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by fwki
Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Need mATX case for E8400 build
Replies: 3
Views: 2050

On cases, I find that the 3480 has excellent airlflow with an always-on 800 rpm exhaust fan at thetop of the case instead of a scaling psu fan. By isolating the psu, you eliminate dead air at the top when a power load driven psu fan is idled. Also scaling the 2x92mm intake fans with Speedfan gives a...
by fwki
Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Low power, DC, DVD, mobile workstation
Replies: 5
Views: 2070

I bought this Dothan Thinkpad http://www.jr.com/JRProductPage.process?Product=4175024 from J&R last September; it's a workhorse and can take a beating. I also have a 15" T42, but it's noticably bigger with shorter battery life.
by fwki
Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:21 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Suggestions on low power server mboards and CPUs?
Replies: 11
Views: 10970

What is your power consumption of your home server with the Tyan board? I am interested the Watt values at idle, and at peak performance. Measured at the wall with Kill-a-watt: 46 watts idle, mid 60's when multitasking. My main problem is an over powered PSU (550w) that is only 60% efficient at the...
by fwki
Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:59 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: mATX motherboard and case for new build- help needed
Replies: 10
Views: 3483

G31 with ICH7 G33 with ICH9...basically less features from the chipset...the Asus G31 has only 2 DIMM slots so no memory expansion..also limited to 4 Gb total...could be a constraint to 64 bit Vista...also limited OCing.
by fwki
Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: mATX motherboard and case for new build- help needed
Replies: 10
Views: 3483

The Zalman 7000B will fit the case no problem...coolers with 120mm+ vertical spread can extend over the top edge of certain MB's and hit the PSU compartment. Since you initially wanted a P35 chipset to do some gaming, you'll be using discrete graphics rather than the integrated chipset that is a "fe...
by fwki
Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: mATX motherboard and case for new build- help needed
Replies: 10
Views: 3483

I'm another happy NSK3480 owner. Recommended "adjustments": Ditch the Tricool for something quieter, flip the PSU for more cable length, remove the cpu duct and swap the side panels for additional sound insulation, add 92mm fans to front if system needs more airflow for hotter-running video cards an...
by fwki
Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:46 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Smallest and lightest 500watt plus PSU
Replies: 17
Views: 3130

Near the end of this thread viewtopic.php?t=44916&start=150 they address the S1 and fans....with good case airflow you could probably run it passive.
by fwki
Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:16 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Smallest and lightest 500watt plus PSU
Replies: 17
Views: 3130

You may want to reconsider the XFX 8600GT if silence is important to you. I used one for about three months in and it was very loud.....fan ran full blast always....nasty sound. I considered that it may have been just a bad sample until another poster in these forums confirmed the same problem. I wo...
by fwki
Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:40 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Real Temp - New temp program for Intel Core processors
Replies: 8
Views: 4507

Real Temp - New temp program for Intel Core processors

I'm going to try this new program for temps. The thread also has an (another!) explanation for why these Core2's temperature readings are a source of much debate, especially Wolfdale........
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/sho ... p?t=179044
by fwki
Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:47 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Looking for PSU: High Efficiency at Low Power with EPS12V
Replies: 5
Views: 1796

Mike that seems to be a consistent message in other forums too so I'm going to test with a Fortron ZEN FSP300 from an aborted HTPC build. I think this server could run with a pico but not much headroom for additional HDDs. If that works then the 550 goes to the gamer replacing an Earthwatts 380 that...
by fwki
Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:45 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Looking for PSU: High Efficiency at Low Power with EPS12V
Replies: 5
Views: 1796

I have a new home for the Seasonic 550, so I am buying a new PSU in any case. It would be nice to save 10 watts if only for bragging rights. 8)
by fwki
Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:22 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Looking for PSU: High Efficiency at Low Power with EPS12V
Replies: 5
Views: 1796

Looking for PSU: High Efficiency at Low Power with EPS12V

I am running a low powered server with a Tyan S3095 MB that "requires" an EPS12V spec PSU with the 8-pin power connector. The problem is that EPS12V PSU's are high powered and the 80+ ratings are only applicable at loads far above the 30w idle 50w load requirements of my server. At this low draw the...
by fwki
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:08 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is P5K-VM a dead-end board? No Wolfdale Bios from Asus.
Replies: 5
Views: 3330

That's just marketing guff and hardware review site regurgitation. They may work, but I have yet to find a success story, reliable or otherwise. Here's the response from the Asus P5K-VM MB Forum moderator after pointing me to the supported cpu list: "Here is the listing of supported processors. The ...
by fwki
Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:07 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Is P5K-VM a dead-end board? No Wolfdale Bios from Asus.
Replies: 5
Views: 3330

Is P5K-VM a dead-end board? No Wolfdale Bios from Asus.

Has anyone successfully installed an E8400 in a P5K-VM ? Asus have yet to provide a BIOS nor have they placed the E8xxx on the CPU support list. Of course some shill review sites are publishing lists heralding support based on marketing guff from Asus. I have tried to get a positive response from As...
by fwki
Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: WHS server with TV recording
Replies: 10
Views: 3248

The first thing you should do is determine if there are Windows Server 2003 drivers available for your motherboard components. I checked the MSI site and it does not look promising. In the WHS forums, some folks have had success with the Nforce 550 K9N using XP drivers after some trial and error but...
by fwki
Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:36 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 3870 and 8800gt prices
Replies: 18
Views: 5027

I got burned once by Microcenter for an in-store pickup, since then I've called ahead after ordering and they'll tell you if it's stocked at the location. It's a pain, but they will cancel the order over the phone if not in stock there. I ordered the EVGA SC for $250 from Newegg with free shipping &...
by fwki
Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:08 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 3870 and 8800gt prices
Replies: 18
Views: 5027

Microcenter has the EVGA stock-clocked 8800GT for $220 and the Super clocked for $230:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_produ ... id=0279319

Also, Newegg has a two-day sale with OC'd Zotac 8800GT for $230 and the EVGA Superclocked for $250.
by fwki
Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:36 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Wolfdale is (almost!) here
Replies: 21
Views: 7212

Legion hardware has a review of a retail E8400 here:
http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=714&p=1
by fwki
Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:19 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Need to Build System for Processing High Definition Video
Replies: 11
Views: 4459

Looking through my old notes, this is what I learned when addressing the same problem. Firewire transfer is a real time transfer so your HDD subsystem has to keep up when transfering the 13GB of data for one hour of SD video. Most drives from Ultra ATA up to modern drives can keep up. However, compe...
by fwki
Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Need to Build System for Processing High Definition Video
Replies: 11
Views: 4459

I was using a first gen Sony consumer miniDV camcorder. My UltraIDE drive coudn't keep up. Pinnacle Systems recommended SCSI or striped RAID for capture to the PC. I added the Promise card and it worked.
by fwki
Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:13 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Need to Build System for Processing High Definition Video
Replies: 11
Views: 4459

I went through this exact issue years ago on except for SD video. The problem turned out to be the hard drive subsystem. You need to use a high-performance hard disk subsystem to enable real-time high-definition video capture without dropping frames. I ended up using a Promise PCI RAID card with two...
by fwki
Thu Jan 10, 2008 12:01 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: XFX GeForce 8600GT
Replies: 5
Views: 3342

I concur with QuietOC.....my XXX version is on all the time and drowns out everything else. My plans are to upgrade to 8800GT combined with an Accelero S1. Other than noise the 8600GT is a nice entry level card and passive versions are available. It does well in all games (save Crysis) at 1280x1024....
by fwki
Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:55 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CLEAN THAT CASE..OFTEN!
Replies: 21
Views: 6150

I thought about static, but living on the humid Gulf Coast we don't even get carpet sparks in winter. And when I first started using the blower, my PC was on its last legs anyway, but now I don't even think about it. Every now and then I blow a fan connector off, but that's about it.
by fwki
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:18 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Wolfdale is (almost!) here
Replies: 21
Views: 7212

Thanks djkest, I just caved in and ordered an E8400 and don't even have a home for it. I guess I could yank my E4500. I'm in Houston and I get a kick out of going to their warehouse. The waiting area is like a cross between ebay and an asian open air market. You could put together a system browsing ...
by fwki
Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:36 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CLEAN THAT CASE..OFTEN!
Replies: 21
Views: 6150

I live in a very dusty old house and I was using compressed air until my wife saw something about kids freezing their lungs and banished the cans. Out of necessity I started using my leaf blower on the system outside on my deck, and let me tell you that really does the job. Even the PSU coughs up a ...
by fwki
Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:06 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: Suggestions on low power server mboards and CPUs?
Replies: 11
Views: 10970

I am using a Tyan Tomcat S3095 (based on 945 GM chipset) paired with an Intel mobile Core2 Duo (T7400 2.16 GHz) for my home server. With SpeedStep the cpu can scale (as low as 1Ghz 0.95v) using both clock multplier and VID for excellent power savings. Being a server board, it has 3 LAN ports (2 GbE)...
by fwki
Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:21 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Reliable, low-cost gigabit switch?
Replies: 7
Views: 2998

I've used the GS608 for a few months now and have had no problems. These things are commodities now and I am sure manufacturing is price-driven, so I would not be surprised if it gives out a year or two down the road. It gets a workout with 2 pc's and 3 laptops on my home network with daily backups ...
by fwki
Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:29 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Non-gaming Antec 3480 build, video encoding box
Replies: 23
Views: 8065

Jokoto, great idea on the panel swap. I removed the duct and replaced it with a cheesy red lambda fan grill to sorta hide the cpu hsf. For some reason I thought the panels were unswapable mirror images.
by fwki
Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:41 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD Green Power - a new quiet 3.5" hdd standard
Replies: 76
Views: 110936

This is my first post to the forum that gave me the blueprint to my latest micro-ATX build, and thanks to all for the help. I'll update my sig soon. I have an Hitachi 7K1000 in a home server, and it was loud especially considering the system is a very quiet MODT build. I used the Hitachi drive utili...