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by peternm22
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please Critique My Build List
Replies: 8
Views: 4063

Re: Please Critique My Build List

Just finished the build today. I ended up going with the Asrock AB350M Pro4 motherboard and the MSI 1050 Ti Gaming X graphics card. A few notes about the build: -The Define R5 is a very nice case overall. The only two nitpicks I have are the latching mechanism for the side panel (a bit of a pain to ...
by peternm22
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please Critique My Build List
Replies: 8
Views: 4063

Re: Please Critique My Build List

Thanks for the advice. The Scythe cooler you posted is more expensive in Canada than the Noctua, so I'm going to stick with the Noctua. How can I tell how old the Windows 10 install media is? I'm planning on getting the retail version on USB. Will it be marked on the package/thumb drive? I may just ...
by peternm22
Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please Critique My Build List
Replies: 8
Views: 4063

Re: Please Critique My Build List

Thank you very much for all of the help and advice.
by peternm22
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please Critique My Build List
Replies: 8
Views: 4063

Re: Please Critique My Build List

I have a few reasons for going with the R5. First is the 140mm fans. I don't believe the Define C supports a 140mm fan in the rear (only the front). Also the Define C doesn't have the built in fan controller like the R5 does. Finally, the Define C doesn't have any spots for optical drive bays. I'm g...
by peternm22
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please Critique My Build List
Replies: 8
Views: 4063

Please Critique My Build List

Hi Everyone! I'm getting ready for a new build, and after quite a bit of research I think I'm close to finalizing my build. PC will be used for video encoding/transcoding, perhaps some gaming (very casual gaming though), video playback etc. The video encoding/transcoding will be the heavy duty task....
by peternm22
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Where to buy Scythe Coolers in Canada? Other cooler options?
Replies: 8
Views: 3427

Re: Where to buy Scythe Coolers in Canada? Other cooler opti

Ryzen has been selling really well, and NCIX has always carry noctua, even linus had some fans made for him, so im guessing noctua has good relations with NCIX, i bet they have stock AM4 or can get some pretty fast. Either way noctua service is top notch, i spoke to CM and told them one of my Noctu...
by peternm22
Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Where to buy Scythe Coolers in Canada? Other cooler options?
Replies: 8
Views: 3427

Re: Where to buy Scythe Coolers in Canada? Other cooler opti

Hi Abula. Do you think I should just hold off for a few months to see if any better AM4 coolers become available? I've had this computer for 8 years, so a few more months won't kill me. I did post a message on the NCIX forum asking about the AM4 mount for the Noctua cooler, so I'll see what they say...
by peternm22
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Where to buy Scythe Coolers in Canada? Other cooler options?
Replies: 8
Views: 3427

Re: Where to buy Scythe Coolers in Canada? Other cooler opti

Hi Steve, thanks for the advice! I just read through the SPCR reviews of those 3 and I'm not sure if there is one that could be considered noticeably better than the others. At low fan speed, all 3 seem like they would essentially be inaudible? Especially so when enclosed in a case like the Fractal ...
by peternm22
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Where to buy Scythe Coolers in Canada? Other cooler options?
Replies: 8
Views: 3427

Where to buy Scythe Coolers in Canada? Other cooler options?

I've been thinking of building a new system (my current one is from 2009). It looks like Scythe is still considered one of the best on SPCR (my current build is using a Mugen 2). Looking at either the Scythe Kotetsu or Ninja 4. However, these coolers don't seem readily available in Canada. NCIX does...
by peternm22
Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:00 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: UPS For Seasonic X-650
Replies: 6
Views: 3377

Re: UPS For Seasonic X-650

My comp was off each time the power was knocked out, but the X hasn't flinched from being fed whatever the APC gave it until I shut it off too. Until the battery kicks in, a UPS will just be providing current from the utility power (with possibly some power conditioning depending on the UPS). The w...
by peternm22
Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:22 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: UPS For Seasonic X-650
Replies: 6
Views: 3377

Re: UPS For Seasonic X-650

I e-mailed Seasonic about this, and there reply was "I would recommend APC battery backup for you." and then there was a link to Newegg for all of the APC UPS units. They didn't even address the question I asked. I e-mailed them back asking the question again, but I'm not expecting much after their ...
by peternm22
Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:50 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: UPS For Seasonic X-650
Replies: 6
Views: 3377

UPS For Seasonic X-650

Does anyone know if the Seasonic X-650 requires a UPS that outputs a pure sinewave? There was some debate in an earlier thread about the X-650, but it doesn't look like anything was ever concluded. Pure sinewave UPS's are a lot more expensive than a regular one, so if I can get away with a more basi...
by peternm22
Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 354235

I'm not sure, but I'm guessing you can't connect the drive using USB to run WDIdle. Again, I'm not 100% sure but I think it needs to be connected to a SATA port (maybe an eSATA port would work).
by peternm22
Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 354235

From what I understand, you HAVE to run WDIdle from a bootable CD (or USB drive). You can't run it within Windows. Running WDIdle is a one time thing, unless you want to change the setting again. You can do 3 things with WDIdle: 1) Get the current intellipark park. 2) Set the intellipark time (I thi...
by peternm22
Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:09 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 354235

Also, do you remember what you entered in WDidle in order to disable Intellipark? Seems a lot of people have gotten no response from the drive or setting it has gotten no effect. But from your posting it sounds like you've confirmed that disabling Intelliseek actually works. It took me a few tries ...
by peternm22
Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 354235

My experience seems to contradict what was said on the WD forum.

I have a WD15EARS, and I used the wdidle utility to turn off intellipark. It seems to work. I've had the drive for 2 weeks, and used wdidle 1 week ago, and the load_cycle_count is only 414. Which doesn't seem too bad to me.
by peternm22
Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:24 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Where are the VRM's on my motherboard?
Replies: 13
Views: 3223

Alright, after some research I have a plan now: -Use 2 Nexus 120mm real silent fans in push/pull on the Mugen 2 -Connect them to the CPU fan header, and Sys fan header (both are controllable) -Use Speedfan to handle control of the fans -Planning on the basic 3 pin fans, I've heard mixed reviews on t...
by peternm22
Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Where are the VRM's on my motherboard?
Replies: 13
Views: 3223

Is this the one you are referring to http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/acc/0 ... etail.html ?

If so, I think it only fits 120mm holes (the Antec Fusion Max has 140MM mounting holes I believe).
by peternm22
Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Where are the VRM's on my motherboard?
Replies: 13
Views: 3223

Great, thanks Mike.

One more question (I promise). I'm thinking about swapping out the two stock fans on the case for quieter ones. I'm thinking about the Nexus 120mm (undervolting it) for one of them (not sure about the 140mm though), do you think this would still be sufficient cooling?
by peternm22
Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:25 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Where are the VRM's on my motherboard?
Replies: 13
Views: 3223

Not possible to answer fully as the details of the system are missing... but if you assemble a system sensibly, your VRMs will be fine. The system will probably end up being outmoded before being damaged or worn out by VRMs overheating. Full specs of system: -Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H -4GB DDR2 RAM ...
by peternm22
Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Where are the VRM's on my motherboard?
Replies: 13
Views: 3223

Hey Mike,

I'm using an Antec Fusion Max case (one that SPCR reviewed) with the 2 stock fans. Do you think that is adequate cooling for the case? Ambient temp of the room is probably 20-25 degrees celsius most of the time.

Thanks.
by peternm22
Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Where are the VRM's on my motherboard?
Replies: 13
Views: 3223

Thanks for the help guys. Remember that a heatsink is needed to keep a component within its specified operating temperature. There is no point in adding heatsinks unless they are in fact needed. SPCR did a review of a Gigabyte motherboard in the same series/class as the one I have ( http://www.silen...
by peternm22
Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Where are the VRM's on my motherboard?
Replies: 13
Views: 3223

Where are the VRM's on my motherboard?

Hello, I recently got a new system with a Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H motherboard, and it doesn't appear to have any heatsinks on the VRM's. So I've decided to add some heatsinks to them (such as the Swiftech MC14). However, I'm not sure what "exactly" the VRM's look like. I did a bit of Googling, but ...
by peternm22
Sun May 23, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Recommendations for New Build - Ideas Welcome
Replies: 2
Views: 669

There are still a few online stores with them in Canada :)
by peternm22
Sun May 23, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Recommendations for New Build - Ideas Welcome
Replies: 2
Views: 669

Recommendations for New Build - Ideas Welcome

Hi Everyone, It's been a few years since I built a new PC (current system is an Athlon64 3000+), so any help or insight would be appreciated. This is going to be a multi purpose system: HTPC, PVR recording, and general use. Silence and expandability are what I'm after. Here's my current part list: C...
by peternm22
Sat May 22, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: HTPC Cases with 120mm fans?
Replies: 2
Views: 1077

Excellent addition to the list. The internal fans seem a bit odd to me (I don't think I've seen that before). I'll do a bit more research on it.

Any others?
by peternm22
Sat May 22, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: HTPC Cases with 120mm fans?
Replies: 2
Views: 1077

HTPC Cases with 120mm fans?

Hi Everyone, I'm looking to get a quiet/silent HTPC case and would like to find one that uses 120mm fans. I've found a few: -Silverstone GD04 -Silverstone GD05 -Antec Fusion series My budget is around $150. I like the GD05 the most out of the cases I listed above, the two big drawbacks for me are th...