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by tehcrazybob
Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:14 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Building a single-fan MDF case
Replies: 8
Views: 2574

No, I wouldn't suggest it. The fan in the PSU is not intended to handle the heat of an entire system. It's possible that a good power supply could handle that, but it would require the fan to run at full speed all the time. If instead you used a Nexus or Scythe 120mm fan for the system and allowed t...
by tehcrazybob
Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Ninja on P35-DS3L - Anyone have pics?
Replies: 2
Views: 1583

Ninja on P35-DS3L - Anyone have pics?

I've got a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L, and I'm looking at a Ninja. I know the heatsink itself will fit, but I've got some other plans regarding the voltage regulators and the chipset heatsink, and I'm not sure about those things. Does anyone have this setup, and if so would you mind taking a few pictures ...
by tehcrazybob
Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: madness of 1080p
Replies: 71
Views: 33940

You find DVD to be such high quality because you're used to such useless rips. For those of us who have become accustomed to DVD quality, the transition to high definition is just as shocking. However, most people have never actually seen full DVD quality, because in order to do so you need a TV cap...
by tehcrazybob
Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:30 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Mounting Harddrives at odd angles
Replies: 133
Views: 265568

Vertical is fine for all drives, although some manufacturers won't say so outright. This thread is about mounting drives at unusual angles, like diagonally.
by tehcrazybob
Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:21 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Requesting clarifications: CPU temp VS. System temp
Replies: 5
Views: 1581

You correctly guessed the purpose of the 'System' fan header - you can plug a case fan in. This can allow you to control and monitor its speed. As for your temperatures, they are both fine, and the CPU temp is exceptional. What type of processor are you running? If it's a newer Core 2, make sure to ...
by tehcrazybob
Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:17 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Quiet SMALL (<60mm) and THIN fan recommendation?
Replies: 8
Views: 2169

You'll find no 60mm fan recommendations here because they are almost universally loud. If you need to improve the cooling on your chipset, why not look at a better cooler overall? I think the ideal choice would be something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835109128 O...
by tehcrazybob
Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:30 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How many fans is too many?
Replies: 23
Views: 5033

I am overclocking for two reasons, first of which is to get my feet wet, and second is just to gain a minor bonus (if possible - grab an e8500 for the price of an e8400, something like that.) If it doesn't turn out well, I'm fine with leaving it at 3-3.2GHz as it should still be over a 100% improve...
by tehcrazybob
Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:42 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How many fans is too many?
Replies: 23
Views: 5033

Usually, a fan suggestion on this site comes with the implicit advice to use it undervolted. Very rarely is a full-speed fan called for. I just have a few comments that either haven't been made, or need to be reiterated: First, you don't want the Copper Ninja, you just want the Ninja . It costs and ...
by tehcrazybob
Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: VIA, Athlon XP, or Pentium II?
Replies: 13
Views: 3759

Your current server will probably run XP well enough to stream videos if you upgrade to 512MB RAM. It'd be painfully slow for normal computing tasks, but serving movies on the network is pretty easy. You could also upgrade the server if you're concerned it's not powerful enough - your Athlon XP will...
by tehcrazybob
Sun Feb 10, 2008 10:13 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Lowest wattage VGA for Server
Replies: 14
Views: 3622

One of these should do you just fine.

I can't find exact specs on that chip, but from comparing it to similar models, I can say it'll use less than 15 watts, and probably more like 10, at full load. At idle, I doubt it'll make any difference to your power draw or system cooling.
by tehcrazybob
Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:56 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Picky requirements for heatsink - need help
Replies: 8
Views: 2517

Thermalright sells a backplate that allows you to convert almost any push-pin heatsink to bolt-through. I think the Scythe Ninja is a pretty good choice, but so are some of the things you mentioned. Just don't limit yourself because of pushpins, as they can be changed.
by tehcrazybob
Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:20 pm
Forum: Site Feedback
Topic: How about a wiki?
Replies: 5
Views: 4092

Actually, I'm surprised so few other sites have stumbled across this idea. I think it's brilliant, and if such a thing happens I'll do what I can to contribute.
by tehcrazybob
Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU Core temperature, the REAL temperature?
Replies: 7
Views: 3191

I'm pretty sure the discrepancy shows up in every Intel with a 100C maximum Tjunction. That means it's present in all Allendale chips (E2xx0 and E4x00) as well as all Conroe chips from the G0 stepping (E6x50 and some quads, I think). I'm using CoreTemp 0.96, and I know it correctly handles these pro...
by tehcrazybob
Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:11 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Ultimate Cheap-o video card?
Replies: 2
Views: 1261

Unless they are beyond convincing, I suspect you'd be fine with onboard. Photo manipulation is generally done by the processor, not the graphics card. The graphics system isn't doing anything more demanding than it would be showing the desktop or browsing the internet, so the video card will continu...
by tehcrazybob
Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:39 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CPU Core temperature, the REAL temperature?
Replies: 7
Views: 3191

As cpemma said, the readings with 'core' in the name are from the CPU's internal sensors, while the other reading is a less-accurate motherboard-based reading which you might as well ignore. However, the 'core' readings on certain recent Intel CPUs read 15C too low through most monitoring software. ...
by tehcrazybob
Sat Feb 02, 2008 7:59 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: 2560x1600 silent vga card reccomendation, please
Replies: 5
Views: 1979

The reason the card doesn't support the monitor isn't related to processing power, it's related to dual-link DVI. If you don't play any games, the card you have is more than fast enough to run 2D tasks at that resolution, but the connection between the card and monitor can't carry enough data to man...
by tehcrazybob
Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Ninja Fan Position with tall memory in Antec Solo
Replies: 6
Views: 1830

You could try turning your case fan down while watching your temperatures with CoreTemp. If everything stays at safe values, then you're done. If the temps get too high, then turn your system fan back up until you can get a fan on the Ninja.
by tehcrazybob
Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:50 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Mounting Harddrives at odd angles
Replies: 133
Views: 265568

I'll admit I didn't read through all five pages of this thread, but I thought I'd throw my opinion in about mounting drives at an angle. The forces inside the drive due to its own operation are so high that gravity is completely irrelevant. Gravity has the highest effect on the arm and read heads wh...
by tehcrazybob
Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:15 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: ventilation with single fan psu
Replies: 1
Views: 1199

Optical drives don't have any particular need for cooling, and will run quite happily for many years in that pocket of hot air. Look around at a few computers; most power supplies these days come with a single 120mm fan on the bottom, so a large majority of the computers in use today have that very ...
by tehcrazybob
Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Should I try more lowering fan noise, or move to a new case?
Replies: 9
Views: 1974

You're exactly right, and that's what confuses me about how many modern cases have ventilation holes all over. I think Intel is partly responsible for that, with their "Thermally Advantaged Chassis," but I think it's nonsense. Adding vents all over the side of the case doesn't improve ventilation, i...
by tehcrazybob
Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:08 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Help on fan setup
Replies: 1
Views: 918

That setup should be just fine, although you may need to strap a fan to the graphics card. Not for sure, but possibly. You should run the fans at whatever speed they cool effectively at. Nobody is really going to be able to say for sure, so you'll have to test things. Run SpeedFan (remember to adjus...
by tehcrazybob
Sun Jan 27, 2008 9:01 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: SAMSUNG HYBRID HARD DRIVE
Replies: 3
Views: 3143

I haven't heard anything about this; in fact, I didn't even know it was available for purchase yet. However, I'd be careful of it in a quiet system. The technology is great for laptops, where power consumption is of immediate importance, but in a desktop the noise will be a problem. Think about it -...
by tehcrazybob
Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quieting the old beast: upgrade help please
Replies: 8
Views: 2599

I can't comment on the choice of fans, as I don't have any experience with that. However, you might look at the faster Scythe fans; my understanding is that undervolting the faster models will get slightly better airflow for the same amount of noise. If your current video card is good enough, why no...
by tehcrazybob
Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: ECS 8800GT with Accelero S1 preinstalled
Replies: 28
Views: 13478

This is causing me so much conflict. I've been considering getting a 512 MB 8800GT and an Accelero S1 with a turbo module, so it seems like the perfect combination. It's significantly cheaper than buying the three parts separately. In fact, it costs about as much as just the card from other manufact...
by tehcrazybob
Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Stock CPU cooler comparison
Replies: 2
Views: 1134

Stock CPU cooler comparison

Would it be possible for SPCR to do a roundup of stock CPU coolers? Obviously the results won't be relevant to anything outside of that article, because it would have to cover a number of different CPUs, power outputs, sockets, and mounting systems, but it would be nice to know what's out there for ...