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by ascl
Mon May 31, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Budget DAW pc build
Replies: 27
Views: 4654

Some numbers are here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/phenom-x4-965,2389-2.html although its not very detailed, it should give some idea. There doesn't seem to be a huge difference. I am more of the belief these days that the majority of people don't need the power that is available. What littl...
by ascl
Mon May 31, 2010 6:37 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Budget DAW pc build
Replies: 27
Views: 4654

Nah, I seriously doubt its worth the extra money for an intel set up, I just don't know much about the current AMD stuff.
by ascl
Mon May 31, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Budget DAW pc build
Replies: 27
Views: 4654

Fair enough, is 500 GB the cheapest you can get? /looks at msy, hmm yeah its not much saving there! SSD for OS was the first thing I thought of until you mentioned your budget constraints! Maybe you are better off going with a single drive now and saving for an SSD later? Unless you are recording a ...
by ascl
Mon May 31, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Budget DAW pc build
Replies: 27
Views: 4654

Why 2 HDD's? Should be cheaper to buy one larger one (or is it specifically to have OS seperated from audio data?)?
by ascl
Sun May 30, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Replacement pumps for Reserator 1 Plus
Replies: 13
Views: 7829

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN0LDjHZ4NQ This video (not me, no relation, just random vid I googled) shows replacing the top of a MCP655 (D5) pump. Its literally a replacement for the top part of the pump. In the case of the MCP350/355 it adds a bunch of performance ( http://martin.skinneelabs.co...
by ascl
Sun May 30, 2010 1:41 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Replacement pumps for Reserator 1 Plus
Replies: 13
Views: 7829

I'll second either the MCP350 or MCP655 vario. The 655 is physically larger so may cause some problems with placement, but allows changing the speed without requiring a beefy fan controller.

Whichever one you get I'd suggest an after market top, both for performance and noise reasons.
by ascl
Sat May 29, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fans recommendation
Replies: 8
Views: 1989

Fair enough, I haven't actually tried any of the local ones... I got the "known good" ones from Petras last year.... when the AUD was riding high it was worth doing! But compared to the price of S-Flex's and Noctuas, you can buy several to get a good one! $50 for a fan... ouch! Really seems like you...
by ascl
Sat May 29, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fans recommendation
Replies: 8
Views: 1989

Can you order from pccasegear.com.au? Shipping will be a bit more but the prices seem to be much cheaper (nexus from 12 AUD).

EDIT:
Do you ship internationally? No.
Seems not :( What about other Australian stores? gammods.com.au might ship to you (email him), he has YLs for 10 bucks I think.
by ascl
Sat May 29, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-14 vs AP-15
Replies: 5
Views: 8859

I don't think any fan at 1400+ rpm is quiet by SPCR standards! I do find them several hundred rpm quieter than Yate Loons tho (if that makes sense). At 800 rpm I find them very quiet, below ambient noise in my room (I do live in the city however, so I wouldn't call my room silent by any stretch) -- ...
by ascl
Fri May 28, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-14 vs AP-15
Replies: 5
Views: 8859

For anyone else looking at this, AP15 is the 1850 rpm one, and AP14 is the 1450rpm one. I have the 1850 rpm ones (5 of them!) on my radiators. They are remarkably unnoticeable for fans running at full speed, but they are by no means quiet. I like having the faster fans for the option of running them...
by ascl
Tue May 25, 2010 5:27 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on a fast silent 24/7 system, in summer it's HOT here
Replies: 11
Views: 3029

Yeah I have a lot, I basically filled a 2nd case just with radiators. They do have fans on them, but they run pretty slow. And it keeps my highly overclocked computer nice and cool even on the hot days!

The zalman case looks really interesting, I am very curious how its going to turn out!
by ascl
Tue May 25, 2010 1:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on a fast silent 24/7 system, in summer it's HOT here
Replies: 11
Views: 3029

No, I don't have heat problems, but I also have a bit of an overkill cooling system (120x3, 120x2 and 140x3 radiators). Actually thats not entirely true. I had some ram sticks die that I am pretty sure was heat related. They were running to spec, but I didn't have any air flow over them... and they ...
by ascl
Mon May 24, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on a fast silent 24/7 system, in summer it's HOT here
Replies: 11
Views: 3029

My study gets that hot, or hotter in summer... nothing like some summer heat to really test your cooling system! hehe. I would suggest you get a 60 or 120 GB SSD to run your OS and applications, and then a cool and quiet 5400 rpm 2TB HDD for everything else. Gives you the best of both worlds (of cou...
by ascl
Sun May 23, 2010 11:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: advice on components for an i7/860 system
Replies: 2
Views: 1035

Your parts list looks pretty good, although I'd go for a motherboard that has USB3 and Sata3 for the sake of future proofing.
by ascl
Sun May 23, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Want a quiet pump, suggestions?
Replies: 2
Views: 4215

I don't have any experience with that pump, although it would have to be pretty bloody noisy to be louder than a video card! :) I have a D5 vario with EK top, and I find it very quiet (on full!). My HDDs are louder (I have 3, and they are old). The vario also had an easy way to change the speed (and...
by ascl
Sun May 23, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Recomend radiator fans:
Replies: 1
Views: 768

Don't think you need 2 threads for this! Replied in the WC forums.
by ascl
Sun May 23, 2010 1:44 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: which radiator fans?
Replies: 7
Views: 4383

It is a massive price difference, but I've recently gone from YLs to GTs, and I have to say the difference is pretty big, and I feel it was worth it. They are much heavier, feel much better quality than YL, and, if you are mounting them horizontally, should last much longer. They also feel like they...
by ascl
Sun May 23, 2010 1:43 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Reviewed pumps
Replies: 13
Views: 11325

The high pitch whine is actually a HDD...! its a new noise, I think the drive might be on the way out :(
by ascl
Sat May 22, 2010 4:14 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noiseblocker or Noctua 140mm horizontal
Replies: 11
Views: 5497

PCCG has nexus, which are basically re-labeled YL's (although apparently higher QC?), 5 for $49, which isn't too bad. There was some discussion a while back on the apparent different types of YL fans available, and PTS's where supposed to be better than the other ones available. Not sure if its stil...
by ascl
Fri May 21, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noiseblocker or Noctua 140mm horizontal
Replies: 11
Views: 5497

Both gammods and pccg have them, not as cheap tho. If you order a decentamount it's probably cheaper to order them from the us. I got a bunch from petras tech shop a while back for about $8 each (shipped)
by ascl
Fri May 21, 2010 2:28 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noiseblocker or Noctua 140mm horizontal
Replies: 11
Views: 5497

Given you could buy 6 Yate Loons for the same price, and they do work fine for a while horizontally.... I've had them mounted horizontally for 18 months or so, but even if you expect them to only last 12 months..... you've just got 6 for the price of one noise blocker.

Just a thought :)
by ascl
Thu May 20, 2010 9:15 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Different noise character in identical fans (Gentle Typhoon)
Replies: 13
Views: 2032

Nothing wrong with being picky :) But yeah, in my experience these fans are great quality, am very impressed with them.
by ascl
Thu May 20, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Different noise character in identical fans (Gentle Typhoon)
Replies: 13
Views: 2032

Is the clip tight? Can you wriggle the fan when its attached? If so, it could still be vibrating.

Read my previous post about temps :)
by ascl
Thu May 20, 2010 8:22 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Different noise character in identical fans (Gentle Typhoon)
Replies: 13
Views: 2032

Try mounting the fan with some rubber separating it from the heat sink. It might reduce the amount the heat sink is vibrating (assuming its not just air noise). Also, its entirely possible you will be able to run the fan at a slower speed than previously, as the GTs are good at pushing air through r...
by ascl
Thu May 20, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Different noise character in identical fans (Gentle Typhoon)
Replies: 13
Views: 2032

Its definitely possible. Once you have determined if they sound the same outside of any mounting (ie outside the case), you can determine if one or both need to be de-coupled from the case. Its possible they are causing vibrations which make them sound louder. Its also possible that the sound of the...
by ascl
Wed May 19, 2010 10:29 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet comp that can play Starcraft 2! Feedback appreciated
Replies: 7
Views: 2430

Reliability concerns with SSDs are definitely the worst thing about them. I only just received mine back from RMA today! If I was to buy another one, I'd probably get an Intel one, they seem to have the best track record so far. Either way, if you do get one, make sure its got a decent warranty. Tha...
by ascl
Wed May 19, 2010 4:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice on a fast silent 24/7 system, in summer it's HOT here
Replies: 11
Views: 3029

Go for an SSD. Random writes are MUCH better on an SSD vs a HDD. HDD's strength is sequential IO, and SSDs is random... but they do pretty nicely on sequential anyway. Regarding the water block on the UD7. Its copper. I believe the zalman stuff is aluminium, so this will cause galvanic corrosion. Yo...
by ascl
Wed May 19, 2010 2:46 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Quiet comp that can play Starcraft 2! Feedback appreciated
Replies: 7
Views: 2430

Grats on your beta key, make the most of it, the beta expires on the 31st of may! Regarding your hardware: -Unless there is something special about AMD mATX boards, having an mATX shouldn't cause problems with heat sinks. There are definitely reasons to go full size over mATX, but I don't think heat...
by ascl
Tue May 18, 2010 10:35 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Reviewed pumps
Replies: 13
Views: 11325

Sorry for the long delay, but I finally got myself a Ek Water Blocks EK-D5 X-TOP Version 2 Custom Pump Top for my D5. Between lack of funds and out-of-stock issues, its taken a while. Anyway, I got it, and installed it... and I have to agree, it has reduced the noise. Not by a lot, but its made it s...
by ascl
Tue May 18, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Need Replacement for Yate Loon 120mm
Replies: 9
Views: 1687

Yeah they are hard to find, and not cheap when you do find them. They look amazing.

The GT's have a pretty low starting voltage too, lower than the YLs seem to (using the highly scientific method of seeing how far round the fan controller knob is).