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by Mr_Smartepants
Fri Feb 25, 2005 11:14 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Need help with Swiftech H2O-120SB
Replies: 1
Views: 1215

Just hook up your hoses in whatever manner best suits your case internal layout. There really is no appreciable difference in where each WB is in the loop.
by Mr_Smartepants
Wed Feb 23, 2005 11:09 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How to softmount fans?
Replies: 3
Views: 1458

This has been discussed many times in the forums.

Some favorite E.A.R.SC alternatives are mounting with:
grommets
foam ear plugs.
Zip ties
silicone adhesive :shock:

Just look around and use the search function.

Oh, and...
Welcome to SPCR!!
by Mr_Smartepants
Tue Feb 22, 2005 12:02 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: What happened when your PSU died?
Replies: 20
Views: 6282

95% of complete failures happened to no-name PSUs in operation for over 3 years. 75% of hardware instability has been due to faulty/failing PSUs 50% of PSU failures claim at least the motherboard, CPU, and RAM 15% result in visible smoke, few (~5%) visible flame. ...and 80% of all stats are made up...
by Mr_Smartepants
Sun Feb 20, 2005 11:28 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: E.A.R. RUBBER FAN ISOLATORS
Replies: 8
Views: 2110

Spod wrote: Apparently, it helps to immerse the isolators in hot water to soften them up before fitting.
Yes, absolutely. Although that's pretty hard to do when you want to remove them! :lol:
by Mr_Smartepants
Sun Feb 20, 2005 11:26 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Modding a Phantom 350 Watt, is this a good idea?
Replies: 5
Views: 1891

You could check with Antec's support site and see if the Phantom supports dual-CPU boards (yours particularly).

Oh, and Jack...
Welcome to SPCR!!
by Mr_Smartepants
Sat Feb 19, 2005 8:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Does this sound like a well designed computer? (Revised)
Replies: 47
Views: 10528

Yes, Intel designs the P4 HSF, they even design their own motherboards, but show me one case that Intel has designed?! They 'SUGGESTED' the Intel Thermal Design Spec alterations to the basic ATX design to compensate for the P4 processor excessive heat dissipation problems. AMD makes no such alterati...
by Mr_Smartepants
Fri Feb 18, 2005 11:11 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Laing DDC differences? (DangerDen, Swiftech, others?)
Replies: 17
Views: 7441

DOH! :oops:
I guess I should pay more attention.
by Mr_Smartepants
Fri Feb 18, 2005 5:31 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: E.A.R. RUBBER FAN ISOLATORS
Replies: 8
Views: 2110

Spod wrote:Also note that if you email the people at earsc.com, they'll sell you a free sample kit of their HDD and fan isolators.
I did and they wouldn't send me anything. :cry: They just gave me a contact number for their UK distributors.
by Mr_Smartepants
Thu Feb 17, 2005 11:00 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Laing DDC differences? (DangerDen, Swiftech, others?)
Replies: 17
Views: 7441

BillA, thanks for the clear/concise info....um...are you a vendor?
by Mr_Smartepants
Thu Feb 17, 2005 10:54 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: E.A.R. RUBBER FAN ISOLATORS
Replies: 8
Views: 2110

Hey Rusty, lay off the new guy eh? :lol:

Oh, and
Welcome to SPCR!!

And read the "FAQ for Newbies: Please read this first!!" pages.
by Mr_Smartepants
Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:53 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Leaking capacitors in Antec TP380S
Replies: 16
Views: 4662

Hopefully at least some of you have tried contacting our customer support. The more we know the better. I did, several times. :cry: That wasn't very helpful. With the only reply being similar to "Check the lines with a voltmeter, if they're within xyz then the PSU is good." The voltage checks I did...
by Mr_Smartepants
Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:07 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec SLK3000B -- which are the motherboard standoff screws?
Replies: 6
Views: 2518

There should be two types. Ones with fine metric threads, and ones with coarse standard threads. The ones with the fine metric threads are for floppy drives and cd/dvd drives. The coarse ones are for everything else.

YMMV
by Mr_Smartepants
Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:50 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Fan RPM readings??
Replies: 5
Views: 1539

Without that third wire it is absolutely impossible for your computer to know the RPM that fan runs on. Well, that's not entirely true. 'Fancontrol' posted somewhere around here that he built (and sold) a fan RPM sensor unit to supply accurate RPM data to motherboards for two-wire panaflo fans (and...
by Mr_Smartepants
Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:02 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Comments on my case project
Replies: 10
Views: 2244

I just looked at the photos and the rear fan mount is terrible! I'd avoid this case if I were you! That step under the rear fan mount would make it nearly impossible to cut out the grill AND mount the fan without the proprietary plastic mount thingy. Since you're ordering from directron, check out t...
by Mr_Smartepants
Mon Feb 14, 2005 9:52 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 145881

Just an update on my batch of ten from Tekgems. I broke them all in at 12V for about 10 hours. In case some of you didn't know, fans (sleeve bearing especially) will speed up after break-in and you get a better feel of their noise profile than when brand new. Two of them had moderate vibrations and ...
by Mr_Smartepants
Sun Feb 13, 2005 3:02 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata mods
Replies: 118
Views: 141908

A little off-topic but I just got done suspending my Maxtor 120GB drive using cheap 10" bungie cords ($1.50 for 4). All I can say is WOW! :shock: I had no idea the result would be that dramatic! My resonance problem is GONE. I also have my Sonata sitting on an old sorbothane mousepad cut in half. No...
by Mr_Smartepants
Fri Feb 11, 2005 11:59 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Leaking capacitors in Antec TP380S
Replies: 16
Views: 4662

I had a problem with my TP380S (original Sonata revision) where the voltage rails wouldn't stabilize within tolerances (verified with voltmeter). WinXP would randomly quit/error as well. I tried several times to arrange an RMA through Antec's website AND the Antec Rep in these forums but to no avail...
by Mr_Smartepants
Wed Feb 09, 2005 3:35 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: whats the best case antec slk300ob or AcoustiCase C6607B?
Replies: 16
Views: 3507

Actually, if you just take some heavy duty wire cutters you should be able to cut the grill out by cutting the grill tabs where it attaches to the main metal part (hard to describe in words). You'll be left with really jagged edges which you can either bend over with pliers or cover with c-strip mou...
by Mr_Smartepants
Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:10 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Timeline of my second quiet PC buildup! New link to pics!!!
Replies: 64
Views: 33828

Edit: By the way, does your motherboard not support dual-channel RAM? Mine does and uses DIMMs 1 and 3 in order to have the RAM in a dual-channel configuration. Not sure if it makes a difference, but you never know! The MSI Nforce4 boards use 1 & 2 or 3 & 4 for dual channel. His is running dual cha...
by Mr_Smartepants
Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:48 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: whats the best case antec slk300ob or AcoustiCase C6607B?
Replies: 16
Views: 3507

can somebody advuise whats best to do to the front and rear fan grills? Well what you should have done is remove the fan grills BEFORE you installed all of your components. Now you have to remove everything to cut out the grills so you don't get metal clippings all over your electronics. Do a searc...
by Mr_Smartepants
Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:42 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 145881

who wants to spam them and try to get them to re-order. That's not the way to get to your online retailers' heart. :wink: Oh, and Tekgems... Welcome to SPCR!!! They don't really keep these in stock, they just drop-ship them from their distributor. Blame the distributor (or us! :lol: ) I got my box ...
by Mr_Smartepants
Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:36 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Timeline of my second quiet PC buildup! New link to pics!!!
Replies: 64
Views: 33828

Ooooohhhhh!
Aaaaaahhhhh!
:D

Very nice indeed!
by Mr_Smartepants
Mon Feb 07, 2005 9:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: whats the best case antec slk300ob or AcoustiCase C6607B?
Replies: 16
Views: 3507

The acousticase c6607 is as I pictured above, it's based on the compucase lx-6a19.
The acousticase c6606 is based on a different platform (maybe Chenbro?)and rightside panel is removable (at least from the pictures).

Image
by Mr_Smartepants
Mon Feb 07, 2005 11:22 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: whats the best case antec slk300ob or AcoustiCase C6607B?
Replies: 16
Views: 3507

Re: ...what he said

Hello: 3000B is definitely the way to go. 1) It's fan grills are much better than the Acousticase grills. 2) It's right side panel is removable. Reportedly, the Acousticase's isn't. 3) 3000B + foam + PSU (of your choice) should be cheaper, or about the same as, the Acousticase. 4) If you're plannin...
by Mr_Smartepants
Sun Feb 06, 2005 11:34 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Timeline of my second quiet PC buildup! New link to pics!!!
Replies: 64
Views: 33828

You know, I was thinking to myself that this could be a system I would build for myself...but then I looked at your selection of video card. :? I have to ask, why did you build such a kick-@$$ system and then cripple it with the slowest PCI-Express video card ever? I gather you don't plan on playing...
by Mr_Smartepants
Sun Feb 06, 2005 12:02 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Claritas HTPC
Replies: 4
Views: 2816

Wow, that's a nice setup. I tried googling for your case and only came up with KustomPCs.co.uk as the distributor. They had it listed for 290 GBP (about $550 USD)!
Have you tried relocating your ATX power wires away from your CPU? Otherwise, it looks really, really nice.
by Mr_Smartepants
Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:48 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Timeline of my second quiet PC buildup! New link to pics!!!
Replies: 64
Views: 33828

Nice setup so far. I'm sure you have all this planned anyway but... Don't forget to line the fan cutouts with c-strip/u-channel. Freshly cut sheetmetal can be dangerously sharp. Also, it looks like you might be able to stealth your power wires behind the motherboard tray somewhat. Make it PURTY!! 8)...
by Mr_Smartepants
Sat Feb 05, 2005 1:29 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 145881

Sorry to disagree with you Ed, but on some motherboards (like mine) the black wire is required as well as the yellow signal line for RPM monitoring. Interesting; I'll note that in the future. That's the first time I've heard of that; as a matter of fact, it was a basic assumption to me since all th...
by Mr_Smartepants
Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:20 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: This fan looks like a NEXUS 120mm (FOR $8 + shipping)
Replies: 327
Views: 145881

In order to power it with molex and monitor speed, you'll need to either buy an adapter that only runs the signal line, or mod the plug so the red and black lines no longer make contact. -Ed Sorry to disagree with you Ed, but on some motherboards (like mine) the black wire is required as well as th...
by Mr_Smartepants
Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: First Quiet Build - HELP!
Replies: 10
Views: 3020

Oh man, put on the spot! :wink: Your friend is right, to properly test a PSU you need a tester like this one. . To be perfectly blunt, it could be anything. You'll need to try to isolate the issue by disconnecting the ribbon cables from the MB, all the front LED/utility wires from the MB, all PCI ca...