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by starsky
Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Does anyone make fan vent covers?
Replies: 10
Views: 3509

Re: Does anyone make fan vent covers?

or you could just attach some sound dampening foam with double sided tape.
by starsky
Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need help with a Sonata III 500
Replies: 8
Views: 2032

Re: Need help with a Sonata III 500

I would disconnect all fans and hdd's and isolate 1 at a time then.
by starsky
Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need help with a Sonata III 500
Replies: 8
Views: 2032

Re: Need help with a Sonata III 500

If holding the side panels in stops the noise it is most likely vibration noise. I assume it is just the side panel door vibrating. A couple of easy options here. Check the drive vibrations and make sure your screws aren't too tight. OR add a thin layer of electrical tape around the edge of the side...
by starsky
Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: HTPC Desktop Case & Tower Cooler?
Replies: 4
Views: 1996

Re: HTPC Desktop Case & Tower Cooler?

3 external 5.25"s is not that common except in Rack Mounts.

I built a silent system in a Lian Li PC-C32B 4u Rackmount case
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=62797
by starsky
Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Replace Silverstone FT-02?
Replies: 9
Views: 3268

Re: Replace Silverstone FT-02?

3 intake fans! That's liekly to cause a lot of turbulence no?
by starsky
Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:00 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Silverstone FT03 Build
Replies: 0
Views: 1350

Silverstone FT03 Build

I've done a FT03 build to replace my Sonata:
Asus P8Z77-M Pro
Intel I7-3770
Noctua NH-U9B SE2
Radeon 6950 (not silent)

Basically I removed all fans but the top exhaust. Very efficent and low noise (apart from the GPU which is slightly noisy).

http://bluecouch.com.au/?p=232
by starsky
Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:43 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower
Replies: 44
Views: 23903

Re: Silverstone Fortress FT03 microATX Tower

I just did a build in the FT03 yesterday. I removed all of the fans in the case except for the top exhaust (which I will replace with a quieter fan on the weekend). I am running a Noctua NH-U9B SE2 on a Intel 3770 CPU. I am not using either of the Noctua fans. And I have an ATI Radeon 6900, 2 Hard d...
by starsky
Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:49 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Intel i7 (1366) Silent Cooler
Replies: 1
Views: 945

Re: Intel i7 (1366) Silent Cooler

Here's a gallery of a rackmount build I did recently. Use a Noctua NH-U9B with no CPU fan.
http://bluecouch.com.au/?p=174
by starsky
Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New PC Build - looking for advice
Replies: 2
Views: 813

Re: New PC Build - looking for advice

Are you sure the case is your noise issue? My money for noise would be on the video card fans, and maybe the case fans. And maybe the CPU fan. What fans have you got? I would be tempted to keep the case, and take some time isolating what is causing your noise, and see what you can do to get quieter ...
by starsky
Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:27 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-C32B
Replies: 5
Views: 2798

Re: Lian Li PC-C32B

How would you rate the hard drive decoupling in this case? The Hard Drives are clearly the noisiest item in the rig. (2 x 2TB Seagate). I probably could have chosen better drives for acoustics, but I know t hat these won't be overly problematics in the environment in which this will live (in an Aud...
by starsky
Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-C32B
Replies: 5
Views: 2798

Re: Lian Li PC-C32B

jhhoffma wrote:The tag says "Noctua NH-U9B lapped".
Yep it certainly is.
by starsky
Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: New Rackmount silent build for a friend
Replies: 4
Views: 1186

Re: New Rackmount silent build for a friend

I ended up with the Noctua NH9. Fitted well, and oriented right I didn't need to use the case fans in the Lian Li.

http://bluecouch.com.au/?p=174
by starsky
Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need Help On HTPC dont know what to get so hard to pick
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

Re: Need Help On HTPC dont know what to get so hard to pick

I just built a PC-C32 for a friend.
http://bluecouch.com.au/?p=174
similar to the PC-C33, but without the two rear fans. I removed all the case fans for this one, they weren't needed.

Have you thought about one of these, and a NAS for your other drives?
by starsky
Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:43 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-C32B
Replies: 5
Views: 2798

Lian Li PC-C32B

All, I just build a silent rackmount build for a friend based on the Lian Li PC-C32B. I removed the case fans, and used the 90m Noctua heatsink fan and Seasonic X560W PSU fan as the only fans in the system. Here is a link and some thumbnails. http://bluecouch.com.au/?p=174 Under full Prime95 it maxe...
by starsky
Thu May 26, 2011 7:02 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: New Rackmount silent build for a friend
Replies: 4
Views: 1186

Re: New Rackmount silent build for a friend

Not really. The Lian li site http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=263&cl_index=1&sc_index=26&ss_index=68&g=spec says height is 167mm (assuming edge to edge - so less some for mobo and cpu) I know from here: http://xsreviews.co.uk/2011/02/lian-li-pc-c32/3/ that the Noctua NH-U1...
by starsky
Wed May 25, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: New Rackmount silent build for a friend
Replies: 4
Views: 1186

New Rackmount silent build for a friend

I need to build a Silent Rackmount system for AV. Currently looking at: Lian Li PC-C32, ASUS P8Z68-V PRO Mobo. Seasonic X-560 and need to choose a CPU cooler. Tempted to get a fanless, but need recommendations given their will be height restrictions. And then hook up a "Near Silent Fan" on the MId c...
by starsky
Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:10 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Just installed a Noctua NH-C12P SE14
Replies: 12
Views: 4163

Re: Just installed a Noctua NH-C12P SE14

I might give this a go passively and see how it goes. I have also done more testing, and it is failing about 1 in 5 startups on both lna adapters.
by starsky
Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:09 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: i7-860 with Scythe Big Shuriken is ranging at 45->82 degrees
Replies: 6
Views: 1544

Re: i7-860 with Scythe Big Shuriken is ranging at 45->82 deg

yeah, the stock HSF was pathetic. It would be hitting 100c within 30 seconds, and throttling down to stay under 100.
by starsky
Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:01 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Just installed a Noctua NH-C12P SE14
Replies: 12
Views: 4163

Re: Just installed a Noctua NH-C12P SE14

I didn't get a supplied molex adapter.....
But I am sure I have one in my box of tricks somewhere.
by starsky
Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: i7-860 with Scythe Big Shuriken is ranging at 45->82 degrees
Replies: 6
Views: 1544

Re: i7-860 with Scythe Big Shuriken is ranging at 45->82 deg

yeah I ran prime 95 64 bit, SFF 8k on all 8 cores and after 5 iterations I am stable between 56 and 57c. Ambient temp 20c.
by starsky
Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:26 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Just installed a Noctua NH-C12P SE14
Replies: 12
Views: 4163

Re: Just installed a Noctua NH-C12P SE14

I have Qfan disabled, but I am having trouble getting the fan to tick over on startup when on the 900RPM adapater.
Annoying. So I have put it back on full voltage while I investigate.
by starsky
Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:25 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: i7-860 with Scythe Big Shuriken is ranging at 45->82 degrees
Replies: 6
Views: 1544

Re: i7-860 with Scythe Big Shuriken is ranging at 45->82 deg

It throttles at 100c so you are safe. By way of comparison I have the same chip with a Noctua SE14 and mine maxes out at 56C in a Sonata 2.
by starsky
Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Antec P193: Actual CPU cooler clearance?
Replies: 4
Views: 2775

Re: Antec P193: Actual CPU cooler clearance?

Have a read of this: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=60552

The Noctua made a huge difference on my setup.
by starsky
Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Anyone using i7 950 with included boxed fan+heatsink ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1051

Re: Anyone using i7 950 with included boxed fan+heatsink ?

I had a similar experience with my Core I7-860. Hit 100 without even being pushed.
I have a Noctua SE14 installed now and at 100% load I am at 55c.

Next to undervolt a little and see how we go.
by starsky
Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:50 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Just installed a Noctua NH-C12P SE14
Replies: 12
Views: 4163

Just installed a Noctua NH-C12P SE14

I have a Core I7-860, and just tried it for a while with the stock cooler. Anyway it idled at 45-50c and peaked at 100c (was throttling down speed to keep heat under control). I just installed the Noctua NHC12P SE14, and I am using the Ultra Low Noise fan adapter that comes with it. Idles at 28-30c,...
by starsky
Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:45 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Buying Quiet PC Components in Australia
Replies: 96
Views: 161809

One of my new local shops - NEXUS (Latrobe Street Melbourne CBD) has all sorts of stuff, and they do order-ins. When I was in there buying all the components for my new system, I was having a browse and I noticed a collection of Scythe Heatsinks, and expressed my surprise that someone had them in st...
by starsky
Mon Jul 31, 2006 12:11 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best cooler for CoreDuo2 6300 in antec nsk2400 case?
Replies: 8
Views: 5253

Re: Best cooler for CoreDuo2 6300 in antec nsk2400 case?

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If I remember correctly, you have 120mm of clearance from the top of the CPU to the bottom of the lid.

I thought it was 120m from the base of the case to the lid.. which would mke it liek 110.

This has been the biggest problem for me in getting an nsk2400
by starsky
Mon Jul 17, 2006 6:59 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Optical Drive for Antec NSK2400
Replies: 7
Views: 3350

Thanks for taking the time to post your comments and Pic. It is much appreciated.

given I don't have any urgency, I might bide my time a little longer.
by starsky
Sun Jul 16, 2006 6:54 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Optical Drive for Antec NSK2400
Replies: 7
Views: 3350

Excellent.

Which motherboard and Cooler combo are you using?

I am tossing up between so many options right now, and all of the best coolers that fit the AM2 are too tall to fit in this case.
by starsky
Thu Jul 13, 2006 6:27 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Optical Drive for Antec NSK2400
Replies: 7
Views: 3350

I am building a system around this too. and I have the same question. My current thought is to buy a Pioneer DVR-111D DVD Burner Dual Layer Silver OEM If this doesn't look good then I can go to plan B, which is rather extreme, and use Vinyl Dye on both the Drive and the case to ensure a perfect matc...