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by aston
Tue Feb 01, 2005 3:47 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone LC03 HTPC Case (mnpctech investigation)
Replies: 15
Views: 5873

I bought this case last month, except mine has two 60mm fans in the back. Very happy that both fans start up at 5v, and they're fairly quiet even at 7v. Sorry, I can only provide a subjective measurement -- I don't have any equipment here to measure the dB. Loudest thing in it is my lameass Enermax ...
by aston
Tue Feb 01, 2005 2:41 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Mounting a PSU upside down. Bad idea?
Replies: 6
Views: 1914

You're not nuts; I've already done it. :P I got tired of the PSU fan ramping up all the time. I have a Seasonic 120mm PSU flipped upside-down. I cut a hole in the top of my case for air to get through. I haven't opened the PSU yet, but what I'd like to do is cut out the stamped grill and put a Papst...
by aston
Thu Jun 24, 2004 4:56 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Drive covers w/ventilation
Replies: 1
Views: 1251

Drive covers w/ventilation

Does anyone know where I can find metal drive covers that have holes in them for ventilation?

I considered getting some modder's mesh, but they're out of stock again... and I'd also rather not have to deal with cutting and shaping the mesh myself if I can avoid it.
by aston
Thu Jun 24, 2004 12:15 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Advantages to a Quiet PC?
Replies: 16
Views: 15789

Re: Advantages to a Quiet PC?

intx wrote:I'm curious, what are the advantages to having a quiet pc that appeal to you?
It makes me feel snooty and elitist and superior to the uncultured, noisy PC-owning masses, and I like that.

:P
by aston
Thu Jun 24, 2004 12:10 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I'm doomed! No silent PC for me (at least for the summer)
Replies: 17
Views: 11259

I heard that a PC with the side panel off would be unstable because the airflow would be disturbed, creating really hot spots in small areas. Don't know if that's really true. Give it a try and see if your temps decrease. If they do, that means you probably have poor airflow in your case. You'd be ...
by aston
Wed Jun 16, 2004 6:52 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: I would appreciate it if you would keep our boards clean.
Replies: 60
Views: 26125

I'm with Polist8. Reading those threads wasted 5 minutes of my life I'll never get back. Completely inoffensive.
by aston
Tue Jun 15, 2004 11:26 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Going AMD? Don't worry about BTX
Replies: 6
Views: 2766

Dhurdahl wrote:Well... Im quite sure we'll see something like BTX in the near future..

Why? Well the current ATX doesn't have any airflow management at all. And this will become important if we'll going to see an increase in heat.
I think the point is that AMD's newer processors won't have an increase in heat.
by aston
Mon Jun 14, 2004 3:52 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Chenbro announces the Gaming Bomb II
Replies: 31
Views: 12976

The looks are all right... much nicer than the other Chenbro cases. I would've preferred a round top blowhole and a round power button -- the square shapes don't match the curviness of the rest of the case. Too bad they couldn't make the entire bottom mesh, either. Better for airflow, and probably f...
by aston
Thu Jun 10, 2004 10:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Airflow advice for a guy w/Seasonic Tornado PSU (now w/pics)
Replies: 18
Views: 5421

As long as I have proper airflow in the case, I don't think the hot air will heat up the casing of the PSU... and even if it did, I doubt that it'd be a big problem. It's really no different than building an air channel for the PSU as others here have done, right? I also plan on leaving the stock th...
by aston
Wed Jun 09, 2004 6:05 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Airflow advice for a guy w/Seasonic Tornado PSU (now w/pics)
Replies: 18
Views: 5421

This is spooky: You seem to have (mostly) the exact same hardware that I'm using. ... 2 optical drives, Plextor cd-burner + LG dvd-burner ... Wow, how did you know I have a Plextor too? :lol: (Actually, mine is an ancient 40x SCSI CD-ROM... I think it's actually time to retire it.) I wanted to stop...
by aston
Wed Jun 09, 2004 1:05 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Worst Grills
Replies: 59
Views: 16431

Re: That'll be really hard to beat...

NeilBlanchard wrote: Coolmaster:Image
Lol! That one's hilarious. It's as if they thought that the fan-shaped stamp would help airflow... that's what I like to think they thought anyway. :P
by aston
Wed Jun 09, 2004 11:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Airflow advice for a guy w/Seasonic Tornado PSU (now w/pics)
Replies: 18
Views: 5421

So many replies... where to start... If your case has feet, best thing you could do would be to snip out as much of the bottom of your case as possible and then cover it with 1/4" open cell foam(sold as intake filter material for room AC units). Unfortunately, this case doesn't have feet, so there's...
by aston
Mon Jun 07, 2004 11:39 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Airflow advice for a guy w/Seasonic Tornado PSU (now w/pics)
Replies: 18
Views: 5421

Here's a picture of my setup. (Forgive the crappy red arrows -- they show which way the air is going.) http://members.shaw.ca/alau/airflow.jpg As you can see, fresh air is drawn in from the two 80mm rear fans and the top blowhole (or suckhole, in this case). The top blowhole is not blowing out, but ...
by aston
Mon Jun 07, 2004 4:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New quiet case...looks promising
Replies: 27
Views: 14312

Though the fan-grills likely need some doctoring (a.k.a. WISS Tin-Snip-ing). Dunno about that... the back one is about as good as they come -- same as on best Antecs, at least 80% air pass-through -- and plenty good enough to me; the front one -- maybe. Any excuse to use those Wiss tin snips, right...
by aston
Mon Jun 07, 2004 4:53 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Airflow advice for a guy w/Seasonic Tornado PSU (now w/pics)
Replies: 18
Views: 5421

Airflow advice for a guy w/Seasonic Tornado PSU (now w/pics)

I'm the proud new owner of a 120mm top blowhole which I cut myself using Crisspy's excellent tin snips tutorial. :) But what I had in mind -- having it blow up to exhaust hot air out of the case -- isn't working very well. I have a case with a Seasonic Super Tornado (120mm fan blowing hot air up int...
by aston
Mon Jun 07, 2004 1:03 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Does your Noistaker whine?
Replies: 30
Views: 9483

I don't have a NoiseTaker, but I do have an older 300W Enermax unit. I had bad coil whine with a Radeon 9700Pro as well. Actually, to be precise, it was the combination of nForce2 motherboard, Radeon, and Enermax. Take any one of these out of the equation, and the squeal goes away. Eventually replac...
by aston
Sun May 16, 2004 7:05 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Owners Post Your Temps
Replies: 27
Views: 7320

Thanks for the tip on how to measure my HD's temp. I just tried it out... and I was shocked to see that my HD temps were in the mid 50's. Guess putting the drives (and the entire computer) inside my TV stand/cabinet isn't such a great idea. This might also be the cause of my data corruption problems...
by aston
Tue May 11, 2004 5:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Owners Post Your Temps
Replies: 27
Views: 7320

Erm, how are you guys measuring temps? I have a thermisistor I can try, but I don't know where I'd stick it. Or is there a tool for montoring drive temps? FWIW, the sides of my Seagate Barracuda V drives (120GB and 200GB) are almost scaldingly hot when I touch the sides. They aren't mounted in a dri...
by aston
Tue May 11, 2004 5:24 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: stay away from bartons!
Replies: 27
Views: 5934

Have you tried letting it burn in for a while?

I'm not sure where I stand on the whole "burn-in" theory, but I do know that my Barton temps magically dropped by about 5C after a bit of usage.
by aston
Mon Apr 12, 2004 11:34 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Interesting Races and Folders-on-the-Move
Replies: 975
Views: 375492

And I just made it to 10,000. Woo.
by aston
Sat Apr 03, 2004 9:44 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1636267

Doves - Lost Souls

Been listening to a lot of Broken Social Scene's You Forgot It In People lately. Amazing band from Toronto. If you're into independent rock/pop, or want to start, this is the place.
by aston
Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:09 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SATA cable suck
Replies: 30
Views: 9786

No difference in speed, but IIRC, there's a difference in CPU usage. (SATA < PATA in terms of CPU usage.) That's why I use a PATA to SATA adapter on my Barracuda IV.
by aston
Fri Mar 26, 2004 10:01 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: ForceSSE causing me problems
Replies: 24
Views: 7817

Did you try the new core that fixes Athlon lockup problems? I don't know if it'll help, but it can't hurt. OTOH, it doesn't sound like your computer is hanging..
by aston
Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:04 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Welcome new members
Replies: 561
Views: 457015

Interestingly, the component that makes the most noise in my "blade farm" is a Tripp-Lite surge suppressor! Time to mod it. :lol: Reminds me of my own non-PC noise problems. Frankly, I don't care much about the noise my HTPC makes, since the fridge is usually louder. Maybe I should start SilentFrid...
by aston
Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:01 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Interesting Races and Folders-on-the-Move
Replies: 975
Views: 375492

Yay, David mentioned my name again. :D
haysdb wrote:Page 2 is one of my favorite places to hang out, because I consider it a key indicator.
Yeah, being on page 2 was actually more fun. Now my position doesn't change much anymore. :?
by aston
Tue Mar 23, 2004 10:09 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: new models from Seagate/Samsung around the corner?
Replies: 24
Views: 5509

I'm looking forward to some new drives, too. I need more space and I don't want to add any more drives to the system. 120GB per disk just isn't cutting it anymore...
by aston
Sat Mar 20, 2004 4:50 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Welcome new members
Replies: 561
Views: 457015

-forcesse

You probably don't need it for you P4, but it can't hurt.
by aston
Fri Mar 19, 2004 10:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Worried about my Seagate 7200.7
Replies: 27
Views: 11396

It's happening with my Cuda IV 40GB drive as well. Honestly, I didn't think much of it... it worried me a bit, but I forgot about it right away. :) Maybe cuz it almost never happens.

The noise is disconcerting, but if it extends the life of the drive, then I'm all for it.
by aston
Thu Mar 18, 2004 6:52 pm
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Interesting Races and Folders-on-the-Move
Replies: 975
Views: 375492

I'm in the top 100, baby! Wooooohooooo!!!
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by aston
Thu Mar 18, 2004 11:48 am
Forum: SPCR's Folding@Home
Topic: Thank MikeC for the Folding Call to Arms on the Home Page
Replies: 21
Views: 5926

NullObject wrote:Errr...I just read the thread title :?

I didn't mean for the title to be an imperative. :oops:

I meant to say 'Thanks MikeC' :D
Funny, that's the way I read it anyway. :lol: