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by speedkar9
Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet case on a budget?
Replies: 20
Views: 5629

The Fractal's 90 degree HD bay presents a major air intake restriction over the P183.
by speedkar9
Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: wooshing noise with side panel closed
Replies: 7
Views: 2971

Re: wooshing noise with side panel closed

I had the same problem with the SOLO. Had to turn down the exhaust fan <800 RPM.
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by speedkar9
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:41 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Fan Placement on P183
Replies: 12
Views: 6030

I believe you should try out two different setups based on your hardware, and see which one works best for you. I would first try with two fans, one in the rear, and one in the middle chamber (the spot about even with your graphics card. Then also try with both fans as exhaust on the back and top. ...
by speedkar9
Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet case on a budget?
Replies: 20
Views: 5629

I've heard many great things about the Antec Solo, I recently read a thread where a guy had to spend a few hours with a dremel to get his GTX 460 to fit into the Solo, and I believe that such a modification could have some amount of negative effects on acoustic and thermal performance. I disagree. ...
by speedkar9
Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:17 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet case on a budget?
Replies: 20
Views: 5629

Well go with a 300 and mod it for silence, as others have done in the general gallery. Thats my next project :lol:, adding sound dampening and modifying the hdd trays for suspension, cutting a separate psu hole, etc. In the end it would probably still be cheaper than $110. And shipping for cases is ...
by speedkar9
Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:00 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Quiet case on a budget?
Replies: 20
Views: 5629

Re: Quiet case on a budget?

Antec Solo, watch your graphics card size though. The Sonata isn't that good for airflow or noise IMO. Antec 300 will work great with some modding (panel dampening, HD suspension, etc). Also consider Antec NSK 4xxx and 6xxx series for budget cases. Stay away from those thin airy cases from CoolerMas...
by speedkar9
Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Old rig, now with compartments!
Replies: 8
Views: 2964

The drives should be mounted horizontally or vertically (steadily), but not on any angle.

Two slow turning fans would be quieter and cooler for your system, and saves your PSU from ramping up to cool the hole system.

Read this sticky,
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by speedkar9
Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:22 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Windowed P180 Mini [Q6600 + R5770 + 2.6TB storage]
Replies: 36
Views: 23940

Doesn't the composite side cover fall apart once you've cut it?
by speedkar9
Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:23 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Old rig, now with compartments!
Replies: 8
Views: 2964

Suspend that hard drive horizontally, you can use regular clothing elastics (never rubber bands) as I've done here . Cable management has a big effect on airflow in your case, make sure they are kept cleanly out of the way so they won't get caught in fans or capture dust. Adding a rear case fan to r...
by speedkar9
Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:44 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair VX450 Enough?
Replies: 19
Views: 2914

I've got an OC'd Phenom II X2 (and if I feel like, B55 X4 :lol:) and a passive 4850 running off a VX450 and the max I've ever measured is ~230W. PSU does ramp up under load, but in my Solo I had to duct my PSU to stop it from ramping @ idle. The VX450 is still the loudest thing in my PC @ idle thoug...
by speedkar9
Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Upgrading to quiet PC
Replies: 14
Views: 1689

Re: Upgrading to quiet PC

The CM 590 is perfect for hard drive suspension if you remove the 3.5" hard drive bays. Suspend the hard drive(s) near the bottom of the case with some elastic. Keep the fans to a minimum, and all at 120mm, soft mounted. For your case, remove all 80mm fans, put one 120mm in front for fresh air intak...
by speedkar9
Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Ancient PC Silenced (without kicking the bucket)
Replies: 2
Views: 2557

Ancient PC Silenced (without kicking the bucket)

To see how much I can quiet down an old computer, I tried out a few basic mods on an ancient PC picked up from the trash. Before : The computer as is, very crowded, loud, dusty, beige generic case with poor airflow. http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/8927/img0058m.jpg http://img101.imageshack.us/img...
by speedkar9
Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:18 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: My PC Overheated, Building a new, CPU Help please!
Replies: 5
Views: 1882

What matx case do you have that it cools the HD? I'd be interested in seeing a pic and some more stats on temps/ power usage etc, if you don't mind.

My Gigabyte 785G board also runs hot, temps idle well in the 50's... Maybe reseating the NB/SB heatsink with new TIM would help?
by speedkar9
Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:03 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Solo Bedroom PC
Replies: 41
Views: 25938

If you are concerned, just put a slow spinning fan on it. 80mm @500rpm will do. Because that fan will be 10 times quieter than an open (i.e. not in some kind of enclosure) hard disk I just don't feel like another fan will do justice to quieter computing though... it just seems like I'll have too ma...
by speedkar9
Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:19 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Looking for Antec 300
Replies: 0
Views: 958

Looking for Antec 300

I'm looking for an Antec 300 in good condition.
by speedkar9
Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case to minimise noise/vibration from eight hard drives?
Replies: 9
Views: 2280

Re: Case to minimise noise/vibration from eight hard drives?

How about if you get a case with all 5.25" bays (like CM Centurion or Antec 900) and suspend them all the way down? With some slow turning fans in front, they can run cool and quiet(er).
by speedkar9
Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:54 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: ATX tower case less than 17.5" tall
Replies: 3
Views: 872

Re: ATX tower case less than 17.5" tall

Forget about the Sonata, you'd be really pushing the Solo with an i7. For a hot system like that in a smallish box, go with the microATX Antec P180 Mini . Lots of space for long graphics card and expandability, available 5.25" bays on the bottom for HD suspension, separate PSU chamber, and a top fan...
by speedkar9
Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:37 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How to Soft Mount a Fan
Replies: 6
Views: 2632

frenchie wrote:Velcro :)
m0002a wrote:Some silicone caulk and nylon bolts/nuts work just fine.
I would be interested in how these would work for fan soft mounting, and how effective it would be.

At least with rubber band/ clothing elastic, its dirt cheap :).
by speedkar9
Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Solo Bedroom PC
Replies: 41
Views: 25938

Mine usually run 40-45 FWIW. Thats assuring, thanks. Mine are running around 41*C. Is the hard drive actually blazing hot to the touch? Maybe the sensor is just reporting the temperature too hot. If the drive really is hot, I'd guess a lot of the intake air must be coming from the back of the case ...
by speedkar9
Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: How to Soft Mount a Fan
Replies: 6
Views: 2632

How to Soft Mount a Fan

How do I soft mount my fans? Where do I get those 'rubber thingies' from? These are common questions we see all the time. Here is how I soft mounted a case fan on the cheap by simply using two rubber bands, no need to go out and buy grommets or rubber screws! It is assumed that the fan's corners ar...
by speedkar9
Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:56 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Solo Bedroom PC
Replies: 41
Views: 25938

Another small update, I ducted the PSU in my Solo to take care of the hot hard drive temps (45*C) I was getting. It also helps keep the PSU from ramping up at idle to cool the CPU if I run its fan too slow using my own simple fan controller . Side View : The duct goes right up to the CPU cooler. ht...
by speedkar9
Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:30 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Old rig, now with compartments!
Replies: 8
Views: 2964

I recently modded an Antec NSK4000-II to house my brother's ancient P4 system with 2 x bottom 120mm intake fans, with reasonably good results. More details on this please, with pics (in another thread?) if possible, Thanks JamieG . And yes I agree that the OP could do a bit better in terms of airfl...
by speedkar9
Sat Jul 31, 2010 3:44 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Still... A P180 Rig: Mod for Behind the Motherboard Cabling
Replies: 7
Views: 9125

Nice and neat, I like it!

Now all you need is to paint the interior black 8).
by speedkar9
Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:26 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec NSK2480 Power LED replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Re: Antec NSK2480 Power LED replacement

Chop the old one off, strip the wires and attach a new one. They are only a few cents, or you could scavenge LEDs from another computer or appliance. Or just swap it with your HDD LED if you dont need it :P
by speedkar9
Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:18 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Old rig, now with compartments!
Replies: 8
Views: 2964

Re: Old rig, now with compartments!

Interesting, though I think you could use some cable management (for airflow and for better looks 8)), and a more "secure" way of soft mounting your hard drive (say, in the 5.25" bay from both sides?). You could take a piece of mesh (similar to the screen used on windows) and stretch it across the 5...
by speedkar9
Fri Jul 30, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sunbeam Quarterback case
Replies: 8
Views: 1286

The CM 330 might work fine, though the front is really open and would let all the sound out. If its in a cabinet though, you wouldn't notice it. The CM 335 just looks alot cooler 8). I guess the Antec equivalent would be the NSK 4 or 6 series, which would be alot quieter. I did a build in this case ...
by speedkar9
Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:45 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sunbeam Quarterback case
Replies: 8
Views: 1286

It occurred to me that most OEMs use decent cases for their PCs This is a HUGE misconception. Show me any potential OEM case and there will be big airflow issues with it. I don't think most OEM cases can hold more than 2 HDD's anyways... Poor case design is one of the main reasons you see so many p...
by speedkar9
Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:54 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: My PC Overheated, Building a new, CPU Help please!
Replies: 5
Views: 1882

Depending on the case, you may need a front fan to give airflow to the passive video card.

I have the same Gigabyte motherboard and its "Smart fan" controller sucks, spinning the fans way to fast, and I couldn't get it to work with SpeedFan. So plan on something elseto control your fans.
by speedkar9
Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:32 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sunbeam Quarterback case
Replies: 8
Views: 1286

Re: Sunbeam Quarterback case

Terrible case for quiet computing if you ask me, The front is too open, allowing the HD and fan noises to escape directly to the user. The fan grills are to restrictive, and more importantly the HD cage's 90 degree orientation blocks all airflow from the front bottom fan. That wall of fans in the mi...
by speedkar9
Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:20 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Need some advice about choosing a motherboard
Replies: 6
Views: 3390

Seriously, knowing Intel, any new series of chip will require a chipset/ motherboard upgrade....
Ya can't beat AMD for their upgradability 8)