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by tay
Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: quietest CPU cooler that doesn't clog w/ dust?
Replies: 14
Views: 2574

Tough crowd at SPCR sheesh.... Although Air filter suggestions reminds me, could we use speaker grill covering cloth as a filter? Would make good filter for the BIG dust particles.
by tay
Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:48 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: My second round of unemployment, it seems worse.
Replies: 33
Views: 4031

I think Jay_S and even m0002 have some good advice. Please try and move to a big city ignoring the fact that you won't be making any real money because of high cost of living. At least you won't be draining your savings. At all costs avoid getting depressed and down on yourself. Have faith in your a...
by tay
Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DH55TC drivers and similar?
Replies: 5
Views: 3351

deruberhanyok wrote:While I couldn't speak for that board specifically, I will say that I've found the Matrix Storage Manager application to be VERY useful.
http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/
by tay
Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: $99 AMD Phenom X3 CPU 720 Black Edition & free GA-MA78LM
Replies: 4
Views: 1458

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1946854 Looks like the slickdeals folks like it. I can put together a i5 530 for $200 and this system for $115.

I am weary because of :
1. Higher power
2. Worse AHCI/SATA
3. DDR2

But you do end up saving 85 dollars. Decisions decisions.
by tay
Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:58 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DH55TC vs. MSI H55M-E33 for lowest power consumption?
Replies: 19
Views: 13600

Re: Wake from S3 bug

Thanks for the info, that board is out as I need proper S3 suspend. I can't believe after 10 years, they still don't get this right. I hear that the Gigabyte boards have problems with AHCI mode, so those 2 brands are out. Was about to purchase the MSI H55M-E33 myself, but have read about issues with...
by tay
Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love
Replies: 142
Views: 111955

Ow! My eyes! Sorry Mike, it tried to do the no adblock thing just now...by firing up IE8 stock config. :shock: All those moving ads do is make me want to never buy corsair,hp or shop at newegg and amazon again. If was forced to look at that noise, I would probably not visit SPCR as often. ( and pro...
by tay
Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:08 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DH55TC vs. MSI H55M-E33 for lowest power consumption?
Replies: 19
Views: 13600

Gohan wrote:I have the MSI E33 with a Core i3 530. Undervolting is limited to 1.1v on this board. That still allowed me to overclock to 3.5ghz @ 1.1v and still save 12w under load.

Not great, but worth having.
Thanks for the info. How is the stability, STR/S3 sleep, USB, video, etc.
by tay
Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:21 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Intel DH55TC vs. MSI H55M-E33 for lowest power consumption?
Replies: 19
Views: 13600

I too am thinking of upgrading between the MSI and Intel H55 boards. If I got the intel board, I would be limited in overclocking, but it would be more stable. I am wondering if the improved stability is worth giving up the OC. It also is my hunch that the intel board supports hdmi bitstreaming (don...
by tay
Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Lenovo A70Z & Asus EeeTop ET2203 All-In-One PCs
Replies: 7
Views: 3747

visual appeal is always personal but I disagree strongly. lived for a month with the Asus and have to say i was very pleased with just about every aspect, including looks. It really loooks very cool. The latest iMacs look slightly 50s in comparison, still appealing and clean, but not "better" in an...
by tay
Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:25 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Kinda boring basement PC
Replies: 11
Views: 4788

Power consumption and stability?

Do you mind checking the power usage? How is the stability of the AMD chipset & Biostar board in Linux? I need a new board for my linux file server that is stable & low power. Atom won't do.
Thanks
by tay
Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:07 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Post your power consumption
Replies: 109
Views: 60222

HammerSandwich wrote:
Rucker wrote:With 3.4GHz OC, OCCT, 312 Watts
With 2.8GHz, OCCT, 182 Watts
Idlea 2.8GHz, 86 Watts.
I wonder if the 4670 alone is why this system idles 20W higher than the one I posted. Have you disabled some of the power-saving features?
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1014-page6.html
by tay
Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Looking for reliable and quiet USB 2.5" HD
Replies: 8
Views: 2425

I got a "Seagate FreeAgent 500 GB External hard drive - 480 Mbps - 5400 rpm". It is quiet enough for an HTPC and uses one connector. I agree that separate cases are uglier, but you can always hide them. That said, I wouldn't bother with one myself.
by tay
Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:00 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: CREDIT CRUNCH TIPS ...
Replies: 17
Views: 3122

Nice!
by tay
Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:23 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: US Presidential Election 2008 thread
Replies: 93
Views: 13611

False. It was higher as reported several places including here http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html Haha.. your own link proves you wrong: 2004: Eligible voters: 221,256,931 - Votes cast: 122,294,978 - Turnout = 55.3% 2008: Eligible voters: 231,229,580 - Votes cast: 122,253,626 - Turnout = 5...
by tay
Fri Nov 07, 2008 1:07 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: US Presidential Election 2008 thread
Replies: 93
Views: 13611

Turnout in generally was lower than 2004. There must have been a great deal of apathy. False. It was higher as reported several places including here http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html So, Mike, do you know any mainstream computer journals that you trust for computer reviews? You think pol...
by tay
Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:38 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Multiple systems in one P180 case
Replies: 5
Views: 7142

cool hack
by tay
Tue Aug 14, 2007 5:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What about the Samsung HD400LJ 8MB S-ATA2?
Replies: 1
Views: 1707

The 8 MB cache 400LJ is nothing spectacular. I have one and my sample is just average. I am thinking of replacing it soon, but can't decide if i should go with 2.5" model.
by tay
Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:01 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Power Saving for VGA Cards...
Replies: 5
Views: 2300

All 5900+ series (6000/7000/8000) nvidia cards have a separate 2D clock section in the drivers. You can lower the clock to 200 Mhz or so for htpc use from the usual 400-650. If you look for this program nibitor (nvidia bios editor) you can also reduce your 2d voltage and force the clock settings in ...
by tay
Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: System Just Died - Help
Replies: 5
Views: 2351

Make sure you have a speaker plugged in to the PC SPKR on the motherboard. Then make note of any post beeps you hear. Then google for the win!!

Hopefully its something small.

goodluck!
by tay
Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:39 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: MadShrimps April 2007 Heat Sink Roundup
Replies: 11
Views: 4867

=assassin= wrote:One thing that's annoying about MadShrimps is that they always have such a high ambient noise level :/
its almost, well, maddening?
by tay
Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:49 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Single fan mATX HTPC. Custom Aluminum case.
Replies: 18
Views: 11700

How on earth did you get a zm80d to fit on the 7900gs. My pny 7900gs does not have holes big enough for the zm80d (it needs 3mm). And it needs screws that thick because of the nuts that mount to the rear. I am reluctant to take a drill do my vid card to drill out the holes a little bit.

thx
by tay
Sun Jan 28, 2007 7:37 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Building new Core 2 Duo system - please help me find a PSU
Replies: 4
Views: 2261

The Antec TrioTruepower 650 is on sale on frys/outpost for 60 AR w/ free ship. They have good deal on Antec stuff and its generally not old stuff judging by the S/N on my NeoHE. The Corsair 520 modular (seasonic built) is also on sale for around $80-90. Cant go wrong with either.

Hope this helps.
by tay
Mon Jan 22, 2007 9:39 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Alumin(um/ium) case damping and advice (Vinyl & Sonex)
Replies: 6
Views: 2651

btw thanks for the reply, convinced me to not overkill on the damping and go with adhesive backing to save time rather than penny pinching. cheers.
by tay
Sat Jan 20, 2007 6:54 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Alumin(um/ium) case damping and advice (Vinyl & Sonex)
Replies: 6
Views: 2651

Alumin(um/ium) case damping and advice (Vinyl & Sonex)

hi I couldn't find a steel case that I liked enough so I bought an Al case (i know i know) that I liked. Here's a link to the CM Mystique 631 . I need help dampening it. Additionaly, I have some pictures linked to help with questions I have http://www.flickr.com/photos/21279625@N00/362996932/ and ht...
by tay
Wed Jun 14, 2006 3:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Best processor for value/performance/coolability?
Replies: 43
Views: 10831

Fuck I missed the mother part. Personally I find single core chips a complete pain to use and waste of time especially with switching between many apps. I prefer my dad's Prescott 2.8 user experience but it randomly crashes and only has 1 GB of ram. Anyway a 930D undervolted can be easily brought in...
by tay
Tue Jun 13, 2006 3:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Best processor for value/performance/coolability?
Replies: 43
Views: 10831

If you want the best usability for daily tasks get a dual core or HT CPU. I would reccomend a 930D for $200. Can be undervolted/underclocked and used in a quiet machine.
by tay
Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:18 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: hard drive on foam
Replies: 17
Views: 5222

Here is another simpler idea. Turn the drive upside down. It keeps the electronics off the foam and gives it more air.
by tay
Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:07 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: safe to put two fans on a single fanmate 2?
Replies: 7
Views: 2391

I've done it b4. You should be fine.
by tay
Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:46 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 – 750 GB
Replies: 26
Views: 17176

What are you people going on about? Watercooling a CPU and GPU is painful enough with the constant watchfulness req'd. Everyone I know that tried watercooling gave up after a few years if they needed to do any real work with that computer. Also this drive consumes 12W on a seek which is no more than...
by tay
Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:16 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: anybody getting conroe?
Replies: 46
Views: 13310

I wouldn't jump over to Conroe just yet; multi-tasking is actually pretty important in day to day work, and this Bit-Tech review shows that Conroe falls down here. Firstly, bit-tech is best at repackaging manufacturer content and press releases. The presler they compare it to has HT (2 real cores +...