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by capecodbackup
Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Building a mini P-180 i7 and thinking of Seasonic...
Replies: 5
Views: 1231

Yes, the fan not coming on much is a part of my very sneaky plan :) I am very interested in a CPU with integrated video. However, I also want more power than my current core2Duo 2.13 as there are times when I get this puppy cranking pretty good with multiple programs running, etc. Do you have any so...
by capecodbackup
Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New Build / DAW system
Replies: 15
Views: 2968

Here is one of the best SSD threads on the net.

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthr ... 2&page=249

Good luck with your build. I myself am considering an i7-860/GigaByte board build.
by capecodbackup
Sun Dec 27, 2009 7:23 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Nexus XiR-3500 any good for i7-860?
Replies: 0
Views: 821

Nexus XiR-3500 any good for i7-860?

And by good I mean quiet :) Anyone have one of these? It sure looks like a quality unit. Thanks, Dave
by capecodbackup
Sun Dec 27, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Mini P180 case and GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156
Replies: 16
Views: 4272

I am now also considering a Nexus XiR-3500 CPU cooler for this build. And then maybe ducting it out the back.
by capecodbackup
Sun Dec 27, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Building a mini P-180 i7 and thinking of Seasonic...
Replies: 5
Views: 1231

Thanks. I certainly do not mind spending a little more to get alot more reliability/piece of mind. I am also looking at the new Nexus R5300 530 which is also modular. And supposed to be wicked quiet. As I sit here typing it still amazes me how quiet my current rig is. SSD really helps. The only nois...
by capecodbackup
Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:52 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Building a mini P-180 i7 and thinking of Seasonic...
Replies: 5
Views: 1231

Building a mini P-180 i7 and thinking of Seasonic...

X-650 PSU. First, is modular OK, or is it bad for some reason? Second, I am hoping the fan will hardly ever come on as I usually do not stress a system much. I know 650 might be a bit overkill, but I like the quality and the silence factor. The case already has 2 fans and I just may try the passive ...
by capecodbackup
Sat Dec 26, 2009 12:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Mini P180 case and GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156
Replies: 16
Views: 4272

Parappaman do you have any photos? It sounds like a very interesting build.
by capecodbackup
Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Mini P180 case and GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156
Replies: 16
Views: 4272

Also, I checked out all the recommended fans, man, those are some nice heatsinks! too bad the passive one is only up to 89 TDP as the chip I want is 95 TDP :( Ten years ago people actually laughed at me and muttered to themselves "There goes crazy Dave again on his wild tangents." when I asked if an...
by capecodbackup
Fri Dec 25, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Mini P180 case and GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156
Replies: 16
Views: 4272

thanks all for the good responses. I had some concerns about the large fan as well. I was at Micro center and they had a i7 860 for 229 which I thought was good. All cases BUT the mini P180. And a bunch of coolers but I had no spare cash so did not get too into it. I was also looking at a cheaper gi...
by capecodbackup
Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Mini P180 case and GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156
Replies: 16
Views: 4272

Thanks. I will check those out. I have always known that Seasonic is nice and quiet in reviews I have read. I will check out the HR 01. Looks like quite a heatsink at first glance.

I may just have the beginnings of a very interesting build.

Dave
by capecodbackup
Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I swore I would never build again...
Replies: 5
Views: 1473

Thanks. I actually measured the board and it was an inch bigger than a standard Micro ATX. So, as I suspected, it was proprietary. I have been preaching the Do not get a cheap PSU for years so good to find someone who agrees with me! There are some beauties out there. Yeah, It may be awhile till I g...
by capecodbackup
Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I swore I would never build again...
Replies: 5
Views: 1473

Thanks, these are just the suggestions I was looking for. So I gather it is a Micro ATX board inside my Dell. I was not sure if they used some proprietary shape/size or not. And I am aware of the possible not so great PSU, so I would replace if necessary. I am not a huge overclocker at all. However,...
by capecodbackup
Sun Dec 20, 2009 10:55 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Antec Mini P180 case and GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156
Replies: 16
Views: 4272

Antec Mini P180 case and GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156

board, but i could use advice for the best CPU fan and PSU. And by best, I mean quietest :)

Thanks,

Dave
by capecodbackup
Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:23 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I swore I would never build again...
Replies: 5
Views: 1473

I swore I would never build again...

As I really like my Dell 745 Optiplex as it is VERY quiet, especially now that I have my Intel SSD! And I love working in the case, very easy to mess around. So, problem is, I wold like an i7 chip and obviously, board to go with it. And I would like it to be no louder than it is now, I will move ove...
by capecodbackup
Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:27 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Does SPCR seem way too obsessive compulsive about noise?
Replies: 77
Views: 46738

Thankfully, I do not ever have migraines. Headaches are only a rare occurence. I can handle most machine noise in the home at nights including (quiet) room fans (at low speed) and ticking clocks. But dripping taps annoy me. Unfortunately, it's something I have to put up with for now. The slight buz...
by capecodbackup
Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:47 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Dell Zino HD (Mac Mini alternative)
Replies: 33
Views: 35319

There is the philosophy of "good enough". Jay reports that the unit is darn quiet. So, the 3.5" drive is good enough, sound wise...and you can still cram more GB's for less bucks in a 3.5" drive. You could also pop in an 80GB Intel SSD as an aftermarket replacement. But then, the SSD costs as much ...
by capecodbackup
Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: I am thinking of upgrading to the Enermax PRO82+ 525W
Replies: 3
Views: 1369

Thanks for the info. I now must determine if a standard ATX actually fits in my Dell Optiplex case. Oh Google, please tell me all :) I think it does, but want to be sure. I think also that there is one slot that is proprietary to the Dell power supply, which, BTW, was something like 280 watts. But I...
by capecodbackup
Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:40 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Super quiet small home server recommendation
Replies: 49
Views: 25178

Here is a nice one I have never seen before...

http://promos.asus.com/US/evensite/Nova/index.htm

Dave
by capecodbackup
Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:34 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Looking to buy a very quiet desktop Mini PC.
Replies: 7
Views: 6454

The new Dell Zino HD is supposed to be very quiet.
by capecodbackup
Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:32 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: I am thinking of upgrading to the Enermax PRO82+ 525W
Replies: 3
Views: 1369

I am thinking of upgrading to the Enermax PRO82+ 525W

power supply. I have the stock Dell PS that came with my Optiplex 745. ANy one with experience with this Enermax who can say how quiet it is? Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Dave
by capecodbackup
Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Dell Zino HD (Mac Mini alternative)
Replies: 33
Views: 35319

I was thinking of doing just that with the SSD. The Intel 80 G2 can be had for pretty reasonable. Gonna read the tear down review now. I think this would be a great computer to sell to clinets for their office whre they do surfing, Word,Excel, Outlook all day long. Takes up so much less space. I wou...
by capecodbackup
Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:58 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Not just "silent" - zero moving parts rig [pics]
Replies: 40
Views: 21688

I tip my hat to you, sir. You have attained the Nirvana that we here at SilentPCReview aim towards :) Having added a SSD (Intel G2 160GB) I now only have 2 moving parts. Chip and PS fan. Luckily, both are what I would call acceptably quiet, and coming from me, that is quite a good rating :) I am won...
by capecodbackup
Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: I have a Dell Optiplex 745... best power supply?
Replies: 2
Views: 1152

Thanks, I will check out that section. Yeah, Dell does seem to cheap out on the power supply.
by capecodbackup
Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Anyone have experience with Moneual Minew S10
Replies: 2
Views: 714

Whoops, meant to post a link. Yeah, I have no experience with the Atom, I guess it is pretty slow. Maybe the Dell Zino will be a good compromise as it has some AMD chips of varying speeds. Still do not get that they put a 3.5 inch drive in there. Although some are veyr quiet, I never met one that wa...
by capecodbackup
Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:15 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: I have a Dell Optiplex 745... best power supply?
Replies: 2
Views: 1152

I have a Dell Optiplex 745... best power supply?

the original Dell PS went bad, so I had them send me a replacement under warranty. During this, I think I found out that a stock PS would first both electrically and physically. So, I got to thinking what PS would be best as there are many new ones out since I got this computer, for quietness. NOT a...
by capecodbackup
Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Anyone have experience with Moneual Minew S10
Replies: 2
Views: 714

Anyone have experience with Moneual Minew S10

Looks like a veyr nixce and very silent computer to me. Add an SSD and I believe you actually might have silence. Yes? No? Maybe?
by capecodbackup
Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:08 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Dell Zino HD (Mac Mini alternative)
Replies: 33
Views: 35319

OK, now I get it :) I did not have my facts straight. Did not realize that someone had actually done a tear down. So, next quesion is......... Why put a 3.5 in a small silent computer? more heat,= more fan = more sound. I had a feeling the Dell guy was an idiot when the answer to my HD size question...
by capecodbackup
Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Dell Zino HD (Mac Mini alternative)
Replies: 33
Views: 35319

I called Dell to see what size hard drive was in it. They said 2.5". But you know, sometimes they are wrong. The drive options go to 1T. Do 2.5" drives come in that capacity? All the drive options are 7200 RPM. Many 2.5" drives are slower. these are why I called Dell. I figured maybe the 1TB could ...
by capecodbackup
Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:15 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Dell Zino HD (Mac Mini alternative)
Replies: 33
Views: 35319

I am very interested in the acoustics of this machine. I would also consider putting a nice SSD in. I called Dell to see what size hard drive was in it. They said 2.5". But you know, sometimes they are wrong.
by capecodbackup
Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Does SPCR seem way too obsessive compulsive about noise?
Replies: 77
Views: 46738

Thankfully, I do not ever have migraines. Headaches are only a rare occurence. I can handle most machine noise in the home at nights including (quiet) room fans (at low speed) and ticking clocks. But dripping taps annoy me. Unfortunately, it's something I have to put up with for now. The slight buz...