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by the_smell
Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:11 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic S12 Energy Plus: Efficient Power for Connoisseurs
Replies: 38
Views: 34410

I've heard similar noise from my new psu. I just went from a S12-430 to a 650+ after upgrading my rig (AM2 4600+ to 6000+ and added another 7950 for sli) because I thought the 430 wouldn't have anough juice for the sli (yes 'juice' is about as good as my understanding gets). The fan definitely ramps...
by the_smell
Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:54 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: 50W Quad Core Xeon announced
Replies: 10
Views: 4596

You have to ask why you need a system that moster-like in cases like that... Maybe I'm olnly jealous :lol:
I can run pretty much any modern game smoothly at 1920x1200 on my humble dual core, single (not cutting edge) graphics card system. Wouldn't like to think how loud that psu got at 800W!
by the_smell
Thu Mar 08, 2007 5:38 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Sticky for the UK
Replies: 107
Views: 212740

There are supplies of the rather nice Noctua fans to be found at scan and quietpc at the mo. Nice alternative to nexus :D
by the_smell
Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Raptor Hard Drives, any benefit to me?
Replies: 7
Views: 3667

I seriously doubt you'll get even a slight fps boost going from 7200 to 10k rpm, the thing I noticed most was loading times decreasing and things running that little bit more smooth. In gaming it generakky hasn't provided a boost, I noticed it more when using photoshop or premiere. A mild overclock'...
by the_smell
Sat Sep 09, 2006 2:14 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Replace Lian Li 80 mm case fans??
Replies: 11
Views: 3932

Sounds like your Lian Li cases has a switch on the front which controls the voltage of the front two fans. I would seriously consider replacing the fans though in the long run if they're anything like the original ones in the PC-60 I had. Also if the rear exhaust grill is very airflow restrictive it...
by the_smell
Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:25 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1618101

daft punk - discovery, that is until the next work cup match of course! :)
by the_smell
Fri Jun 02, 2006 10:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Best LCD monitor...?
Replies: 19
Views: 5734

I'm using both a Dell 2005 and an Eizo S2410W, both are very good for what they do at their price point, and are fine for games, movies and general work, they're also silent :) . Dell tend to be pretty good about letting you send back products just cause you don't like them after a couple days. The ...
by the_smell
Tue May 23, 2006 8:22 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What resolution are you running at?
Replies: 33
Views: 17483

Just got a new Eizo 24" screen at 1920x1200, looks great, occationally I kick in the old 1680x1050 dell as well if I need a silly amount of work space :oops:
by the_smell
Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:50 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New AMD based HTPC, low noise, medium performance, advice.
Replies: 13
Views: 4537

My 2 pence: I've had a few problems with kingston valueram before, I would go with 2 crucial sticks instead as you want things to be reliable. Also I might be tempted to do a quick mod on the rear exhaust to fit a 80mm nexus fan instead of the two 60mm, although as you've said, you probably won't ne...
by the_smell
Mon Nov 07, 2005 3:38 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" Western Digital Scorpio WD800UE any good ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1686

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but the 8Mb version will be a little faster than the 2Mb, maybe better to describe it as more responsive, but the rotation speed is the biggest factor to be concerned with. There probably won't be any noticable difference with sustained transfers. If it only costs a ...
by the_smell
Sun Nov 06, 2005 2:52 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" Western Digital Scorpio WD800UE any good ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1686

Hi seforo

Welcome to SPCR!

The scorpio's pretty good, the 8Mb version has a review:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article250-page1.html
I guess the 2Mb model will be very similar.
by the_smell
Thu Nov 03, 2005 3:03 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Swapping 9600 HS
Replies: 13
Views: 3202

The only place I know that still stocks the ZM50 in the UK is:
http://www.koolnquiet.co.uk/index.php?m ... &cat_id=12
But with that price i'd be tempted with the ZM80
by the_smell
Mon Oct 17, 2005 1:26 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li 20th Anniversary Edition
Replies: 3
Views: 1575

:lol:
Yuk!
by the_smell
Mon Oct 17, 2005 1:18 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Shuttle's long awaited SD11G5 Pentium-M SFF
Replies: 74
Views: 55386

Great review! I'm pleased you did the nexus fan swap cause (as you said) it was such an obvious thing to do, and exactly what most people at SPCR would go for. :) It's nice to finally see a Pentum M shuttle out there, and one that is really worth getting. My only gripe is the traditional positioning...
by the_smell
Mon Sep 19, 2005 2:56 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 120-160GB harddrives
Replies: 18
Views: 5958

I agree with IdontexistM8, there is an issue with spinpoint vibrations, but it's not too bad and it's easy to deal with, in your average SFF you probably won't notice. If you get the spinpoints from http://www.kustompcs.co.uk , you can ask them to check them for the right motor. I've always got luck...
by the_smell
Wed Sep 14, 2005 4:35 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New generation VGA as quiet as HIS 9800Pro Excalibur?
Replies: 5
Views: 1753

You should be able to get hold of a passively cooled geforce 6600 or 6800 (gigabyte do some models), or undervolt a modern vga silencer. I've got of Geforce 6800GT with a VGA silencer and it's not bad with the standard, certainly much better than a normal stock cooler. If you undervolt it with a fan...
by the_smell
Tue Aug 16, 2005 2:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120G SATA notebook drive
Replies: 24
Views: 21600

As always, a nice review. It's good to see an improvement in acoustics over the previous momentus, plus it nice that (finally) notebook drives are getting large enough to use for HTPC purposes - I'd love to have a couple of these in a RAID acting as a PVR!
by the_smell
Tue Jul 26, 2005 11:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC - Looks finally matter
Replies: 11
Views: 4142

Since you've got a mATX motherboard, I might be tempted with the silverstone LC11
by the_smell
Wed Jul 06, 2005 8:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: XP media centre?
Replies: 3
Views: 1319

Yep it all works the same as windows xp home as far as I can tell, one ramdom hit though - plug in the remote sensor before you install it, I had a hard time getting it working once :oops:
by the_smell
Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: The future is now PC to Stereo
Replies: 40
Views: 10584

Yeah vinyl sounds pretty good, and pound-for-pound tend to sound better than CDs but I'm moving to SACD and DVD audio :shock: I just enjoy listening to them more! Unfortunatelly I haven't even tried copying them to disk cause they'd be too big.
by the_smell
Sat Jun 18, 2005 2:23 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Nexus 120mm Fans: The most quiet case fan solution?
Replies: 18
Views: 7102

If you're going for low noise - serously get the nexus, vantec are simply not as good
by the_smell
Thu Jun 16, 2005 2:26 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Killing the noise on a Radion 9000 AIW
Replies: 4
Views: 1775

Hi Dooferlad First the most important thing :D Welcome to SPCR I would think the ZM17-CU might be worth a try, (although a cooked a Geforce 4200 with one of those while back, but they run pretty hot). Maybe stick a 80mm nexus fan close by if things in that shuttle box are a bit hot, I doubt drilling...
by the_smell
Sun Jun 12, 2005 1:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case airflow with Antec VGA cooler
Replies: 3
Views: 1576

I would prefer to use an arctic cooling vga silencer if you need to exhaust video card heat, since you'll only be using one fan to get rid of the heat, compared to a blower and a stock vga cooler. If that makes sence!?
by the_smell
Sat Jun 11, 2005 11:17 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Most Reliable Fanless PSU?
Replies: 48
Views: 15962

I've also been through a phantom, :( I'd go for the silverstone (or Etasis since they're the same on the inside) if I ever get a fanless psu again. They seem to be more reliable
by the_smell
Thu Jun 02, 2005 3:34 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Desperation
Replies: 15
Views: 4394

My first thought is you could replace the geforce heatsink/fan with an arctic cooling model, and undervolt it a little. This will be quieter than the stock model (even without undervolting) and you'll probably be able to remove the blower after this. Also decoupling the hard disks would be good mayb...
by the_smell
Thu May 26, 2005 3:22 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: quick answer needed re VGA Silencer rev3 or Silencer ATI2??
Replies: 2
Views: 1274

I'd go for the Rev3, as you said it is quieter out of the box!
by the_smell
Wed May 18, 2005 6:14 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Socket A board with vcore and multiplier control?
Replies: 8
Views: 4499

Quite a lot of socket A boards do, especially if you go for the higher end versions which are designed to allow overclocking. I personally prefer nforce 2 models made by DFI, Epox and Abit, but there are loads out there that work fine (asus are good they just don't allow much undervolting). However ...
by the_smell
Mon May 16, 2005 5:31 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New 180mm case fans
Replies: 33
Views: 8629

At this rate I can see the entire side of your case becoming one big slow moving fan maybe 400mm! I can dream... :oops:
by the_smell
Wed May 11, 2005 3:39 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive Video Card / AGP / Dual DVI / Video Editing
Replies: 10
Views: 2781

Didn't spot that, my bad - a 9600 would be a better option if you want better support. Although the Matrox may well have better quality 2D, if the drivers are up to scratch :)
by the_smell
Wed May 11, 2005 1:11 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Passive Video Card / AGP / Dual DVI / Video Editing
Replies: 10
Views: 2781

You could go for a Matrox Millenium P650, it seems to fit the bill.