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by plympton
Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Ninja Mini & Fans, Saphire 6850
Replies: 0
Views: 5121

Ninja Mini & Fans, Saphire 6850

Not sure if this is a relic of a by-gone era, or something to cherish (I did), but I have a Ninja Mini for sale, in great condition. I'll leave it here for a week or so and then toss it to eBay's whims. It's in great shape, and I used it on my Z87 Motherboard until yesterday (socket 1155). The brack...
by plympton
Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:42 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Quiet / Noisy Monitor Survey
Replies: 271
Views: 333965

Re: Quiet / Noisy Monitor Survey

I can confirm the buzzing with the u2713hm. Otherwise it's a BRILLIANT monitor - no PWM backlight, tons of inputs, beautiful display, light AG coating, regular gamut.

<sigh>

I'm on my 3rd, and they all buzz.
by plympton
Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:41 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: [Sold]: Passive Nvidia GeForce 9600GSO + Accelero S1
Replies: 0
Views: 1039

[Sold]: Passive Nvidia GeForce 9600GSO + Accelero S1

$20 on eBay, someone got a good deal. :-) It *IS* the S1 v2 (there are 2 sets of mounting holes). Perfect condition, never overclocked, lived in a Hackintosh doing boring Lightroom photo editing. Nice card, and quiet, too. :-) The card: Asus 9600GSO 512MB (non-gimped version) http://www.newegg.com/P...
by plympton
Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: (was) LF: Pentium D (yeah, I know...)
Replies: 0
Views: 610

(was) LF: Pentium D (yeah, I know...)

Edit: Picked up a cheap Pentium D 945 on eBay. 95w TDP -- those were the days!! :-) I just inherited a really nice old HP XW4300 workstation that I'm refurbishing - it's a REALLY nice box, tool-less chassis, heatpipe cooler. It's got a 2.8 P4, and can take any (?) P4/Pentium D. Anyone have a Pentium...
by plympton
Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questions?
Replies: 11
Views: 2572

Re: Lian-Li V354 is on it's way, does anyone have any questi

Cute little case. I was just wondering, "If I had to get a desktop case, what would I get?" One thought I had was, do I get a small case like this, or get a mid-tower like my P150 (or a Mini P180) that can handle more airflow. So I guess my question would be, What are you putting in it, what's it co...
by plympton
Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 5,25" docking station for a 3,5" hard disk: any si
Replies: 2
Views: 1000

Dunno - that Raidsonic box looks pretty neat. I have Icy Docks and am pretty happy with them - very reliable. I had a bunch of IDE docks back in the day, and they were very prone to connection problems (power, or one of the 50+ pins wouldn't connect). SATA makes it really nice. Here's some ICY Dock ...
by plympton
Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Underwhelmed by Intel X25-M
Replies: 13
Views: 3073

No, you didn't miss anything. Well, except one thing - try to return the HDD back to your computer and boot from it. Then you will notice the difference - you don't feel it that much when you switch from HDD to SSD, but when you are forced to return to HDD. That's true - you get used to Speed prett...
by plympton
Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:18 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: laptop with good screens?
Replies: 16
Views: 15425

I think there's hope - the iPad uses IPS, and the new iPhone is supposedly going to use IPS. Also, the latest KNO tablet is said to use a dual-screen 14.1" (!!) IPS panel. The word is getting out that: a. Your current laptop screen sucks b. It doesn't HAVE to suck My hunch is that SOMEONE is going t...
by plympton
Fri May 21, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Questions about using a fanless Minja in an Antec NSK 2480
Replies: 3
Views: 945

From my understanding, and idle i3 will be pretty cool, and an idle ATI card is normally pretty cool*, so at idle, you'll be OK. I'd recommend a 80-90mm fan on the Minja, and a single 120mm fan on the side of the case. Also, a bigger concern is if you're open or in an enclosed environment - I put my...
by plympton
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:00 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: New Unopened Boxed Quad Q9550
Replies: 1
Views: 914

Re: New Unopened Boxed Quad Q9550

I have a New Unopened Boxed Quad Q9550 that I no longer intend to use. Here is a description of it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041&cm_re=q9550-_-19-115-041-_-Product I would like to sell it for some reasonable discount off the newegg price. PS: Let me know if you ha...
by plympton
Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:19 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: storage for htpc
Replies: 7
Views: 1540

There is no such thing as a variable rpm hard drive. I swear that they were at least announced - I recall that some Hitachi's would spin down to a certain speed on idle. Didn't take off, obviously, as VS motors probably made it really tough to balance & added cost/complexity. Only thing I saw was a...
by plympton
Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:25 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: storage for htpc
Replies: 7
Views: 1540

I've had 2 flavors of Green drive in my HTPC - a 1 TB 4 (5?) platter original version, and now a 4 (3?) platter 2 TB version. Both are super quiet, and cool (THAT'S a must). I also had a 2.5" drive for my system drive (easier to back up in case of a HD crash), but swapped it out for a 40 GB Kingston...
by plympton
Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:58 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: M2NPV-VM, GigE Switch, ATI 4670, SO-DIMM, small Keyboard
Replies: 0
Views: 711

FS: M2NPV-VM, GigE Switch, ATI 4670, SO-DIMM, small Keyboard

Spring Cleaning - need to get rid of a few things! 2 x 512MB 2Rx16 PC2-5300S-555-12 SO-DIMM's - pulled from my T60 I picked up from Auction. Hynix brand. $10. 1 - PS/2 Ultranav Travel Keyboard - MOSTLY English. It is a 42c0025 (Thai?), with a US layout. I replaced all the letter keys with pure Engli...
by plympton
Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: laptop with good screens?
Replies: 16
Views: 15425

I upgraded my Thinkpad X32 to an IPS screen from a tablet, and it's incredible, can't go back to a junk laptop screen again. The closest alternative is getting an X200 non-LED screen and upgrading to an IPS screen from a Gateway tablet. I'm hoping that with the iPad and iMac 22" & 27" making a big d...
by plympton
Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: laptop with good screens?
Replies: 16
Views: 15425

laptop with good screens?

Figure folks from here are picky enough to possibly know - Any 13-14" laptops out there with a decent wide viewing angle screen? Not necessarily IPS, but more than, well... junk.. garbage.. 5 degree viewing angle stuff they're putting in consumer gear these days. Anyone know what an Envy 13 has? -Dan
by plympton
Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Asus UL80Vt: A CULV Laptop with Hybrid Graphics
Replies: 11
Views: 5221

Any chance to see noise levels with SSD? On some markets the laptop comes with bluetooth and in silver/black. There's also UL30 which is same but with 13,3" screen and no optical drive (when was the last time you used one?) Funny - I got Comcast the other day, and my modem was rebooting on install....
by plympton
Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Kingston 40gb boot drives available finally
Replies: 10
Views: 2727

Well, Windows 7 was for sure rattling my boot drive - now that the SSD is in, I only here the puttering of my data drive when the Media Center photo screen saver kicks in on idle. None of the tick-tick-tick that was going on before. Super simple to install - just format in Win7, pop it in my USB doc...
by plympton
Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Kingston 40gb boot drives available finally
Replies: 10
Views: 2727

Kingston 40gb boot drives available finally

I've been waiting to get one of these for my HTPC, since it's the right size, and reasonable cost (~$100). My boot drive is doing a ticky-ticky thing, which could be because of Win 7 writing files all the time, or...

Anyway, they're available now...

-Dan
by plympton
Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Future of Socket 775?
Replies: 21
Views: 4800

Picked up a 9550

.. popped it in tonight - it DOES use less (or equal) power to the e6600, at their mild-overclocks & stock voltages. Crazy. Easy overclock to 3.5 GHz @ 1.21 volts (stock), cooled with a Mini Ninja & 5v 80mm fan. Not much difference from idle (150 watts) -> prime95 torture (185 watts) Now I just need...
by plympton
Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Future of Socket 775?
Replies: 21
Views: 4800

I found a Q9550 under $200 on eBay and pulled the trigger. I don't NEED it, but I'm getting more and more lag editing my photos, which I want gone. I'll just sleep the machine when it's not in use, but from what I read, it might actually use less power than my E6600!

-Dan
by plympton
Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:19 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Future of Socket 775?
Replies: 21
Views: 4800

Curious opinions!

Dual Core options: Interesting thoughts about the e6600 vs. e7xxx. My e6600 overclocks to 3.33 most of the time, but I've got it at 3.1 for stability. Under Windows it might do better, but Hackintosh is a bit more dodgy, less tweakable. I was supposing that a e7500 could go do 4.4 (400 fsb * 11 mult...
by plympton
Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:59 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Future of Socket 775?
Replies: 21
Views: 4800

Future of Socket 775?

Anyone know if Intel will continue to release Socket 775 processors, or have they pretty much stopped at what is out there. Basically, I'm trying to figure out my upgrade options - I've got an e6600, and wouldn't mind something faster for photo editing, now that I'm using 12 MPixel raw files, and Li...
by plympton
Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:10 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: 9600 GSO $35
Replies: 2
Views: 1105

Got mine

Mine mine delivered over the weekend - overall, not too bad for the price. - Doesn't use more power than the 3850 that it replaced, though the 3850 is arguably faster. - The cooler is like a hair-dryer - pretty noisy despite what the Newegg reviews state. I believe all gamers are half-deaf, or half ...
by plympton
Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: 9600 GSO $35
Replies: 2
Views: 1105

Re: 9600 GSO $35

at newegg, the Asus 9600 GSO is $35 after rebate, with free shipping. May need a quieter fan, though maybe undervolting it would be enough -- they say it runs cool. I decided to pick one up yesterday along with a Samsung 1TB drive + Dock combo. I'll just throw on my 3850's Arctic Cooling cooler, so...
by plympton
Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Low Power 9600GT worth it?
Replies: 2
Views: 1076

I also wonder about the low power 9800 GT's as well. From what I can tell, there's two BFG and one PNY on Newegg. And 2 Zotacs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500113 MSI... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127441 Hmm.. didn't even think about the po...
by plympton
Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:22 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Low Power 9600GT worth it?
Replies: 2
Views: 1076

Low Power 9600GT worth it?

Anyone know the ACTUAL power draw difference between the regular nVidia 9600GT and the new no-power-connector-needed Low Power 9600GT? I'm thinking about replacing my passive 3850 with one due to driver problems (er, Hackintosh :-)) I'll probably throw my Accelero on there from my 3850, so I'm not w...
by plympton
Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:07 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FREE for the price of shipping
Replies: 10
Views: 2433

*sigh* burned again. I'm feeling this forum needs to be regulated a little better. Lots of deals don't go through just because the seller cuts out to a local buyer instead. Nothing wrong with that, but at least give a little warning instead of leaving potential buyers here hanging only to find out ...
by plympton
Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:56 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FREE for the price of shipping
Replies: 10
Views: 2433

FREE for the price of shipping

I've got some old(er) stuff that might be of use to a fellow HTPC-er that I should sell, but figure it's easier to give stuff away. :-) Everything works great. I'll ship it using the best/smallest USPS priority box there is. It all works, no junk. All gone. Sorry for not editing the post sooner! -Dan
by plympton
Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:55 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Replies: 6
Views: 1998

It's a great hackintosh board, too.

It'll run Mac OS X with very few headaches. One of the best for that purpose. :-)

-Dan
by plympton
Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Is Dell 2209WA a safe buy with regard to noise?
Replies: 11
Views: 5606

Can you even get this monitor anymore? I figure there must have been some QA problem with it, since it was selling like hotcackes and then just disappeared (lots of refurbs were available for a short while).

-Dan