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by Nick Geraedts
Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:26 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: No gaming - ASUS EAH3650 Silent Magic or MSI N95GT MD512Z
Replies: 9
Views: 3328

I'm using the Silent Magic version in my workstation at home, and it works just fine. I can't give you exact power draw specs, but it's passively cooled in a fairly cramped environment (see link in sig) without any problems.
by Nick Geraedts
Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:43 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: looking for a good 24" monitor
Replies: 40
Views: 7684

Aris... re-read what you just typed. A monitor doesn't output anything. It accepts video signals as input. That being said, a 1680x1050 monitor simply cannot display a proper 1080i/p image. The only way you can get proper 1080 display is by buying a screen that does 1920x1080 or higher (WUXGA displa...
by Nick Geraedts
Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: GA-MA78GM-S2H 4850e HD problems
Replies: 12
Views: 4048

Make sure you've updated the BIOS to the latest revision (I believe it's version F5 now). Are you running the latest Catalyst drivers? I've been able to play HD material with no problem (same board, 5200+). What media player are you using? I've had the same audio problem with HDMI on the board. I've...
by Nick Geraedts
Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: New S3 Chrome... looks sick for the price
Replies: 6
Views: 1625

They've all still got fans on them... You can probably find an old ATI 2600 for cheap these days, and it will still do hardware decoding of HD content. I've got one at home thhat came passive for under $40 on sale (regular price was ~$55).
by Nick Geraedts
Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD10EACS and oldish onboard SATA-I problem..
Replies: 12
Views: 7138

Have you tried connecting only the WD drive? I'm wondering if the PCI card you have can't handle auto negotiation on individual drives (i.e. the ports come in pairs).
by Nick Geraedts
Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Resistor values for permanent speed control....
Replies: 7
Views: 1653

Just make sure that the fan will actually start at 5V. Otherwise you might have to get a little more fancy with your homebrew circuit design.
by Nick Geraedts
Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Dremel for cutting holes in steel m/b tray?
Replies: 7
Views: 1935

A quality rotary tool (Dremel or the like) should be able to cut through a motherboard tray without too much trouble. I've used mine to cut out the restrictive fan grilles in the back of cases a number of times, and I'd imagine that the thickness of the metal is comparable for the two.
by Nick Geraedts
Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: silent 3.5 hard drive help needed
Replies: 10
Views: 2724

I'll second the GP drives. They're relatively fast, quiet, and so far haven't given me any troubles. I've got 10 of them in my server, and yet the overall noise level is quite low.
by Nick Geraedts
Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Any local Vancouver SPCR'ers doing builds?
Replies: 2
Views: 914

I'd be glad to help you put the system together. I'm glad that you're interested in seeing how the various parts go together and knowing that everything is in place. We could take pictures along the way and post a short post with the build steps (would also help others who are interested in building...
by Nick Geraedts
Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:36 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Suggestions for speaker 2.1
Replies: 14
Views: 2998

I'll second the Klipsch speakers. I upgraded from Altec Lansing ATP3's (which I still use at work now - 6 years and still going!) and the difference was incredible.

Yes, they're slightly pricy, but well worth it if you're looking for quality.
by Nick Geraedts
Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:06 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: VelociRaptor quiet or not[?]
Replies: 44
Views: 14331

@falcon26 - where have you seen a $160 Vraptor? I'm guessing (and hoping) you're talking about USD... $212 CAD is the cheapest I've found here.
by Nick Geraedts
Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Antec NSK3480 with Noctua NH-U12P
Replies: 53
Views: 48062

Very nice clean setup. As long as the heatsink is touch-able, your NB temps shouldn't really be a concern.

Just out of curiosity... you've got 4GB of RAM - why are you using a 32-bit OS?
by Nick Geraedts
Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:40 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Post Your Workstation setup
Replies: 25
Views: 13238

http://www.kwikpiks.com/files/1/computers/Desk-2008-11-06_thumb.jpg Workstation Server Ikea Mikael Desk Ikea Mikael Drawers Samsung ML-2851ND Printer Linksys WRT54GL w/ Tomato 1.21 D-Link DGS-1008 gigabit switch Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Speakers Shelves homemade All I have to say is 5280x1200 is wonder...
by Nick Geraedts
Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:34 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Eclipse - Multiples all around...
Replies: 12
Views: 15852

I actually hated the window so much that I ordered another right-side panel from Antec. I've now got smooth black on both sides of the case. Besides, that side of the case is sitting up next to the desk... so I can't really see into the system anyways. :P I've never found a side vent to be useful in...
by Nick Geraedts
Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:31 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Eclipse - Multiples all around...
Replies: 12
Views: 15852

There really isn't all that much to say about the case. It's typical Antec quality all around - including their service. I had a problem with the front USB and audio connectors a few months ago. After a couple of quick emails to their tech support, they sent a replacement in the mail - free of charg...
by Nick Geraedts
Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:28 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Thermalright T-Rad2 review at legitreviews
Replies: 6
Views: 3257

... And Accelero S1 win in terms of cost. Less than half the price of the TRad. Fitting any fan of your choice doesn't seem too difficult either, provided you have the space. The key part there is "provided you have the space." Yes, you're right. The S1 does win in terms of price (I use both the S1...
by Nick Geraedts
Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:21 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Eclipse - Multiples all around...
Replies: 12
Views: 15852

I have the 3650 because I use three monitors. The 4670 wasn't available at the time (would have been slightly more ideal), and the price of the 3650 was rediculously low ($40 CAD) for a passive card.
by Nick Geraedts
Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:41 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Thermalright T-Rad2 review at legitreviews
Replies: 6
Views: 3257

I remember seeing someone use these fans on the T-Rad2 somewhere... but I can't seem to find the link. Even if you couldn't screw them in, you'd probably be able to use the stock mounting holes in conjunction with a few zip-ties. ;)
by Nick Geraedts
Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:20 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon 4850 Experiences and Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 2399

For the record, you can find pictures of the insides of my system here. It's definitely possible to run the 4850 passively, as long as there's some airflow nearby.
by Nick Geraedts
Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:16 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Eclipse - Multiples all around...
Replies: 12
Views: 15852

I think I tried that option when I first setup the system. If my memory serves me correctly, the bundled cables were too thick to fit under the motherboard itself. I suppose I could try un-sleeving the EPS12V cable to see if I can spread out the cables to make them fit underneath...
by Nick Geraedts
Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:24 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Eclipse - Multiples all around...
Replies: 12
Views: 15852

Eclipse - Multiples all around...

My main workstation has gone through various upgrades since I bought the initial hardware a little over a year ago. Today was likely the last upgrade to this system before moving to a new platform at some point in the future (Core i7 in all likelyhood). Current Specs as follows: Case: Antec 900 Moth...
by Nick Geraedts
Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is an Atom low enough power for a fanless enclosed system?
Replies: 7
Views: 3382

I've been using Tomato firmware (albeit on a WRT54GL) with an Intel 2200 wireless card for months now. I'm not sure why your router wouldn't be able to connect in general.

That board looks interesting though. Three gigabit connections (each on independent PCIe x1 lanes) is definitely cool. :)
by Nick Geraedts
Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:49 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Thermalright T-Rad2 review at legitreviews
Replies: 6
Views: 3257

The differences are probably marginal, and the key factor here is that both do a much better job than the stock cooler. However, there is one department where the TRad wins outright - size. Anyone who's had to make a dual video card setup using the S1 can attest to the difficulties involved. Either ...
by Nick Geraedts
Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:20 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon 4850 Experiences and Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 2399

I picked up an ASUS 4850, which as far as I can tell is also a reference design. I have a passive S1 installed on the card. My idle temps are roughly 42-55-46 (there are three sensors in the GPU die itself), and load runs up to about 56-80-64 with ATI's artifact scanner. Note, this card is also fair...
by Nick Geraedts
Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 2 x ATI 3650 for 4 x TFT PROBLEM
Replies: 9
Views: 2385

Glad to hear you got things working. :)
by Nick Geraedts
Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low Budget File Server
Replies: 11
Views: 3035

Wait a little while then. The price drop should be global as far as I know. It's just that retailers haven't caught up to the new price yet.
by Nick Geraedts
Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low Budget File Server
Replies: 11
Views: 3035

Here's some good news for you - WHS has dropped in price to $99.

WHS on Newegg
by Nick Geraedts
Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:48 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Q9550 E0 - stock cooling
Replies: 14
Views: 6203

I actually ran into a minor stability issue with that setting. I currently have my Vcore set to 1.225V in BIOS, and my NB voltage set to 1.37V. My RAM voltage is set to auto at the moment, which the BIOS has decided will be 2.0V. So far, things look pretty good. :)
by Nick Geraedts
Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low Budget File Server
Replies: 11
Views: 3035

I've also ordered a trial version of WHS since MS gives it out on a 120 day trial. I expect it wont be that ideal for the low power server, but it wont cost me anything to try it out if debian annoys me. Why wouldn't it be ideal? WHS is the best setup you could hope for if you're only dealing with ...
by Nick Geraedts
Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:45 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Q9550 E0 - stock cooling
Replies: 14
Views: 6203

This is what's currently powering my beast...

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I've got a TRUE with a 500RPM Slipstream on it along with everything else in my case... highest load temps I've seen so far are 50C. Can't complain too much.