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by markjia
Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 3700BQE still effective?
Replies: 4
Views: 1270

Antec 3700BQE still effective?

I need a new system, and I'm trying to reuse parts from an old Pentium 4 system. Specifically, the case, an Antec 3700BQE. I am not using the stock PSU or fan. Is the case itself still decent? Are there newer more effective designs? I will be running: i7 2700K CPU MB with onboard video Seasonic X-46...
by markjia
Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Soundcard - alternatives to Creative
Replies: 39
Views: 11743

I guess TV could be a valid reason. I wouldn't use it for music or DVDs though. The distortion would do more harm.

I guess the use of signal processors is a subjective issue. I'm personally more of a purist.
by markjia
Fri Nov 25, 2005 6:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Soundcard - alternatives to Creative
Replies: 39
Views: 11743

I don't see the use of the XMystique has a Dobly Digital encoder...You would have to have something like a 5.1 receiver (or something that can decode DD signals) to even be able to use it. Plus, why would you need to ability to encode DD? I can only think of either creating your own music or some so...
by markjia
Sat Nov 19, 2005 3:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Soundcard - alternatives to Creative
Replies: 39
Views: 11743

The onboard digital output it most likely quite poor. I think that even Creative's sound cards are likely better in comparison. Your best bet would be to use something from Terratec or M-Audio. Sadly, I don't know if there is any card that excels for both gaming and music...You could get seperate ca...
by markjia
Fri Nov 18, 2005 4:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Soundcard - alternatives to Creative
Replies: 39
Views: 11743

The choices largely depends on your budget... Optimally, you shouldn't use the DAC on the sound card. No matter how expensive the sound card is, it will not be able to do a good job of D/A while inside the computer due to the high degree of EMI (electromagnetic interference). To avoid this, output t...
by markjia
Wed Dec 15, 2004 4:14 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Does this sound like a well designed computer?
Replies: 31
Views: 9496

I like having the s/pdif on the motherboard because I'm not sure whether the s/pdif on the sound card outputs surround sound formats or just stereo. I like the idea of a cool 64bit chip, unfortunately none of my software is 64bit. every onboard audio I've listened to picks up a lot of noise from on...
by markjia
Wed Nov 17, 2004 10:19 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

Ya, that's one of my concerns too...I'm hoping that I can take advantage of the fact that the TV uses a fan to exhaust the air and I utilize its momentum. Once it enters the duct, which I will place an openning right beside the exhaust, I hope the suction from the new fans will be enough to draw the...
by markjia
Wed Nov 17, 2004 2:24 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

I googled "duct fan" and found that 6" and above duct fans are usually rated btw 250 - 800 CFMs. I wasn't able to find any specifics as to their noise, but they are all listed as being quiet...most user opinions seem to confirm that (though some mentioned hearing some noise). Not really sure what ot...
by markjia
Wed Nov 17, 2004 10:08 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

I was at home depot and was looking at their air ducts when I saw these fans that were part of the duct themselves (they are mounted completely within the duct with no other frame). They are designed to improve circulation. One of the guys there said that he has one and that it's not very loud, but ...
by markjia
Tue Nov 16, 2004 10:28 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

I've decided to create ducts to exhaust air up and out of my frame, and make my own registers to cover the opennings. My thanks goes out to lenny and Putz who gave me these idea as well as everyone else who made suggestions. The thing I am unsure of is where best to put the fan. I'm thinking that I ...
by markjia
Fri Nov 12, 2004 5:08 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

Alright, so I get the impression that most people agree that I need to use some fans in some manner... No matter how I position the fans, i will need some grills... I know that I would get the best airflow if I used grills like these, http://www.directron.com/net12.html . But that would require that...
by markjia
Fri Nov 12, 2004 11:10 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

The TV will be placed about 8 inches into the new frame. The difficulty of putting a fan near the floor is that the TV sits on a stand (about 1.5 feet tall), so the fan would just be pushing air straight through the stand and not actually cooling the TV. Here are a couple things based on the ideas y...
by markjia
Thu Nov 11, 2004 11:32 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

This is the actual TV (sort of, I have last year's model, but they are very similar). I can't find any specifications as to the maximun allowed ambient temperature though. I'm considering either making vents at the top of the frame, or putting two fans at the top. The latter is easier, but which is ...
by markjia
Wed Nov 10, 2004 5:17 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

I have another idea to duct the fans to pull the air coming out of the exhausts to flow under the TV and through the opennings in the stand. Now, I cannot actually have the duct run clear of the stand as they would become visible and unsightly. Instead, I can take advantage of the fact the the stand...
by markjia
Wed Nov 10, 2004 9:54 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

Connecting the fans in series? Hum...perhaps...I don't know enough about transformers to have a proper understanding of which is better. The only thing with connecting the fans in series is that if one dies, then the other could also stop. Although, I guess if when the fan dies, it still lets curren...
by markjia
Mon Nov 08, 2004 10:27 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

The TV is 4 feet wide (and 4 ft tall including the stand). The openning I've made is about 5' wide and there is about 2" clearance behind and 2" on top. The manual says that the TV should have 4" clearance behind, and that if placed in a confined space like I'm doing, there should be proper ventilat...
by markjia
Mon Nov 08, 2004 4:23 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

To clarify my idea, here are a couple sketches to illustrate the designs I've come up with: |-> |-> |-> |-> |-> |-> |-> ^ |-> / ^ \/ ^ \/ ^ \/ ^ / ^ |-> \/ ^ |-> \/ ^ |-> \/ |-> |-> |-> |-> |-> |-> |-> |-> |-> |-> |->^^^^ |->|||| |->---- ^^^^ |||| |->---- |-> |-> |-> |-> |-> |-> |-> these are fans (...
by markjia
Mon Nov 08, 2004 9:36 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

Thanks for the information.

As for the issue with dust, if I install the fans above the opennings (to pull air up), will that help minimize dust?

What about angling the fans to blow diagonally?
by markjia
Sun Nov 07, 2004 10:04 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

It list 4" behind it. I can't accomidate that. Plus, I've already begun cutting a hole out of my wall...there is no going back anymore ;)
by markjia
Sun Nov 07, 2004 10:01 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

There are already two fans in there tha pump air out. They also operate for a couple minutes after you turn the TV off. I am also not going to mount the new ones inside, but rather strap them perpendicularly on the sides (the sides are actually diagonal, so you mount be able to see them. I'm not sup...
by markjia
Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:33 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

Also, about the placement of the fans... The TV has it's own fans pumping air out of the sides (it's a 42" LCD projection TV). I am thinking of mounting the fans under the openning on the sides (located near the base of the TV) and pumping air up. The TV will be pretty tightly sealed, and there is m...
by markjia
Sun Nov 07, 2004 9:06 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cooling a TV
Replies: 42
Views: 11878

Cooling a TV

I'm installing a TV into a wall and am concerned with it overheating in the tight space, so I have bought two 92mm Panaflo L1As to aid in the cooling. I need something to power them though. I'm thinking of using an extra universal AD/DC tranformer to power each of the two fans at maybe 6V or 7.5V (t...
by markjia
Fri Oct 22, 2004 12:05 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Why you need silent system?
Replies: 53
Views: 29611

I think it is sometimes the same thing with extreme overclockers. Will they really notice the difference of a few extra MHz? Probably not, but they still try to push their system as far as it will go. Overclock with old systems was not noticible like 30-60 Mhz but with new ones you can overclock as...
by markjia
Fri Oct 22, 2004 8:27 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Why you need silent system?
Replies: 53
Views: 29611

There are many different possible reasons... I like it quiet for peace of mind and so that it doesn't disturb me when I'm listening to music in the room. It's also an end on to itself...it's a challenge and we do it because it is. I think it is sometimes the same thing with extreme overclockers. Wil...
by markjia
Tue Oct 19, 2004 10:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Adding an intake makes the temperature increase??
Replies: 33
Views: 11195

Why not try negative case pressure? If you are concerned about dust, maybe you can filter the other opennings in the case.
by markjia
Thu Sep 30, 2004 9:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Suggestions how to get system even more quiet ?
Replies: 6
Views: 3065

Why not get a better CPU heatsink so you don't need to be as concerned about the case temperature? The Zalman 7000 comes highly recommended. You can get a quieter case fan (maybe 120mm Nexus or Globe)
by markjia
Wed Sep 29, 2004 8:28 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: G4 power consumption?
Replies: 6
Views: 1938

OS X is just nicer...

I use Debian on my laptop, and it is substantially more trouble to setup (esp installing new hardware). With OS X, it just works. No nonsense.

I also have XP... :roll:
by markjia
Tue Sep 28, 2004 12:02 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: G4 power consumption?
Replies: 6
Views: 1938

The G4 is a great CPU. The only fan in my graphite G4 is for the PSU (but it is only 400 MHz, and I think the new ones have more fans). However, the G4 cube was something of a failure...It was discontinued due to overheating as I recall. They couldn't cram all the stuff in such a small space. I woul...
by markjia
Fri Sep 17, 2004 8:40 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Zalman CNPS7000A-AlCu or Thermalright XP-120???
Replies: 20
Views: 5724

nervx,

If you leave the fanmate on high, that would virutally defeat its purpose. There is practically no point in using it.

Instead, how about using your Asus MB's Q-Fan feature? It will dynamically control the fan speed depending on the temperature.
by markjia
Fri Sep 17, 2004 8:26 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Software fan speed control?
Replies: 5
Views: 1803

I have the P4P800 SE, you can control the fan speed. I've done it with speed fan, however, only the CPU fan connector can be controlled. If you want to use software to control multiple fans, then you will need to wire a second fan to the single connection. Here is one way to do it: http://forums.sil...