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by Scrooge
Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Got some advice for my new (gaming) build?
Replies: 80
Views: 6363

Re: Got some advice for my new (gaming) build?

Because I want to get the Mugen 3 CPU cooler, I don't know if it's wise for me to pick memory with a high heatsink. I've also decided to go with memory that has better latency than the one I previously had my eye on. It will have to be one of these , but the PC-builder doesn't show the RipJawsX and...
by Scrooge
Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Got some advice for my new (gaming) build?
Replies: 80
Views: 6363

Re: Got some advice for my new (gaming) build?

Here's an overview of what I'm looking at right now: Edit: The G.Skill memory listed here is just an example. As i said, the Intel board doesn't have a very extensive QVL list. The Asus however only lists 9-9-9-24 timing 2x4GB kits (Corsair and G.Skill). This makes me wonder if I should just pick o...
by Scrooge
Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Got some advice for my new (gaming) build?
Replies: 80
Views: 6363

Re: Got some advice for my new (gaming) build?

So it seems both the Gene-Z and DP67BG will support the fans I want. But the Gene-Z has a HDMI port, it's Z68 and it's the same price as the DP67BG. Also, it has a more modern BIOS utility to control the system (though I'm not sure if this really matters for performance). Any comments on this issue...
by Scrooge
Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: building a SFF system for Linux
Replies: 56
Views: 18055

Re: building a SFF system for Linux

Hi, boost - I don't particularly care about idle power draw; I just was wondering if that was the particular board that scrooge had in mind. What about the ASUS board that you referenced makes it a better choice for WiFi/Bluetooth applications? Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. The A...
by Scrooge
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:20 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Lian Li PC-Q09B Sandy Bridge HTPC build
Replies: 8
Views: 11021

Re: Lian Li PC-Q09B Sandy Bridge HTPC build

Nice build! Now I'm not the only person I've seen use a Kozuti in an HTPC, though yours is much smaller than mine!
by Scrooge
Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:54 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: building a SFF system for Linux
Replies: 56
Views: 18055

Re: building a SFF system for Linux

I'm not planning on writing anything that's going to be multi-threaded. My compiler will be whatever the latest stable release of gxx is for Linux. Again, I don't expect my needs are going to be great; I just don't want to paint myself into a corner by trying to save a few nickels here and there. I...
by Scrooge
Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:04 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: building a SFF system for Linux
Replies: 56
Views: 18055

Re: building a SFF system for Linux

Beats the hell out of me. My main concern is not buying something that will become instantly obsolete. I'm willing to invest in headroom if it makes sense. I don't envision this system being heavily taxed, but I don't mind putting a few bucks into overkill. I still don't think I need a graphics car...
by Scrooge
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:49 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: building a SFF system for Linux
Replies: 56
Views: 18055

Re: building a SFF system for Linux

OK, I don't know which chipset I need. They'll both run the i5 CPU, right? I read that the H67 supports a faster SATA interface. Does that mean it will read my internal drive faster? That could be worth paying for. Yeah, as far as I'm aware any 1155 board will run any 1155 CPU at the moment; that w...
by Scrooge
Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: building a SFF system for Linux
Replies: 56
Views: 18055

Re: building a SFF system for Linux

BS2? And, what's the advantage(s) of the Asus mobo over an Intel? Thanks. Sorry, Big Shuriken 2. Personally, I built one PC around an Intel motherboard a few years ago and found it much more painful to get the drivers installed and figure out the documentation for things like the front panel connec...
by Scrooge
Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: building a SFF system for Linux
Replies: 56
Views: 18055

Re: building a SFF system for Linux

I just realized an option that I'd like, and hadn't thought of before: a Bluetooth adapter. I suppose I'm better off in the long run going with a conventional case, in the event that I realize I need something else down the line. (Sorry if I'm sounding fickle here; I'm just trying to avoid any unfo...
by Scrooge
Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:07 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The most extreme mini-ITX gaming rig ever - MAX11Lv3
Replies: 7
Views: 4536

Re: The most extreme mini-ITX gaming rig ever - MAX11Lv3

Taking nothing away from the accomplishment, I was disappointed to discover that was a fake CF veneer. I want more real CF in technology...
by Scrooge
Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:34 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: x86 with arm like power draw for router/server
Replies: 39
Views: 12091

Re: x86 with arm like power draw for router/server

Maybe it's the language barrier, but do you have any idea how arrogant you come across as?
by Scrooge
Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide
Replies: 35
Views: 18659

Re: Fanless Power Supply PC Build Guide

It would depend on the particular case, but in general, if there isn't a case fan fairly close by (let's say 6") and the fan(s) are spinning slowly enough to be SPCR-quiet, then as long as there is venting above the PSU & space above the case where there hot air can rise and disperse, I see no prob...
by Scrooge
Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: x86 with arm like power draw for router/server
Replies: 39
Views: 12091

Re: x86 with arm like power draw for router/server

The G440 lacks a power-saving feature. So it might actually consume more than dual-cores at idle. Depending on the metric you look at, some Atoms should be faster. Obviously the Sandy Bridge would be superior by a large margin for single-threaded operations. Unless you really don't care about multi...
by Scrooge
Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:03 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: x86 with arm like power draw for router/server
Replies: 39
Views: 12091

Re: x86 with arm like power draw for router/server

This oft-quoted Missing Remote i3-2100T + DH67CF system claims less than 15 Watts idle. You could disable a core and underclock to limit max TDP (likely wouldn't change idle power consumption though). Although the initial purchase price is much higher than an Atom, the electrical cost is the same (...
by Scrooge
Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:34 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Pinpointing source of noise
Replies: 21
Views: 2664

Re: Pinpointing source of noise

CPU is a Q9450 with a Mugen 2 on a MSI P45. BIOS also says the Nexus fan is spinning at 1150 rpm. Thanks. I believe that is not a very efficient platform, but a couple of 120mm fans at ~1100rpm shouldn't be oppressive. I noticed you haven't mentioned exactly what the noise is. Can you do that? I'm ...
by Scrooge
Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Pinpointing source of noise
Replies: 21
Views: 2664

Re: Pinpointing source of noise

What would you like to see/know? I can't take a picture (no cam). I can't remove the videocard (no IGP), but I will try a passive card tomorrow. Motherboard, CPU, and CPU cooler would be good. You mention a Scythe CPU fan, but not what heatsink it's on (which could be any Scythe, or another brand).
by Scrooge
Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Pinpointing source of noise
Replies: 21
Views: 2664

Re: Pinpointing source of noise

Could we please get a picture of the inside of your case? I think that might help most of all, since you aren't giving us much in the way of details to work with. Also, if you have the option to use onboard graphics, you could try physically removing the graphics card and see if that helps at all.
by Scrooge
Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:21 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: I need an advice about some PC comonents
Replies: 3
Views: 2171

Re: I need an advice about some PC comonents

Hi! Welcome to SPCR! About your components - I'd suggest rethinking your PSU selection and going with a Seasonic, or one of the other brands reviewed on this site. I don't know where those two you mentioned got high marks, but it wasn't SPCR, and that's the only place I'd really trust to judge the n...
by Scrooge
Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:00 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: really tiny HTPC, with i5 2500k
Replies: 6
Views: 5301

Re: really tiny HTPC, with i5 2500k

to tell the truth, i was snooping around and i found a z68 itx board (asrock iirc), but I confirm i don't plan to overlock; instead, one use of the z68/k combination could be to down clock the processor more freely - if necessary to obtain a truly quiet system (was thinking about undervolting a lit...
by Scrooge
Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:06 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: building a SFF system for Linux
Replies: 56
Views: 18055

Re: building a SFF system for Linux

The only suitable cooler is the Scythe Kozuti , which is perfectly fine for a 35W CPU. The Kozuti is perfectly fine for a 95W CPU. I'm using one on my i5-2500k and after the ASC cured, it hits about 68* under 4xP95+FM, which is of course completely unreasonable load (and admittedly, it's much coole...
by Scrooge
Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:48 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: building a SFF system for Linux
Replies: 56
Views: 18055

Re: building a SFF system for Linux

EDIT: I suppose I'd better re-think this. It appears that the peak power of the Sandy Bridge processors exceed what the PS in the mini-skeleton can deliver. Oops... What makes you say that? It's PSU can supply 90w. That'll certainly handle a system built on any of the LV SNBs and will probably hand...
by Scrooge
Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: HP ProBook 4530s (Sandy Bridge) noise-wise
Replies: 9
Views: 14419

Re: HP ProBook 4530s (Sandy Bridge) noise-wise

I bought it via internet, try it two days and send back. Too noosy for me compare to lenovo T420 (my professionel laptop). That's odd, and unfortunate - I have an 8440p that's very quiet and has a gentle noise signature, as well. And yes, it's hard to get above 1366x768 in a laptop under 16". It's ...
by Scrooge
Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate is dropping green line 5900rpm
Replies: 7
Views: 2045

Re: Seagate is dropping green line 5900rpm

Hard drive prices are going through the roof. Consolidation + Thailand flood = $59.99 drives last month are now...$169.99 and rising. I'm checking the price of 2TB Samsung F4s every Friday. Last week it was 159 at Newegg. Today it's 229. Does anyone have any idea how long this is expected to keep g...
by Scrooge
Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silent(ish) PSU advice
Replies: 11
Views: 2583

Re: Silent(ish) PSU advice

In addition to the other suggestions, if the machine is a few years old, you might consider replacing the case fans. They may not have been quiet originally, and a few years of use certainly aren't going to improve them.
by Scrooge
Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:50 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: HM67 chipset (mobile Sandy Bridge) on desktop
Replies: 15
Views: 4006

Re: HM67 chipset (mobile Sandy Bridge) on desktop

While it doesn't matter in this case because, again, the OP is planning on using a dedicated GPU, I want to add that one consideration is the mobile CPUs use HD3000, while the i5-2500T uses HD2000. In some cases that could matter.
by Scrooge
Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:21 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet but fast build
Replies: 4
Views: 661

Re: Quiet but fast build

If it's only under load for a couple hours per day and not a mission-critical thing, why not go with a faster CPU and let it go quicker at a higher temperature? It won't get near Tjunction with remotely decent cooling; I have a 2500k with a Kozuti that barely peaks 70 under synthetic loading and Fur...
by Scrooge
Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: HM67 chipset (mobile Sandy Bridge) on desktop
Replies: 15
Views: 4006

Re: HM67 chipset (mobile Sandy Bridge) on desktop

Given that I'm more concerned about making a quiet PC, rather than a super-power-efficient one (as I mentioned, I'd be using a PCIe graphics card), I think I'll focus my research efforts on LGA1155. Good decision, IMO. If you want a four-core 45W TDP chip to run with a big quiet heatsink, grab an i...
by Scrooge
Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet-ish build with a Shuttle XPC SH67H3
Replies: 15
Views: 8710

Re: Quiet-ish build with a Shuttle XPC SH67H3

As for components, get a normal 2500 or 2400 (K's will not work on the H67 chipset), 8GB ram, a 120GB+ SSD and a 2TB green drive that the system will put to sleep. Then wait for the new less power hungry / higher performance 28nm GPUs that will come out in Jan-Mar time frame. Until then you can sur...
by Scrooge
Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: building a SFF system for Linux
Replies: 56
Views: 18055

Re: building a SFF system for Linux

Really? So, what does the monitor cable plug into? Back when I was fooling with PCs, only the graphics cards had the connectors for displays. The CPU holds the graphics processor and the video ports are on the motherboard, in the same place as the other motherboard ports. Things have come quite a l...