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by speedkar9
Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Been a long time since I upgraded
Replies: 13
Views: 1706

Re: Been a long time since I upgraded

Spring for a Phenom II X3 720 BE or X2 555 BE. Same 95W TDP yet 6MB of L3 cache to help with photo editing and CAD work. Possibility exists to unlock that extra core too :wink: . If you get a board with onboard GFX, you can always add your old video card in the PCIe slot if you don't like the perfor...
by speedkar9
Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:13 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Opinions on Antec DF-85?
Replies: 4
Views: 1097

Re: Opinions on Antec DF-85?

The DF-85 is ugly. I like the 1200 better! From a silence perspective, at least you can suspend 12 drives in the 5.25" bays, rather than hard mounting them in the DF-85. Still, neither makes for a decent "silent" computing case, and are expensive.
by speedkar9
Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New HDD for "Quiet Gamer PC"
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: New HDD for "Quiet Gamer PC"

Morten74 wrote:As the PC is used for gaming - mostly FPS - the drive should not be slow, though SSD is not needed.
I use a WD Blue (500GB), middle of the road performance, fairly quiet, and inexpensive per gigabyte. :)
by speedkar9
Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Alternative airflow in SOLO case?
Replies: 9
Views: 1299

Re: Alternative airflow in SOLO case?

Alternative? How about flipping it over ? :lol: Then you can duct the PSU and CPU individually to the front, and separate the graphics card region. Generally though I think reversing the front to back flow in the Solo wouldn't work too well because its front end is quite restricted. Maybe it would w...
by speedkar9
Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Scythe Gekkou - a new case from Akihabara
Replies: 9
Views: 4592

Good design, as others have mentioned it could use some cable management holes and front facing I/O ports. Appears to be the size and format of an Antec 300, decent, as it isn't too big (i.e. P183...). I don't like doors however. :(. I wonder how a hot graphics card/cpu setup would fair with one 120...
by speedkar9
Mon Oct 04, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: is Antec P183 that much better than Fractal Design Define R3
Replies: 8
Views: 4453

+1 P183
by speedkar9
Sun Oct 03, 2010 5:57 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My Solo build (Q9450, X-400, AC S1)
Replies: 3
Views: 3216

Re: My Solo build (Q9450, X-400, AC S1)

The actual fan speed (reported by Everest) is: Noctua S12 (~890rpm), Scythe SFLEX-E (~620rpm). Noctua S12 is a weird fan, if I open the side panel, its speed falls down to ~840rpm. If I reduce CPU fan's speed, it further increases. I don't know why Its an air restriction. See this thread . For damp...
by speedkar9
Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:44 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cases with separated area for power supply?
Replies: 13
Views: 2208

You mean just cutting a piece of cardboard and using tape or something to separate the CPU and the power supply so the power supply is not pulling in hot air from the CPU? Yes, I did it in my SOLO. http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/1449/img0241m.jpg Yeah, most good cases today that have bottom mou...
by speedkar9
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: What size case do you prefer?
Replies: 24
Views: 5407

MikeC wrote:There's a good reason for the tall/narrow or low/wide shape of PC cases.
I agree. I'd like to see a TJ08/ NSK3480 tower style case with bottom mounted PSU :).
Nice design though, where are the hard drive(s) suspended?
by speedkar9
Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cases w/ max # 5.25"bays for HDD suspension
Replies: 18
Views: 4664

CM Stacker 810
TT V5
TT VI90001W2Z

A bunch more listed here...

Newegg has a bunch with 9 bays, and 12 bays.

Whens this review coming?
by speedkar9
Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:11 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Remove drive cage from Antec 300?
Replies: 3
Views: 2770

And if you want you can do a 5.25" mod with the 3.5" cage, you had just one panel to move and you can suspend your drive in. I've done it. Have a look at my A300 mod, see sig. Just drill straight through those rivets and they pop loose. http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/2571/img0711p.jpg http://im...
by speedkar9
Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:53 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Is the Solo too small for my build? ( heat issues?)
Replies: 5
Views: 2842

Re: Is the Solo too small for my build? ( heat issues?)

Two thing's I'd watch out for in the Solo: The video card length and its fit against the hard drive bays. The heat from the CPU rising into the PSU causing it to ramp up (assuming your using a 120mm fan PSU). I still forsee you having heat dissipation problems with the Solo for a system with a mid/h...
by speedkar9
Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:48 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P183 reducing fan noise
Replies: 4
Views: 1334

Re: P183 reducing fan noise

Try lowering your fan speeds a little bit. Stopped the whooshing noise in my Solo.
by speedkar9
Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:45 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: What size case do you prefer?
Replies: 24
Views: 5407

I choose Medium ATX. i.e. a revised Solo, with a bottom mounted PSU, stronger front panel switches, all black, more hd bays, etc, etc, etc.
by speedkar9
Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:42 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Which case would be the best value yet also quiet?
Replies: 8
Views: 1707

Antec P183, P180 mini, or 300.
by speedkar9
Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cases w/ max # 5.25"bays for HDD suspension
Replies: 18
Views: 4664

Re: mid-tower case w/ max optical drive bays?

CM Centurion.
Full tower: Antec 1200.
Or mod a 300 like mine :)
Maybe try an R3 with the trays removed to suspend 8 drives with stretch magic? (If the clearance allows).


I remember a thread around here about cases that can suspend many drives...
by speedkar9
Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:47 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo a decent case ?
Replies: 18
Views: 4602

Re: Antec Solo a decent case ?

Vetotat wrote:Hey, I've got a SOLO. Didn't know that a bar removal would make the case more quiet. How does this work?
Sorry, I just meant it as a means of making the case easier to work with.
by speedkar9
Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:46 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 300 or Fractal Design Define R3 ?
Replies: 9
Views: 4916

And indeed, your guess at my build was a good one (5850 and i7 with 8Gb RAM). I didn't guess . As a side question, considering the impeded airflow towards the graphics card in the Fractal that was mentioned, could I install a fan to cool it if need be? I guess yes, but how would I do it, where do I...
by speedkar9
Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:30 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec Solo a decent case ?
Replies: 18
Views: 4602

Re: Antec Solo a decent case ?

Does anyone here use or have any experience with the ANtec Solo case? I've got a ( slightly modded ) solo, and I can say its a great quiet case. As stated, it won't be suitable for high end high heat output components, such as an i7 + ati 58xx/ GTX 260 + video cards, and 4+ hard drives. Its got exc...
by speedkar9
Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:49 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Fast, Small, PC Q07 AMD Quad-Core/HD 5670.
Replies: 11
Views: 10045

frenchie wrote:Gee, what happened to your mouse ? Poor little thing...
+1 ???

Curious how you cool your 5670 quietly.

Nice build and case :) .
by speedkar9
Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: newbie with new system questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1296

Re: newbie with new system questions

Welcome to SPCR! It has 6 fans. Two 120's in the front, one 120 in the back, one 120 on the side and two 140's on the top. +2, You don't need that many fans! Seems like you've already bought the case, as such, I'd block off the side and one top panel fan spots, and run the system with a top and rea...
by speedkar9
Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:02 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Pin extractor's and Case Modding
Replies: 11
Views: 1956

I just use a pin for all connectors.
by speedkar9
Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 300 or Fractal Design Define R3 ?
Replies: 9
Views: 4916

Re: Antec 300 or Fractal Design Define R3 ?

I see a few people using the Antec 300 here on the forum, but they always seem heavily modded and I can surely say that I will not be switching things around inside the case, nor would I want to have to add more fans from the beginning. Its a tough decision, I know. The R3 seems to be the better ch...
by speedkar9
Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:52 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Another Solo Build
Replies: 23
Views: 7256

Also if anyone has any ideas for getting RPM off the graphics controlled fan other than running the RPM wire to the mobo (this does not work) please let me know. Did you run the black ground wire and the RPM (yellow) wire to the motherboard from the fan? It works for me in my custom fan controller ...
by speedkar9
Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Basement PC with 3.5 to 5.25 conversion
Replies: 13
Views: 9951

If you don't say, you can't expect me to know, can you? My comment was based on the assumption of you having "pro" skills. And I was about to go out and buy an Antec 300 for this PC..... :oops: Feedback is appreciated. you still should. LOL originally the 300 was supposed to replace this case... at...
by speedkar9
Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:02 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Another Solo Build
Replies: 23
Views: 7256

Those temps are high for the GPU... Strange. I have a 9800gtx+ (higher TDP than the 5770) with the HR-03 GT and a 92mm Nexus fan and temps are between 40/65°C (idle/max load). +1, My 4850 + S1 gets 40/65 idle/load with one 92mm fan @5v soft mounted in the HD bays. Reseat the heatsink with another ...
by speedkar9
Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Another Solo Build
Replies: 23
Views: 7256

Re: Another Solo Build

logscool wrote:...one of the many tricks I stole from Speedkar9...
You forgot to paint the interior black and flip the motherboard/ PSU :P lol.

Nice build!

I think 90C load is a bit high for a card with such a huge heatsink and two (effectively) 92mm fans.
Soft mount the rear case fan.
by speedkar9
Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:57 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Druneau's NSK3480 i5/HR-02 Build
Replies: 37
Views: 54195

Nice build, and nice pics!

I'd suggest if you opened up a bottom intake vent for the GPU and lifted the case off the floor a bit.
by speedkar9
Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Basement PC with 3.5 to 5.25 conversion
Replies: 13
Views: 9951

[quote="Lyonall"]... And it's mounted crooked too; on your pictures I see this is because of the case-foot...
I would also rather have seen perfectly cut out, not “sunkenâ€