOS 0210.

BIOS 0210 is release BIOS for that motherboard. No incompatibility there, if they argue otherwise they don't know what they're talking about, or something else is going on (which they didn't explain fully)
by petecool
Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:01 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Planning a future system, comments?
Replies: 1
Views: 665

This page of the Zotac 9300 review http://www.silentpcreview.com/article943-page5.html should answer your question about power consumption.

It shows the AC power draw of that motherboard + E7200 cpu. A 120W PicoPSU should be more than enough for your hardware.
by petecool
Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:36 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Ninja mini without the cooling fan?
Replies: 4
Views: 1686

The Ninja Mini looks like it was actually made to run fanless in that case. Here is the relevant part of SPCR's review: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article754-page5.html
by petecool
Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:59 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quiet Xeon Cooler
Replies: 6
Views: 2204

Come to think of it, I do have a Thermalright HR-01X here!

I've had it for a year on single Irvindale 3.2Ghz Xeon (single core, HT, 110W TDP!). I have a Scythe Kama PWM on it, it's been working great, can't hear it over the many hard drives in the file server.
by petecool
Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:04 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Quiet Xeon Cooler
Replies: 6
Views: 2204

As shown here http://noctua.at/main.php?show=productv ... =19&lng=en, they do fit. The design is modified so air goes through both coolers, the airflow is bottom-to-top. Both coolers are rotated to make it possible. The model from that link is for Socket 771 Xeons.
by petecool
Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: First build- parts list
Replies: 12
Views: 1976

I built something similar a month or so ago (not posted yet!) If you were ever planning on undervolting, the BIOS on that motherboard doesn't support it. The included heatsink was louder at idle than an Antec Tricool 120mm at low speed (which isn't even quiet by the usual SPCR standards). When it ha...