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by rtsai
Tue May 09, 2006 3:48 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 144665

http://store.yahoo.com/nexfan03/silent- ... sl-12.html

D12SL-12 is the right model number, but the picture is black instead of the orange fans I got awhile back.

Regular price $8, now $3.99
by rtsai
Mon Mar 06, 2006 7:58 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is your computer turned on 24 hours/day, 7 days/week?
Replies: 54
Views: 24452

No. Why have it on if it's not being used? It just means more money, more power stations and more pollution. This machine is a PVR, so it needs to be on to make recordings. The only compromise here is to use WakeOnLAN to turn it on at the right time, but that requires a different machine to be on 2...
by rtsai
Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:23 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Noise of HDTV
Replies: 12
Views: 3756

I have a rear-projection TV (Toshiba 42H83) which has noise similar to what you describe, but it doesn't bother me (ambient noise in an urban high-rise apartment building takes care of that). What is more likely to bother more people is the fan(s) in the A/V rack - the fan in the back of my cheapo D...
by rtsai
Tue Jun 21, 2005 3:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: LOW Power home server, advice needed!
Replies: 16
Views: 4016

If this is just a fileserver, P4 is overkill. Even a DVD-quality movie maxes out at 10Mbps, which in term of file-transfer speed is pretty pokey. I've been running a P2-400MHz Linux server for long time with no problems, and not leaving me wanting for any more speed. P2 should help you with your low...
by rtsai
Tue Jun 21, 2005 3:53 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Cardboard ducting - Safe?
Replies: 32
Views: 10691

BenW wrote:Not got a camera to hand. I'll try and get a pic sometime. Its basically an L shape going from rear case fan to the top of the XP120. Nothing special
So your XP-120 has no fan of its own?
by rtsai
Tue Jun 21, 2005 3:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Probems closing the computer case - Antec SLK3000B
Replies: 8
Views: 2306

Maybe you can try a thinner CPU fan? I have the SLK-3000B with XP-120 and Yate Loon, and that all fits beneat the side panel's CPU duct (the tubing is adjusted to its shortest length). As for removing the tubing, that is a reversible experiment (it just unscrews off); just try it and see how your te...
by rtsai
Sat Jun 11, 2005 6:32 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Stretchmagic : wtf do i tie proper knots
Replies: 7
Views: 2620

I don't have stretch magic myself, but what if you hold a match or some kind of flame very briefly to the knot, to let it kind of melt and seal on itself?
by rtsai
Fri Jun 10, 2005 5:15 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How to attach a Nexus 120mm to a SLK3000B exhaust?
Replies: 17
Views: 4217

Re: How to attach a Nexus 120mm to a SLK3000B exhaust?

I have 2 Nexus 120mm fans and a SLK3000B. I put one fan in the front intake and the SLK3000B has a purple fan holder already there. I want to put the other fan at the back for exhaust but it only has screw holes. I tried to screw it in but it won't. Do rubber gromets work? I have the same case; I j...
by rtsai
Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:55 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is xp120 enough?
Replies: 18
Views: 5235

so what are most guys doing with the xp-120 an nexus fan.. are you undervolting it or just leaving it at the factory 12V? i think it will still be very quiet leaving it be. my mobo will be asus a8n-e i dont know if i can control the fan rpm with that or i need fanmate? I have all my Yate Loon 120mm...
by rtsai
Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:49 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Fried my Athlon64 in less than a month, I think
Replies: 9
Views: 4272

It's probably easier to RMA the motherboard than it is to RMA the CPU (and if you have a retail CPU, it'll have a much longer manufacturer's warranty), so I'd do the motherboard first.
by rtsai
Sat Jun 04, 2005 3:01 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic Super Silencer 400 can't produce stable 3.3 voltage
Replies: 8
Views: 2205

If you have a modern system, it's possible the load pattern of your system is less than ideal for the Super Silencer (which is out of date), which could explain why the voltage drops to 3.12V. Actually, does Seasonic have a pass-through successor to the Super Silencer in the works? Or is the bottom...
by rtsai
Fri Jun 03, 2005 10:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata II - Neglected due to P180?
Replies: 17
Views: 5586

The only advantage for the Sonata I might be a slightly smaller size (1.5 inches) and more shiny black paint. Thats about right, yeah.. :lol: Considering i need very little airflow, i would pick the Sonata over my current 3700AMB anyday. It looks much better, though its still nothing that spectacul...
by rtsai
Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:38 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How to troubleshoot semi-dead system?
Replies: 20
Views: 4391

I'm still waiting for a replacement motherboard from NewEgg, but I feel I must give mad props to Seasonic customer service. I had initially thought that my replacement PSU was dead, and obtained another RMA number. Then I confirmed that the PSU was in fact fine. I just received a phone call from the...
by rtsai
Tue May 31, 2005 3:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Troubleshooting dead system: CPU or motherboard?
Replies: 5
Views: 2133

I've done all the troubleshooting and double-checked all the headers and feel better that we've arrived at the same conclusion of implicating a bad motherboard. This is my first system build. While this has been a very rewarding experience (it's only a PVR box, so it's basically a "play" computer th...
by rtsai
Mon May 30, 2005 3:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Troubleshooting dead system: CPU or motherboard?
Replies: 5
Views: 2133

Troubleshooting dead system: CPU or motherboard?

In this thread I described a problem I had with my PSU. I RMA'd it and received a replacement from Seasonic. The RMA went smoothly (aside from waiting for coast-to-coast shipping, which can't really be helped), and I've determined that the new PSU should be OK (paper-clip connecting green and black ...
by rtsai
Wed May 25, 2005 8:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How to troubleshoot semi-dead system?
Replies: 20
Views: 4391

I'll follow up with my thoughts on the RMA process; I'm hoping it goes as smoothly as it did for MikeC with his defective Seasonic samples way back when. I finally received my RMA replacement today. There was no indication of their findings on my returned unit; there was only a note that said "ATE ...
by rtsai
Thu May 19, 2005 6:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low-power router/file server. Need advice.
Replies: 42
Views: 12870

I think you need to rethink the allocation of tasks among your computers. Combining a router with fileserver/PVR functionality is not a common combination, probably for good reason. You can build/buy a very low-power router/firewall very easily (Linksys + Sveasoft, or build your own monowall or smoo...
by rtsai
Wed May 18, 2005 4:52 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: My Phantom is going to die in 3 weeks.
Replies: 24
Views: 7468

Reyn wrote:huh?
Obviously I should keep my day job and not go into comedy. yeha is right; just enjoy your PSU ... while you still have it MUAH HA HA :twisted: (sorry couldn't resist). Even if it dies, wouldn't you be well within the warranty period?
by rtsai
Wed May 18, 2005 3:35 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: slow speed fans
Replies: 10
Views: 3069

Why does it have to run at 12V? Why not just undervolt to get your lower RPM? I haven't yet had a fan fail to start at 5V (a few different kinds of 80mm, and Yate Loon 120mm), and 7V ought to work if 5V is too low to get the fan started ...
by rtsai
Wed May 18, 2005 3:27 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Blue LED D12SM-12 Yate Loon's
Replies: 13
Views: 3674

Are these supposed to be hard to find? Or is it specifically the blue LED fans (ugh, you can have 'em :))?

PCTek Online has them on sale right now for $5.50/ea, or 10/$45.00 ...
by rtsai
Wed May 18, 2005 3:23 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: My Phantom is going to die in 3 weeks.
Replies: 24
Views: 7468

Jeez. I hope you never go to those carnival tarot card readers to get your own (mis)fortune :?
by rtsai
Wed May 18, 2005 3:09 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is my new Seasonic PSU defective?...
Replies: 12
Views: 4829

Hey oinka-- How long did Seasonic take to get back to you (say, from receiving your RMA and sending a new one out)? Did they provide you with tracking information? My SS-400 just died, and it finally arrived in California today. Now I have to wait for them to decide to send me a new one, and then fo...
by rtsai
Wed May 18, 2005 3:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung 160GB Nidec SATA -doesnt seem "that" quiet
Replies: 19
Views: 7059

I have a s-ata 120Gb Spinpoint nidec, whatever the model number is, and i dont find it that quiet. Its inside an enclosure inside an acoustipacked case, but its still the noisiest component in my system! Though the only other component making any noise is a 120mm nexus fan at 600rpm.. Is the p-ata ...
by rtsai
Wed May 18, 2005 10:38 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need 939 motherboard advice
Replies: 3
Views: 1719

Re: Need 939 motherboard advice

Can anyone suggest, out of the list of socket 939 motherboards that support CnQ, a motherboard that they've used that is rock solid stable, even under extreme circumstances? I've been burned by 1 too many motherboards with a VIA chipset (ok, so I've had a different problem with each different one I...
by rtsai
Wed May 18, 2005 4:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung 160GB Nidec SATA -doesnt seem "that" quiet
Replies: 19
Views: 7059

I have a pair of SP1614C. They are my first so-called "quiet" drives. They are definitely quieter than the WD (some 120GB SATA drive) that came with my Dell. But I agree they are not inaudible. As confirmed by the recent SPCR article, they can vibrate. This is easily remedied by de-coupling them fr...
by rtsai
Tue May 17, 2005 6:59 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung 160GB Nidec SATA -doesnt seem "that" quiet
Replies: 19
Views: 7059

I have a pair of SP1614C. They are my first so-called "quiet" drives. They are definitely quieter than the WD (some 120GB SATA drive) that came with my Dell. But I agree they are not inaudible. As confirmed by the recent SPCR article, they can vibrate. This is easily remedied by de-coupling them fro...
by rtsai
Sat May 14, 2005 3:04 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: "Stellar Realms" - online gaming, with a twist.
Replies: 396
Views: 184977

Alright, I gotta see what all the fuss is about :).

Number 1 of Rool Planet 1111
by rtsai
Sat May 14, 2005 1:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Couldn't find a recommended case, need advice!
Replies: 11
Views: 3185

Re: Couldn't find a recommended case, need advice!

SPCR Recommended Cases. The "Recommended" link is on the left side of the home page.

Many of those cases are less than $100.
by rtsai
Sat May 14, 2005 9:51 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Quiet Printers
Replies: 11
Views: 2912

I'm happy with my Brother HL-1440 (home laser printer). It is definitely noisy when printing, but after the idle timeout (10-15 minutes, maybe), everything shuts down. Is that sufficient, or are you actually looking for silence when the printer is active? I don't print that often, so it's not a big ...
by rtsai
Thu May 12, 2005 6:00 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless VGA Cards list -- a start!
Replies: 156
Views: 307363

nVidia - eVGA 's Geforce FX5200 Line, all models. I got a 256 MB one in my parent's shuttle. Run's nice ;P I don't think this is completely correct. Many models (of all brands) with 128-bit DDR (128MB or 256MB RAM) have fans. I found out the hard way when I ordered the eVGA FX5200 128-bit card, bec...