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by Scrooge
Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU Cooler for a Moncaso 320 HTPC? What to [s]queeze in?
Replies: 5
Views: 1949

Re: CPU Cooler for a Moncaso 320 HTPC? What to queeze in?

I'm pretty sure the Shuriken Rev B will be much to tall for that case (which is a beautiful case, mind you!). My suggestion would be the Scythe Kozuti - 40mm tall for plenty of breathing room, and cools the 2500K in my HTPC adequately under 4x Prime95 + Furmark, and that's a 95W CPU. I strongly doub...
by Scrooge
Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:17 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Where is the sweet spot right now?
Replies: 9
Views: 2537

Re: Where is the sweet spot right now?

What will be using the PC for? As long as you aren't gaming there is value in the onboard GPU on Sandy Bridge processors as that should be enough graphics power. And it means no discrete graphics card which means less heat and (perhaps) one less fan assuming that you were considering a graphcs card...
by Scrooge
Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:43 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New desktop - I'm open to suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 1440

Re: New desktop - I'm open to suggestions

GPU: Yes, one display + 2 DVI (or 1 DVI, 1 HDMI, or 2 HDMI, or whatever...) can take three monitors. Every modern integrated GPU can drive two monitors. No issues or concerns there! Perhaps you should wait for Ivy Bridge which can handle three monitors. This is exactly what i was going to say. IVB ...
by Scrooge
Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: building a SFF system for Linux
Replies: 56
Views: 18074

Re: building a SFF system for Linux

Well, it's a good thing I didn't jump too quickly on an economy build. So...my boss now tells me that performance DOES matter on this simulator I'm writing (after saying for months that it didn't). So, I'm definitely going the i5 route. Is there a time of year when the manufacturers typically all a...
by Scrooge
Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Stock 2600k + Noctua NH-U9B SE2 = 60°C
Replies: 14
Views: 5869

Re: Stock 2600k + Noctua NH-U9B SE2 = 60°C

The temperatures are definitely higher than they should be - I have temps in the upper 60s under load with a very small Scythe Kozuti on a 2500K. Yours should be much lower with that Noctua.
by Scrooge
Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:06 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: big shuriken or axp-140?
Replies: 3
Views: 1550

Re: big shuriken or axp-140?

The Big Shuriken 2 has an extra heatpipe and, more importantly, a backplate mounting system instead of pushpins. I wouldn't expect temperatures to be much better, but the backplate will make installation much more secure.
by Scrooge
Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Inexperienced builder - going for performance/quiet
Replies: 11
Views: 3350

Re: Inexperienced builder - going for performance/quiet

Multi-monitor and gfx cards - yeah, it's a pain that will be around for a while. Probably 30W adder for you. It should be around forever - if a second monitor doesn't increase power draw, it means that the graphics card is wasting energy when only driving a single monitor. Why would you want that? ...
by Scrooge
Sat Dec 24, 2011 7:55 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: New system -- MB & CPU - where to start
Replies: 4
Views: 1882

Re: New system -- MB & CPU - where to start

One thing to be careful of is even though the K CPUs are very good (I have a 2500K myself) they lack many of the new instruction sets Intel added, including one that is for VMs. It's probably worth going with a normal CPU for you to have those. Unfortunately, that means that the fastest CPU you can ...
by Scrooge
Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Compact, 100% silent brand PC?
Replies: 40
Views: 20775

Re: Compact, 100% silent brand PC?

Did anyone ever figure out if the Kozuti fits inside the M350 case? The question is posed several times in the thread but I never see an answer. The M350 is 62mm tall. The Kozuti is 40mm tall. Both sides of the case, the standoffs, motherboard, and CPU are likely in excess of 22mm, so I doubt it wi...
by Scrooge
Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:40 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How Iran hacked the Sentinel
Replies: 4
Views: 1482

Re: How Iran hacked the Sentinel

Tzupy wrote:Even if he has the double of Dubya's IQ, he doesn't seem to have the balls. :wink:
Osama's ghost might like a word with you about that.
by Scrooge
Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:00 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: stock 2500K CPU cooler hitting 58C at idle in GD05 case
Replies: 15
Views: 2833

Re: stock 2500K CPU cooler hitting 58C at idle in GD05 case

Oh yes, I remember looking at the Samuel too, but felt safer, memory heatspreader-wise, going with the Kozuti. The Samuel seems to suffer a bit, in my eyes, by not being as compact as the Kozuti, and when I'm not concerned about component interference, the Big Shuriken works better. That would work ...
by Scrooge
Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:31 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: stock 2500K CPU cooler hitting 58C at idle in GD05 case
Replies: 15
Views: 2833

Re: more like an hour

Posted the spec pages of the K vs. the BS above. Unless I misread it, it looks like the K is bigger than the BS. I meant I ordered the Silverstone NT07...wasn't able to cancel it in time before it shipped :( You linked to a Thermalright AXP-140 RT, not a Scythe Kozuti. That's here: http://www.scyth...
by Scrooge
Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright SI-128 sufficient to cool Intel Core i5 2500K?
Replies: 2
Views: 1230

Re: Thermalright SI-128 sufficient to cool Intel Core i5 250

Given that my 2500K is cooled quite adequately by a Kozuti, which has a smaller surface area and the airflow of an 80x80x10 fan, that should absolutely work. I don't know about overclocking, mind you, but at stock I would do that without worry.
by Scrooge
Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: stock 2500K CPU cooler hitting 58C at idle in GD05 case
Replies: 15
Views: 2833

Re: more like an hour

Doh...that was a research fail...I didn't know it worked on the GD05 case...thought the Big Shuriken was the biggest that would fit. Now I have to see if I can change my Amazon order... The K is smaller than the BS - that's why I went with it, so I could get low-latency RAM with heatspreaders. If t...
by Scrooge
Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:05 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: stock 2500K CPU cooler hitting 58C at idle in GD05 case
Replies: 15
Views: 2833

Re: more like an hour

to tear it apart again. Took about that long when I tried getting an Antex 620 water cooler in (doesn't fit BTW...it'd have to be mounted externally)-: I had to abort and install the stock cooler instead. The Scythe SCKZT-1000 Kozuti looks similar to the Big Shuriken, which means it'll hit the memo...
by Scrooge
Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: stock 2500K CPU cooler hitting 58C at idle in GD05 case
Replies: 15
Views: 2833

Re: stock 2500K CPU cooler hitting 58C at idle in GD05 case

No backplate, or no bolt-through? I have the Kozuti in that case, which does a good job with temperature and is quite compact. It bolts through, though, so you'd have to remove the motherboard. Honestly, your sort of issue is why I only trust that sort of heatsink, and I'd recommend taking the what,...
by Scrooge
Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:35 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Qualifed RAM and Qualifed Vendor for RAM Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1966

Re: Qualifed RAM and Qualifed Vendor for RAM Question

Honestly, I've never had an issue with RAM that's not on the QVL as long as it's good RAM that runs at the correct voltage for it's spec (1.5v for DDR3, of course). My understanding (though I wasn't building desktops at the time) is that the QVL and RAM compatibility issues came up earlier this deca...
by Scrooge
Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PSU on top: why?
Replies: 30
Views: 4601

Re: PSU on top: why?

The vast majority of people don't care about noise that much, so it's already irrelevant for them. BD/CF/SLI are exaggerated, I was thinking about R6950 or GTX 560 Ti... That said, I'm still not aware of any disadvantages of PSU on bottom. Your first point is a cop-out: I don't believe the bottom-m...
by Scrooge
Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Pc Woop Woop!!! Need advice
Replies: 3
Views: 661

Re: New Pc Woop Woop!!! Need advice

Not bad overall. Personally, I wouldn't bother with upgrading to Ivy Bridge in 2-3 years - by that time, IVB will be old news anyway (and given Intel's habits, not much cheaper), and is only supposed to be ~20% faster. It won't make the machine feel much fresher. At that timespan, if I were to upgra...
by Scrooge
Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:33 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PSU on top: why?
Replies: 30
Views: 4601

Re: PSU on top: why?

Still, 108 W isn't much for a videocard. You know, every time you dismiss something fairly high-powered of his, you're further restricting the cases where a bottom-mounted PSU is relevant. Most machines now are in the vicinity of 100w total, being Intel systems with integrated graphics and a couple...
by Scrooge
Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is a i3-2100 good enough for me?
Replies: 8
Views: 1315

Re: Is a i3-2100 good enough for me?

If a 2100 is enough, then the 2500K would hold you for years. It's a shame that Intel doesn't offer a $100 K-model dual... With virtualization on the list of things to do, I'd stay away from the K models anyway. They lack the new VT toys. Personally, I'd see if I could afford the cheapest i5 (aside...
by Scrooge
Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bad motherboard? Massive data corruption...
Replies: 13
Views: 1646

Re: Bad motherboard? Massive data corruption...

Ever since i found a bad stick of ram (after days of pulling my hair out troubleshooting) I now dont even install the os until memtest runs 24 hours and passes. I think that will be my new policy. Wouldn't have helped here though, I think, because it had been running solidly for a couple of months ...
by Scrooge
Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bad motherboard? Massive data corruption...
Replies: 13
Views: 1646

Re: Bad motherboard? Massive data corruption...

So the first stick (the one that had not been touching the Kozuti, for whatever it is or isn't worth) passed two full rounds of testing in ~50 minutes without error. Pulled it out, inserted the other one into the slot the good stick had just been in, and start getting errors in seconds. All seem to ...
by Scrooge
Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bad motherboard? Massive data corruption...
Replies: 13
Views: 1646

Re: Bad motherboard? Massive data corruption...

Define touching. Touching the top of the RAM's heatsink, probably not. Touching the top of a bare DIMM, maybe but unlikely. Touching the side, good chance of a short there. Touching the side of a Ripjaws heatspreader. Didn't figure that would cause an issue. It was the side of the heatspreader, not...
by Scrooge
Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bad motherboard? Massive data corruption...
Replies: 13
Views: 1646

Re: Bad motherboard? Massive data corruption...

It certainly could be a bad CPU and/or MB. You really need to swap parts to check if you can. Well, I yanked one stick and ran the test, no timestamp lockup, no errors after finishing a pass. I'll try the other and see. The Kozuti I'm using touched the stick I removed. Could that have caused an iss...
by Scrooge
Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bad motherboard? Massive data corruption...
Replies: 13
Views: 1646

Re: Bad motherboard? Massive data corruption...

Wow... less than a minute in and 133 errors are showing. That'd be bad, yes. Is there any point in letting it run, or just order more from Newegg? As I'm typing this, up to 867 in two minutes. Ouch. Edit: And now well over 500,000. The timestamp is stuck at 7:06. But wow. Edit2: It's gotten bad enou...
by Scrooge
Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:08 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bad motherboard? Massive data corruption...
Replies: 13
Views: 1646

Re: Bad motherboard? Massive data corruption...

It might seem obvious, but is the chipset the updated B3 version? Either way, it could be a sata controller issue though I would certainly also take a closer look at the ram. Good thought checking since I didn't specify, but this was purchased from Newegg just a couple months ago (I understand the ...
by Scrooge
Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:00 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bad motherboard? Massive data corruption...
Replies: 13
Views: 1646

Bad motherboard? Massive data corruption...

Relevant hardware: P8H61M 2500K Kingston SSDnow! V100 Samsung F4 2TB TL;DR: Massive data corruption issues over last two days, resulting in Windows being completely unable to boot. On attempting to reinstall from the CD, got the following error at the end of Expanding Windows files three times last ...
by Scrooge
Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is this a good build?
Replies: 33
Views: 4241

Re: Is this a goodl build?

It's possible that you might run across a game that will benefit from the 8MB of cache on the i7-2600(K) over the 6MB i5-2500(K), it's less likely that you'll come across one that will make use of the 2600's hyper threading. I'd say, save $100 and go for the i5-2500(K). Your other apps certainly do...
by Scrooge
Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is this a good build?
Replies: 33
Views: 4241

Re: Is this a goodl build?

Why the K CPU, if you're not overclocking and have a graphics card?