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by andywww
Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: It all falls apart
Replies: 11
Views: 3264

More options

Heya, just thought I'd give you a couple more options: Reposition computer (Sticking it under or behind a desk can make a huge difference) Oil fans (Some people reported quieter operation after lubricating fans YMMV, but if you are going to replace them anyway *shrug*) Damping material (probably a b...
by andywww
Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:27 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Affordable 32GB SSD?
Replies: 21
Views: 6860

Cost

I definitely scanned the article and thought: "The only thing that matters in this article is price...which they left out."

I mean, SSdrives are already available- just outside of reasonable price range. This announcement doesn't really give much of a hint as to what the price will be.
by andywww
Sun Mar 12, 2006 9:41 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Apple iMac w/Intel Core Duo: A User's Review
Replies: 86
Views: 71003

High Praise

The iMac is by far the quietest computer I've ever used. It isn't completely silent, I estimate the light hush from the fans to be roughly equivalent to an 80mm Panaflo at 7V from about a foot or 18 inches away. I don't hear the hard drive at all even when reading and writing many GB's. Wow! That's...
by andywww
Sun Dec 04, 2005 1:57 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Loud Xbox 360
Replies: 88
Views: 85063

I don't know, cacheing games to hd seems like such a good idea, but also like one that would be disabled to prevent possible really easy nocd hacks, you know? Yet another way in which DRM makes our lives a little less pleasant.
by andywww
Sun Dec 04, 2005 1:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: A "silent" case design / mod idea (with pictures)
Replies: 28
Views: 12319

Mind posting a link to your project post?
by andywww
Tue Oct 04, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermal grease with Scythe Ninja
Replies: 14
Views: 3495

Non scratching material + Rubbing alcohol works well- but be careful, the grease makes a mess.
by andywww
Sat Sep 17, 2005 11:49 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Hard drive cooling
Replies: 6
Views: 2266

Dtemp

Most likely you can read the temperature with a program like DTemp, which is available in the downloads section of this website.
by andywww
Sun Sep 04, 2005 3:59 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: New Contrarotary Fan
Replies: 5
Views: 2100

contrarotory

if it actually puts out a straight blast of air that could be very useful- ie. i think one of the reasons the zalman flower performs so well versus tower heatsink designs is that fans don't give out the straight blast of air. The boxy enclosed tower designs restrict airflow because the air is forced...
by andywww
Sun Sep 04, 2005 12:47 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Senfu DIY House/ Tech Station
Replies: 6
Views: 4529

Senfu DIY House/ Tech Station

http://www.overclockers.com.au/techstuff/r_senfu_diy_house/ Anyone thought about using one of these for a passive PC? Any opinions on its viability/usefulness as a home always on pc:)? From what I see, it seems like it'd be completely unprotected from metal objects, children, pets, dust, rf... but a...
by andywww
Sat Aug 27, 2005 10:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Oil/water filled drive enclosure idea
Replies: 8
Views: 1870

ghetto watercooler

IsaacKuo, if you're going to go watercooling, why not set up a proper waterblock for the hddrives? then you can place them in a very thick homemade enclosure, with no need for the complex system you describe. I mean, there are commercial hd waterblocks :). As in this article from way back: http://ww...
by andywww
Sun Aug 21, 2005 1:57 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: quiet acrylic case, possible??
Replies: 30
Views: 9334

So Jefe, would you say that acrylic would make an easier DIY case material than wood?


How does acrylic cases' acoustical properties compare with the wood cases you've seen Mike?
by andywww
Sun Aug 14, 2005 11:29 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: A Fan Muffler design
Replies: 30
Views: 10319

Possible Muffler

There was a post a while back from someone who tried to block the noise of a side panel fan in much the same manner as your intake muffler- he put a panel in front of the fan hole with a few inches clearance. It didn't work out very well, drastically reducing airflow.
by andywww
Mon Aug 08, 2005 3:19 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silencing a freezer
Replies: 10
Views: 3573

I think they still make them for use while camping, there were a bunch of posts about that type of cooler. I think it was called a gas absorption cooler or an Einstein refrigerator. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_Refrigerator Though lm doesn't want a new fridge so its kinda academic. my 2c, c...
by andywww
Sat Aug 06, 2005 6:40 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec SLK-3000B or Super LanBoy ?
Replies: 26
Views: 6040

Whoa, hold up!

I dunno, it seems like the 3000B would be a good case for you except that its too tall. With a low powered system like yours, I'm not sure the benefits of the 3000B are worth losing a drawer! It seems like your system runs cool enough that most cases will be able to handle its heat- so getting a sho...
by andywww
Sat Jul 30, 2005 4:45 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: is vegetarianism bad for the environment?
Replies: 43
Views: 19549

Not that I have evidence to back it up (heaven forbid) but I recall a lot of people telling me that the world currently produces more than enough food to sustain the human population including meat consumption- their argument was that other factors were causing famine- infrastructure, corruption, et...
by andywww
Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: is vegetarianism bad for the environment?
Replies: 43
Views: 19549

Evolution

Getting back to the rat-eating topic: I think its important that someone address Rusty's argument wrt Darwinism, Perhaps a better plan is to just let darwinism take its course. If the birds aren't smart enough to change their behavior or nesting locations, then their species deserves to die off. I h...
by andywww
Thu Jul 21, 2005 4:37 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Is it a PC or is it interior design?
Replies: 76
Views: 41470

Hey hey, sweet looking desk setup! I was thinking about the coffee table problem and had a couple ideas i thought might be plausible: 1. Sockets in the floor, covered when not in use by plugs of carpet. If you're cutting into the wall I figure you have the skillz to learn how to do a little electric...
by andywww
Sat May 28, 2005 11:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Crazy Hard Drive Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1729

I'm not sure if this is what you want, but I was looking at some external hd enclosures at Fry's which offer hotswapping- that is, you just plug it into USB and it will be recognized.
by andywww
Sat May 28, 2005 2:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: any battery powered how tos? if not advice is welcome
Replies: 3
Views: 1441

There was a slashdot story a while back about a guy who used batteries to power a mac mini- i think he described how he did it.
by andywww
Wed May 25, 2005 11:17 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Claim for non-conductive fluid in a water cooled comp
Replies: 2
Views: 1535

I'd use some nice volatile organic solvent that won't dissolve your tubing... 97% ethanol or acetone should dissolve most additives, and after flushing the residue should evaporate out of your system rapidly.

High purity Isopropyl alcohol should do it too.
by andywww
Tue May 24, 2005 10:09 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New improved versions of S12-series PSUs announced!
Replies: 35
Views: 10553

Optimism

I'm a little surprised by the optimism shown WRT the fan change. It seems like SPCR should philosophically be more interested in noise level than in the PSU fan MTBF reliability specification. I just feel like this may be signalling some sea change in SPCR...I dunno...a different direction, where ou...
by andywww
Sat May 14, 2005 12:20 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Stopping the Resserator from leaking gases/vapor
Replies: 43
Views: 15287

Incidentally, if by water wetter you mean the stuff by "Red Line", there's a caution on their website: "Do not open a cooling system while hot"

http://www.redlineoil.com/whitePaper/17.pdf

Heh- rather sketchy safety information.
by andywww
Sat May 14, 2005 1:59 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Thermaltake claims complete fanless system
Replies: 22
Views: 7676

can you post a link? :) curious
by andywww
Wed May 11, 2005 8:17 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: A test FAQ for public review.
Replies: 45
Views: 31200

I've got a newbie question and i've got the newbie's answer (hopefully you old hands can set me straight)
q: How do i search to forums and get a useful result for a common term?

eg. Zalman 7000
esp. terms that show up in many ppl's sigs...

AFAIK you just can't. Anyone else know different?
by andywww
Wed May 11, 2005 8:11 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Cool Master Aquagate Mini
Replies: 5
Views: 1999

IMO with a kit like this you miss out on some of the silencing potential, in addition to not being able to OC, you also can't use it in conjunction with an enclosure for your hds.
by andywww
Mon May 09, 2005 8:49 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Stopping the Resserator from leaking gases/vapor
Replies: 43
Views: 15287

If the water wetter stinks, maybe you should switch coolant mixtures.
by andywww
Mon May 09, 2005 10:43 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata still can't breath worth a damn!!!
Replies: 15
Views: 4706

Icewindius, I gotta agree with Lenny, unless your temps are problematic you shouldn't worry about the restricted intake space. If they are problematic you could either add more intake space, increase the volts on your exhaust fan, or add another intake fan. You already said that opening up all the P...
by andywww
Thu May 05, 2005 9:34 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Liquid-Metal Cooling Loops
Replies: 36
Views: 14117

So I took a look at the articles on their site, and there was one which mentioned a company called cooligy, which has apparently designed a silent solid state water pump. Oooh :). It looks to me to be a lot like the "ionic wind" effect used in the ionic breeze. There's another company mentioned call...
by andywww
Wed May 04, 2005 11:25 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Liquid-Metal Cooling Loops
Replies: 36
Views: 14117

An additional issue is that pumping would be impossible until the entire loop was unblocked- relying only on convection to cool the CPU until the cpu can melt all the metal. Which, while it might work (in the ideal situation it would stay at the freezing point ) is kinda iffy neh?
by andywww
Wed May 04, 2005 11:29 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Liquid-Metal Cooling Loops
Replies: 36
Views: 14117

Liquid metal radiators

Its funny, the liquid metal system has the potential to change passive radiator design as well- one of the limitations of radiator design is problem with overly restrictive radiators reducing flow rate- like in a waterblock, a more restrictive radiator can often perform better per amt. of liquid flo...