Search found 176 matches

by Gorsnak
Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:32 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Doug's Quiet Wood Case: Reloaded
Replies: 2
Views: 3543

Actually a post in another section here gave me the idea of isolating the mobo tray/backplate from the rest of the case using rubber grommets. That might be enough to solve the resonance issue. If I decide it's worth the effort - there really isn't a lot of noise coming off the thing. And you're rig...
by Gorsnak
Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:08 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Softmounting the MB?
Replies: 8
Views: 3147

I was about to post about how I'd love to softmount my motherboard because of the resonance issues in my wood case, but that I couldn't figure out how to do it since the video card has to be held securely to it. Any wiggling of the motherboard when the videocard is screwed securely to the case has t...
by Gorsnak
Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:38 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: QMicra from PC Design Lab: SFF Super-sized
Replies: 33
Views: 25839

...and finally you would need to clean your case out often as you pretty much created a vacuum cleaner. This isn't really the case. I have a completely open bottom intake, no filter at all, and after not touching my case for almost a year I had some dust inside, but not enough to be causing any pro...
by Gorsnak
Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Doug's Quiet Wood Case: Reloaded
Replies: 2
Views: 3543

Doug's Quiet Wood Case: Reloaded

So, the upgrade bug bit me, and I retired the old Socket A system (temporarily) in favour of an almost completely new build. Only the optical drives and peripherals have been held over. The new goodies: AMD X2 3800 AM2 w/ Thermalright HR-01 Asus M2N-E motherboard Corsair 2x1GB TwinX DDR2-800 PowerCo...
by Gorsnak
Sat Sep 02, 2006 7:11 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: QMicra from PC Design Lab: SFF Super-sized
Replies: 33
Views: 25839

I'm a big fan of the bottom intake. It has been extraordinarily effective on my custom wood case . With the only possible paths for sound to escape from the computer on the bottom and rear of the case, what little sound the computer makes is swallowed up by the carpet and a small acoustic absorbing ...
by Gorsnak
Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:37 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice with possible air intakes on chest-PC
Replies: 6
Views: 2613

So long as the air pathways around the edges of the motherboard are reasonably unrestricted, I don't see any reason why a bottom intake beneath the mobo wouldn't work. Sounds like a good way to have a large intake without leaving a direct pathway for sound to escape.
by Gorsnak
Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Computer Noise Level Measurement at Home
Replies: 5
Views: 1934

In short, it's just not possible. How we perceive sound is very subjective - a sound in one setting might be far more unpleasant the exact same sound in another setting. Background noise levels are hugely variable, and it's just not possible to "set" your ambient noise to a specific level without a ...
by Gorsnak
Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:30 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: VGA Heat-Pipe Cooler Roundup 2006
Replies: 2
Views: 1831

I think this is the first review I've seen someone test the vf900 on an x1900 series card I've got a vf900 on an X1900GT (which admittedly is nowhere near as hot as an XT or XTX). Stock cooler temps were 57 idle and 90 load, vf900 with the fan at full speed 37 idle and 54 load, vf900 with the fan a...
by Gorsnak
Tue Aug 29, 2006 3:39 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: NSK2400 with AM2 processor - need cooler suggestion
Replies: 10
Views: 4454

Most Thermalright coolers will fit with either their rev.A or rev.B mounting adaptor. That gives you a good range of quality alternatives in either tower or conventional configurations.
by Gorsnak
Sat Aug 26, 2006 11:52 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: I scratched my ninja
Replies: 7
Views: 2475

Arctic Silver will be marginally better than the generic white thermal grease supplied with the heatsink. Either will be superior to a thermal pad.
by Gorsnak
Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: AMD am2 X2 3800+ build...advise anyone?
Replies: 5
Views: 2690

If you go with an M2N-E, be aware that it can only deliver 1.95v to the RAM, so doublecheck the RAM specs to be sure it doesn't need more. I just built a system very much like what you're looking at doing, bit higher specs, and my ddr2-800 is having issues - and it's specced at 1.9v. Though it's sta...
by Gorsnak
Tue Aug 22, 2006 2:07 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Passive cooling for Intel D Dual Core : Thermalright HR-01
Replies: 8
Views: 4213

I've just set up a new system using an HR-01 on an X2 3800. Under load with no fan on the heatsink the temperature was in the high 60s and still climbing when I shut down prime95 (though it seemed like it was stabilizing), with a 120mm Nexus at 800rpm as an exhaust fan just a couple inches from it. ...
by Gorsnak
Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:26 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Cracked Nexus 120mm & XP120
Replies: 2
Views: 2052

It's just the shell, shouldn't be an issue. If you like, apply some epoxy or crazy glue to prevent any movement or further cracking.
by Gorsnak
Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:20 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: How big of an issue is the VRM overheating problem?
Replies: 14
Views: 4532

You can get thermal epoxies from Arctic Silver and probably other manufacturers of similar products. Sticky heatpads like those one video ramsinks are probably available too.
by Gorsnak
Sat Aug 19, 2006 7:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: X1900 GT vs 7900 GT
Replies: 7
Views: 3491

Are 7900GTs still experiencing all those artifacting issues? I read a 5-page thread on the Arstechnica forums about everyone and their dog rma-ing those things over and over again, and the eVGA support forum....yikes. Scared me into going with a X1900GT. I'd tell you about how it works, but I'm stil...
by Gorsnak
Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:34 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Aerocase Condor: A Massive, Passive VGA Cooler
Replies: 55
Views: 35095

It seems to me it shouldn't be too difficult to support the heatsink itself directly, either by blocking it up from the case floor, or hanging a wire from the top of the case (should you have one with the fins above rather than below the card). Supporting the corner of the card won't take any of the...
by Gorsnak
Wed Aug 16, 2006 6:49 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: do NOT use AC's Freezer 64 Pro with AM2 socket!
Replies: 10
Views: 4201

Not sure about standard am2 clips, but you can get the Thermalright rev.A and rev.B clips to convert to 939 and 775 mounts from ncix.com. I'm not sure if they're compatible with just any heatsink using those mounting standards, though.
by Gorsnak
Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:30 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My supersilent wooden server/internet pc
Replies: 18
Views: 13200

All those black wires in the 20-pin ATX connector? Those are grounds. If you like, you could run an extra wire between the psu chassis and a mobo mounting hole, but I haven't found it to be necessary.
by Gorsnak
Sat Aug 05, 2006 10:24 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New case idea
Replies: 24
Views: 5323

Yes, hopefully the exhaustfans can help cooling the PSU so it never ramps up. Thats the idea anyway :-) Well, for whatever it's worth my psu is completely isolated airflow-wise, directly intaking fresh air and directly exhausting it outside the case, and it never ramps up without anything assisting...
by Gorsnak
Sat Aug 05, 2006 9:42 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New case idea
Replies: 24
Views: 5323

Is there any reason not to turn the psu sideways or something so it vents straight out, and let those two exhaust fans suck air in past the hdd and dvd without any intake fan assistance? It seems to me you'd get as much air moving through the main chamber without any of the psu exhaust added to the ...
by Gorsnak
Wed Aug 02, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My supersilent wooden server/internet pc
Replies: 18
Views: 13200

Massive is good if you're trying to contain the sound, and aesthetics are subjective. So long as Jani likes the appearance, it's all good.

Nice work! :)

(possibly coming soon to a message board near you - Doug's Quiet Wood Case: HTPC Edition)
by Gorsnak
Sun Jul 30, 2006 8:01 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Isolating hot components from each other - is there a point?
Replies: 28
Views: 12596

Re: Isolating hot components from each other - is there a po

Or, to put it more succinctly, it's better to have three fans you can't hear than one fan you can. :D
by Gorsnak
Sun Jul 23, 2006 4:50 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Custom wood cases by Danger Den
Replies: 6
Views: 2166

There's the matter of wood expansion/contraction in various levels of humidity. I wouldn't build a computer case like Danger Den.....YMMV. If those cases are really solid wood, no wonder the cheapest is $800..... The cost has far more to do with them being custom hand-built than it does to do with ...
by Gorsnak
Sat Jul 22, 2006 5:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for major upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 3928

I can't get anything at newegg. They don't ship to Canada.

I hate to sound like a crank, but it would perhaps be useful if people actually read the OP before posting?
by Gorsnak
Sat Jul 22, 2006 10:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for major upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 3928

So, like, just ignore the stated budget and recommend a system at 2x the cost? Well, okay, 1.5x the cost. Depending on how far above msrp conroes show up for.

I appreciate all advice, but there's just no way I'm spending enough to buy a conroe and a x1900xt.
by Gorsnak
Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:48 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for major upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 3928

gorsnak , I note your point about upgrades, but my recommendation is to leave the option available. If you're buying new RAM anyway, get AM2. That will allow you to swap just mobo & CPU if you later decide that you want an Intel chip. OTOH, if you have 1GB in your current rig, going 939 would allow...
by Gorsnak
Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:36 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: building wooden case, need some advice
Replies: 24
Views: 5937

Since wood isn't conductive, you can just mount the motherboard directly to it using plain old wood screws (the kind with pointy tips, rather than the flat tipped bolts that you normally use in computers). You could do this, but I wouldn't. I'd put spacers between the mobo and the wood (plastic was...
by Gorsnak
Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:15 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for major upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 3928

The system gets used for a variety of things, but the only things that will actually stress it are games. But I don't want to design just to run a specific game - it's very likely I'll be using it for at least 3 years, and I expect that I won't play just Oblivion during that time period. The 7900GT ...
by Gorsnak
Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:22 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Time for major upgrade
Replies: 16
Views: 3928

Time for major upgrade

I've decided that the time has come to move on from my old Athlon XP 2100+ system, in no small part because I'd like to play Oblivion. I also happen to have a bit of coin to spare atm, so I'm looking at a major system upgrade. Actually, I'm looking at most of a new system, with only optical drives, ...
by Gorsnak
Sat Jul 15, 2006 9:27 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Which shape of acoustic foam ?
Replies: 7
Views: 9609

Generally, the rougher the surface, the more sound absorption you get. In fact this is how sound absorption works. Vibrations that hit a hard, flat surface bounce back with full force. Vibrations that hit an irregular surface scatter in all directions instead of returning intact with a repeat of th...