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by Tom Brown
Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: What is the thinnest 80 fan?
Replies: 5
Views: 2210

Re: What is the thinnest 80 fan?

Thank you, gentlemen. I didn't realize 15mm x 80mm fans existed.

This information totally solves my problem. Those 15mm Panaflos look like just the ticket.


Much appreciated! :)
by Tom Brown
Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:49 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: What is the thinnest 80 fan?
Replies: 5
Views: 2210

What is the thinnest 80 fan?

Does anyone make a reasonably quiet fan that is less than 25mm thick?
by Tom Brown
Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone GD04b/GD05b
Replies: 1
Views: 1279

Silverstone GD04b/GD05b

Is the 5.25" drive bay cover on the GD05b plastic? In other words, is it going to look shoddy if I don't mount a drive in that position? I'm trying to find a case for an HTPC with no DVD drive (no HDD, either). It is just an m-ITX board, RAM, and PSU. I'd like it to look like a piece of home theater...
by Tom Brown
Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:17 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Htpc case that matches Denon 3800 series?
Replies: 3
Views: 1511

Re: Htpc case that matches Denon 3800 series?

Thanks for the note. I like the Silverstone GD05B. It looks pretty conservative (what I'm looking for). It seems like most HTPC cases are funky. It would be great if Denon (and other HT OEMs) would build a case to match their equipment stacks. I'd have to say, the GD05B is the front runner at the mo...
by Tom Brown
Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Htpc case that matches Denon 3800 series?
Replies: 3
Views: 1511

Htpc case that matches Denon 3800 series?

My last HTPC lives in an nMedia 200b and I like it fine. The case feels cheap but it’s good enough and it looks decent. I like the simplicity of it. It’s time for another HTPC and the 200B is discontinued. Here’s what I’m looking for: - Standard audio component width - 80, 92, or 120mm fans (no 40mm...
by Tom Brown
Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec NSK2480B?
Replies: 2
Views: 1570

Thanks, JamieG. 8)

I think the Silverstone GD04B might be just what I need.
by Tom Brown
Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Blocking my P183's Top Vent
Replies: 18
Views: 5575

I have a P182 and the top fan is the only major flaw in the case design, IMO. After trying the fan in both the back and top positions, the rear facing fan seems significantly quieter to me. The P183 is significantly more open in front so maybe the top fan isn't the most significant sound path anymor...
by Tom Brown
Sun May 30, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec NSK2480B?
Replies: 2
Views: 1570

Antec NSK2480B?

The Antec site does not list a black NSK2480 in their product list. Very few mentions of it exist on the net. The mentions I did find with Google, are typically for the silver case with a "b" tagged onto the product name for no apparent reason. ... yet our very own JamieG seems to have one. http://w...
by Tom Brown
Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:57 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: My P182 is full and isn't as loud as I expected
Replies: 1
Views: 1489

My P182 is full and isn't as loud as I expected

My P182 is completely full. Antec P182 with all fans swapped for Nexus RS fans Foxconn A7DA-S 790GX/SB750 AMD 9850 Skythe Mini-Ninja 4 x 2GB Patriot DDR2 RAM Seasonic 430W PSU 6 x internal 3.5" bays -> 6 x Samsung 750 GB F1 drives 1 x external 3.5" bay -> media reader 1 x external 5.25" bay -> DVD b...
by Tom Brown
Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:47 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P182 versus Sonata impressions
Replies: 4
Views: 2665

Re: P182 versus Sonata impressions

Thanks for the help, Nick. I like the P182 as well, but you may find your positive impression slightly changes over the course of the weekend (about the lower chamber being brilliant, and having so much room to work in, that is)... :D I see what you mean. It's clear the Antec engineers didn't bother...
by Tom Brown
Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Want to replace P180 due to cable mis-management
Replies: 19
Views: 3600

If you want to get your CPU or GPU temperatures down, you could always reduce the clock a couple of hundred MHz. You don't have to back the clock off much to reduce the voltage quite a bit and your temps will really sweeten. Of course, if you're a gamer or an over clocker, this won't be a very palat...
by Tom Brown
Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Say Goodbye to Abit
Replies: 26
Views: 6672

Dephcon wrote:Still think the NF7-S was the best mobo ever made, still kickin' after 8 years of 24/7 overclocked to the max, though same goes for my barton 2500+.
Wow. Your post takes me back. I had a NF7-S/Barton system too. Loved it. I was the envy of our IT department for a while. lol!
by Tom Brown
Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P182 versus Sonata impressions
Replies: 4
Views: 2665

P182 versus Sonata impressions

I have a few Sonatas and a Sonata II. This week, I'm using my first P182. The Sonatas have been good cases. They look good, they work well, and they feel like quality. Unfortunately, they are not a quiet case. The modifications I made to the Sonata and Sonata II cases could have been done to any cas...
by Tom Brown
Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:06 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Want to replace P180 due to cable mis-management
Replies: 19
Views: 3600

If your temps are running high, I'd open the filter doors and see if that helps. You should be able to cool a pretty serious system with a P180. If opening the filter doors fixes your temperature issues, you might want to remove the doors entirely. There are legions of people on this site who are ke...
by Tom Brown
Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:11 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How can I install a Nexus RSF in a P182?
Replies: 2
Views: 1174

Thank you, Plow King. 8)

That should take just a few seconds with a small angle grinder. :)
by Tom Brown
Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:37 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How can I install a Nexus RSF in a P182?
Replies: 2
Views: 1174

How can I install a Nexus RSF in a P182?

I've removed the Antec fans. How do I install a Nexus in the top? The nexus frame isn't compatible with the tabs on the case top fan mounts.

It looks like I'll either have to bend the tabs or cut the fan webbing.
by Tom Brown
Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cooler Master Sileo 500
Replies: 4
Views: 2458

I have no doubt, you could build a pretty quiet system in that case. I've looked at a lot of Cooler Master cases recently and I don't recall that particular model. It looks good. If you use some quiet components with a reasonably low power consuming system, I'm sure you could get it near silent. It ...
by Tom Brown
Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:59 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Annoyed by S12-II Whine - Recommendations?
Replies: 6
Views: 2689

I hope not all of the S12-II PSUs whine as I just ordered one based on the glowing recommendation of this site. If it's noticeable, I'll have to return it. The tested sample must not have whined or it would not have gotten the recommendation. My biggest concern is the ATX 12v lead length in a P182 c...
by Tom Brown
Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:31 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Optimal fan positions? Hiper Anubis
Replies: 5
Views: 1516

If you're running a fairly low power system, you might be able to get away with just the PSU fan or perhaps the PSU and front case fan. Personally, I'd tape up the top fan grill and only use the rear case fan if absolutely necessary. Of course, if you don't use the rear case fan, you need to tape it...
by Tom Brown
Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:21 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lots of drives
Replies: 5
Views: 1839

Realizing I can't wait for the P183, I ordered a P182 on the weekend. Me patient? What was I thinking? :D I had a closer look at the venting around the perimeter of the door of the P182. It looks quite sufficient to me. The only deficiency I see are the short feet which will make it difficult to get...
by Tom Brown
Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:34 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lots of drives
Replies: 5
Views: 1839

Thanks. I'm going to try a P183 when they come out
by Tom Brown
Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:16 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P183 on the Antec Website
Replies: 8
Views: 3649

I was about to pop for a p182 but I'm going to wait for this new design.

It looks like it has better airflow for power hogs like my system.
by Tom Brown
Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:44 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lots of drives
Replies: 5
Views: 1839

Any comments on the Cooler Master Centurian 590?

It looks like a good case for a big storage server but a lousy case to make quiet.

I would imagine I could tape up most of the vents and get the air flowing the way it should.
by Tom Brown
Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lots of drives
Replies: 5
Views: 1839

Lots of drives

I have a machine in a modded Sonata v 1.0 that runs well but one of the five drives runs pretty warm. I'm starting to think it's time for something new. What cases should I look at for a system with 5 or 6 SATA drives? I know I'm never going to have a silent system with that many spindles but I'd li...
by Tom Brown
Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:16 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Depakote seizure disorder anxiety
Replies: 5
Views: 2206

I'd welcome advice as to power shears vs. power nibbler on this case. Will the shear distort the remaining metal significantly? With a little skill, a shear can cut metal with little distortion on one side. Basically, one side will curl up and the other side will stay in place. There will be a smal...
by Tom Brown
Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:30 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Replacement fan for stock AMD CPU cooler?
Replies: 0
Views: 1225

Replacement fan for stock AMD CPU cooler?

Has anyone found a quiet replacement for the stock fans on an AMD CPU cooler? The stock ones aren't very quiet.

Perhaps even an adapter to fit an 80mm fan would do the trick.

What size are these fans? 70mm? They span 2.5" diagonal on the hole centers.
by Tom Brown
Sat Sep 30, 2006 10:21 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata mods
Replies: 118
Views: 143205

Vulcan wrote:I've been thinking about what the best way to improve the cooling in my sonata would be.
I vote for undervolting your CPU and run a cool hard disk. Stock Sonata cooling is overkill with the right setup. 8)
by Tom Brown
Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:03 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Questions about building a wooden case
Replies: 24
Views: 6513

Questions about building a wooden case

I'm entertaining the idea of building a couple of cases out of wood. There have been a lot of beautiful projects posted in here. Has anyone found parts to make the job easier? Drive cages, etc.? Perhaps a recommendation of the best case to cannibalize? I don't want to have to do any more work than I...
by Tom Brown
Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Post your 90nm AMD underclocks here
Replies: 17
Views: 8076

...it may be possible to cool an Athlon 64 clocked at or near stock with 1.1v, if you had a beefier heatsink. But you can't do it completely passive (ie, no airflow), not unless you drop it down to the 1 GHz range with 0.9v or so. I run my XP-120/Winchester 3000+ at 1.1v with no heat sink fan. Stoc...
by Tom Brown
Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:06 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P180 still THE case to get???
Replies: 15
Views: 6260

TomZ wrote:I considered the P180, but got a Lian-Li PC-V1100B instead.
Interesting.

I like Antec but that case looks amazing. :)