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by Nick Geraedts
Sat Dec 30, 2006 3:52 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My new/old system
Replies: 5
Views: 6901

I am running XP, and I had toyed with the idea of running Linux on the system, but shyed away from it. Why? Because most of the apps that I run are on Windows, and the ability to log in remotely through Remote Desktop is a big plus for me. :) I know there's SSH, but it's not the same as Remote Deskt...
by Nick Geraedts
Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent F'NP Server!
Replies: 15
Views: 3597

Really? I'm sitting at a 2.66GHz Cel D right now with the stock heatsink, and it rarely goes above 45C. That's also with the stock thermal pad. Maybe I just got a particularly good one here... *shrugs* Then again, we've seen plenty of examples of people effectively cooling Prescott systems, even wit...
by Nick Geraedts
Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:57 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Staff Rigs
Replies: 28
Views: 96725

My new/old system

Specs aren't much to write about, but it's very very quiet. :)
by Nick Geraedts
Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:47 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My new/old system
Replies: 5
Views: 6901

My new/old system

So... I know the specs aren't really much to talk about these days, but this computer has been my little pet project for the past couple of months. Ultimately, the core of this system is going to be my file server (probably in a different case), since I'm going to be getting a HighPoint RAID card, a...
by Nick Geraedts
Tue Dec 19, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent F'NP Server!
Replies: 15
Views: 3597

Western Digital has had a couple of bad batches of drives. If ever you see a drive with 2MB of cache - stay away . They're built cheap, and sell cheap. In other words - boo. Other than the 80GB and 120GB drives with 2MB cache, Western Digital drives are pretty rock solid IMO. The recent Caviars are ...
by Nick Geraedts
Sun Dec 17, 2006 1:39 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent F'NP Server!
Replies: 15
Views: 3597

If you can, get the WD Caviar 500GB instead of the Barracuda. Seagate unfortunately hasn't been working on keeping drives quiet, and with the WD drives suspended, you'll have a hard time hearing them in a good case. I tend to go with ASUS motherboards, just because I've never seen a dead ASUS mother...
by Nick Geraedts
Sat Dec 16, 2006 7:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent F'NP Server!
Replies: 15
Views: 3597

I'm not sure if the OS will be able to shut down the RAID hard drives when they're not in use. You might be able to configure this from the RAID card's control software. Yes - some of the HighPoint cards have web administration. The RocketRAID 1740 for example (PCI, SATAII, RAID5 supported) has the ...
by Nick Geraedts
Fri Dec 15, 2006 6:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent F'NP Server!
Replies: 15
Views: 3597

If this is purely a file and print server, then I wouldn't worry too much about the CPU power of the system. Chances are your network would bottleneck before the system slows down. For a simple file server, you probably won't need 1GB of RAM. 512MB should be enough. For a RAID controller - Highpoint...
by Nick Geraedts
Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:30 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Mirra Mirra in the Closet
Replies: 11
Views: 10461

250Gb HDD : $75 Epia mini-itx all-in-one : $95 Mini-itx case: $30 (? too lazy to go find a link atm..most DIY's probably have a case and PSU laying around they could scavenge for free) FreeNAS : $0 (or one of several similiar OS options) Foldershare : $0 total: $200 You forgot the RAM there - and t...
by Nick Geraedts
Wed Nov 29, 2006 7:02 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: PS3 interesting design
Replies: 3
Views: 3865

Very interesting. I'd be interested in seeing one of them up close and personal. What's quiet to one person would be a racket to MikeC. ;) I have my PS2 in my entertainment center, behind closed doors because of the fan. I've got wireless controllers, so I don't have to worry about cables either... ;)
by Nick Geraedts
Wed Nov 29, 2006 6:55 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Laptop as a minimalist PC?
Replies: 26
Views: 19836

I've been using my laptops as my primary computers for a few years now, and I'll probably never go back. The ability for me to have my computer, my files, my settings - all that with me wherever I go - that's worth it to me. My current laptop is a Dell I6000. Not necessarily a silent laptop, but it'...
by Nick Geraedts
Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Early Snow Blankets Vancouver
Replies: 43
Views: 49480

I actually like the snow! Sure, it makes driving a bit trickier, but that just takes practice and a lot of patience. What's nice about this for me is that it's actually snow and not the usual weather of rain, rain, and more rain. When it's snowy out, you get inside, and you can just bundle up right ...
by Nick Geraedts
Sun Nov 26, 2006 8:19 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Early Snow Blankets Vancouver
Replies: 43
Views: 49480

Hehe... you don't like the snow Mike? I love it. Although I will say that there are a lot of crazy people on the road. First thing that people should know about driving - if it's raining or snowy out, put on your headlights!!! For gosh sake people, you need to make sure you're seen! I'm looking out ...
by Nick Geraedts
Fri Nov 10, 2006 2:37 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zalman ZM600-HP heatpipe equipped power supply
Replies: 15
Views: 13773

@jaganath - Thanks for your support. It's a pleasure to be part of the team. Yes, you're right about the fins on the heatpipes. They're far to tightly spaced for a low airflow environment. The fan controller doesn't really seem like much of a controller either... other quieter power supplies tend to...
by Nick Geraedts
Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:06 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How quiet can I get this old-ish system?
Replies: 6
Views: 1549

I've got pretty much the same as you do, so I'll let you know what I've done and am going to do. 1) Ditch the stock heatsink for a Zalman 3100+ w/ 80mm SilenX fan (fan does not do what it advertises). I'm probably going to be upgrading this to the Thermalright SI-97 soon (best SocketA cooler availab...
by Nick Geraedts
Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New case and PSU needed - suggestions please
Replies: 10
Views: 2259

@BrianE - Thanks for your reply. I was actually thinking of the original Stacker - to be honest, I didn't even know about the 830 until you showed me the link. :wink: Your points about the hard drive noise are completely valid, but I'm not too worried about seek noise. The RAID setups that I've got ...
by Nick Geraedts
Sun Jun 04, 2006 12:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New case and PSU needed - suggestions please
Replies: 10
Views: 2259

Thanks everyone for your replies. @McBanjo - What I meant by the small case not having enough cooling was that things were far too cramped in there, constricting the airflow. Yes, a slightly smaller case will have more airflow than a slightly larger, but then there comes too small - this was too sma...
by Nick Geraedts
Sat Jun 03, 2006 2:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New case and PSU needed - suggestions please
Replies: 10
Views: 2259

New case and PSU needed - suggestions please

Hello everyone, I've been a long-time viewer, but first-time poster here at SPCR. I've been reading up on silent-ing my computer and I've got quite a ways with it. I've currently got a fairly old system: Athlon XP 2000+ 1GB PC2700 nVidia Geforce II MX 200 (yeah baby...) 200GB Seagate Barracuda 7200....