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by joetekubi
Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:20 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Soundscience Rockus 3D | 2.1 by Antec
Replies: 29
Views: 11299

Re: Soundscience Rockus 3D | 2.1 by Antec

Very nice review, Mike, and an outstanding technical analysis. I don't claim to be a speaker guru, but I've built more than a few pairs, and I hang out online with guys who really know everything about DIY. Can't say that I disagree with any of your methods or conclusions. Looking forward to more re...
by joetekubi
Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: mini-ITX case/PS for i3-540, fullsize Optical and 2.5" HDD?
Replies: 6
Views: 1485

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

Thanks guys!
I too am looking for a good SFF case for an i3 or sandy bridge, and you've given me a few more to think about. I was planning on an Antec ISK300-150, but not opposed to slightly large boxes with better cooling potential.
by joetekubi
Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:22 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: DAW pc (around 1000 euro)
Replies: 12
Views: 1913

Re: DAW pc (around 1000 euro)

everything looks good AFAICT.
You WILL need to populate triple-channel ram (6 GB) for X58 / 1366 motherboards.
by joetekubi
Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:35 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Pro Tools Home Recording PC Build Suggestions
Replies: 17
Views: 2610

Re: stickin' up for my bro

danimal wrote:the fud-mongering in this thread is overwhelming.
WHA? Better look up "fud". Bonnestone's a good guy, and very knowledgeable
on PC audio stuff.
by joetekubi
Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent Workstation | DAW pc
Replies: 41
Views: 6957

I use Linux for audio work, Ardour, JACK and all that good stuff. I have a m-audio audiophile pci now, but I think it would be wise to be able to have possibilities for firewire and usb (3!??) also. Atm I have also a pci wireless card and a pci TV card. I have one usb extern hdd. My audio stuff is ...
by joetekubi
Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:07 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Gutting My Computer
Replies: 9
Views: 1475

triple channel ram

AFAIK, the i7 cpu chip requires, or at least works much better with triple channel ram. Best value is 3 sticks at 2GB each, for 6GB total.
by joetekubi
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on new build parts list
Replies: 2
Views: 749

mostly good

The Noctua cooler is one of the best and quietest.
You will not be able to run a 930 passively.

As far as I can tell, 500W should be ok for you.
Search my posts, I've posted several links to online
pc power calculators.

-j
by joetekubi
Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Music Production PC - needs to be quiet as possible
Replies: 36
Views: 5835

off topic audio sample rate

Bonnestone re: I record at 24/96 usually, although when a set is less important, or done for volunteering, that's when I drop down to 16/44.1 and call it a day. I've done both, and never noticed any problem, but lots of audio folks talk about quantize errors going from 24/96 to 16/44.1 Do you have a...
by joetekubi
Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 354230

yah

Yeah, just use the WD "wdidle3.exe" utility to turn off head parking.
You might want to monitor the drives closely for a day or so and make sure that they go into standby as you wish.
by joetekubi
Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a new DAW: Need advice
Replies: 12
Views: 1915

should be good

The Prolimatech Megahalem should be good, but you will need a fan or two for it. Rather than deciding your fans will or should run at 5V, you should make or get a fan controller and set them for a balance of noise and temperature. Here's a nice do it yourself writeup if you can solder: http://www.si...
by joetekubi
Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 354230

dunno

What about WD20EARS-00MVWB0? 3 platter 2TB? I want to use them in my own built NAS. Does disabling LLC stop it going into standby at all? Don't have any experience with the 2 TB EARS, but I assume all the new WD green drives have the same issue. BTW, it's a bit confusing. WS green drives have sever...
by joetekubi
Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Speakers with no buzz / hum
Replies: 2
Views: 598

it's different

Buzz and hum are two distinctly different sounds. The extra sound is either coming from the signal cable from your source (your computer) to the amplifier, or coming from the amplifier itself. Try connecting the amplifer to a different power plug. Try reversing the power plug in the socket (if you c...
by joetekubi
Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building an inaudible Quad-core PC in a custom-case
Replies: 14
Views: 2732

If you're still building a custom case, I would focus on the growing availability of larger fans, rather than more fans. 1 or 2 fans that are 140mm or larger will give you just as much cooling ability, while keeping the noise lower. I don't remember where it is, but 2 fans running at the same speed...
by joetekubi
Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Music Production PC - needs to be quiet as possible
Replies: 36
Views: 5835

yep

Thanks for the advice everyone. Are slipstreams made by Scythe? How many would you recommend putting into my system? Presumably a 120mm slipstream would attach to that Prolimatech Megahalems CPU cooler I listed? I want piece of mind on the PSU, are the Corsairs one of the quietest brands of PSU? I ...
by joetekubi
Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:13 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: My simple fan controller
Replies: 3
Views: 2980

very nice

great writeup and documentation.
Should become a sticky here.
Lots of people get hung up on resistors and power dissapation in fan control, but diodes and switches make a lot of sense.
by joetekubi
Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What's a quiet room fan? :D
Replies: 1
Views: 1172

not perfect

Man, I've looked for silent, or at least very quiet room fans for years. Answer, don't believe much of what it says on the box, try it at home and make your own decision. Take it back it it's not right. That said, the quietest fan(s) I've found are the tower "squirrel cage" fans: http://www.amazon.c...
by joetekubi
Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:21 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please critique this quiet but not silent $700 configuration
Replies: 19
Views: 3730

if you are still shopping... PSU - prolly don't need to go w/ a 650W Corsair. The Nexus Value 430 would work well or the [url=http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1044- page5.html]Enermax Modu87+ 500[/url]. +1 If you don't plan on high-end graphics cards, you probably don't need a 650W power supply...
by joetekubi
Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:39 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EARS vs WD10EADS
Replies: 9
Views: 6350

WD green, man

biatche wrote:OK I am done with this damn drive. Suggestion for replacement?

are samsung's green quiet??
I've had better long term success with WD vs Seagate, but everyone's
experience is different.
I am happy with my WD green drives.
by joetekubi
Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EARS vs WD10EADS
Replies: 9
Views: 6350

buzz?

My WD10EARS also makes a buzzing sound sometimes. I have no idea why. Does anyone know? My WD 1.5 EARS is very silent. Don't know what OS you are running, but find some way to run a SMART utility on your hard drive. Look for bad sectors, or reallocations, or retries. Make sure you have a good backup.
by joetekubi
Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need help with components for new computer
Replies: 17
Views: 2458

threads, computations

the real question might be whether or not your software is multi-thread capable... if so, you should evaluate the six-core amd offerings. +1 If your numerical computations can utilize multi-threads, then definitely go for an AMD X6 or Intel i7. If you are mostly single threaded, then an X2 or i3 wi...
by joetekubi
Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent PC for voice recording/editing. Looking for feedback!
Replies: 12
Views: 3625

WD head park

You know, there's still no indication that high head park count causes anything more than high head park count. iirc, no one in the long history of that thread has actually reported both high head park count and drive failure. Or shown any evidence of one leading to the other. What if your car park...
by joetekubi
Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent PC for voice recording/editing. Looking for feedback!
Replies: 12
Views: 3625

going down the right path

You're making progress. Having done quite a bit of audio production on an AMD 64 X2 system, I would always recommend dual-core or better. You don't mention what kind of audio production. For post-production kinds of things using, for example, Audacity, you can get by with 2 cores. If you want to do ...
by joetekubi
Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 354230

fixed load_cycle on my WD 15 EARS

I must be the last person in the world to have noticed and worried about the WD green drives Load_Cycle count head parking issue, and not fixed it. I tried for weeks to fix the puppy with combinations of hdparm command lines and other tweaks. Also made sure to backup all my important files, due to s...
by joetekubi
Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD20EARS or WD20EADS? What about seagate's 2tb drive?
Replies: 60
Views: 105460

linux and wd green load_cycles

There are loads of reports of the drives failing. It was worst with Linux systems. The drive reaches the SMART programmed limit for load/unload cycles and reports a SMART parameter failure after just a few months. It might be fine for desktop use. Might even be fine for NAS or a Linux server. Why c...
by joetekubi
Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:40 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Initial problems with WD20EARS - bad sign? Should I RMA it?
Replies: 1
Views: 1722

wierd

I've never seen a SATA disk not report for "smartctl". A google search shows only very old Linux versions with problems. My BIOS menus show something like: "Drive SATA 1 SMART" etc You might check there. You might also boot the latest Knoppix or other live distro to check if it's possibly a problem ...
by joetekubi
Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Small, quiet i7-860 build for audio/video work for $1000
Replies: 14
Views: 2727

my recos

Just built a system with a Silverstone PS. Wow. very quiet, heavy, quality built.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817256061

Your old drives are ok for audio, but way small for video.
Course, you could always build the main rig, and upgrade the HDs later.

-joe
by joetekubi
Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 354230

wd did it to themselves

thanks silence_seeker. My WD EARS drives somehow refuse to stop parking themselves, even though I've run the recommeded "hdparm" commands and checked and set any power management setting on the machine (desktop). At this point, I'm making sure my backups are covered, and planning on warrranty replac...
by joetekubi
Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 354230

SMART (daemon) running or not should not be a problem for any drive. You're correct, the Intellipark feature is the problem, and solutions and help exists for Windows, Mac, and Linux. I didn't know there were already working solutions. I know about WDidle 3 which is a DOS utility, but there are dis...
by joetekubi
Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Is there a problem with head parks on WD Green HDDs?
Replies: 296
Views: 354230

Hmmmm... I hadn't thought of the fact that with SMART software running that alone would contribute to a higher load. Then again I assume (because of discussions like this one and elsewhere) that the load count is still very much higher for these particular drives than many other drives. I was refer...