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by IdontexistM8
Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:53 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Grandia GD05: A Versatile HTPC Case
Replies: 69
Views: 48954

Re: Silverstone Grandia GD05: A Versatile HTPC Case

Sure, this case is sturdy enough to support the weight of a LCD. I'm also not too fond of putting a case (directly) on the floor, but I've put my desktop on a home-made trolley next to my desk: it's just a simple MDF board the size of the case with 4 wheels screwed to the bottom. This way it won't ...
by IdontexistM8
Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Silverstone Grandia GD05: A Versatile HTPC Case
Replies: 69
Views: 48954

Re: Silverstone Grandia GD05: A Versatile HTPC Case

I'm in the early stages of considering this case in one of two possible situations, neither of which are actually as HTPCs (I built my first one of which earlier in the year). As I am seriously short of desktop space and don't want a PC on the floor, I was thinking of having it on the desk with a mo...
by IdontexistM8
Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Please recommend HDD
Replies: 13
Views: 3554

Re: Please recommend HDD

Are you talking about this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245 I've bought a few of them recently, and they've always been in stock at Newegg every time I check. Yes, in the UK it went in and out of stock until units with a dual SKU# of HD204UI/ST2000DL004 started a...
by IdontexistM8
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Please recommend HDD
Replies: 13
Views: 3554

Re: Please recommend HDD

Seagate bought Samsung's HDD production, http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/19/us-samsung-seagate-idUSTRE73I1CG20110419 . No idea if the tech has changed underneath, but I doubt it would - at worst they'll be using different part vendors or binning quality. Yeah I knew Seagate bought their divi...
by IdontexistM8
Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Please recommend HDD
Replies: 13
Views: 3554

Re: Please recommend HDD

Quick Q as I'm in the market for a couple of drives. . . I did manage to get a few Samsung HD204UIs before they disappeared. I see they are now back but under the guise of the Seagate ST2000DL004. Has Seagate incorporated the tech or simply rebranded? I liked the Samsungs but Seagate makes me nervou...
by IdontexistM8
Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Finally after 8 Years - My First (HTPC) Build!
Replies: 3
Views: 1290

Finally after 8 Years - My First (HTPC) Build!

Yes after nigh on 8 years of being a member of this august and esteemed board I'm going to actually build something :!: 8) :!: Having previous tinkered with Xboxes, chosen external enclosures/drives and investigated laptops I've decided to finally get out the Philips screwdriver set and don the anti...
by IdontexistM8
Sat Apr 02, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung LN55C650 55" LCD HDTV
Replies: 8
Views: 5573

Re: Samsung LN55C650 55" LCD HDTV

I have the European 40" model and it definitely has an element of backlight buzz/whine on any setting below max. It's not the worst thing in the world but a tuned ear will hear it. I don't believe it's as bad a problem as people have been having with Samsung's 37" units, there's a Youtube video of o...
by IdontexistM8
Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:50 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: F4 HD204UI Vibration variance?
Replies: 8
Views: 4079

Re: F4 HD204UI Vibration variance?

This thread is a few months old but I would it was worthy of an addition. I've just bought a new HD204UI from Amazon.co.uk (UK stock). I already had two I bought from eBuyer (both grey imports), one a month or so ago, the other from the back end of last year. I would say the new drive (dated 2011.02...
by IdontexistM8
Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:26 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 125295

Re: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4

est1984 wrote:HD204UI/Z4

I am about to purchase about 6 of these, can someone confirm for me that they are exactly 2TB, not 2TB but can only use something like 1.7TB
They are 2,000,396,288,000 bytes = 1.81TB
by IdontexistM8
Mon Oct 18, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 125295

Re: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4

I've just put one in an external caddy and IMO the seek noise is noticeably quieter than a HD154UI. I did a full format and you'd barely know it was there. I'd intended to use it as purely a backup drive but if it impresses me further after I've copied a large bulk of files I may employ it for daily...
by IdontexistM8
Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:32 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Zotac ZBOX HD-ND22: At Last a CULV Nettop
Replies: 9
Views: 6064

This CULV version doesn't as yet seem to be available in the UK.

My side interest here is how low the latency is on these things. If it's reasonably low then it could make a useful little audio recorder/mixing machine when paired with a USB interface of choice.
by IdontexistM8
Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Looking for a 20-23" monitor, any recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 1665

Just to follow up on a few suggestions. . . Apple - way out of my league. NEC - again out of budget. LQ - the former has gone, the latter looks promising although itself appears to have been superseded. HP - can't find anything about the model mentioned. I'm pretty fine with 16:9, became accustomed ...
by IdontexistM8
Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Looking for a 20-23" monitor, any recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 1665

Re: Looking for a 20-23" monitor, any recommendations?

Don't be so sure. Samsung is probably the most popular and widely sold monitor brand. No surprise that it would garner the most criticism (and probably praise, too, tho most people are less vocal when something works well.) I can only perform what is akin to little more than cursory glance in terms...
by IdontexistM8
Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Looking for a 20-23" monitor, any recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 1665

Looking for a 20-23" monitor, any recommendations?

I'm looking for a 20-23" monitor to complement my 17" laptop and small netbook. I think I can just about cope with a 1920x1080 res, my 17" machine's 1600x900 and I can live with the text size, bar the need of a slight bump up on browsing. From looking here and elsewhere, when it comes down to noise,...
by IdontexistM8
Sat Feb 09, 2008 4:03 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Raidsonic IcyBox IB-370U-B External Enclosure
Replies: 0
Views: 881

Raidsonic IcyBox IB-370U-B External Enclosure

Anyone had experience with this enclosure? I'm interested by the adjustable fan switch. It may well make a racket but at least you could alter/turn off at your discretion.

http://www.raidsonic.de/en/pages/produc ... ectID=4724
by IdontexistM8
Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:11 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec MX-1: Actively Cooled External HDD Enclosure
Replies: 98
Views: 77994

An aside but mildly of interest..with my new 750gb Samsung drive the LED doesn't work. Why I couldn't tell you..works fine with 500gb drives.
by IdontexistM8
Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:07 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec MX-1: Actively Cooled External HDD Enclosure
Replies: 98
Views: 77994

Checked the second unit and it's relatively quiet.

So I've got the same as before, one noisy one quiet. Both bought together, seven months apart but from different companies.

Really is pot luck guys.
by IdontexistM8
Sun Jan 06, 2008 4:54 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec MX-1: Actively Cooled External HDD Enclosure
Replies: 98
Views: 77994

I think it probably is worth putting a 'fair warning' with the article. I wouldn't say the fan is loud in itself but the tone it produces is. A contradictory statement I suppose but that's the best way I can explain it. Perhaps SPCR could contact Antec on our behalf to find out what the fan situatio...
by IdontexistM8
Sun Jan 06, 2008 4:08 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec MX-1: Actively Cooled External HDD Enclosure
Replies: 98
Views: 77994

I've just got my two new units and have been checking out the fan on one of them, independently of any drive. It's difficult to tell right now but tonally it appears similar to the noisier one of the two I already had. So slightly disappointing. I'll try the other unit tomorrow. As they will predomi...
by IdontexistM8
Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:17 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec MX-1: Actively Cooled External HDD Enclosure
Replies: 98
Views: 77994

I've got two MX-1s, one fan is definitely louder than the other. They were both bought at the same time in UK. It's slightly annoying purely because of the frequency but I tend to use the louder one for backups. I'm just about to buy a couple more, based on the fact no one else has a better solution...
by IdontexistM8
Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:38 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Current 3.5" external enclosure of choice?
Replies: 5
Views: 2055

Another option would be to get a dual bay enclosure and use it to suspend one drive the normal elastic cord way. You'd probably have to replace the fan with a better one. That's something I had considered but you sort of lose the element of portability. As for the rest, well they are much of a much...
by IdontexistM8
Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Current 3.5" external enclosure of choice?
Replies: 5
Views: 2055

It's SATA only and I've already got two..but thanks anyway.
by IdontexistM8
Sun Dec 09, 2007 7:34 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Current 3.5" external enclosure of choice?
Replies: 5
Views: 2055

Current 3.5" external enclosure of choice?

I've got to buy two new drive enclosures, probably before Xmas, as I've found something bizarre going on noisewise with a couple I already have. To cut a long story...I discovered a couple of weeks back my single Samsung 400gb IDE drive making some very odd noises when it was turned on in one of the...
by IdontexistM8
Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Recent Samsung drive failure rates?
Replies: 51
Views: 23023

Wouldn't you know it! My HD400LD PATA drive has started making some high pitched electrical whine noises so that'll be RMA-d this week. 2006.08 for anyone whose interested. I'm still keeping faith though. :lol:
by IdontexistM8
Sat Nov 17, 2007 1:02 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Where are the 5.25" SATA enclosures?
Replies: 7
Views: 2483

I seen nothing in Europe/UK..
by IdontexistM8
Sat Nov 17, 2007 10:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Recent Samsung drive failure rates?
Replies: 51
Views: 23023

An aside..but I wish people in such reviews would put the manufacturing dates..it would help to see if there's a pattern. Well the two I've just bought are purely for backups and have a date of 2007.09. so we'll see how they go. Without doubt reading reports of failures is a concern but I'm not goin...
by IdontexistM8
Sun Nov 11, 2007 12:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung 1TB F1 vs Western Digital 1TB GP vs Hitachi 7k1000
Replies: 212
Views: 146338

Well all this wait for the higher sized Sammys has made me just buy two more HD501LJs...they say patience is a virtue. :lol:
by IdontexistM8
Sat Nov 03, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Dell Inspiron 1720
Replies: 5
Views: 5193

From what I've read the 1700/1720 have a single fan.
by IdontexistM8
Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:54 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Recent Samsung drive failure rates?
Replies: 51
Views: 23023

I've had a couple of issues with laptop drives which I've got replaced but I'm still happy to use them. No probs so far with desktops which are all externally housed.

Touch wood etc.. :wink:
by IdontexistM8
Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:13 pm
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: 199$ Asus Solid State Notebook
Replies: 33
Views: 28836

I'm beginning to think it's worth giving the first wave a miss..price(s) have gone up..we all know SSD wll be bigger, better and cheaper soon.

This time next year might be a better purchasing bet if you are happy to wait.