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by meglamaniac
Mon Mar 07, 2005 5:14 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Spinpoints and high pitch noise at idle
Replies: 36
Views: 8692

I have a couple of 160GB SATA spinpoints with JVC motors.
They do emit a high pitch whine, but thankfully it falls right across the frequency range that Acoustipack is designed to block so as soon as I close the case up there's no more problem.

:)
by meglamaniac
Sun Mar 06, 2005 1:53 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: NO LONGER Very dissapointed with the XP-90 !!
Replies: 14
Views: 3494

Wow, thats some BIOS issue!
Congrats on finding the root of the problem, and good to see it's not TR's fault.

I did lap my XP-120 anyway, and will be installing it shortly so we'll just have to see how that works out...
by meglamaniac
Fri Mar 04, 2005 7:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: XP sees the 250G but the BIOS says 137; Is this a problem?
Replies: 10
Views: 2680

If I remember rightly, from service pack 1 upwards (ie. when the 48 bit driver was added) XP has the ability to compensate for the BIOS shortfall, although I can't remember the terminology for the process it uses.
by meglamaniac
Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:23 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: which is more important: watt or amp?
Replies: 2
Views: 882

Also, remember P = V x I so if you want to think about it in terms of watts, you could think about it in watts per rail.
eg. a 12v rail providing 20a is 240W.
by meglamaniac
Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:19 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Cool 'n Quiet Mobo List in error, sadly :(
Replies: 6
Views: 5986

I'm a bit lost... who manufactures the problem board?
by meglamaniac
Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Star's Crucis
Replies: 8
Views: 2275

Most PCI-e motherboards have a workaround for PSUs that don't have the 24 pin arrangement - either an ATX 20 - 24pin adaptor or a socket for an extra molex or the 2x12v plug etc. I gave up on the A8N-E Deluxe when the one website that had it listed for preorder in the UK effectively dropped it. The ...
by meglamaniac
Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:15 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Star's Crucis
Replies: 8
Views: 2275

I've given up on the A8N-E Deluxe entirely. There are increasing rumours that when it does eventually come out it will no longer have passive cooling. I have decided to go down the route of getting the A8N-SLI Deluxe and modifying the chipset cooling. There are plenty of examples I found with google...
by meglamaniac
Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:57 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Zalman ZM80D-HP or Thermaltake Fanless VGA Cooler(CL-G0003)?
Replies: 3
Views: 2044

Well, I'm building what sounds like a pretty similar system to you (I'm using the Asus A8N-SLI and modifying the chipset heatsink) and I am going to go with the Zalman. I've used them in the past and always been happy so I see no reason to change. At the end of the day it doesn't really matter which...
by meglamaniac
Sun Feb 27, 2005 1:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is this the right stuff to clean a heatsink base with?
Replies: 2
Views: 1010

Ok, thanks.
Shame it smells so terrible... :D
by meglamaniac
Sun Feb 27, 2005 11:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is this the right stuff to clean a heatsink base with?
Replies: 2
Views: 1010

Is this the right stuff to clean a heatsink base with?

I found this in one of my cupboards - it looks like it should be ok, but I thought I'd better check. Could save me buying something if it is...

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by meglamaniac
Fri Feb 25, 2005 2:45 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Could use some advice on finalising my storage plans
Replies: 2
Views: 972

Well, i've always used Seagates up til now but it's the noise issue that worried me. I have E.A.R. isolator mounts for the harddrives so no they won't be hard mounted. However, I do much prefer to have three physical drives. I've always had it that way - one for the windows install and installed pro...
by meglamaniac
Fri Feb 25, 2005 2:02 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Could use some advice on finalising my storage plans
Replies: 2
Views: 972

Could use some advice on finalising my storage plans

Ok. I need a lot of storage space and I need it in my PC as it goes backward and forward to uni a lot. I've already been sold on the idea of SATA Samsung Spinpoints so don't worry about that, it's just that I wish, i really wish they did a 200GB version. As it stands I need three drives, there is no...
by meglamaniac
Thu Feb 24, 2005 2:55 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: NV Silencer 4 or ZM80D-HP?
Replies: 12
Views: 3518

Well the obvious answer is that one makes a noise and the other doesnt. Other than that, the Silencer pushes hot air out of the case which the ZM80D-HP doesn't, but the ZM80D-HP gives you better options in terms of noise control - you can attach a fan to it without too much difficulty if you want to...
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 23, 2005 1:23 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Worth swapping ZM80D-HP for a VF700?
Replies: 6
Views: 2148

For what it's worth I'm planning to stick a ZM80D-HP on a GeForce 6600GT. I've done some fairly extensive google research and found plenty of instances where people have it all working fine. However, just to be on the safe side, I've got a Sunbeam PCI Wherever Rack and will be fixing a nexus 120mm f...
by meglamaniac
Tue Feb 22, 2005 7:06 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Intel throws down the gauntlet
Replies: 42
Views: 11084

Hey who're you accusing of being unstable?
My XP2000+ runs at 67C idle/73C load (yes i know it's high) and is incredibly stable...

:)
by meglamaniac
Mon Feb 21, 2005 2:37 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: AcoustiPack™, will it make any difference??
Replies: 8
Views: 2456

Trust me filete, by the standards of most SPCR members the Antec Truepower is far from silent. Some favourites here are: - Nexus NX3500 - Nexus NX4090 - Seasonic Super Tornado series - Seasonic Super Silencer series - Seasonic S12 There are also various entirely passive options available (ie. no fan...
by meglamaniac
Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:01 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: AcoustiPack™, will it make any difference??
Replies: 8
Views: 2456

Yes.
I have just installed the deluxe v2 in the case I'm setting up for my new build, and it makes a considerable difference - especially in damping high-pitch noise such as harddrive whine.
It's very well built and the weight of the stuff speaks for itself.
by meglamaniac
Fri Feb 18, 2005 1:21 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: TFT, speakers
Replies: 1
Views: 951

Perfectly possible. I can hear a high-pitch noise from conventional CRT monitors. Not everyone can, as it's on the borderline of human hearing (like the noises bats make) but I'm one of the unfortunates who does. As for the white noise, muting the speakers does not necessarily mean that they get phy...
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 16, 2005 3:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: E-A-R HD isolation mounts
Replies: 13
Views: 3961

I got samples a few months ago. I have just installed them into the case I'm preparing for my new build (more on that soon hopefully!) and testing proves them to be quite effective. While they can never beat the near-total decoupling acheived through suspension, they do make a noticeable improvement...
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 16, 2005 2:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help me decide between 2 between fan configurations for HTPC
Replies: 2
Views: 1064

The first is better in terms of cooling other components (such as harddrives) and has no real disadvantage over the second option that I can see, except a possible extra degree or two added on to the temperature of air getting to the zalman.
by meglamaniac
Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:11 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Still early days, but here's my HTPC so far...
Replies: 33
Views: 16031

Btw, I'm interested to know where you got your parts for the duct from.
Do these look similar? What exactly is the bit that is attached to the fan?
by meglamaniac
Mon Feb 14, 2005 3:44 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Still early days, but here's my HTPC so far...
Replies: 33
Views: 16031

That looks very nice, I especially like that duct. Regarding the "XP thang" I've had worse than that. Ever tried installing XP while you have other drives connected that already have partitions on them? The result is that your existing partitions are assigned C, D, E etc and your windows drive ends ...
by meglamaniac
Mon Feb 14, 2005 3:14 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Which one is better Tsunami Dream or SLK3000B
Replies: 7
Views: 2673

Calgary? As in Calgary in Canada? Why does this keep happening! The commpany I work for at the moment here in the UK got taken over a few months ago by Precision Wireline which has a major office in Calgary. Since then I've found two other people (by chance) on two seperate forums that live there, a...
by meglamaniac
Mon Feb 14, 2005 2:55 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Thermaltake follows Antec, redesigns the Tsunami!
Replies: 19
Views: 8236

Re: Thermaltake follows Antec, redesigns the Tsunami!

Ralf Hutter wrote:"Curve is the same charming as music"
Two words:

Oh.
Dear.
by meglamaniac
Fri Feb 11, 2005 2:28 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe, Now I got worry
Replies: 40
Views: 12280

Make sure you've set the memory timings properly (or set it to auto).
If you want to make sure, set everything on the memory options to it's slowest setting and that should work (but obviously not very quickly).
by meglamaniac
Thu Feb 10, 2005 2:49 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: NO LONGER Very dissapointed with the XP-90 !!
Replies: 14
Views: 3494

I too have heard these warnings of the XP90/120 not being terribly flat. While I haven't gotten around to installing mine yet, I did take the precaution of getting a lapping kit to give it a good going over with first. If you're in the UK, Kustom PCs provide a couple of excellent options (scroll dow...
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 09, 2005 2:52 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe, Now I got worry
Replies: 40
Views: 12280

Hmm, odd that nVidia were so upset with Asus then.
On the subject of channels, won't some of the onboard devices be connected with PCI-e as well?
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:51 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: thinking of getting dremel, what model etc should i get?
Replies: 10
Views: 2517

That looks almost, if not completely, identical to the one I have. And yes you can use any brand of extras you like so long as you have a collet to take it that fits in your chuck. Black and Decker have a seriously limited range of bits compared to Dremel, so I went straight out and bought a couple ...
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:46 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe, Now I got worry
Replies: 40
Views: 12280

There has to be more to it than that, or loads of manufacturers would have just whacked two PCI-e x16 ports on. I beleive the chipset plays a role somehow as well: look at nVidia's chipset lineup. There's the nForce4, the nForce4 Ultra, and the nForce4 SLI. The latter is the only one that will suppo...
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:46 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: thinking of getting dremel, what model etc should i get?
Replies: 10
Views: 2517

The bottom line is that they are not cheap.
There are only two brands that I know of that are reckoned to be decent: the original Dremel, and Black & Decker's dremel clone (can't remember what they call it).

I have the Black & Decker and it works quite well.