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by shathal
Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:10 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Any silent UK system builders still in the works?
Replies: 0
Views: 951

Any silent UK system builders still in the works?

Hey folks - I figured it's about that time where I should get a new system going for me. However, since I don't really have any time to build it myself, I was wondering whether there's anyone in the UK (large or small) that builds genuinely silent, high-performance (gaming) PC's (or anyone on here?)...
by shathal
Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:51 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: DFI board troubles...
Replies: 0
Views: 550

DFI board troubles...

Hullo there lads & ladies - it's been a year, time for me to post again :). I've had a PC built for me about a year ago by a fellow SPCR'er and in general it (was) quite fine - being nice and quiet. Until a few days ago, where the whole thing went just dead - no beeps, no POST, no video - niente, na...
by shathal
Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:06 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Zaward Fans - anyone used these before?
Replies: 8
Views: 2047

This German site (the link I gave is from Google Translate so it's translated to English) has reviewed it. They don't seem hugely enthusiastic. But then I'm having some trouble with the pseudo-English ;) I've read the review (helps that I can speak German) ... 44 dBA (albeit at a distance of 4 cm, ...
by shathal
Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 229616

The results are in and I'm impressed. After I put in the order for the S1 I realized that the S2 would have been a better match for the 4670, being smaller and all. Based on results, I'd say the S2 is more than adequate. :lol: First a word of warning, you have to slide the mounting bracket all the ...
by shathal
Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:06 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Gelid Wing 12 Fan - good or not?
Replies: 5
Views: 2412

Where have you seen matte black UV reactive computer pimping parts? My point was made by you - it's more about the "target audience" than an actual quality of the fan. More "bling" to sell, as opposed to actually try and be quiet(-er) while pushing out more CFM's. Most folks on here don't particula...
by shathal
Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:50 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Gelid Wing 12 Fan - good or not?
Replies: 5
Views: 2412

I do have to chuckle at some of those statements. The WING case fans are premium quality, UV reactive, ultra- quiet, dust and water proof cooling fans for gaming enthusiasts. ... water proof? Just where/how do they think we'd use these things. Anyone have their cases immersed in water? If we did, I'...
by shathal
Thu Sep 11, 2008 4:12 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What's that all about? [heavy Nvidia quality problems]
Replies: 26
Views: 11163

Nicely collected, edhanson865.

"Good" to see that so little changes in NVIDIA's generally "screw you" attitude. Let them (deservedly) suffer where it hurts in return (not that it's likely to make them act better, but hope remains...).
by shathal
Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:55 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI 4870 512 + S1 rev2 : passive cooling possible?
Replies: 5
Views: 3027

Everything I've read to-date pretty much requires active cooling when using an S1 with the 4870.

Curse AMD for making it a bleeding radiator, but ah well ... :)
by shathal
Thu Sep 11, 2008 3:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New cooler from Artic-Cooling: Accelero TWIN TURBO
Replies: 59
Views: 21527

I have the S1 rev.2 on my 4870, and im using the stock VRM / memory cooling plate and it fits fine. I removed the red aluminium plate from the stock cooler, it's just a few screws, and then mounted just that on the card and the S1 on top of that. Works well but definately needs a fan on the heatsin...
by shathal
Tue Sep 09, 2008 3:48 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Skeleton... and P183 & Sonata Elite
Replies: 161
Views: 87105

From email enquiry: Looks like late October at this point. Production has not begun though, so if there are any problems in early production that need to be corrected that could delay it further. (P183) Thanks Tak - that's great info ... might be a bit late for me potentially (so I might go with a ...
by shathal
Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:12 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte passive HD4850
Replies: 77
Views: 58052

Hmm - that makes sense about the VRM's (I was trying to figure out out how cooling can reduce draw) - should've thought of that - duh :).

Guess it's deffo an S1 then ... (likely with a 4870)...
by shathal
Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:09 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1599551

Nightwish - Bare Grace Misery
by shathal
Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:08 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Another Great Example for Ethics Classes
Replies: 155
Views: 54042

Not necessarily.

It depends what the code of ethics entails. If they're all rules about being a self-centered git, then there's no dilemma at all and they're beyond reproach.

... can you tell I'm cynical when it comes to politicians (not politics) :).
by shathal
Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:32 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Another Great Example for Ethics Classes
Replies: 155
Views: 54042

Its unfortunate, but like sound, ethics and morality are subjective for each individuals... They're not, actually. Or rather, not both are. Morals are defined personally - whether you feel that (say) robbery is acceptable or not. It's a personal matter, your personal moral make-up. Ethics is differ...
by shathal
Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:55 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard
Replies: 30
Views: 20140

It sounds like a "more respectable" version of the G15 (which I have). The G15 has got 3 illumination modes, I would expect this baby to be similar. These modes are: 1 - Off. 2 - Mild illumination 3 - Strong Illumination Incidentally the "oversized delete" is primarily a European standard - it's som...
by shathal
Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:54 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte passive HD4850
Replies: 77
Views: 58052

Hmm - thanks for that info, Modo. Most kind :)

Guess I'll be sticking with the original plan of the S1 then (and either the 4850 or 4870 - undecided yet).

Meh - the least they could've done is put a proper passive heatsink on one would've thought... ah well :).
by shathal
Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:32 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: What's that all about? [heavy Nvidia quality problems]
Replies: 26
Views: 11163

Nice warnings.

Think I'll definately be getting a Radeon for now then :).

Thanks folks :).
by shathal
Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:29 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte passive HD4850
Replies: 77
Views: 58052

Is there a lead time for reviews - this would certainly be a prime card to be reviewed here, to compare against the Accelero S1 ... if the difference is not that significant (it depends on how smart they were) ... certainly seems quite promising :).
by shathal
Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:38 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any thoughts on the "next Gen" of NVIDIA?
Replies: 14
Views: 3554

I'll dig up somewhere where nVidia reprisantives listed how useless SM 4.1 and DX 10.1 are and why they basicly didn't integrated those features with new 8800-series. I think they called "useless tiny features" and "used by someone else to sell their cards" I remember because I found that very funn...
by shathal
Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: In what order do you asssemble it?
Replies: 17
Views: 3845

Aye - the coolers are a pain at the best of times.

If you do manage, it's not so much the "PC Builder of the year award" but rather the "How's he turn his fingers into thin air, yet can still exude force?" I'd be curious about.

Do it outside - you'll save yourself a lot of nerves + grey hairs :).
by shathal
Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any thoughts on the "next Gen" of NVIDIA?
Replies: 14
Views: 3554

Thanks for the responses so far - hadn't spotted the vr-zone article, cheers for that :). Here's "my sources" that I found last night: http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTQ0MCwxLCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA== and (new features / stuff): http://www.dailytech.com/NVIDIA+Details+GeForce+9600+GT/artic...
by shathal
Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any thoughts on the "next Gen" of NVIDIA?
Replies: 14
Views: 3554

Oh? What isn't "good enough" about the multimedia properties?

I'm genuinely curious, as most of my "multimedia" usage involves playback of either DIVX or DVD's so I'm not exactly a "heavy user" :).
by shathal
Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:27 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any thoughts on the "next Gen" of NVIDIA?
Replies: 14
Views: 3554

Any thoughts on the "next Gen" of NVIDIA?

I'm kinda curious if anyone's had any particular insights on the new generation of NVIDIA's coming out (slated/delayed for Feb/March now it seems). I'm less bothered about the "top end" slugging match for pure performance, but don't mind getting the new DirectX and shader support - as long as the ca...
by shathal
Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Searching for the white elephant?
Replies: 15
Views: 3938

No OS, as such to begin with (one of the first things I do with OEM systems is blowing away their OS), as I prefer setting the boxes up myself, most commonly to dual boot XP/Vista and/or Linux. Depends. I'd just need the hardware set up ... but with the new series of NVIDIA cards "around the corner"...
by shathal
Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:38 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Searching for the white elephant?
Replies: 15
Views: 3938

*ponders* There's an idea. Not sure how many europeans (let alone UK-residents) are floating about, but it's certainly an idea. Tell you what - Send me a PM with the sort of thing you have in mind, and a few pointers/guidelines, and we'll see where we go from there. Hadn't actually considered that b...
by shathal
Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:19 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Searching for the white elephant?
Replies: 15
Views: 3938

Yep - no worries there, don't worry, I know what I'm doing. I work in the industry myself :). Hrmpf ... now the thing's gotten more complicated, with the coming out of the new generation of NVIDIA cards scheduled for the next month or two ... argh. Well - suppose may as well go with them, but it cau...
by shathal
Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:22 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: some advice on my new machine..
Replies: 14
Views: 4026

... why a Xeon, out of curiousity?
by shathal
Thu Jan 31, 2008 5:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Searching for the white elephant?
Replies: 15
Views: 3938

Hehe - well I stil do, I'm a stickler for detail and getting things right first time. The system I built 3-4 years ago (in the sig) took me 1-3 months to research + put together, This is why I'm contemplating the whole thing of "Meh - just get the whole thing done for me" - makes life easier, and si...
by shathal
Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:52 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Replies: 4309
Views: 1599551

Ayreon - Beneath the waves (from the new 01011001 album)
by shathal
Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:47 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Quiet Mice from Quiet Mouse
Replies: 23
Views: 14043

You can now die pecefully, having acheived all your goals? :)