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by victorhortalives
Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:59 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anybody tried Grow Up Japan Smart Drive 2002C HDD Silencer ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1876

They are the best. I have 2 of them, one with a 74GB Raptor and one with a 1TB Samsung. They stop disc noise but not vibration. You need to soft mount them as well. FYI my good deed for the day, I see there are some for sale S/H from Holland on this other forum thread : http://www.silentpcreview.com...
by victorhortalives
Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on HW (case) for small homeserver
Replies: 9
Views: 2143

I'd second the 3480 idea, but to make it work well you should think about the following : 1. Get a Passive PSU - SPCR has one in it's reference system 2. Get an SSD for one of the drives, and a 2.5in HD for the other. Then you can put the SSD at the bottom and suspend the HD against the front (in a ...
by victorhortalives
Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:00 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: using 2.5" HDD/SSD in 3.5" bay
Replies: 8
Views: 2719

Look at this thread for options :

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by victorhortalives
Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Have you ever damaged a motherboard installing a heatsink?
Replies: 11
Views: 2134

Yes, I busted an Abit board trying to install a Minja. I scabbed through some of the connecting tracks with a screwdriver ! Then I noticed that I was supposed to unscrew the mobo mounting plate part way, do the install and then tighten the plate. A bit late now to know this as Abit is no more, BUT a...
by victorhortalives
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:22 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: minja on asus mb ... in an nsk3480. will it fit?
Replies: 5
Views: 1336

The Minja will fit in this case (I have one), but I can't help you wrt the mobo.
My mobo is an Asrock AMD version - ALiveNF6P-VSTA.

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So, not much help then I guess !
by victorhortalives
Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My PSU plug has no grounding pin! Is this normal??
Replies: 4
Views: 1357

If it's the plug on the cable between the PSU and the wall socket, then they have shipped you the wrong cable. For a PSU lead you will need a 3 pin plug, but if the supplier won't solve your problem, then a 3 pin version is easy to find in a DIY electrical shop. Some cables will only come with 2 of ...
by victorhortalives
Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:46 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: External HDD case: FW 800, fanless, autopower?
Replies: 3
Views: 1440

My suggestion for a quiet big external drive is to buy an ethernet connected NAS box and put it in another room (e.g. attic). That way the noise is gone and, if you buy a RAID enabled version, the items you store are RAID secured (you need at least 2 drives for this) Most external drives are noisy a...
by victorhortalives
Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:21 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PSU for Antec 3480
Replies: 10
Views: 2249

thanks. (i would prefer to stick to this case if possible). i just found the enermax pro: it's 14 cm deep, same cable side as antec, and looking at the inside i can make a hole to make space for the blu-ray connectors: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/psus/2008/03/21/enermax_pro_82_psu/4 (i cannot ...
by victorhortalives
Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:39 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PSU for Antec 3480
Replies: 10
Views: 2249

Here's the SPCR review of the Corsair modular PSUs. http://www.silentpcreview.com/article692-page2.html Look at the two pics, the appearance is the same for both PSUs. With the fan upwards the fixed power cords are on the same side of the 3480 as the side slot in the 3480. (so easier to work with) Y...
by victorhortalives
Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:58 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PSU for Antec 3480
Replies: 10
Views: 2249

Just got back in, but it occurs to me that maybe a better answer is to find a new case.

This way you can decouple the PSU from the physical problems with the 3450.

I also have 2x P182s. Very very quiet, even with a Corsair PSU.
by victorhortalives
Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: PSU for Antec 3480
Replies: 10
Views: 2249

Yes, I have tried this. 1. Corsair 520 Modular is longer than the Antec PSU, but DOES fit OK. I recommend that you go for the modular version (if at all) as there isn't much room for ALL the PSU cables AND any cables for items that you might want to put in the top. Any leftover but attached Corsair ...
by victorhortalives
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:23 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: 500-800RPM target: Scythe 120mm S-Flex SFF21D or SFF21E?
Replies: 11
Views: 3526

Re: 500-800RPM target: Scythe 120mm S-Flex SFF21D or SFF21E?

I'm thinking of running primarily in the 500-800rpm range. Am I better off getting the 800rpm SFF21D or the 1200rpm SFF21E? (i.e. which one has a better sound profile in that range?) I can only offer unhelpful advice ! 400rpm to 700rpm - get the 1200rpm version. 800rpm - get the 800rpm version. 700...
by victorhortalives
Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:21 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Power and Graphics suggestions for P182
Replies: 7
Views: 1662

I have 2x P182s with Corsair 520HX PSUs. Plenty of room for the fan to access ventilation through the front panel, even though the fan points downwards. You might ensure that the extra back panel holes for the bottom chamber are covered up to ensure a through air path from the front. Many SPCR forum...
by victorhortalives
Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:50 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD's in 5.25" bays (4in3 modules etc)
Replies: 15
Views: 4220

Good point. I'll have a look into suspending one of the drive in the dvd bays too. Is there any cases that are capable of holding 4 drives without causing any extra noise? Possibly the antec p182 as that is supposed to be really good? My mate has a cosmos case and his hdd tray things have rubber bi...
by victorhortalives
Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:59 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Just one fan in the whole case...
Replies: 34
Views: 6556

vertigo : Quote " Aris's setup surprises me. Now that I think about it, the hot air from the PSU is not likely to be sucked in again, it'll go above the cooler air like a warm front would. I'm very wary about having the PSU near the fan " Unquote He's got his system in a 3480 (as I have also), so th...
by victorhortalives
Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:46 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec NSK 3480 Extra Harddrives?
Replies: 11
Views: 2980

Glad to help. I can't post any pics BUT I can point you to where I got the idea. Look at Porkchop's post in this thread : http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=19147&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=240 It's on page 9 towards the bottom, the second photo. It's also in a 3480. You need t...
by victorhortalives
Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:21 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec NSK 3480 Extra Harddrives?
Replies: 11
Views: 2980

Depends on the sort of hard drives. Difficult to get 3x 3.5in drives there, but not so difficult to get 3x 2.5in drives. What you would have to is to put 2x 2.5in drives vertically against the front facia and put the 3rd on the bottom. I currently have a 2.5in in a Scythe box (so 3.5in in size) agai...
by victorhortalives
Sun Feb 01, 2009 7:04 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Totally passive system with high storage capability?
Replies: 13
Views: 4092

740 seems to be a repackaged 690. So if i was going to get that I may as well get a 2nd hand 690. Don't know about 760, but 780 gets great reviews, generally speaking, especially for what I want to use it for, and I have found one here. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/142347 But really I would like t...
by victorhortalives
Sun Feb 01, 2009 6:49 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Totally passive system with high storage capability?
Replies: 13
Views: 4092

I'll confine my comments to things with which I have experience : Mobo - I have a Gigabyte GA-MA78G-DS3H with an AMD Athlon64 X2 4850e and a Mini Ninja. This uses the AMD 780G Chipset and has on-board ATI Radeon HD3200 graphics with Gigabit LAN. Works fine and doesn't get hot with 1 fan (I have a fa...
by victorhortalives
Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Just one fan in the whole case...
Replies: 34
Views: 6556

Try using an Antec NSK 3480, with a Silverstone in the top half (cools itself through the top grills) and one fan in the bottom half. SPCR uses this combo in their new quiet room - look for MC's description. Depending on your "power computing" needs, you might be OK with a Pico instead. You need to ...
by victorhortalives
Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:19 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Totally passive system with high storage capability?
Replies: 13
Views: 4092

I support what thejamppa proposes. Further suggestion for silence : get a 2.5in harddrive and put it in a Scythe box for even better noise isolation. You didn't say what you propose to spend, but what is being proposed is not expensive. OR how much effort you want to put into this. Don't be afraid t...
by victorhortalives
Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Quite Quiet
Replies: 29
Views: 4801

Did English teachers suddenly stop correcting kids' phonetic transcription of the "would've" contraction That's exactly what has happened. Sadly the question was rhetorical. I am the eldest of a very large family and have younger siblings still of school age (the youngest has just started secondary...
by victorhortalives
Tue Jan 27, 2009 4:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: "Passive" CPU cooling in NSK3480
Replies: 16
Views: 4098

Re: "Passive" CPU cooling in NSK3480

Hi. I'm planning on building a new server since the current one is far too noisy. I plan to use the Antec NSK3480 case and an Athlon 64 X2 4850E 45W CPU. Would it be possible to cool the CPU using just a Thermalright HR-01 Plus (without fan) and the case fan? The only other components in the case w...
by victorhortalives
Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Just built a new Desktop, but still too loud
Replies: 16
Views: 3137

Thanks for the tips guys. I was considering the Zalman Fanmate 2, but it seems sort of inconvenient since I'd be leaving a small controller inside the case (and opening and closing up the case every time to change the speed is a bit of a hassle). I was also considering a 5.25" fan controller, such ...
by victorhortalives
Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: HDD suspension: best elastic material?
Replies: 13
Views: 3903

Knicker elastic.

Go to the nearest notions store or section of a department store and get a few feet of it (or ask your nearest female !). I've seen a variety of thicknesses available. Once you've tied it though it's usually impossible to untie - must be cut.
by victorhortalives
Mon Jan 19, 2009 11:22 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: VelociRaptor or SSD?
Replies: 36
Views: 31353

However, all this is fearmongering. SSDs actually promise to be more reliable than magnetic media, because they should theoretically only fail in writing. Once you get past the maximum number of writes on the drive, you will no longer be able to add data or boot from the drive, but you should still...
by victorhortalives
Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:49 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: VelociRaptor or SSD?
Replies: 36
Views: 31353

I've been playing with the cheap "flawed" SSD drives lately and I am very impressed by them. I have followed the various tweaks posted by those who have spent a lot more time and trouble with them. The drives are definitely faster than my Raid 0 Velociraptors for their purpose in my HTPC running Vi...
by victorhortalives
Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Just built a new Desktop, but still too loud
Replies: 16
Views: 3137

Multiple Fans

If you want to have two (or more) settings for fans/heat removal, then why not get a multiple fan controller (e.g. Zalman ZM-MFC1). Then you can run 1 fan on a quiet setting for normal use and turn a second one on (or up) for gaming use. Easier to do this from a front control than with multiple Fanm...
by victorhortalives
Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:53 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe 120mm S-Flex SFF21E is not really quiet
Replies: 18
Views: 6858

I also have the 800rpm version and that stalls at anything below 600rpm Interesting. Mine was fine doing 360rpm @ 6V. I just checked it again and the lowest it will reliably start (maybe that is the problem) is 585rpm. I can run it lower once it has been started. It is on a Fanmate 2 running from a...
by victorhortalives
Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:04 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe 120mm S-Flex SFF21E is not really quiet
Replies: 18
Views: 6858

Yes, it isn't quiet at 1200rpm, but try it at 600rpm - excellent. The other reason I like it is that it can run at very low voltages. Speedfan tells me that mine are now running at 410rpm (very lowest setting on the Zalman MFC1). I also have the 800rpm version and that stalls at anything below 600rp...