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by mark314
Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi: Good Things Come in Small Packa
Replies: 57
Views: 38275

OK well, I'm going to go ahead and answer my own question. http://www.zotacusa.com/forum/index.php?act=attach&type=post&id=36 The Intel standard heatsink has wire clips on two sides. When installing, you have to rotate the heatsink so the clips are not on the same side as the GPU heatsink, otherwise...
by mark314
Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:43 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi: Good Things Come in Small Packa
Replies: 57
Views: 38275

Our test system is fairly basic, featuring a Core 2 E7200, a 65W TDP mid-level dual core processor cooled by an Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 Pro connected to a variable DC fan controller so the fan's power draw does not come into play. The rest of the system consists of a single stick of Corsair memory,...
by mark314
Wed May 27, 2009 1:50 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Innovation Cooling IC Diamond 7 TIM Giveaway/Testing
Replies: 206
Views: 199214

I would definitely like to test IC7... I will be building a HTPC in the next 1-2 months and can test against my AC Ceramique paste.

Mark
by mark314
Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Build case for ITX motherboard?
Replies: 6
Views: 2396

This would work too: Jetway JC-104 Black Mini-ITX Enclosure with 100w PSU, 80W AC-DC Power Adapter, Slim CD ROM Adapter and PCI Riser Card http://www.mini-box.com/Jetway-JC-100-Mini-ITX-Enclosure $94.00 USD It is wider because the PCI ports are next to the mini-itx board, rather than above it. Check...
by mark314
Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:30 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Build case for ITX motherboard?
Replies: 6
Views: 2396

http://www.mini-box.com/M300-Enclosure- ... F-Reader_2

Price: ($USD)
1 – 9 $59.95
10 – 49 $53.95
50 – 99 $50.95
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by mark314
Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent network storage / server machine
Replies: 10
Views: 2424

If you want to get fancy, I built my system with a pico-psu PW-220-V and 200W dell power supply.
by mark314
Wed Nov 26, 2008 3:00 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent network storage / server machine
Replies: 10
Views: 2424

To fix your motherboard dilemma: ASUS P5E-VM HDMI LGA 775 Intel G35 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard that's Intel, mATX, onboard graphics, SATAII, GigE, it's what I use for my WHS server. $99.00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131237 Do you really need a dvd-rom? Install ove...
by mark314
Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bluray capable HTPC build
Replies: 14
Views: 4341

To be honest, I can only speculate on the remote's functionality... the point being though that you can do with it is only limited by Dell/Gyration's drivers for it. As for mediaportal, it is essentially media center but skinnable, pluggable and extensible. Otherwise, it's clean looking and stable a...
by mark314
Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:26 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: HTPC blu-ray 1080 question.
Replies: 5
Views: 2192

I still maintain that mini-itx with a slim, slot loading bdrom is the way to go. Who wants a big HTPC these days? Jetway and MSI both make a mean 780g AMD mini-itx that plays 1080p flawlessly. If you look in the right place, you can get a slot-loading slim blu-ray drive for <$300. Do what I have con...
by mark314
Mon Nov 24, 2008 9:46 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Bluray capable HTPC build
Replies: 14
Views: 4341

If you are going with Vista, take a look at MediaPortal as an alternative to Media Center Edition. As for managing music without having the TV on, Dell has a very nice wireless RF remote with LCD. It's the M2010, and it's a Dell clone of the Gyration remote. Check out this thread: http://www.avsforu...
by mark314
Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:48 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: News on Windows Home Server
Replies: 94
Views: 128500

WHS is Windows Server 2003. One and the same. It's been tweaked, and has the remote admin console, but it is the same OS.
by mark314
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:28 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: News on Windows Home Server
Replies: 94
Views: 128500

I use Vista on my main machine and yet I found Server08 to be very fast and responsive. I installed Media Player, but kept Aero off, and it has been very snappy - in person and over RDP. I set it up to be similar to WHS - 2 partitions, all data stored in D:\shared. I've only had it up for a few week...
by mark314
Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:42 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: News on Windows Home Server
Replies: 94
Views: 128500

I used WHS for a period of about 4 months...I built a machine specifically for it. But I found it very slow with disk duplication, and unable to do some of the more trying tasks; ie. -Media re-encoding and distribution for DivX Connected; -Media uploading for Mycast Orb; Alongside that, I didn't nee...
by mark314
Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Custom Media Enclosure - 1st Major Project Suggestions??
Replies: 4
Views: 1894

Sorry, I can't see the picture. I think you'll find power consumption of HTPC case screens is quite low; take for example this one (http://www.pcalchemy.com/product_info.php/pName/origenae-s16t-htpc-case-7-touchscreen-builtin-ir-receiver-and-remote-black) which is a 7-inch touch screen. 9 Watts. In ...
by mark314
Mon Sep 22, 2008 2:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Custom Media Enclosure - 1st Major Project Suggestions??
Replies: 4
Views: 1894

I'm interested in seeing how this turns out. My idea of a proper HTPC would be to have a thin client - no hard drive, runs on a 8GB usb key. Connect to a networked server for all your media needs. Have you looked at using the Intel DG45FC (http://www.silentpcreview.com/article869-page1.html) mini-it...
by mark314
Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:54 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Deal: Done
Replies: 0
Views: 1297

Deal: Done

Deal is over.
by mark314
Thu May 29, 2008 10:13 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Using Deans Ultra Plugs on PW-200-V & Dell DA-1 Brick
Replies: 7
Views: 9456

I have also used the PW200V and Dell 200W brick (Y2515) to great success with an Asus P5E-VM mother board. I would suggest that you design your plug to match the output of the power brick. For me, that was, a 200W power brick outputs 18A at 12V. Since the power brick had an 8pin connector (3x +12V, ...
by mark314
Thu May 22, 2008 9:02 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Tom's Hardware: "Shuttle's New $99 KPC Review"
Replies: 19
Views: 14740

the PW-200-V is not ATX v2 compliant and hence will not boot on many modern desktop boards. it is also a major pita to connect it to a y2515 (especially when you subsequently discover that it will not boot your modern desktop board :/) Just to give an update; I recently finished my server PC runnin...
by mark314
Fri May 09, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell DA-2 Power Brick Help
Replies: 52
Views: 41307

How are you connecting the Dell power brick to the PW200? Each of the 3 +12V connectors in the power brick cable are rated for 6Amps, 18A total (which is the rating of the power brick and PW200). If you are running them through the barrel jack connector of the PW200, it might not support that much c...
by mark314
Fri May 09, 2008 10:27 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: restart issues with Asus P5E-VM HDMI
Replies: 9
Views: 3753

I would check the Geil ram, there should be a sticker on them listing the timings and voltage. Set the voltage and timings manually in the BIOS, then run Memtest overnight and use it normally. If it doesn't crash, then it's fixed :) ... if it does crash, buy 1gb of cheap, quality JEDEC ram (Mushkin,...
by mark314
Thu May 08, 2008 9:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: restart issues with Asus P5E-VM HDMI
Replies: 9
Views: 3753

Well what with the price of RAM, I would suggest seeing if you can get it stable on a JEDEC 1.8V standard 1Gb stick. Because that would be the easiest to rule out. Did you check the event log? I have had overclocking failed messages on Asus boards too (P5K and P5B Deluxe)... I think that message pop...
by mark314
Thu May 08, 2008 8:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: restart issues with Asus P5E-VM HDMI
Replies: 9
Views: 3753

What kind of restart is it? Is it an instant blackscreen restart or does it have a blue flash then a restart? Go into your system preferences and make sure it doesn't auto-reboot after a STOP error. If you are seeing a blue flash, then it is bluescreening but you aren't seeing the error. If it is bl...
by mark314
Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Tom's Hardware: "Shuttle's New $99 KPC Review"
Replies: 19
Views: 14740

the incompatibility is a timing issue
I'm not sure if I understand. What is the issue?
by mark314
Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:26 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Tom's Hardware: "Shuttle's New $99 KPC Review"
Replies: 19
Views: 14740

Well, no, the only difference between a 20 pin and a 24 pin plug is an extra 4 pins for +12V, +5V, +3.3V and ground. Since the pins on an ATX molex are rated for about 6-10Amps, a motherboard that draws >18A will melt the plug. So they give a second set of pins to split the current across. Thus a sm...
by mark314
Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:53 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anybody gone HD-less?
Replies: 55
Views: 18999

mark314: You can't use usb disk on key as a swap file, as Plekto explained, it has to be a physical drive plugged into sata or ide for the windows to work with it. Hmm is there an adapter to connect USB to SATA? would that work :?: I know there's an adapter the other way around. Biodome: I intend t...
by mark314
Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:46 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Tom's Hardware: "Shuttle's New $99 KPC Review"
Replies: 19
Views: 14740

Well that's definately a risk I am taking. I have a 20-to-24 pin adapter, and I'm going off of PW200 success stories here on SPCR. If it doesn't work, I'll have a nice power supply for sale. There was a thread here - http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=38787 that showed a working sy...
by mark314
Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I'm stuck.. Please Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 3133

Aha! And I put the second stick of ram in, and it still works.

So the RAM was the problem...
by mark314
Thu Apr 17, 2008 12:41 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Small case, 120mm fan, NSK1300?
Replies: 29
Views: 20642

2 reasons:

1. Now I have a high quality, SFF power supply to re-use/sell
2. My local store no longer carries NSK1300

I am not sure about any other differences, I thought the 1380 had improved cooling but I'm not too sure about that.
by mark314
Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:34 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Small case, 120mm fan, NSK1300?
Replies: 29
Views: 20642

Oh, this is a good thread to find. I'm just in the process of waiting a *bit* longer for my PW-200-V to show up so that I can finish building a server box very similar to AuraAllan. NSK1380 (new vers. of NSK1300) E4500 Ninja 2Gb Ram P5E-VM HDMI motherboard onboard video 2x 320Gb hard drives PW-200-V...
by mark314
Thu Apr 17, 2008 7:21 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anybody gone HD-less?
Replies: 55
Views: 18999

I've thought about using this for a diskless Media Center. Since I have IPTV and not cable I can't do DVR recording, so the only thing I would need out of a media center is blu-ray/DVD playback and media playback. I would connect over a gigE network to my media on a WHS box. So then all that would b...