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by merlin
Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 7600GS passive, 32W
Replies: 90
Views: 27948

Wow I'm highly impressed, a card many times quieter than the 6600gt with less heat/power usage and higher performance. PLUS dual-dvi! This is going to be totally the perfect card for HTPCs and anyone who wants a silent low heat computer.
by merlin
Fri Oct 07, 2005 6:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: MSI Neo4 Platinum + 6800GT = NB jet engine fan frustration!
Replies: 13
Views: 4542

I undervolted my northbridge also down to about 7v(3700rpm) and it just purrs now. Never had a major problem and all my temperature monitoring is showing very low temps... I'm actually suspicious there's nothing in the system that is measuring the nb temps, but since I'm crash free, no concern for m...
by merlin
Fri Oct 07, 2005 6:38 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please help me decide which CPU to buy!
Replies: 24
Views: 5219

I am in the exact same position !! =) I am looking at the AMD 3000+ , 3200+ and 3500+. I am interested in playing DoD source and will get a 6600 or 6600LE card. Is it a waste pairing a 250nzd cpu with a 200nzd gpu ?? i normally have this thing where i spend like a 1/3 more on the cpu.... Just wonde...
by merlin
Fri Oct 07, 2005 6:03 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 403905

The Antec P150 comes bundled with a Neo HE430. We're in the middle of preparing reviews of both. I just found that press release a while ago too. I'm surprised the p series has a bundled psu for the first time, but the quality of psu will finally match the quality of the case. The only major issue ...
by merlin
Thu Oct 06, 2005 8:30 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE "High-Efficiency"
Replies: 606
Views: 403905

Holy cow!!! I'm in shock that there's an Antec PSU I would actually want/recommend for once. I've been sad about how far behind Seasonic PSU's they were, but this totally makes up for everything. I'm really hoping the fan itself is very quiet because that combined with modular cabling, active pdf, h...
by merlin
Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please help me decide which CPU to buy!
Replies: 24
Views: 5219

Yes there could be issues with memory when overclocking, but it's pretty easy to get around that by lowering the speed you run the memory at if needed. However since you've never done it before, it may be a better idea to just buy the processor you want and leave it at that.
by merlin
Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:12 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Recommended Hard Drives - a major revision
Replies: 73
Views: 79829

Hi Mike! Thanks so much for keeping things updated in terms of Hard Drive Info, I've been enjoyed your site for about 2 years now and I'm so glad we have the best resource around for silent computing now. :) One thing I'd like to note: On the sidebar comment about Seagate's lack of AAM management in...
by merlin
Wed Oct 05, 2005 8:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please help me decide which CPU to buy!
Replies: 24
Views: 5219

Since it sounds like your budget is important, the 3200+ would definitely be my recommendation. You should be able to pretty easily overclock it to 2400-2600mhz at stock voltage(or even undervolting) and get the same performance or better than what a 3700+ would be. Venice and San Diego are really t...
by merlin
Wed Oct 05, 2005 8:37 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is Antec TruePower II 430 any good?
Replies: 14
Views: 2700

With the specs you mentioned in your system any high quality 300+ watt power supply would work fine. Antec PSU's for the most part seem to be a pretty decent brand to work with, but they have some deficiencies, especially in the area of efficiency and active PFC. I'd vote with strom and say that a S...
by merlin
Wed Oct 05, 2005 7:32 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New ATI X1800 series heat level (power draw)
Replies: 44
Views: 14305

After looking over some reviews, I'm rather disappointed by most of what ATI has put out. In all honesty the best product they have is the x1300, it blows the old low end cards out of the water and would be an awesome solution for anyone who doesn't really need much 3d. It looks like it'll be a very...
by merlin
Thu Sep 15, 2005 10:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Aria & Zalman 7000Cu
Replies: 11
Views: 2992

I'd say even if it does fit, it'll be an extremely tight fit...I had a hell of a time getting a slightly smaller oem heatsink to fit inside the case...course now everything works great. I'm using a Socket A Sempron o/ced to 2ghz in my Aria and it seems to work extremely well. Noise levels are nowher...
by merlin
Thu Aug 25, 2005 2:49 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: nForce4 Chipset Fan Replacement Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 210767

40mm fans already move so little air (~3.5cfm) at 12V that I don't consider them to do much good at lower voltages. You may well be right, but it's worth pointing out that the volume of the airspaces in this heatsink, measured in cubic feet, is very small indeed. 3.5 cu feet of air moving over a NB...
by merlin
Fri Jun 17, 2005 6:31 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best Heatsink for Antec Aria on Socket A
Replies: 2
Views: 1074

I think I might pick up a Zalman CNPS3100+, not the best cooling, but it'll fit just like the CNPS6000 and I figure that should be enough to cool a stock voltage sempron... and damn the Aria gets crowded with cables...I certainly don't like that aspect :/
by merlin
Tue Jun 14, 2005 6:40 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best Heatsink for Antec Aria on Socket A
Replies: 2
Views: 1074

Best Heatsink for Antec Aria on Socket A

Hi Everyone, I've been looking for a good heatsink for my Aria that's a cheap budget Socket A platform...seems height clearance under the psu is a major issue so it's made it a lot harder to hunt for a heatsink. Also since I have a Matx board, most of those don't have 4 mounting holes, so I'm stuck ...
by merlin
Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: nForce4 Chipset Fan Replacement Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 210767

Hey guys, I've been researching 40mm fans as a replacement for my Nforce4 fan, but I'm really not certain which ones are quiet or not, I'd like to get a 3pin one rather than 4pin one if possible as well. I've looked at the iXtrema 40mm(but I'm not very trusting of silenx's ridiculous marketting clai...