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by aidanjm2004
Sun Apr 08, 2007 1:00 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Help wiring front audio on Antec Solo please
Replies: 6
Views: 3546

Saribro wrote:My ASUS motherboard manual shows the pin-definitions in both HDA and AC'97 modes. If your motherboard manual has the same, it should be easy to match.
thankyou, Saribro.
by aidanjm2004
Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:19 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 2007 lineup
Replies: 66
Views: 36597

colinfindlay wrote:I'm more than interested in a Micro Fusion. I might actually hold off on my HTPC until it's released.
I wonder if there will be a "micro" version of the nsk2400?

the micro fusion looks like a reworked Antec Minuet 300 in a horizontal orientation
by aidanjm2004
Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:11 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Snip off Antec exhaust grille ? Also Noise: 3000B vs P150.
Replies: 23
Views: 8623

How did you find they compared thermally? Did you try identical systems in both? I did try identical systems (moved my main rig from the 3000 to the Solo) but I can't remember the temps from before to compare with after, so not really sure what one is better in terms of temps. I guess the Solo/ P15...
by aidanjm2004
Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:42 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Snip off Antec exhaust grille ? Also Noise: 3000B vs P150.
Replies: 23
Views: 8623

Cool, Ill do that. I actually prefer my 3000B to the P150, its a bit roomier to work in, it looks pretty good and im not terrified of scratching it like the glossy P150. The P150 HD bays are great though, pull out the ones you dont need for great airflow and they absorb vibration wondefully. If it ...
by aidanjm2004
Sat Mar 24, 2007 2:30 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: So Many Choices, slightly Overwhelmed.
Replies: 17
Views: 4256

The Freezer 7 might be noisy on a Prescott at full load, with that budget you can buy something better but hopefully it wouldn't be more noisy than the cooler that came with the cpu..? if Hitman's primary goal is to bring down the temps, he may find he doesn't even need to buy a new cpu heatink (if...
by aidanjm2004
Sat Mar 24, 2007 2:02 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: I Think the Antec P150 is for me - its not pink
Replies: 5
Views: 2502

Re: I Think the Antec P150 is for me - its not pink

ftwig wrote:Pink is in fact the fastest color but I guess I may not be secure enough in my sexuality for a pink PC).
http://www.pccasegear.com/prod4298.htm

:)
by aidanjm2004
Sat Mar 24, 2007 1:53 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: So Many Choices, slightly Overwhelmed.
Replies: 17
Views: 4256

what are your goals? I assume you are looking for a reasonably quiet cpu cooler, seeing as you are posting here on silent pc review? there are a range of options, depending on how much you are willing to spend. arctic cooling make some coolers that are reasonably quiet and excellent value for money.
by aidanjm2004
Mon Mar 19, 2007 1:07 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Linutop, anyone buy one yet?
Replies: 19
Views: 8739

Re: Linutop, anyone buy one yet?

looks really interesting. I'd give it a go, if it comes to Australia. it is very petite: http://www.linutop.com/images/linutop_desk_USBl.jpg Hardware [Only 6W :-)] AMD Geode LX700 (x86) 256 MB RAM 4x USB 2.0 ports Audio in & out 100baseT Ethernet VGA output Size: 9.3 x 2.7 x 15 cm Power: DC in 9V - ...
by aidanjm2004
Fri Mar 16, 2007 1:55 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Pundit P2-AE2 -- Is this cable damaged?
Replies: 7
Views: 5143

**UPDATE**: I contacted my local Trading Standards office this morning and their advice was to return the system for a refund. Under UK law, goods sold must be of satisfactory quality and free from defects, including minor ones. I like the Pundit rather a lot, so I'm hoping to buy another one of th...
by aidanjm2004
Fri Mar 16, 2007 1:36 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: anyone have experience with MSI Axis 700 Lite?
Replies: 3
Views: 6266

Re: anyone have experience with MSI Axis 700 Lite?

does anyone have any experience with the MSI axis 700 lite looks to be a nice quiet barebone, but not sure if it is sufficient to be a media center or not what do you think why not go for a core duo in the same package? http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=38891 or a low power X2 in...
by aidanjm2004
Fri Mar 16, 2007 1:33 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: WOW! now SFF computer from MSI - it's MOTD =)
Replies: 17
Views: 10249

Chris Chan wrote:I have to agree, qviri. I think it looks nicer than any Dell I've seen, save possibly for the original blue Dimension XPS.
check out the msi "media live" htpc, it is rather attractive for a barebone

http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_sp ... &class=npc
by aidanjm2004
Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:37 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Help wiring front audio on Antec Solo please
Replies: 6
Views: 3546

I was also wondering about the solo audio wiring, why are there so many inputs when there is only a headphone socket plus a microphone socket on the front?
by aidanjm2004
Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK3300: A Mini-P180?
Replies: 82
Views: 56350

Re: replaced by NSK3400

Hello, This case is apparently getting replaced by the NSK3400: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=36712 I'm looking forward to trying it out. Micro-atx motherboards have become much more crammed with features over the past few years, I am sure many people don't see the point in b...
by aidanjm2004
Thu Dec 07, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK3300: A Mini-P180?
Replies: 82
Views: 56350

I always laugh when people put down "cramped to work in" in small form factor cases. DUH!!! of course its going to be cramped, the whole idea is to make it as small as possible. well, it is very fiddly to work in, so I'm not surprised people express their frustration. :) I've found it very useful t...
by aidanjm2004
Thu Oct 05, 2006 6:42 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK2400 Media PC Case
Replies: 249
Views: 229653

spaceman_spiff wrote:I've come up with what I believe is a new way to attach the drives. It uses heat-shrink tubing to attach regular HD mounting screws to the ends of the elastic.
that is a very clever solution!
by aidanjm2004
Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:33 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK3300: A Mini-P180?
Replies: 82
Views: 56350

The only annoying thing about this setup is the sound of the hard drive (Samsung SP2504C) seeking. Is your drive in the upper or lower compartment? I suppose you could experiment with resting the drive on a piece of foam or rubber instead of using the supplied mounting mechanism. I almost always us...
by aidanjm2004
Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: actual power tested: Core 2 Duo / Netburst vs Athlon
Replies: 34
Views: 23357

Do the Core 2 Duo cpus or their chipsets have a Cool n Quiet or Speedstep style feature to reduce power consumption at idle?

Seems like an AMd X2 would be a more environmentally friendly (as in, use less energy) choice for a jukebox or htpc if it is going to be left on 24 hours a day (as mine are)..?
by aidanjm2004
Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:16 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Athlon 64 3600+ X2 Review
Replies: 1
Views: 1526

Re: Ahtlon 64 3600+ X2 Review

Link: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/athlon64-x2-3600.html It's just as fast as an X2 3800+, will be cheaper, and most importantly, uses less power. It runs at 1.25v I think, so should help keep things cool and quiet! Just right for the budget sector! Nice review! Seems like it would ...
by aidanjm2004
Wed Aug 16, 2006 6:35 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK3300: A Mini-P180?
Replies: 82
Views: 56350

Saribro wrote:There's just one thing remaining I'm wondering about: IDE cables. Anything particular to note about getting an IDE cable up into the upper compartment ?
Maybe see if you can find a "round" IDE cable to avoid any problems? That is what I did.
by aidanjm2004
Wed Aug 16, 2006 6:32 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK3300: A Mini-P180?
Replies: 82
Views: 56350

The fan frame on the Alpine 7 does protrude past the heatsink itself, but it's hard for me to tell just how close it gets to the edge of the mobo, or if it would get in the way of the PSU wires coming down through the hole in the upper chamber of the case. I guess the Alpine is fairly inexpensive, ...
by aidanjm2004
Tue Aug 08, 2006 11:32 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Socket 370 CPU fan solutions? for a HTPC salvage job
Replies: 5
Views: 2773

The Spire WhisperRock IV and V appear to use the same aluminum/copper heat sink, but have plastic fans that run slower and/or quieter than the aluminum fan on the FalconRock, if the specs can be believed. I used Spire Whisperrocks (with the blue plastic fan) on several pentium 3 rigs. Coupled with ...
by aidanjm2004
Fri Aug 04, 2006 3:51 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK3300: A Mini-P180?
Replies: 82
Views: 56350

Tibors wrote:I doubt that Antec has put the (more expensive) 80Plus approved PSU in this budget case, especially not without mentioning it.
they are promoting it as an "eco friendly wonder"... whatever that means :)
by aidanjm2004
Mon Jul 31, 2006 8:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Two 2"5 disks in RAID or one single 3"5 disk ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1962

Re: Two 2"5 disks in RAID or one single 3"5 disk ?

Stick with a single 2.5 inch drive, use 2 Gig of memory, and switch to Vista (when released) using the ReadyBoost caching technology with a 1 or 2 gig flash memory USB 2.0 key.
by aidanjm2004
Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:44 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK3300: A Mini-P180?
Replies: 82
Views: 56350

I absolutely love my nsk3300 I love my NSK3300, too. :) It's one of those rare purchases I feel completely at peace with. For the money, it is a brilliant little case. Pop in a Sempron or AMD 3200, an Alpine 64 cooler, and a gig of cheap memory, and you have a very inexpensive, & rather quiet, litt...
by aidanjm2004
Thu Jul 27, 2006 2:48 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK3300: A Mini-P180?
Replies: 82
Views: 56350

I'm not sure what this case offers that a generic mATX wouldn't though It's cute/ good looks? It harmonizes nicely with a P150 or any of the other new Antec black and silver cases. I really like this little case. I bought it on a whim, not expecting much, and have been very pleasantly surprised. I ...
by aidanjm2004
Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB
Replies: 15
Views: 5053

I installed a 320 Gb SE16 today. It doesn't appear to be noticeably more noisy than my Samsung 250 Gb stat drives. Seeks don't seem particularly obnoxious. They are more "whispery" than "crunchy". It does run 6-8 degrees warmer than my Samsungs (if the reported temperatures are to be believed) - it ...
by aidanjm2004
Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:58 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB: Big Low Noise Champ?
Replies: 107
Views: 96993

smilingcrow wrote:Thanks Devonavar,

Here's a LINK to the tool. They even provide a bootable ISO image which is very nice to see.

I find WinAAM to be more useful than the Hitachi software, because WinAAM can be run from the desktop (don't have to boot from a disk).

http://www.withopf.com/tools/aam/
by aidanjm2004
Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:11 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: New 500GB Caviar - Not so Quiet!
Replies: 14
Views: 5048

Re: New 500GB Caviar - Not so Quiet!

Should be much quieter, but it's not. It's about twice as loud. The seek is MUCH louder, and the idle is about twice as loud with a more 'gritty' and forced air quality than the two Barracudas. is there any credence to the notion that drives can take a little time to "burn in" - and may start off s...
by aidanjm2004
Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:52 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec NSK3300
Replies: 56
Views: 27034

Hi, I fixed my P150 and it turned out is was related the the Intel ATX 2.2 spec requiring a minimum load of 1A on the +12V line. My system must delay the cpu voltage because as soon as I removed the Zalman and Antec tricool fans for lower amp fans it would not boot. I put a Yate Loon on the Ninja c...
by aidanjm2004
Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:40 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec NSK3300
Replies: 56
Views: 27034

autoboy wrote:It looks as good as my P150 sitting side by side.
it would look cute sitting next to the P150, like a baby P150 :)