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by scara
Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:02 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: 3-Prong HSF...
Replies: 9
Views: 2490

You're right, 21dba isn't all that loud, but that doesn't mean the fan on that cooler won't be loud when you're sat next to it. The problem is that manufacturers can basically put out any figures they like when it comes to noise levels. There are no standards for testing so results can vary dramatic...
by scara
Thu Jul 28, 2005 4:28 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: 3-Prong HSF...
Replies: 9
Views: 2490

the problem is more that i can't use mounting holes ... and the height. But if you can't use the mounting holes then you need a heatsink that doesn't need mounting holes right? If that GigaByte fits at 70mm then why is the 900a too tall? From the specs I linked its 44mm high, add 25mm for a fan tha...
by scara
Thu Jul 28, 2005 2:19 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: 3-Prong HSF...
Replies: 9
Views: 2490

If you're looking for a Socket A heatsink that doesn't need mounting holes I don't think the ThermalRight SLK 900a can be beaten. It should be more than capable of cooling an XP-M with a quiet 80mm fan. The only problem would be finding one. Clicky here for the SPCR 900U review - same HS, different ...
by scara
Wed Jul 27, 2005 5:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Using a Zalman FB-123 Bracket with the Antec P180
Replies: 3
Views: 1425

Are you sure you need so much cooling just for the RAM, if its too hot then fine but it just sounds excessive imho. I'm sorry but I don't see what affect the P180 has on this. Whether it fits will depend on your motherboard and the relative position of its cpu socket, RAM and top PCI slot. In a typi...
by scara
Wed Jul 27, 2005 4:59 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright XP-120, in the UK?
Replies: 5
Views: 1961

Wow, £48, thats extortionate. You can get it with a Nexus 120mm for ~£50 del.

In order of preference:
KustomPCs - £37.49
Overclock - £38.72
OverclockersUK - £35.19
by scara
Wed Jul 27, 2005 4:40 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Thermaltake schooner in the UK?
Replies: 7
Views: 1865

BenW wrote:Have you got experience with them as a company?
I've used them a few times, never had any problems.

Extras aside, I probably would have used Kustom anyway. Its worth paying a little extra for the more personal service 'just in case'.
by scara
Tue Jul 26, 2005 5:30 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Thermaltake schooner in the UK?
Replies: 7
Views: 1865

Eclipse are still selling it. I can't remember seeing it anywhere else so i'd say just go for it.
by scara
Thu Jul 21, 2005 2:12 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Need a cheap but quiet case + PSU
Replies: 9
Views: 3188

The Antec SLK 3000B is one of the most popular cases around here.

It costs around £30 from Micro Direct and eBuyer without PSU.
by scara
Wed Jul 20, 2005 6:30 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Nexus fans - where to get hold of them?
Replies: 3
Views: 1575

These two are about the best for silencing related products:
KoolnQuiet
KustomPCs
by scara
Sun Jun 26, 2005 4:17 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: P180 Airflow Question
Replies: 22
Views: 7115

Not sure what balance of noise<>heat ratio you're going for so this advice is based on 'the fewest fans at the lowest airflow whilst still maintaining acceptable temperatures.' To eliminate two fans you could try reversing fan #3 and then ducting that straight out of slot #1 or #2. Or you could use...
by scara
Fri Jun 24, 2005 2:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: what supports your case/is between it and the floor ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1978

Any soft rubber feet would be a good start, i'd imagine thats what most people use. I myself use the standard feet that came with the case but i've put a piece of carpet between the case and floor. It's cut small enough so that it can't be seen and turned upside-down to allow the case to slide easil...
by scara
Wed Jun 15, 2005 3:02 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: vibration
Replies: 16
Views: 3775

Sorry, I got the impression the HD and fans were hard-mounted :oops: I haven't got any experience with the Arctic silencers so don't know any way of reducing your NV5 vibrations. You say you can adjust the fan speed. If the cooling is acceptable at the lowest vibration i'd say just go with that. Onl...
by scara
Tue Jun 14, 2005 1:58 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: vibration
Replies: 16
Views: 3775

mleung , how have you decided that its the Arctic Coolers that are causing the vibration? It would be very surprising if the NV5 in particular was creating noticeable case vibration over two hardmounted hard-drives and three case fans (even though they are undervolted). If you disconnect the NV5 an...
by scara
Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:40 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: How does this system look?
Replies: 7
Views: 2874

I don't think you should consider the Iceberg. The specs state the fan speed as 5000rpm and the airflow as 3.5CFM. Obviously thats going to be very noisy, so you rightly want to undervolt it. Consider though that at half the speed its still going to be very noisy and not move a useful amount of air....
by scara
Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:27 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Arctic Cooling CopperSilent 2TC with AthlonXP3000+
Replies: 14
Views: 3217

Yeah thats probably too high for idle but you can't really trust mobo sensors. There are many things that could be the cause, I'll try to cover the most likely. The heatsink may not be tight enough on the processor, I had a slightly loose HSF and my XP2800 went up to 80C quickly (and kept rising). I...
by scara
Fri May 27, 2005 8:19 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P180: A visual tour
Replies: 224
Views: 170265

Very impressed with both Antec and MikeC. Not many companies of Antecs' size are so receptive to feedback and even fewer people can provide the level of expertise required for such a successful collaboration. The concept is for cooler outside air to be pulled into the duct by the fan Wouldn't it be ...
by scara
Mon May 16, 2005 12:00 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New improved versions of S12-series PSUs announced!
Replies: 35
Views: 10912

BenW wrote:....Probably 500W because thats the smallest available in UK....
Huh? We, along with the rest of Europe, will be getting the full range before the end of this month.
by scara
Mon May 16, 2005 7:43 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Scythe Silent Box SBX-1000 HDD Enclosure
Replies: 29
Views: 26373

Quality review, probably the best of the recent ones. Nice and concise whilst still providing excellent detail and clear comparisons. Are there any more HD enclosure reviews being worked on? The SmartDrive isn't available over here in the UK (afaik) and it would be good to have a trusted opinion on ...
by scara
Mon May 16, 2005 3:52 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: System advice...please
Replies: 3
Views: 1384

Hi, you've obviously put some thought into this, so here's a short appraisal: Acousticase 6067 (expensive but good) A good choice, do you know you can get it cheap without the sound dampening? Seasonic S12-380 (hard to find in UK) or Nexus 4090 any others? Definately wait for the S12. They will be a...
by scara
Mon May 16, 2005 3:30 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Advice needed regarding existing case upgrades
Replies: 3
Views: 1357

You may want to change the power supply while you're at it. You'll definately want to within a week of making the other changes.
by scara
Sun May 15, 2005 9:06 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Help for a newbie with vibration noises galore!
Replies: 9
Views: 2930

Re: Help for a newbie with vibration noises galore!

I've seen all of the threads here regarding suspensions, sandwiching and case foaming. I don't know which to try. Is there anything easier for me to do? The easiest thing you could do is place an entire drive cage on foam on the floor of the case. Use a small spare cage if you have one or else cut ...
by scara
Sat May 14, 2005 4:27 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Neo Classic Mods + supersonic hearing
Replies: 8
Views: 2334

I'm surprised that that Antec fan isn't starting up properly. They start at about 4 volts on the PSU controller, still, better to get a Nexus anyway. Nexus fans would also be best for the exhaust. I switched one Nexus for a Panaflo and its definately louder (running on the same voltage). turns out I...
by scara
Fri May 13, 2005 3:05 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Neo Classic Mods + supersonic hearing
Replies: 8
Views: 2334

Re: Neo Classic Mods + supersonic hearing

Looks like good work so far, but there’s still a couple of things that can be done. Suspending the hard drives will make a very noticeable improvement. See this sticky thread for some of the best methods. A popular test is to just rest the drives on foam to see how it sounds. It’s worthwhile enlargi...
by scara
Fri May 13, 2005 2:25 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: GMC Neo Classic
Replies: 9
Views: 2160

I have that case and would say its not worth that much money. I got mine for about half that price, without the sound mats and silicone coating. The whole case is well constructed and so heavy that it doesn't really vibrate anyway. If you're willing to really hack it up it can be good for mid/low po...
by scara
Thu May 12, 2005 8:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Nexus 92mm fan starting up at 5v?
Replies: 3
Views: 1133

Yep, everytime
by scara
Tue May 10, 2005 6:56 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Case anti vibration feets. How about Hi Fi spikes?
Replies: 5
Views: 2236

poodle wrote:Probably to costly but I need feet thicker than the acoustifeet. Well I guess I could glue som rubber between or something?
AcoustiFeet remind me of bisected squash balls. Would a 'whole' squash ball be thick enough? If so they're a cery cheap but effective dampener on hard floors.
by scara
Mon May 09, 2005 5:42 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: DDR memory - what to look for?
Replies: 2
Views: 1153

Generally speaking no. RAM can be known to 'screech' but that is dependant on motherboard, power load and possibly afew other interactions. Usually you can't say whether a particular stick of RAM will screech or not. Heat emission can vary depending on memory stock speed, latency and other parameter...
by scara
Mon May 09, 2005 1:56 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Finally swapped out the fan in my Antec TP 430
Replies: 20
Views: 6065

Thanks for the info. I guess from the link StarfishChris posted that you're monitoring this heatsink: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v622/SplinterFTJ/psu_final.jpg If you are then I doubt I could use the same setup, the Nexus would have to be sped up and thats already too noisy. Oh well, anyone w...
by scara
Sun May 08, 2005 7:25 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Finally swapped out the fan in my Antec TP 430
Replies: 20
Views: 6065

Splinter , do you have a temperature meter? I'm messing with my TP480 and wondering what exhaust temp your getting with that set-up. At the moment I have a Nexus 92mm soft-mounted and running at ~1200rpm and an 80L1A @ 6v. The internal temps seem too high but I'm monitoring the exhaust (between the...
by scara
Fri Apr 29, 2005 3:56 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec SmartPower 2.0 - Finally some info
Replies: 58
Views: 25065

I'm dying to know about the exhaust fan: When it kicks in, does it come on slow and speed up according to heat, or is it a "full on/full off" thing? From the link in the first post 2. Unique Dual Fans Design: The external exhaust fan starts, stops and adjusts its speed in response to system tempera...