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by swivelguy2
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:50 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Only intake through CPU HS?
Replies: 2
Views: 2909

Only intake through CPU HS?

I am building a system in a Fractal Node 304, with an i5-3550, a GTX 750 Ti, and a Seasonic SSR-360GP. The two 92mm intakes don't really excite me as they are in a pretty choked-off location, so I am considering reversing the typical airflow, and having the only intake be from the rear 120mm opening...
by swivelguy2
Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:26 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: How much will a 300w power supply run?
Replies: 284
Views: 599705

Re: How much will a 300w power supply run?

Will a SeaSonic SSR-360GP run this?

Core i5-3550 on H77 mATX board
Radeon HD R7 260x
12GB DDR3
1 SSD
1 3TB WD Black
by swivelguy2
Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sun Ultra workstation case = beautiful
Replies: 4
Views: 2552

Re: Sun Ultra workstation case = beautiful

How about this. Not exactly the same, but close: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112315 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImage=11-112-315-TS&ISList=11-112-315-Z01%2c11-112-315-Z02%2c11-112-315-Z03%2c11-112-315-Z04%2c11-112-315-Z05%2c11-112-315-Z06%2c11-112...
by swivelguy2
Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:47 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sun Ultra workstation case = beautiful
Replies: 4
Views: 2552

Sun Ultra workstation case = beautiful

I passed by a computer lab filled with these, and I have to say that the case looks like it has amazing potential. http://www.sun.com/desktop/workstation/ultra20/gallery/index.xml?t=1&p=1&s=1 The giant open front intake looks perfect for a pair of low-speed 120mm fans, the front panel connections ar...
by swivelguy2
Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Modern Phrases That Confuse Me
Replies: 92
Views: 21849

"Would of" when the writer means "would have" Could of, should of, etc. "Worst come to worst" - it's "worse come to worst" Than/then "The issue is mute" "All intensive purposes" "Bare with me" (are you inviting me to strip!?) These are all products of a generation that learned to speak but was never...
by swivelguy2
Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 3x 140mm fans on one motherboard header?
Replies: 5
Views: 1811

I had trouble running even 2 nexus 120mm fans from 1 MB header. They ramped up and down seemingly randomly, even on a header that supposedly could not be controlled or varied at all. In fact, I pretty much don't trust MB headers at all, all of my fans are off fanmates connected to 12v, so maybe I'm ...
by swivelguy2
Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Poll 3: Do you have an SSD or plan to get one?
Replies: 25
Views: 3266

Agility 120 GB and it's [falsetto]awwwwweeeeesome[/falsetto]. Only have to spin up my 1.5TB F2EG to run backups and to watch movies.
by swivelguy2
Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seasonic X-400 Fanless PSU
Replies: 167
Views: 59721

Seasonic is a company that "gets it" and is making products for quietness enthusiasts. So why is it still necessary for us to void our warranties and smother coils in liquid electrical tape ourselves to eliminate coil whine? It's not difficult or expensive - they should do it at the factory.
by swivelguy2
Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:14 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Wondering: No one mentions [sponges] to reduce vibration.
Replies: 11
Views: 3003

A sponge is soft foam. Also, if you spell it correctly and search, you'll find a lot of talk about sponges.
by swivelguy2
Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 100 Movie Quotes in 200 seconds
Replies: 5
Views: 1453

They got the wrong Die Hard line... "Yipee Ki-ay, mother f'er!"

Also missing: "I have had it with these motherf'ing snakes on this motherf'ing plane!"

I guess they made some sacrifices for the sake of family friendliness.
by swivelguy2
Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Core i3's ability to pass surround sound over HDMI
Replies: 10
Views: 2478

So, all normal sounds can be passed as LPCM via HDMI for up to 7.1 channels (only 5.1 on some older chipsets like AMD 785G). LPCM is decoded audio, the raw data - but it's still digital and still lossless. However, if you're using bitstreaming to play a blu-ray disc over HDMI, there's no way to add ...
by swivelguy2
Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: SPCR's [email protected]
Topic: How much energy is converted into heat?
Replies: 14
Views: 16786

Very nearly 100% of the power your PC consumes will be released as heat to the room. However, this is less efficient than a typical home heating system, which works by pumping heat into the house from outdoors. By doing this, your home heating achieves over 100% apparent efficiency. Edit: oh bleh, I...
by swivelguy2
Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:02 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Logitech Illuminated Keyboard, $45 after MIR on Newegg
Replies: 1
Views: 1067

Logitech Illuminated Keyboard, $45 after MIR on Newegg

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6823126043

Not strictly a quiet computing item, but I love mine, and this is a pretty good price!
by swivelguy2
Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Will it fit!?
Replies: 0
Views: 977

Will it fit!?

Ok, I love the look (and size - it's about half the volume of the NSK3480) of the InWin BK644 (more pics: interior , rear ), and I'm wondering if I can stuff everything that I've planned inside it and be able to get it quiet. Planned components: Intel i3-530 Gigabyte H55M-USB3 2x 2GB DDR3 Radeon HD ...
by swivelguy2
Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: DIY Duct/partition?
Replies: 11
Views: 1534

Cardboard covered in [color of your choice] adhesive-backed felt would look good. One could even argue that the felt might absorb some sound, but I doubt that would really have a non-negligible effect. You can actually line all the interior surfaces of the case with felt and make the look complete. ...
by swivelguy2
Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: DIY Duct/partition?
Replies: 11
Views: 1534

If you really don't want to use cardboard, an interesting option would be something like a huge block of styrofoam, which you can carve out into the shape that you want.
by swivelguy2
Mon May 24, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Finally, MB's that can shut off fans?
Replies: 5
Views: 1308

You're an electrical engineer! Grab a transistor and a potentiometer and you should already know how to do the rest. :)
by swivelguy2
Thu May 13, 2010 9:10 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: How to get the most value for a silent pc...?
Replies: 3
Views: 1800

That's a whole lot of CPU you've got there. The best bang-for-your-buck is often the lowest-available component from the newest lineup or technology. Some examples of that would be: Core i3-530 Core i5-750 Athlon II X4 620 Picking this kind of modern-but-low-end CPU is also the best way to get a low...
by swivelguy2
Tue May 11, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: new new england: no new england
Replies: 3
Views: 911

You must be quite the conservative, to want to slash 10 democratic senators in one fell swoop. :)
by swivelguy2
Thu May 06, 2010 8:10 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: ECS H55 mini-ITX cheap
Replies: 8
Views: 2611

hdmi generally doesn't work with large LCD monitors that require dual link DVI or displayport. Of course it should be there because it dominates in consumer electronics. DVI + hdmi + displayport is the best choice for a modern motherboard. I guess you're talking about resolutions higher than 1920x1...
by swivelguy2
Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MSI hi-c vs ultradurable
Replies: 16
Views: 2990

The Silentpc idea is to run fans much slower, and have much higher temps, for more quiet pc. A MOBO that can tolerate high-temps would be desired :) If spending more for SSD v.s 3.5 is justified in quest for silence, why not hi-c caps? Because capacitors don't make noise (unless flat-out faulty) an...
by swivelguy2
Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Using tape for silencing
Replies: 5
Views: 1599

What you want to use is not tape, but rubber. A thin sheet of neoprene or butyl rubber (or whatever) will work forever, unlike duct tape.
by swivelguy2
Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:34 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MSI hi-c vs ultradurable
Replies: 16
Views: 2990

These high-end motherboards all pretty much use the same components. The difference that you're observing is just in what buzzwords they use to advertise their stuff. It's definitely not worth worry about. Pick a motherboard from a reputable manufacturer (which Gigabyte, Asus, and MSI all are) that ...
by swivelguy2
Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:01 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: low noise PS 450 watt
Replies: 4
Views: 1298

You shouldn't need any more than 300W with that system. Not that I'm going to stop you from going overboard.
by swivelguy2
Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Using a hardware switch to disable a hard drive
Replies: 17
Views: 3014

Most motherboards allow you to enable/disable individual SATA ports in the bios. So that's another option - a little slower but perhaps easier and cheaper.
by swivelguy2
Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:53 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: T4400
Replies: 2
Views: 1062

Well, why should it? A laptop's noise level is very dependent on the way that laptop is manufactured, and less dependent on the specific CPU inside it. It's much more relevant to discuss a line of laptops, and within that context, it might make sense to discuss processor choices. Alternate answer: t...
by swivelguy2
Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:52 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: HP DV4-2120CA
Replies: 2
Views: 2217

Go the the device manager and look under disk drives. The model number should be there.
by swivelguy2
Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Own a flat panel? Don't go to this link.
Replies: 27
Views: 3719

I can only speak for myself, but I use both my flat panel(s) and my desk space to do work. I get more work done when both of the above are available.

The Lagom site has been very useful to me in adjusting mismatched LCDs to look fairly similar, which is handy.
by swivelguy2
Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:50 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: First Review of Intel's new Heatsink for its 6 core CPU
Replies: 4
Views: 924

Okay, let's say that the final temp for the Intel cooler would have been 110C (which is probably pessimistic). That means it's performing 69% as well as a megahalems (90C over ambient vs 62C over ambient). That's not bad for something with 75% of the weight, 52% of the volume, and 23% of the price (...
by swivelguy2
Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: First Review of Intel's new Heatsink for its 6 core CPU
Replies: 4
Views: 924

Except not. The reviewer saw 100C and aborted the test, including no data from the Intel HSF. He could have: - trusted Intel not to provide processors with dangerously insufficient cooling - trusted the built-in temperature failsafes to kill the processor before any damage was done - used a lower lo...