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by tomknight
Tue Sep 21, 2004 12:18 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata/BQE dilemma
Replies: 38
Views: 12083

Sonata purchased

Okay guys and gals, I have the Sonata in my living room, all shiny and lovely. Ta for all your recommendations (and the general discussion). Picked up from near St. James' Park, tried to walk to Waterloo Station (bear with my non-London people) via Westminster, and what do I find. A bloody load of p...
by tomknight
Mon Sep 13, 2004 2:43 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID of the Paranoid
Replies: 37
Views: 13173

PS. According to several studies performed by companies that work in the datastorage business, most datalosses can be followed back to software error or human error. Ain't that the truth. I've had two machines where hardware failures lead to data loss, both cases were down to old cruddy hard disks....
by tomknight
Fri Sep 10, 2004 6:39 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata/BQE dilemma
Replies: 38
Views: 12083

Thanks for the feedback. I'm getting the Sonata, as it looks like being just the right sort of deal. I guess I'll have to cope with the CPU or see how I can go about making it quieter if it annoys me... so that'll be some more trawling of this site! I only intend to use two fans so only having 2 5v ...
by tomknight
Thu Sep 09, 2004 3:55 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata/BQE dilemma
Replies: 38
Views: 12083

Ta, that's what I was thinking overall - I just wanted someone out there telling me I'm not about to do somnething stupid (aside from lugging the damn thing across London!). The BQE seems better normally, but at this price....
Thanks for the opinion,

Tom.
by tomknight
Thu Sep 09, 2004 1:21 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata/BQE dilemma
Replies: 38
Views: 12083

Sonata/BQE dilemma

I have a choice of cases for my new PC, a Sonata and a 3700BQE. Okay, I've read the reviews and the recommended cases sections, and the BQE seems to win, but... The Sonata's second hand, with AcoustiPack , going for 65GBP, while the BQE's going for £55 (+delivery) on its own. The downside for me ab...
by tomknight
Fri Aug 20, 2004 2:10 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Athlon 64 with Cool ‘n’ Quiet under Linux!
Replies: 4
Views: 1533

Asus & opes source

I was looking at using an Asus board, but having have problems with Linux and my current hardware (my Canon scanner has never worked right) I thought I'd look around... and found among other things this http://www.mozillaquest.com/Linux04/Asus_Sucks_Story-01.html page detailing why Asus and Linux do...
by tomknight
Tue Jul 27, 2004 12:37 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Difference between 3 versions of Zalman flower?
Replies: 10
Views: 2563

Zalman 7000 at Tekheads

I've just has a reply from Tekheads, who I asked aboput the Zalman 7000AlCu OEM, they say:
"It is untrue, we bundle the Socket A and A64 fittings with all Zalman 7000Al-CU OEM coolers."
Tom.
by tomknight
Tue Jul 20, 2004 7:04 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Difference between 3 versions of Zalman flower?
Replies: 10
Views: 2563

Cheap UK Zalman 7000AlCu supplier...

http://www.tekheads.co.uk/s/product?product=601956 are selling the 7000AlCu for 17.50 GBP + vat & del, I think this is the cheapest around. They also have a nifty "price match" where whey try to match a competitor's price. Handy if you want to use only one supplier to reduce delivery costs. Oh, I t...
by tomknight
Tue Jul 13, 2004 1:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Never buy a SAMSUNG!! Hard Drive - THEY can WHINE
Replies: 7
Views: 4115

I'm guessing you bought the HDD in the UK (unless there's also a non-UK Microdirect) Trading Standards... On buying a computer: http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/cgi-bin/calitem.cgi?file=ADV0055-1111.txt "The Sale of Goods Act 1979 (as amended): The computer should be of a satisfactory quality, fit...
by tomknight
Wed Jun 09, 2004 2:08 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata Oxidizing
Replies: 8
Views: 2338

Oxidising?

Brings a new meaning to "Cases and Damping"!
by tomknight
Tue Mar 09, 2004 8:00 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Hoojum/Netcube
Replies: 2
Views: 2859

Ta for that info, I'll see if anyone there has any experience with quietening these lovely little things. I'm not sure there's much chance of fitting an oversized heatsink or a silent HDD cage/box, but maybe something can be done. I note the VIA boxes come with: * "Temperature controlled 80mm Arctic...
by tomknight
Mon Mar 08, 2004 7:48 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Hoojum/Netcube
Replies: 2
Views: 2859

Hoojum/Netcube

I'm looking at making/buying a quiet er PC, but size and looks are important. Has anyone here considered a Hoojum (ex-NetCube) box? ( http://www.hoojum.com ) They look lovely, and come in VIA and P4 configurations, but I don't know how quiet the P4 will end up. If anyone's seen/given a review of thi...