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by SebRad
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Multiple displays problem
Replies: 5
Views: 2726

Re: Multiple displays problem

Have you looked in to BIOS/UEFI options, see if there is anything about external screen settings?
I mention it as I noticed a setting on some older Toshiba laptops I was working on but didn't pay it any attention at the time to see what options were / did.

Regards,
Seb
by SebRad
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet card for 4k/5k desktop use?
Replies: 15
Views: 6663

Re: Quiet card for 4k/5k desktop use?

Hi, depending on the connections on your monitor(s) an RX 460 might suit you. They have DP1.4 and HDMI 2.0 both capable of 4K output (and dual link DVI) and start from ~£80, which might drop once RX 550/ RX 560 become widely available. It will have less outright 3D performance than the 7970 but if y...
by SebRad
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Zip Ties Or Twist ties?
Replies: 9
Views: 13409

Re: Zip Ties Or Twist ties?

How often do you plan to mess with the insides of your PC?
If it's rarely or never then yes zip ties.
If you're often going to be tinkering inside you might prefer twist ties or Velcro straps so you can undo them easily without having to cut and replace zip ties all the time.

Seb
by SebRad
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: need to replace power supply on legacy silent pc
Replies: 39
Views: 11387

Re: need to replace power supply on legacy silent pc

Hi, I wouldn't replace the PSU, just the fan in it. I put an Arctic F12 in a Seasonic S12 380w PSU and it works great, very quiet at idle. Although I haven't stressed it to know how much it can take. Go with good 1200-1500 rpm fan, I like Arctic ones as they are good and very cheap on ebay (£3-4 eac...
by SebRad
Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:35 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Improve X4 845 stock cooler and make it quieter
Replies: 17
Views: 6093

Re: Improve X4 845 stock cooler and make it silent

Hi, personally I would not buy an expensive cooler for this PC. I would look for 92mm fan tower heatsinks, these will be ample to cool your CPU, which I think is 65w TDP. My experience is Arctic Cooling fans can be slowed to nicely quiet levels, certainly below 3x HDDs. Try looking for Freezer 7 Pro...
by SebRad
Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Force a PWM CPU fan to run at full speed?
Replies: 21
Views: 13640

Re: Force a PWM CPU fan to run at full speed?

Hi, as you have an older rig I presume you have molex plugs on your PSU. In which case you can remove the fan wires from the plug and, with a bit of fix-able squashing, you can shove the -ve (pin 1) in to a black wire and +ve (pin 2) in to yellow 12v wire. This is 100% definitely giving fan 12v, byp...
by SebRad
Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:22 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Force a PWM CPU fan to run at full speed?
Replies: 21
Views: 13640

Re: Force a PWM CPU fan to run at full speed?

Hi, if you simply remove the 4th, PWM control wire from the fan plug the fan will run at full speed. It's usually green or blue coloured, with the aid of a pin or thin blade you can press the tab in the back of the plug that holds the wire in and just pull it out. If you manage this you then easily ...
by SebRad
Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:37 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Got BRIX Pro, now need DIY help
Replies: 7
Views: 10179

Re: Got BRIX Pro, now need DIY help

You could try looking for a local metal work or machining shop.
Hope to find someone there to take an interest in your project and they should easily have skills and tools to do a good cutting job.

Regards, Seb
by SebRad
Mon May 16, 2016 3:31 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Quiet, Clean, and Green Tower Build
Replies: 2
Views: 2990

Re: Quiet, Clean, and Green Tower Build

speedfan doesn't take well to automatically running at startup Have you tried launching speedfan as a scheduled task? To do this open the Windows Task Scheduler -> Action -> Create Task. (not basic task) Tick the box for 'Run with highest privileges' and fill in the name/description Add a trigger o...
by SebRad
Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:59 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: GameMi v2, FT05 + GTX980ti SLI
Replies: 34
Views: 25991

Re: GameMi v2, FT05 + GTX980ti SLI

lodestar wrote: Abula wrote: ...Thermalright TY-147B... I suspect that this is actually an all black version of the TY-147A No, it isn't. Hi Luca, do you have any further info on this? Looking on Thermalright's web site and comparing the spec of the TY-147B on the Le GRAND MACHO RT against the TY-1...
by SebRad
Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Won't power up - motherboard?
Replies: 8
Views: 2907

Re: Won't power up - motherboard?

I will of course report back when I eventually get it all together. I'll find a way to make fan control work, probably. I built a PC for my brother a while back with Gigabyte H110M-S2V (iirc) and G4500 and Speedfan didn't work with that, nor did Gigabyte's own software offer any fan control options ...
by SebRad
Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Won't power up - motherboard?
Replies: 8
Views: 2907

Re: Won't power up - motherboard?

Thanks for the sugestion Steve, I've already tried leaving with no power or CMOS battery for some time. No change unfortunately. I plan to contact Asus next week when their helpline reopens and see if/how they can help. Yes Luca that is now my plan, hope/assume the CPU is ok and looks like worth £12...
by SebRad
Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Won't power up - motherboard?
Replies: 8
Views: 2907

Won't power up - motherboard?

Hi All, the other day I left the PC on backing up files and some hours later when i came back to it is was completely off, which was unusual. Since then it will not power up at all. The power, reset and 'TPU' LEDs on the motherboard light up but when pressing power nothing happens, except the PSU cl...
by SebRad
Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:04 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Which case for me?
Replies: 24
Views: 6562

Re: Which case for me?

Hi, I think the H440 you have is rather restrictive in terms of air flow and this is going to be (very) bad news for you power hungry R9 390X. You can test this by running with the side panel off and should be able to reduce the fan speeds with out excessive temps I believe your Tri-x version should...
by SebRad
Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:12 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quietest Case. Ever.
Replies: 14
Views: 9611

Re: Quietest Case. Ever.

Sorry but there really isn't a single answer to this, it's just not that simple. For example a closed up muffled case might be great for a low power system keeping any noise in but for a high power system there could be too much heat so all the fans have to spin at high speed to get any cooling and ...
by SebRad
Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Reduced size E-ATX mid-tower
Replies: 24
Views: 9754

Re: Reduced size E-ATX mid-tower

I'm suggesting you need (at least) 35cfm of air flow in, through and out of the case to cool 400w with the air being raised (on average) 20°C in the process. This is independent of what happens in the case to get the heat in to the air. If you have poor heatsinks you will need much more air flow thr...
by SebRad
Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:52 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Reduced size E-ATX mid-tower
Replies: 24
Views: 9754

Re: Reduced size E-ATX mid-tower

Hi Luca, I'm not sure what you are asking here? I was assuming the case intakes air entirely through the front panel so the number/location of fans inside to achieve this wasn't being considered. I have just been reading SPCR's review of the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX, and it's not great. They raise ...
by SebRad
Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:46 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Reduced size E-ATX mid-tower
Replies: 24
Views: 9754

Re: Reduced size E-ATX mid-tower

Hi, I've looked again at reviews of the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX and they are generally positive about the case and it's cooling abilities, so I may be wrong about it's airflow. I guesstimated the areas of the intake slits at 300x12mm sides and 230x15mm bottom and this adds up to area equal to 120m...
by SebRad
Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:23 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Reduced size E-ATX mid-tower
Replies: 24
Views: 9754

Re: Reduced size E-ATX mid-tower

Hi, yes at idle the PC will be using a lot of power relative to more modern and modest machines but the 100w or so is perfectly feasible to cool very quietly. Like sleep in the same room quiet, and I can easily believe it is with aftermarket CPU and GPU coolers. The problem comes when under load and...
by SebRad
Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Silencing an NZXT S340
Replies: 27
Views: 14064

Re: Silencing an NZXT S340

Hi, your fan speeds don't look too bad to me, there is always room for improvement though. I would not bother with any kind of damping foam, it's much better to not make the noise in first place than try to damp it. To be effective I think it needs to be thick and heavy. I would start with the CPU c...
by SebRad
Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:38 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silent and cheap Desktop [G3220]
Replies: 3
Views: 3971

Re: Silent and cheap Desktop [G3220]

Hi, that looks like a nice little system, and similar to a couple I've done recently. You say the CPU is weak but I imagine that for it's intended use a couple of Haswell cores @ 3GHz doesn't feel slow, and is in fact efficient and cheap! The first system I did was a G3240 or G3250 (I don't recall e...
by SebRad
Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Solo II + GTX 980Ti: any way to optimize thermalnoise?
Replies: 36
Views: 8746

Re: Antec Solo II + GTX 980Ti: any way to optimize thermalno

what about sliding the psu forward towards middle of case, so it isnt also sucking up CPU heat? a duct/deflector plate above CPU (where bottom of PSU would normally go) would be needed. if you got crazy inventive with ducting you might be able to use front 5.25 bays as a totally separate PSU intake...
by SebRad
Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:05 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Medium sized tower for 4+ hdds
Replies: 7
Views: 3749

Re: Medium sized tower for 4+ hdds

Hi, may I suggest you take a look at eBay and see the sort of prices your existing components might fetch. I think you could be surprised by the deluxe motherboard, RAM and to some extent the CPU. (In UK I would shoot for £50/£40/£40 mobo/ram/cpu) Then compare with new parts, e.g. system I built for...
by SebRad
Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Solo II + GTX 980Ti: any way to optimize thermalnoise?
Replies: 36
Views: 8746

Re: Antec Solo II + GTX 980Ti: any way to optimize thermalno

Hi, definitely try the PSU with the fan facing up as I believe the Solo II has a grill there for this purpose. This way the PSU won't be getting hot air off the CPU/GPU which could help it a lot. I can't off hand find any reviews that mention noise levels, it seems to be a Seasonic S12II 620 rebadge...
by SebRad
Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:00 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Solo II + GTX 980Ti: any way to optimize thermalnoise?
Replies: 36
Views: 8746

Re: Antec Solo II + GTX 980Ti: any way to optimize thermalno

Hi, I'm not sure if we've yet determined the issue is the graphics card getting too loud due to high in case temperatures, or just plain gets too loud. You mentioned 27°C ambient temperature which is probably hotter than most of us have, for extended periods anyway You mentioned you tried with the s...
by SebRad
Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:37 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: [WTB] HDPLEX H1.S Case
Replies: 10
Views: 12457

Re: [WTB] HDPLEX H1.S Case

Hi, in my experience you can build a fan cooled PC that is so quiet you can sleep next it and barely be aware of it. Even in a very quiet rural location too. If it has to be small it will need to be low power but that's getting ever easier. Really you want only solid state storage in the PC with noi...
by SebRad
Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:10 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Getting a software based 3 pin fan cooler?
Replies: 12
Views: 4071

Re: Getting a software based 3 pin fan cooler?

Hi, do you actually get errors/lockups/data corruption when the card gets hot in your case? (I imagine you would if it gets hot enough but does this occur for you) Googling images for said card it looks like the stock heat sink is easily replaceable. Two push pins (squeeze the back with needle nose ...
by SebRad
Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Choosing a CPU cooler. And where to buy in Spain?
Replies: 15
Views: 5723

Re: Choosing a CPU cooler. And where to buy in Spain?

Hi, I think you'll find you can go to at least 65°C-70°C CPU temperature before you have any instability. Can use Prime 95 to detect errors and speedfan to restrict the fan speed and watch the temperature rise and see if any errors get detected. [set speed to manual in advanced in speedfan and can t...
by SebRad
Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:56 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Recommendations for silent / quiet HDs 1 Tb size
Replies: 14
Views: 7973

Re: Recommendations for silent / quiet HDs 1 Tb size

Hi, do you have any performance requirements for the drive? If not needing high performance then go for a 5400rpm drive, e.g. WD Green or Red (not Pro it's 7200rpm) You might also look into 2.5" HDDs as these come in 1TB size, again in 5400rpm speed. I'm not sure how the noise of these matches up to...
by SebRad
Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet, budget PC
Replies: 7
Views: 2703

Re: Quiet, budget PC

Hi, not quite the same as your aim but I just built a (very) budget PC for a friend. Basic motherboard, Pentium G3260, 2x4GB RAM, 240GB SSD and more relevantly Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 pro (£9) and Antec VSK-3000E (£21) The cooler can be spun down to 500rpm and is very quiet and on the low power CPU...