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by djkest
Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please
Replies: 16
Views: 2238

Re: Quiet SB Moderate Gaming Build - feedback please

A program called Furmark puts some crazy stress on your graphics card.

I'd be interested to see what type of framerates you get.
I really like my 6850, so far.
by djkest
Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:26 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: C300 128GB $200 @ NewEgg thru april 7
Replies: 3
Views: 1092

Re: C300 128GB $200 @ NewEgg thru april 7

Wonder how this ranks in terms of speed? Pretty good deal.
by djkest
Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:19 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: SPCR approved silent gaming rig, under $1500
Replies: 3
Views: 597

Re: SPCR approved silent gaming rig, under $1500

Added an MSI board that has VRM cooling and UEFI. I am impressed with my new MSI board. I've personally had bad luck with Asus, which is atypical I'm sure. I tend to stay away from them.

Changed SSD to Zalman S Series based on SPCR testing.

These changes were a zero sum gain to the total price.
by djkest
Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:37 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: SPCR approved silent gaming rig, under $1500
Replies: 3
Views: 597

SPCR approved silent gaming rig, under $1500

This is just a thought exercise at this point. Thinking about: What would enable the most performance and value under this budget? Is it possible to be silent and powerful? This is going to be a single GPU system designed for playable framerates on any game with max settings at resolutions up to 256...
by djkest
Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:09 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Promising results i5-2400 + MSI H67MA-E45
Replies: 12
Views: 4256

Re: Promising results i5-2400 + MSI H67MA-E45

What power supply? Are you adjusting for power supply efficiency? Are you subtracting your 5W envelope from the 50W? The 57 I stated is the power from the wall socket. That's running 2 case fans, a power supply fan, CPU fan, and 2 video card fans, and an optical drive. I'm hoping to get my idle powe...
by djkest
Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:36 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Nofen Set A40 Fanless System Review
Replies: 10
Views: 8350

Re: Nofen Set A40 Fanless System Review

On their heat test with the fanless heatsink, it looks like the CPU is throttling? I'm not sure why but the temperature drops signficantly several times. It's not normal behavior. An interesting concept, but ultimately it's a waste of money when silent fans are so much more effective, cheaper, and (...
by djkest
Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Intel Core i3-2100 vs. AMD Phenom II X2 565
Replies: 76
Views: 24536

Re: Intel Core i3-2100 vs. AMD Phenom II X2 565

I'm wondering where the limit is as far as underclocking/undervolting the i3-2100. Is there a certain point where it could compete against dual core atom CPUs? Seems like if you could get the power down enough, the performance would destroy a net-top CPU. Probably more expensive though.
by djkest
Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low power Sandy Bridge Mini-ITX build
Replies: 91
Views: 13176

Re: Low power Sandy Bridge Mini-ITX build

I'd be interested to see how the project goes, although the i3-2100 seems like a better choice for a "very low power" system.

I'm wondering, with enough underclocking, how low you can get the voltage? It would still spank something like an Atom, even at a measley 2.0GHz with turbo boost disabled.
by djkest
Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Promising results i5-2400 + MSI H67MA-E45
Replies: 12
Views: 4256

Re: Promising results i5-2400 + MSI H67MA-E45

I'd go with the i3-2100 but either one would be good. I am dreaming of having an i3-2100 just to play around with, what if you disabled turbo boost, underclocked it to 2.8GHz, wonder how low you could get the voltage? I'm guessing 1.0V would be possible.
by djkest
Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Ultra low-power PC made from a laptop?
Replies: 1
Views: 462

Ultra low-power PC made from a laptop?

Wondering if anyone has converted an old laptop into a desktop PC? You know, once the screen gets old, the case gets cracked, whatever. I'm thinking the combination of mobile CPU, SODIMM ram, and 2.5" drive would be good, and the PICO PSU like power supply to boot. You could also vastly improve the ...
by djkest
Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:01 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Low power usage PC
Replies: 29
Views: 25919

Re: Low power usage PC

I'm guessing a PICO PSU would be nearly perfect for this sytem, and since it's 96% efficient, would save you a lot of watts.
by djkest
Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:08 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: how many watts?
Replies: 5
Views: 1659

Re: how many watts?

You could honestly run a Sandy Bridge GPU-less system with a 300W power supply and have plenty of juice left over. Keep in mind that Bridge CPUs can be undervolted and then would not use the full 95 Watts. Hard drives take ~10 Watts max. Depends what graphics card you have, but the 430W power supply...
by djkest
Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:07 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Republican Bill to Redefine Pi - Again
Replies: 96
Views: 24691

Re: Republican Bill to Redefine Pi - Again

The key to our success is dumbing everything down! I really hope this is fake, because if it's not, I might have to switch parties....

3.14 is a good approximation, who can't remember that?
by djkest
Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:05 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Picking a heatsink for i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz
Replies: 44
Views: 9243

Re: Picking a heatsink for i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz

Well, just as an experiment, I removed the GAIA from my wife's computer last night. The contact patch was excellent and covered the entire CPU heat spreader. I just applied a thin layer of AS-5 onto the CPU with a razor blade last time. I reinstalled the HS/F and it was kind of a bit more of a pain....
by djkest
Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:52 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: I just wrote an article about a completely silent PC
Replies: 7
Views: 3433

Re: I just wrote an article about a completely silent PC

I agree with the above posters. A PICO PSU would be ideal. I would try further undervolting the RAM and CPU, and disabling turbo boost on the CPU. A quad core Sandy Bridge CPU at 2.8 GHz is nothing to sneeze at. You should be able to further drive down power consumption and heat, and get it well int...
by djkest
Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:46 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Picking a heatsink for i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz
Replies: 44
Views: 9243

Re: Picking a heatsink for i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz

Hyper 212 is $35 and has 4 heatpipes Gaia is $30 and has 3 heatpipes http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233082&cm_re=gaia-_-35-233-082-_-Product I liked the mounting system. I have open cornered fans so i guess I'm not used to seeing closed-corner fans. I liked the included bol...
by djkest
Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:23 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: I just wrote an article about a completely silent PC
Replies: 7
Views: 3433

Re: I just wrote an article about a completely silent PC

Cool. You should figure a way to mount the power supply in the bottom of your case, instead of the top. I think that would make everything better.

Those load temps are too high though. Maybe you need a fan........ :)
by djkest
Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:48 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Picking a heatsink for i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz
Replies: 44
Views: 9243

Re: Picking a heatsink for i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz

Xigmatec HDT-1283 or "Gaia" D1283 would be acceptable for this. They come with enough fan mounts to "push pull" if you so desire. According to SPCR tests, they are in the elite class for cooling. ETA: I see you already have one. Why not try it on the new one? I am not sure that filling the gaps with...
by djkest
Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Which Sandy Bridge motherboard and CPU?
Replies: 37
Views: 3440

Re: Which Sandy Bridge motherboard and CPU?

Heh, see my reply below. And a more effecient PSU, 80 Plus and what not. As I understand, PSUs are much more effective when you're not only drawing 80% of their capacity than if you're drawing 25%. So why are everybody buying 400W PSUs? A full Core i5 2500K system seems to be using about 80 watts at...
by djkest
Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Which Sandy Bridge motherboard and CPU?
Replies: 37
Views: 3440

Re: Which Sandy Bridge motherboard and CPU?

I went with an i5-2400 and h67 motherboard because 1) the CPU is cheaper 2) the motherboard is cheaper and I really don't plan on overclocking right now (I guess I really can't). While 4.5 GHz is great, I don't really do anything where that would have much of an impact, and at what voltage/power usa...
by djkest
Tue Mar 22, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Xigmatec "Gaia" SD1283
Replies: 1
Views: 1579

Xigmatec "Gaia" SD1283

I searched- I couldn't find any threads to discuss this in that wouldn't be a NECRO thread because it origionally came out several years ago. So it looks like the GAIA SD1283 is the spiritual successor the the HDT-1283 which is highly regarded. I just bought one and installed it on a socket AM2 moth...
by djkest
Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:39 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Best CPU cooler for Antec NSK2480 HTPC
Replies: 29
Views: 8541

Re: Best CPU cooler for Antec NSK2480 HTPC

I got an e-mail back from Scythe tech support and they said combine the 775 metal bracket, remove the plastic push pins, and use the steel backing plate, bolts, and nuts from the kit. Well, I spent as much on improving my current Minja as I would have on a new cooler. Noctua 92mm case fan: $19 Scyth...
by djkest
Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Which Sandy Bridge motherboard and CPU?
Replies: 37
Views: 3440

Re: Which Sandy Bridge motherboard and CPU?

If you can get an i5-2400 for a good price (Microcenter) it would offer the most value . The i3-2100 is still cheaper and just as fast for most things that don't take full advantage of quad core. I could have gone with the i5-2500k, but it was 20% more for ~6% faster I still think H67 is the way to ...
by djkest
Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:51 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: I have just discovered how horrible Fox News really is
Replies: 182
Views: 38955

Re: I have just discovered how horrible Fox News really is

No one can know for certain what he believes. However, if his behavior is any example of his faith, he doesn't seem much like a Christian. First, there is his upbringing. There is also the way he chose his first church- it was a polical move. Then there is the church itself, which he faithfully atte...
by djkest
Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Stereo amp for MP3 players
Replies: 3
Views: 878

Stereo amp for MP3 players

I'm wondering if someone somewhere makes something that I have been thinking about for a while. It would be like a stereo "reciever" (pre-amp and amp) but pared down with just an RCA mini or even just 1 or 2 sets of RCA inputs. 2 amplified channels, decent sound quality, not a lot of power. This is ...
by djkest
Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:30 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: No hot-dogs in Washington DC?
Replies: 16
Views: 2533

Re: No hot-dogs in Washington DC?

OP: Hope you had a good trip and hope the American people you met made a decent impression on you. Five Guys is usually good quality. Our local Major League Baseball team has good american hot dogs at their venue, Coors Field. All-Beef "Hebrew National". There is a national chain called Sonic that h...
by djkest
Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: P67 and H67 ?? for gaming purpose with videocard
Replies: 4
Views: 1507

Re: P67 and H67 ?? for gaming purpose with videocard

I don't know of any reason why it would. I bought an H67 motherboard, and I'm happy so far.
by djkest
Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: self-contained watercooling vs. good air coolers
Replies: 3
Views: 905

Re: self-contained watercooling vs. good air coolers

Good point. I edited my title to be more accurate. Not trying to say "watercooling sux, lol" more like "watercooling isn't automatically better" and there is a distinct difference between "real watercooling" and "watercooling lite"
by djkest
Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:01 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD Bulldozer and Llano Shipment Dates
Replies: 3
Views: 1076

Re: AMD Bulldozer and Llano Shipment Dates

I think that if AMD isn't able to leap ahead of it's current offerings with the new architecture, they could be sunk, at least in the home market, which is probably shrinking.
by djkest
Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:39 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervoltable Motherboards: ADD to the list!!
Replies: 313
Views: 342236

Re: Undervoltable Motherboards: ADD to the list!!

MSI H67MA-E45, very small increments and the power consumption dropped dramatically when I undervolted.