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by diver
Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:09 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Yet another quiet SLK3000B setup
Replies: 9
Views: 4121

If your bios supports it, try using it to slow down the Zalman fan. Otherwise, try Speedfan. Its a free program that allows for fine tuning fan speeds if the motherboard supports it, and many do.
by diver
Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:59 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Heatpipe NB coolers
Replies: 32
Views: 12741

In a sense, no passive cooler is completely passive. They all hitchhike a ride on some fan cooling something else. What kind of CPU cooler do you have? Does it blow on the NB cooler? Does the case have a strong intake fan that prevents air from flowing in through the Oates vent? Do the power supply ...
by diver
Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:42 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New PSU from Scythe - the Beef Bowl?!
Replies: 15
Views: 2961

Does it have noodles?
by diver
Thu Jan 19, 2006 11:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Rig for the wife
Replies: 19
Views: 4259

The 6150 chipset is very new. Some users have reported various issues, especially with the Asus board. While it is likely that issues will be resolved by maturing of the drivers, you might want to check around and make sure things are OK. This process seems to take place with each new MB chipset lau...
by diver
Thu Jan 19, 2006 5:22 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: 3000B/3800B owner advice please. Keep or blank off the CAG?
Replies: 13
Views: 3260

I am using the CAG on a SLK2650-BQE and it really works. The case has no intake fans and only an exhaust and power supply fan. The Ninja looks nice when used with a power supply that has a 12cm fan on the bottom. Just look at the SPCR review of the P180 and the comparison between the SLK3000 and P18...
by diver
Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Please critique/advise my (newbie) AMD X2 3800+ system
Replies: 7
Views: 2212

There have been a lot of issues regarding the power supply that comes with the P150, Neo HE 430. If you buy a P150 and have a problem, Antec will replace it, but is it worth the headache? I really wanted a P150 until the power supply issue surfaced. You might want to go through the forums and see wh...
by diver
Wed Jan 18, 2006 1:30 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: PC not powering up - Antec 1650b & Asus K8V-X SE motherb
Replies: 9
Views: 3648

Sometimes a motherboard can be shorted by an extra metal stand-off. That is, one of those things is screwed into the case somewhere where it is not needed. The MB makes contact and voila, a short.

I did not know that green wire trick. Learn something new every day.
by diver
Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:19 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: All NeoHE are fixed but...
Replies: 37
Views: 13738

I am starting to wonder about the QC at Antec. A new SLK2650-BQE had two bad LED's out of four on the front panel. If it had been one, perhaps I could understand it. I fixed it myself because it was less trouble than any other alternative.
by diver
Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:07 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: PC not powering up - Antec 1650b & Asus K8V-X SE motherb
Replies: 9
Views: 3648

1. Make sure you have a CPU, 1 stick of memory, a video card, keyboard, in addition to the power leads attached to the MB. Do not plug anything else into the motherboard. Make sure all jumpers are in the default position. 2. Try shorting the pins on the motherboard that connect to the power switch o...
by diver
Tue Jan 17, 2006 2:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 26
Views: 5889

Last week somehow the motherboard managed to go kaput. I received the replacement yesterday and put the system back together. I don't think the KN8 SLI is a bad design, but only that I had some bad luck. While it was apart I removed the intake grille on the power supply, added a few strips of rubber...
by diver
Sat Jan 07, 2006 12:09 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 26
Views: 5889

Finally, I have the bios fan control working with the fanmate for 880 RPM on the Zalman 7700. That exorcised the last vestige of noise from the CPU cooler. It is not possible to fine tune it. Some combinations work, and some do not. Memory @ 2.5-3-3-7-1T/200 mhz. Not bad for 1 gig sticks rated @ 3-4...
by diver
Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:12 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 26
Views: 5889

How about: 240 clock 2400 cpu 4x HT (960) 5:6 memory (ddr400 200 mhz) slightly tightened memory from 3-4-4-8 to 3-3-3-8 and manually set 1t command rate. Running 2 instances of super pi, after 15 minutes CPU temp is 43c. room temp is 22c. Second fan in power supply did not go on. The first fan never...
by diver
Thu Jan 05, 2006 6:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 26
Views: 5889

I wired in the fanmate this AM. RPM went up from 907 to 970. Idle temp dropped 2 or 3c to 29. Its about 22 in here. Zalman 7700 fan sounded subjectively louder with the case open, but the system was subjectively quieter overall with the case closed. There may have a resonance or beat frequency invol...
by diver
Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 26
Views: 5889

The Zalman 7700 was purchased this AM and installed with Arctic Ceramique. Idle temp is 32/33c, room temp is about 23c. That is about a degree lower than with the stock cooler @ 1700 rpm, and it is quieter. The fanmate was not used. Under bios control the 7700 runs at 900 rpm. The noise output seems...
by diver
Tue Jan 03, 2006 6:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 26
Views: 5889

Some guy on the Abit forum says a 7700 will fit. I can pick one up here for $35 or $36 (al-cu, pure copper is too heavy). Tests I have seen indicate 3c lower temperature at load and 1db less noise than the 7000 al-cu. This is places the 7700 in a somewhat better light than the reviews around here, b...
by diver
Tue Jan 03, 2006 5:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 26
Views: 5889

The stock HSF is just there until I can establish a baseline. The 7000 is better, the 7700 is better than that and the xp-120 is better still, and so on. 45 minutes of memtest (one instance) only raised the CPU temp to 39c.

I want to check over in the Abit forums to see what fits.
by diver
Tue Jan 03, 2006 4:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 26
Views: 5889

The parts came in today. It is partly built, everything but the drives. It is running memtest right now, off a floppy. I decided to RMA the Zalman 7000 and run the stock AMD cooler for a bit. The mobo allows the CPU fan to be run at reduced speed and jump to full speed at a predetermined temperature...
by diver
Sat Dec 31, 2005 2:25 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 26
Views: 5889

As far as RAID 0 goes, I wanted to give it a try. I work with very large files. DVD's are 4.3 gigs, so the extra performance will be appreciated. The reliability issue should be contained by using single platter drives. The power supply as delivered with my SLK2650-BQE is not the S model. It has 2 f...
by diver
Sat Dec 31, 2005 6:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 26
Views: 5889

Nobody likes the Zalman 7000, boo. Looks like I can pick up an Arctic Cooling widget for $32 locally plus another $5 for the fanmate, yay. Main PITA is the Zalman would have to be sent back, that would be next week. A no brain decision... (My brain was actually turned off while I decided that :) Tha...
by diver
Fri Dec 30, 2005 12:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Work in Progress
Replies: 26
Views: 5889

Work in Progress

After lurking here for some time and many clicks of the search button, the time to post has come. My objective is to build a fairly quiet PC, but it does not have to be silent. Mid range in cost, no difficult mods. Overweight heat sinks are out and drive mounting must be reasonably sturdy. The syste...