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by Cerb
Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:22 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which uses less power?
Replies: 15
Views: 5238

Add to all of this that there will be the surge of startup in the picture.

Best option? Get something fast enough, overclock, and test. Underclock, and test. Take the best result.
by Cerb
Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building an audio production workstation...
Replies: 16
Views: 3799

I'd not worry about warranty, if you go ATi. On the nVidia side, BFG and eVGA rock for warranty. OTOH, you don't need more than, at most, a $60 card (barring them starting to take advantage of stream processing on the GPU, but I would think multiple core support would come sooner), so if it fails af...
by Cerb
Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:16 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Minimal wireless-bootable system/remote terminal??????
Replies: 10
Views: 3082

Shows you how conditioned we are to ads. No ABP or anything, but that reminded me...Zonbu! If you can roll your own OS, it's cheaper than the Linutop, and offers a superior feature set. It's beefy enough that Puppy wouldn't be necessary...though I might not jump for Ubuntu or Fedora. This whole time...
by Cerb
Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Minimal wireless-bootable system/remote terminal??????
Replies: 10
Views: 3082

How cheap? Also, if using Windows, I'd recommend getting a short USB extension, velcro dots, and a USB wireless adapter. If there's birds, and stuff for them, I'd imagine there's grounded (or otherwise coupled) metals about that could be annoyingly in the way. A 6' USB extension with the adapter at ...
by Cerb
Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:25 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building an audio production workstation...
Replies: 16
Views: 3799

I didn't even notice the RAM choice, earlier. Don't. Any old DDR2 800 1.8V 5-5-5-18 should do. A-Data, Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, Simpletech, Patriot, G.Skill, and others offer excellent RAM for very low prices.
by Cerb
Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building an audio production workstation...
Replies: 16
Views: 3799

Having never done a build before, I would highly recommend avoiding the Ninja. The bolt-through kit is not easy to use on it, IMO. Best low-flow performance, but the TRUE will be effectively indistinguishable in performance. Get some good heatsink compound, too. My preference is AS Ceramique. It wil...
by Cerb
Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:28 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Why are analog tuners required for MCE, Vista
Replies: 8
Views: 2365

haven't been checking SPCR in the past few days...

As it was, there weren't even very many NTSC cards available when v1 of MCE was released. There were plenty. ATi, Hauppage, Pinnacle, and Aver were all in the game by the late 90s. The hardware and NT-based drivers were quite mature by the time MCE was being made. 10-bit tuners finally made it a go...
by Cerb
Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Why are analog tuners required for MCE, Vista
Replies: 8
Views: 2365

First, the demise of analog TV has nothing to do with analog tuner cards. They will still be around, and still work wonderfully when there are not longer analog OTA broadcasts. Most people are not using their analog tuner cards for OTA. I don't even know if they'll work with OTA. For cable, pure dig...
by Cerb
Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:38 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Will Apple Rescue Intel's Silverthorne?
Replies: 2
Views: 1464

It is a neat article, but written through rainbow-colored glasses (with bite out of each lens). My take is that Intel missed the boat as ARM and PPC (SoCs) took off, and can't afford to miss it too many more times (seriously, though, they've got a few years). They can make some so-so products here a...
by Cerb
Tue Dec 25, 2007 5:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Build for gaming AND music listening.
Replies: 27
Views: 7390

Yeah, wasn't thinking about that--both are PATA, then you've got a burner. Most of the boards are like this (the Gigabyte has only 1 PATA, too). For data, USB is a decent option. You could also get a PCI card for PATA. Any Silicon Image one should work well. If you have a wide choice of such cards, ...
by Cerb
Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:08 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: SATA drive running as IDE
Replies: 5
Views: 1532

The difference can be measured, but it's minimal, and not worth being concerned over, unless you live and die by apps used on content creation benchmark suites. NCQ may in fact reduce performance in single-user cases, with NTFS. Common FSes used in Linux are random enough, even without multi-user ac...
by Cerb
Mon Dec 24, 2007 4:56 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Build for gaming AND music listening.
Replies: 27
Views: 7390

I'm sticking with KSC75/35/PPro, myself. Extra detail is cool and all, but I can tell more from sources and opamp swaps than the nicer cans, especially given the CDs and other stuff the money can be used for. Critical listening just isn't fun. Not counting the Gigabyte, the Abit looks really good fo...
by Cerb
Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:33 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: [assembled] What to choose for graphics work?
Replies: 10
Views: 3287

1. Yes. GPUs are seeing some use, but not enough to worry about, yet, for most of us. 2. If you don't have enough RAM, you are limited by that and your hard drive speed. Once you have enough RAM, it's all CPU. It definitely matters, but the amount of RAM matters more. Don't settle for under 2GB righ...
by Cerb
Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Build for gaming AND music listening.
Replies: 27
Views: 7390

The P182 is good, if you've got patience. For good results, duct tape is a must :), as is reading all the way through both reviews here of it (well, of it's younger brother). It may not have the best, but its air flow is only bad if left alone, with all fans used, or some used, and no vents covered ...
by Cerb
Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:22 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Gigabyte P35 DS3P - Too much for me?
Replies: 7
Views: 3624

Check out MSI's G33 board. uATX, but has FW, and not *too* expensive.
by Cerb
Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Build for gaming AND music listening.
Replies: 27
Views: 7390

No Zalman. Thermalright or Scythe. Get some Slipstream 800 or 500 RPM fans for the case and maybe CPU (the 800 RPM models start and operate over 400 RPM at 5v, so are undervolting-friendly). How will the video card be cooled? How many HDDs, and what models? If you're looking at that WD for a new dri...
by Cerb
Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a low-power, low-noise linux fileserver
Replies: 2
Views: 1576

1. No. They are all as good and all as bad (for Linux, at this point in time). You have X SATA ports, and that's all that matters. 1.B. Passive CPU cooling as an option will depend on parts selection, cable management, and fan arrangement (the last two being good time wasters :)), not how hard you p...
by Cerb
Thu Dec 13, 2007 6:01 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Two 'arcane' questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1803

It wasn't just drives, though. Win9x DAE support ranged from spotty to non-existent. Adaptec's ASPI layer helped, but that brought it up to, "spotty." As of Win2k, it was rock solid all around, and has been ever since.
by Cerb
Mon Dec 10, 2007 5:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Sweet spot system
Replies: 11
Views: 3088

With a $600 budget, or very low power but high quality requirements (690G and Geforce IGP boards), consider AMD. If $1250 isn't too much, it's $70 well spent over the AMD system's price.

You may or may not want to add TR's bolt-through, too.
by Cerb
Fri Dec 07, 2007 11:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Updating the workstation, need some pointers
Replies: 13
Views: 2709

Fans: get Scythe Slipstream fans! Way superior to the Nexus, just a little new for the last fan roundup. I'm not quite sure if those are available in Sweden at a reasonable price point, but I'll look into it. Thanks. If not, bummer, and the Nexus certainly are good. I've read several reviews that s...
by Cerb
Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:23 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My First Silent Build - Advice Required
Replies: 2
Views: 1211

Memory: pretty much, any DDR2 that runs at 800MHz, 1.8v, 5-5-5-18 is going to be alike. PSU: unless the 500 is radically different than the 380, get the Corsair. The Corsair uses the same fan as S12s do, and seems to run it at similar noise levels. I've only used the EW380, but while it wasn't loud ...
by Cerb
Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Updating the workstation, need some pointers
Replies: 13
Views: 2709

Fans: get Scythe Slipstream fans! Way superior to the Nexus, just a little new for the last fan roundup. Disk intensive work: try waiting for the new Samsungs to get reviewed. The 1TB version is giving nice bandwidth, and reports of noise are positive, but nothing like a SPCR review, yet. Raptors ma...
by Cerb
Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Building a firewall
Replies: 19
Views: 6776

*nods with others about the combined server thing* That said, get Intel's new little board, 1GB RAM ('cause it's cheap), a PCI NIC (or USB, if you're feeling adventurous), small case and PSU, hard drive, and then be on your way (optical, too, but you can borrow one for the OS install and return it, ...
by Cerb
Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:48 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low power MythTV backend and File Server advice
Replies: 17
Views: 6934

As long as you get a tuner with hardware encoding, you should be good for all cases. From the list existing hardware in the original message, I noticed "Hauppauge Nova T" -card, which most likely means that the broadcast system used is DVB-T and in practice that means there is no cards with hardwar...
by Cerb
Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Random: Hershey's Cacao Hot Chocolate
Replies: 10
Views: 2594

Milk Cocoa (baking and dutch processed both work, but look and taste different) Sugar Butter (optional) Vanilla (optional) Amounts may vary. I typically use 3-5 Tbsp of cocoa, and 1-2 Tbsp of sugar, per cup of milk, but I like it really dark. Mine looks almost like tar :). Mix cocoa and sugar in a b...
by Cerb
Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:19 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: can anyone explain RAID to me easy?
Replies: 6
Views: 2210

RAID: redundant array of independent disks. RAID 0 will give the best bandwidth, but at the cost of latency. With every read and write, the latency is that of the slowest drive. RAID 0, with all *roll eyes* nerdy humor, is not redundant (level zero, get it?). Here, each drive has 1/n of the data (in...
by Cerb
Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:04 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Low power MythTV backend and File Server advice
Replies: 17
Views: 6934

2. I think this will require a card, for the time being. 3. I can't find any conclusive info on this. Gigabyte seems to turn it off ( linkimajig ). But, I can't find much that is positive for some other boards. 8. At under $30 for a controller card with eSATA ports, decide if this is a must by what ...
by Cerb
Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:15 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Monday's NewEgg Sales Was a Mess, from Anandtech.com
Replies: 7
Views: 2557

To move stock that doesn't move? Many of the "specials" are very unimpressive. Or they overestimated how many they would sell and the item now takes up too much warehouse space (Antec EA380?) They have odd items in their specials all the time. I meant, "why did they feel the need to do this promoti...
by Cerb
Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:39 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: bad and good vendors
Replies: 11
Views: 4647

While they don't have enough quiet-oriented stuff, I'd like to add in case-mod.com as good vendor. My first order was not a good one (bad batch of Panaflos, way back in '03), but the service could not have been better.

I typically just don't have enough to get that they carry to order there.
by Cerb
Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:20 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Oak Two-Fan SFF w/Ducted Ninja...Completely Done.
Replies: 26
Views: 16784

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