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by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: how can i tell which way to put nexus fan in???
Replies: 4
Views: 1294

Just to clarify, the arrow pointing parallel to the fan casing shows you which direction the fan rotates in. The other arrow shows you which direction the air goes.
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:41 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe, Now I got worry
Replies: 40
Views: 12280

A floppy?
Blimey, don't even worry about it.

I would imagine it draws half an amp if that, and that's being extremely generous. It's only got a tiny little stepping motor. I imagine the real draw could be measure in milliamps.
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 09, 2005 1:32 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe, Now I got worry
Replies: 40
Views: 12280

Don't worry, Seagate are still reckoned to be good. Opinion here simply suggests that Samsung are slightly quieter. Samsung drives also support AAM which allows you to sacrafice some seek performance in order to lower noise when the drive is in use if you want. Seagate don't support it due to an ong...
by meglamaniac
Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Help a graphix noob out
Replies: 12
Views: 2703

Just posting to second the GeForce 6600GT suggestion. They really are very good cards for the money.
by meglamaniac
Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:44 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: xp-120 and yate loon
Replies: 8
Views: 2146

I'm in the process of building my new system - trust me, modding the nexus fans is really easy. It took me 10 minutes with a hacksaw. The way I did it was on each corner make 5 cuts: 2 directly across the "tube" that you want to remove, at the edges where it meets the fan casing. 2 diagonally from t...
by meglamaniac
Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:39 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Anyone with Asus A8V Deluxe and MBM 5?
Replies: 1
Views: 785

Another option you can consider is downloading speedfan (search for it on google, should come right up). It is often used by people here to control fan speeds on motherboards that support the ability, but it also does the same as MBM5 and will read out system stats like temperatures. Worth a try to ...
by meglamaniac
Sat Feb 05, 2005 2:12 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Nforce4 plans - need clearance info & your thoughts.
Replies: 57
Views: 19072

Ouch.
Whoever designed that board didn't think it through too well...!
by meglamaniac
Sat Feb 05, 2005 2:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NEC 3500A vs NEC 3520A
Replies: 20
Views: 5808

Ohh, interesting... I may yet change my mind then :)
by meglamaniac
Fri Feb 04, 2005 5:29 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Nforce4 plans - need clearance info & your thoughts.
Replies: 57
Views: 19072

Well due to my mostly positive experience with Asus I'd like to stick with them if I can. Many sites in the UK list the expected delivery of the A8N-E as sometime this month, and are still accepting preorders. This is the first I've heard of it not being produced, and if there was any official word ...
by meglamaniac
Fri Feb 04, 2005 1:18 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Nexus fan mounting (silicone isolators)
Replies: 5
Views: 1684

The other option is just to cut a section out of the corners of the fan.
You, a hacksaw, and a couple of minutes - job well done :)
by meglamaniac
Fri Feb 04, 2005 1:11 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Oh no! A nightmare motherboard from Abit...!
Replies: 15
Views: 5416

Oh no! A nightmare motherboard from Abit...!

http://www.abit-usa.com/products/mb/pro ... &model=262

Five, that's FIVE onboard fans before you've even put the heatsink on. Arrrgh!

*runs a mile*
by meglamaniac
Fri Feb 04, 2005 1:05 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: First Quiet Build - HELP!
Replies: 10
Views: 3020

Just a guess, but if the PSU checks out ok then it sounds as if you maybe didn't mount the heatsink on the CPU properly? Those zalmans can be tricky... If you didn't, then the processor would get very hot very fast, you'd smell the thermal paste starting to cook, and then the motherboard would step ...
by meglamaniac
Fri Feb 04, 2005 1:00 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Nforce4 plans - need clearance info & your thoughts.
Replies: 57
Views: 19072

I've said it in other threads and I'll say it in this one: wait for the A8N-E! :) It has no fans onboard, chipset is passively cooled, the area around the processor socket looks all but identical to the A8N-SLI if you look at leaked photos on google so there'll be room for the XP-120, and it won't b...
by meglamaniac
Fri Feb 04, 2005 12:56 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: I have all the parts for my next quiet PC! Opinions?
Replies: 3
Views: 2357

I don't know much about the case or the board, but nForce4 certainly seems to be favoured. CPU: Good choice RAM: Great choice - Ballistix consistantly beats all the other, much more expensive premium brands on the A64 platform. HDD: Most here would recommend the Samsung Spinpoint P80 series over the...
by meglamaniac
Thu Feb 03, 2005 6:26 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Another Sonata Pic Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 13891

Yeah it must be... people always seem to get those confused. Raid 0 is striping without fault tolerance (in fact, half the fault tollerance of a single drive as the probability of a failure is doubled). Raid 1 is mirroring with fault tolerance, but you only get to use 50% of the storage capacity. Ni...
by meglamaniac
Thu Feb 03, 2005 1:29 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: why no heatpipes making direct cpu contact?
Replies: 4
Views: 1563

I imagine it's because that would disrupt the operation of the heatpipes.
I don't know an awful lot about them, but from what i've read the tube shape seems to be integral to how they work...
by meglamaniac
Thu Feb 03, 2005 1:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Built new computer but it's freezing - PSU not enough?
Replies: 7
Views: 2057

I would reiterate the suggestion to check your RAM voltage. As well as burcakb's point, it should be noted that some manufacturers (particularly the performance lines) have non-standard recommended settings. For example, most Corsair memory and the Crucial Ballistix line recommend operation at 2.8v ...
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 02, 2005 11:01 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermaltake Fanless103 for AMD64?
Replies: 10
Views: 2483

Yeah this is something I've never quite got, I don't think I understand dB ratings all that well. For example, in Adobe Audition (audio editor) you can set the vertical scale (which measures amplitude) to dB - and it runs from negative infinity at the centre where it's quietest to 0dB at the outside...
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 02, 2005 11:18 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermaltake Fanless103 for AMD64?
Replies: 10
Views: 2483

Well, I think counting air convection is taking it a bit far, even for SPCR!
I'm fine with the definition of a passive PSU as noiseless. It's not just TT who use that definition.

As I said though, I agree that their other products are far from accurate in terms of noise ratings.
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 02, 2005 7:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Nforce4 plans - need clearance info & your thoughts.
Replies: 57
Views: 19072

Ah. Well as I should be ordering mine at the end of feb/beginning of march I doubt I'll get one of those, but there you go.
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 02, 2005 5:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My new ultra quiet rig / need advice and comments
Replies: 12
Views: 3893

What sort of performance do you require? My plan is to get a GeForce 6600GT. You can get them from Gigabyte with factory fitted passive cooling, although I won't be doing that as I require two DVI-I ports which Gigabyte don't do. I will be fitting a ZM80D-HP to mine. I have a plan for dealing with t...
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 02, 2005 3:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Nforce4 plans - need clearance info & your thoughts.
Replies: 57
Views: 19072

I wouldn't hit too hard on Asus for the BIOS issues. Most motherboards when brand new have faults in the BIOS - it's not uncommon to see 3 or 4 update revisions in the first couple of weeks with many manufacturers. Asus have a reputation for quality of components, which I can't really argue with. I ...
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 02, 2005 12:35 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NEC 3500A vs NEC 3520A
Replies: 20
Views: 5808

Looks like it's the 3520 then.

Thanks for the feedback!
by meglamaniac
Wed Feb 02, 2005 12:23 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Cheap(ish) acousitpack deluxe in the UK!
Replies: 1
Views: 761

Cheap(ish) acousitpack deluxe in the UK!

With the wonders of Froogle , I have found this site . They are an audio professional's site but they also stock a couple (literally!) of quiet PC bits, one of which is Acoustipack deluxe. They also stock it a good £7-10 cheaper than other sites, including delivery. Thought I'd point it out in case ...
by meglamaniac
Tue Feb 01, 2005 12:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NEC 3500A vs NEC 3520A
Replies: 20
Views: 5808

How is it at 1x for movie playback?
My current drive, a LiteOn (*spit* *hawk*) clicks and whirs even then, which is somewhat offputting...
by meglamaniac
Tue Feb 01, 2005 2:49 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is the Seasonic S12 better than the Super Tornado?
Replies: 45
Views: 10172

I thought all PCI-e cards had no external power connector...?
by meglamaniac
Tue Feb 01, 2005 2:46 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: NEC 3500A vs NEC 3520A
Replies: 20
Views: 5808

NEC 3500A vs NEC 3520A

I've seen the 3500A recommended as a quiet DVD writer... however, i was wondering if anyone's had any experience with the 3520A? It's a newer model and I'm not sure what NEC's plans are (phase out the 3500 in favour of the 3520, or run with both) but its a lot faster at rewriting and also supports t...
by meglamaniac
Tue Feb 01, 2005 2:31 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: The Sound of Silence: Computing's silent revolution-News.com
Replies: 26
Views: 7040

That's awesome, great to see some mainstream coverage.
Hopefully a few people will click the SPCR link in the article and get converted, hehe.

:)
by meglamaniac
Mon Jan 31, 2005 11:06 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is the Seasonic S12 better than the Super Tornado?
Replies: 45
Views: 10172

I dislike anything that tracks where I go or what I do.
And so far as I know all anti-spyware tools remove alexa, as that's exactly what it is...
by meglamaniac
Mon Jan 31, 2005 2:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My new ultra quiet rig / need advice and comments
Replies: 12
Views: 3893

Unfortunately there's no real way to tell yet, although we can guess. A8N-SLI http://usa.asus.com/products/mb/socket939/a8nsli-d/a8nsli-d_l.jpg A8N-E http://www.tt-hardware.com/img/news4/news170904_1dujour.gif As you can see, the processor area is very similar, and thermalright's website says the XP...