Search found 13 matches

by arjunr
Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:25 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lian Li PC-B25S Mid-tower Aluminum Case
Replies: 28
Views: 16836

Re: Lian Li PC-B25S Mid-tower Aluminum Case

Mike how would that compare to this case? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112254&cm_re=LIANNEWYEAR20-_-11-112-254-_-Product The model number is identical except this one has a window. It's on sale too for $160 and I was thinking about taking the jump, though my gut tells me ...
by arjunr
Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:32 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Computer hooked to TV via HDMI looks bad
Replies: 12
Views: 10175

Re: Computer hooked to TV via HDMI looks bad

it's really a strange issue... i've built a few of the SPCR build guides... and for the silent home server with the zotac h55-c-e board, the onboard video looks pretty bad compared to a standalone player... i can't figure out why _exactly_ it's bad... the picture isn't as vibrant, looks slightly deg...
by arjunr
Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:26 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Sandy Bridge, Part 1: Intel GMA HD 3000 Graphics (Updated)
Replies: 46
Views: 18124

Re: Sandy Bridge, Part 1: Intel GMA HD 3000 Graphics (Update

does anyone have an why playing video with integrated graphics or 90% of graphics cards via hdmi to a TV doesn't look as good as say... a ps3 or wdtv high def media player? i would love to build one of these intel integrated graphics machines for a htpc, but in my experience they don't even come clo...
by arjunr
Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:16 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Mid Gaming PC Build Guide
Replies: 56
Views: 37584

Re: Silent Mid Gaming PC Build Guide

what do you guys think of how i mounted the fan controller knobs for the musashi in the water cooling pipe slots in the case? the knobs are too big to fit in the expansion slots and don't want to have to open the case every time i adjust them. i bought a dremel and thinned the metal on the panels an...
by arjunr
Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Mid Gaming PC Build Guide
Replies: 56
Views: 37584

Re: Silent Mid Gaming PC Build Guide

it's quiet for sure at idle with all 6 stock fans undervolted... (5 internal + 1 on the side window) one thing I don't understand is why the musashi has two knobs for the fan controller... does anyone run the fans at different speeds? it makes no sense to me since they are either both on low, or bot...
by arjunr
Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:42 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Mid Gaming PC Build Guide
Replies: 56
Views: 37584

Re: Silent Mid Gaming PC Build Guide

I did another build of this machine, this time in a nzxt tempest evo build for silence 2x radeon hd 6870 both with scythe musashi I had major issues with cable management as I couldn't fit everything behind the motherboard plus SLI cable routing is inherently difficult. if anyone has any suggestions...
by arjunr
Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Mid Gaming PC Build Guide
Replies: 56
Views: 37584

Re: Silent Mid Gaming PC Build Guide

Novice builder... SPCR has motivated me to build PC's... anyway I built my own version of the silent "mid" rig: 2x - gtx 460, one msi cyclone, one msi twin frozr both sub 200 after rebate (based on slickdeals sales) 12gb ripjaws 1600 ddr3 - $50 / 4gb newegg BF sale i5-760 @ 3.92 - $160 at microcente...
by arjunr
Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:47 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Mid Gaming PC Build Guide
Replies: 56
Views: 37584

Re: Silent Mid Gaming PC Build Guide

FWIW the i5 760 is $160 at microcenter... picked one up a couple days ago...
by arjunr
Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD & Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards
Replies: 51
Views: 22914

Re: AMD & Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards

I would advise caution for these cards, a lot of people are having issues playing games, myself included. Crysis was unplayable - super choppy, etc. Crysis warhead plays fine for about 3 minutes and then crashes the machine because the display goes completely static, etc. Starcraft 2 is the only gam...
by arjunr
Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD & Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards
Replies: 51
Views: 22914

Re: AMD & Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards

I do not understand. In TechPowerUp, that video card was noisy (noisier than here in SPCR): http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/Radeon_HD_6850_Direct_Cu/ There he says that does not run its fan under 1500 rpm. I trust SPCR. Just I would know why that difference. Thank for review. I based my sys...
by arjunr
Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD & Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards
Replies: 51
Views: 22914

Re: AMD & Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards

In addition to my Crysis question, has anyone tried to install a Scythe musashi on one of these? i am thinking of replacing my S1 + noctua fan combo for a musashi.
by arjunr
Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:04 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD & Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards
Replies: 51
Views: 22914

Re: AMD & Asus DirectCU Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards

Did you guys happen to try this card out in Crysis? I bought this card and every game except Crysis runs at high settings. Crysis "optimized" by the game asks for High settings but runs @ 10 FPS. On medium settings it does 12 fps, on low settings it does 10 FPS. I'm running a phenom 2 965be @ 3.8ghz...
by arjunr
Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silent Gaming System Build Guide
Replies: 36
Views: 31843

Re: Silent Gaming System Build Guide

Well, I built a gaming PC with the following specs: Antec 1200 - $150 newegg bf sale Antec CP-850 - $120 AMD phenom 2 965 be @ 3.8ghz - $150 scythe mugen - $40 ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 - $90 - newegg bf 12gb GSkill 1600 DDR3 - $150 newegg bf sale MicroCenter brand 64gb SSD - $99 lg oem dvd reader - $...