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by IdontexistM8
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC/Emulation Station - A Rejigged Rig
Replies: 4
Views: 5663

Re: HTPC/Emulation Station - A Rejigged Rig

I'm going to re-use the Antec case in a different set-up. So If I can find a cheap AM4 board (tricky for itx) I'd pair it with an 35w Athlon 200GE and use the NH-L9a-AM4 there. Pick up the L12 as suggested for the new machine. The Antec's previous build was an integrated J3710 from ASRock. That's no...
by IdontexistM8
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC/Emulation Station - A Rejigged Rig
Replies: 4
Views: 5663

Re: HTPC/Emulation Station - A Rejigged Rig

With 130mm case clearance for the cooler, I would have gone with something beefier than the L9...like the L12, if you want Noctua. Much more overhead for silent cooling. I'd originally bought it for use in the Antec case. It's sitting on MB as I 'speak'. Worth trading up even for a small overclock?
by IdontexistM8
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC/Emulation Station - A Rejigged Rig
Replies: 4
Views: 5663

HTPC/Emulation Station - A Rejigged Rig

For sometime I’d wanted to upgrade my HTPC setup so it could also handle all emulators + other light gaming (racing/sports). I was unaware, until some research, that my old Antec 300-65, which had gone through two builds, had a beefier power board than expected. Since it was apparently 135w, I thoug...
by IdontexistM8
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: With helium drives, anything above 6TB = noisy?
Replies: 24
Views: 26295

Re: With helium drives, anything above 6TB = noisy?

I'm running 20x WD 8tb drives, not really reds but whites, shuck them from Mybook, IIRC these are equivalent to reds, to me they are not noisy drives, not quiet as WD Greens were, no where near the noise of a Black, to me they are acceptable specially considering there there aren't much options and...
by IdontexistM8
Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: With helium drives, anything above 6TB = noisy?
Replies: 24
Views: 26295

Re: With helium drives, anything above 6TB = noisy?

Nearly a year on. . . has anything improved?

I could just about live with noisier drives for semi-cold storage but not for day to day use. Especially if the majority of the noise is caused by vibration like my first foray into 8TB was.

May be forced to go the NAS route and load up on the 6TB Reds.
by IdontexistM8
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: With helium drives, anything above 6TB = noisy?
Replies: 24
Views: 26295

Re: With helium drives, anything above 6TB = noisy?

I have a WD80EFAX (8TB "Red" helium 5400rpm) pulled from an external. The idle noise is unpleasant (high pitched whine), but not loud. Installed in my PC case, it's fine. Seeks are a loud, dull "thud". In addition, the drive does something in the background, which means you will hear seek noises ev...
by IdontexistM8
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: With helium drives, anything above 6TB = noisy?
Replies: 24
Views: 26295

Re: With helium drives, anything above 6TB = noisy?

Thanks for that. Yeah I should have said 3x in a 4 bay. No RAID requirement as nearly everything is both already drive and cloud backed up. Went for Asustor as I don't need anything fancy, pricing is keen and people seem pretty happy with them. Plumped for the WD80EFZX mainly because I could get a d...
by IdontexistM8
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: With helium drives, anything above 6TB = noisy?
Replies: 24
Views: 26295

With helium drives, anything above 6TB = noisy?

Despite using WD Reds for basic storage for years I'd never put together a NAS setup. With 2018 nearly upon us I thought I'd get round to it. So with the Asustor enclosure on the way, I received a WD Red 8TB (WD80EFZX) today. Switching on my test enclosure first thing I noticed was, in comparison to...
by IdontexistM8
Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li EX-503, Changing the stock fan, recommendation?
Replies: 4
Views: 2573

Re: Lian Li EX-503, Changing the stock fan, recommendation?

Found it quite quickly :) The only place it could go inside the unit is the floor, that would mean it's inaccessible if there's a drive in the bottom bay but with 4 or less drives it's perfectly workable.
by IdontexistM8
Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li EX-503, Changing the stock fan, recommendation?
Replies: 4
Views: 2573

Re: Lian Li EX-503, Changing the stock fan, recommendation?

Thanks for the suggestions so far. I would lean towards the Noctua ATM.

I might have a spare Zalman Fan Mate 2 knocking about, if there is a way of tucking it away inside at the front of the unit I might try that initially after fully setting the unit up.
by IdontexistM8
Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:19 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li EX-503, Changing the stock fan, recommendation?
Replies: 4
Views: 2573

Lian Li EX-503, Changing the stock fan, recommendation?

Picked up this 5-bay RAID/JBOD enclosure in the last week, it comes with the Lian Li stock fan LI121425BE-4-A. While it's not loud, it's not exactly quiet either, pretty much slap bang in the middle, but not unpleasant. However I'd prefer something a notch lower, perhaps with a LNA. So since it look...
by IdontexistM8
Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:59 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New Dell U2414H: Quiet as a mouse but. . .
Replies: 1
Views: 1839

Re: New Dell U2414H: Quiet as a mouse but. . .

Stuck pixel found this evening, http://imgur.com/jUDTHH6 so that equals an instant return back to Amazon.

Now considering the Iiyama Prolite XB2483HSU with its AMVA+ panel. No idea whether Iiyamas are generally buzz free, any reports?
by IdontexistM8
Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:28 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New Dell U2414H: Quiet as a mouse but. . .
Replies: 1
Views: 1839

New Dell U2414H: Quiet as a mouse but. . .

There's a degree of backlight bleed above and beyond any IPS glow and I'm very much in two minds about it. I initially took photos in darkened room during daytime at 25% brightness 65% contrast (the settings I found comfortable for my eyes in normal lighting) with sRGB, then at 38%/75%. As the diffe...
by IdontexistM8
Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:01 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dell Ultrasharp Monitors. . . Buzzing?
Replies: 10
Views: 5410

Re: Dell Ultrasharp Monitors. . . Buzzing?

Just to say I bought a Viewsonic VP2365-LED. Partly because of their zero dead pixel policy and the degree of height adjustment. There's no discernible noise at any brightness level. Nice monitor, impressive picture, perhaps just a touch of uneven brightness, I reckon that can be pretty much nullifi...
by IdontexistM8
Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110
Replies: 28
Views: 26076

Re: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110

Sounds promising. I've yet to check how the stock sounds in the environment where the PC will be used. However I think it's pretty likely I'll invest in Noctua. I tried to do a cable tidy this afternoon/evening and noticed when removing the cable for the front usb header that there was a little too ...
by IdontexistM8
Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:34 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110
Replies: 28
Views: 26076

Re: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110

Although the Noctua NH-L9i isn't recommended for Ivy Bridge @ 77W unless there's good ventilation and turbo's disabled I think I can get away with it on this now undervolted rig. Furthermore I reckon the 14mm NF-A9x14 fan could be replaced with the 25mm NF-B9 PWM and it would just squeeze in since t...
by IdontexistM8
Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110
Replies: 28
Views: 26076

Re: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110

Thanks for putting my mind at ease. :) I've just completed a few further IBTs, including one at the max memory setting and I'm pretty satisfied that all is well. The stock cooler is reasonably quiet but is a little 'ticky' sounding for my liking so I'll likely pick up one of the two coolers mentione...
by IdontexistM8
Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110
Replies: 28
Views: 26076

Re: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110

I'm not an expert, but I don't think you should worry. The maximum safe operating temperature is 105°C and you are far below that. Reading through some (overclocking) forums people talk about maximum temperatures for 24/7 usage ranging from below 75°C to below 90°C. With 79°C I think you are fine, ...
by IdontexistM8
Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110
Replies: 28
Views: 26076

Re: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110

So what is the final build? Specifically, what kind of PSU did you use? Thanks. Well it ended up as. . . Case - Antec ISK 110 with the standard fitted PSU CPU - Core i7-3770K Motherboard - Asus P8Z77-I DELUXE CPU Cooler - Stock Thermal Paste - Arctic MX-4 Memory - Crucial 16GB kit (8GBx2), Ballisti...
by IdontexistM8
Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110
Replies: 28
Views: 26076

Re: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110

james wrote:My experience with the EPU is that it is a complete waste of time. You can get better results by undervolting manually! Just disable it in BIOS & mobo switch
Thanks James, I'll work on that basis.
by IdontexistM8
Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110
Replies: 28
Views: 26076

Re: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110

Well I've purchased the i7-3770K based on its flexibility for now and in the future. I'm confident with some tweaking I can get it running optimally cool without major sacrifices. I know the Asus board has an EPU power saving mode, that may well do what's required and I'm prepared to do the job with...
by IdontexistM8
Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110
Replies: 28
Views: 26076

Re: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110

I see two possible issues: The system might not boot, because the integrated PSU doesn't provide enough energy. The converter board might burn out when stressing the CPU during normal usage and taking more power from the converter board as it is specified for. (80W) In the first case, yes, please g...
by IdontexistM8
Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110
Replies: 28
Views: 26076

Re: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110

Most of my parts are here now just monitor, OS and CPU to get. If you have a different PSU at hand to undervolt/underclock you should be fine, but in the worst case just entering the BIOS might cause crashes. I don't have a PSU, is it worth picking up something cheap for testing purposes in this ins...
by IdontexistM8
Sun Jun 23, 2013 1:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110
Replies: 28
Views: 26076

Re: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110

All that PSU modding is going to your head, Quiet.. You're not a Jedi yet. :p ;) IdontexistM8, if the Antec ISK 110 PSU is giving you grief, consider a picoPSU. With a powerful brick and a picoPSU you can power almost anything. Fear not, I'm nowhere near the stage of grief yet. :lol: The S is the s...
by IdontexistM8
Sat Jun 22, 2013 2:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110
Replies: 28
Views: 26076

Re: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110

My build is taking shape with most of the components ordered. The processor choice is still up in the air. If I can get a 77W cpu to POST and get Windows on to it then I can be confident in getting a stable undervolt. Certainly in terms of future usage and then sell-on value a K is going to worth mo...
by IdontexistM8
Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:22 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dell Ultrasharp Monitors. . . Buzzing?
Replies: 10
Views: 5410

Re: Dell Ultrasharp Monitors. . . Buzzing?

Dell U2412M here as well. Silent at any brightness setting. I'm curious, why U2312HM? You do know that 1920x1200 is the shit, right? Years of using 16:9 means I'm not particularly concerned. The 24" is £50 more expensive and has less height adjustment than the 23". I'll take a look at some Youtube ...
by IdontexistM8
Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:00 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Dell Ultrasharp Monitors. . . Buzzing?
Replies: 10
Views: 5410

Dell Ultrasharp Monitors. . . Buzzing?

I've short-listed a couple Dell Ultrasharp models in for my build. http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=66250 They seem the best bang for your buck in terms of colour reproduction, IPS matte screen, ergonomics etc. However I have read some reports of buzzing issues when the brig...
by IdontexistM8
Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110
Replies: 28
Views: 26076

Re: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110

Thanks for the advice. @CA_Steve - I've had a good read around the web and it's interesting to see how some have issues and others none at all. The I7-3770K has the same TDP as the i5-3470K used in the forum thread I referenced. So perhaps Asus Z77 board pulls a lot more than the H61 Gigabyte? Dunno...
by IdontexistM8
Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110
Replies: 28
Views: 26076

Mini-ITX Beast Planned with Antec ISK 110

Having been extremely pleased with my first ever build last year, E450 in an Antec ISK 300-65 for HTPC, I'm going to build another mini-itx based system to supersede a 17" HP Probook which I effectively use as a desktop replacement (also the laptop doesn't seem to play nicely with externally run 3TB...
by IdontexistM8
Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?
Replies: 61
Views: 44762

Re: WD Green vs. WD Red for quietness?

I recently bought a 2TB Red to put in one of my old Antec MX-1 enclosures and have found immeasurably quieter seekwise than either of the two versions of Greens I've bought in the last 18 months. Pot luck?