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by Riffer
Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:58 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Which X58 mobo for 32 nm Westmere?
Replies: 24
Views: 6201

Looking at the state of BIOSes these days, you will be lucky to get one that works properly with current CPU's and chipsets, much less those in the future. More likely any board purchased today will ship with a dicey BIOS, go through a couple of fixes for obvious problems, then be abandoned when the...
by Riffer
Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:34 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Boot machine without Graphics card possible?
Replies: 13
Views: 7476

Usually a good point in general for servers to have the halt on set to no errors.

Eliminates one factor if you are troubleshooting a no boot.
by Riffer
Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:08 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair not planning to bring HX450 to US/NA!
Replies: 7
Views: 3190

Re: Corsair-branded unit still better

The Corsair branded unit also has a shorter chassis, which would be very nice to have. I was also under the impression that it has better cable sleeving and internal components, although I am not certain. Corsair is also willing to offer a 7 year warranty, which is also compelling. I just don't und...
by Riffer
Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:44 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Any 4830,4850,9800 or 9800GTX that are quiet out of the box
Replies: 8
Views: 3384

I keep on looking at this thread, and finaly got around to testing my XFX 4830. In my setup, the card usually runs around 48-50C and fan speed is 67%. At this speed, it can barely be heard against the other fans. At about 60% it is inaudible. At 100%, it is really loud. Tested with my ear near the f...
by Riffer
Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard Drive Coolers?
Replies: 5
Views: 1622

Performance PC's has a "SATA-2-Molex Adapter" on their website:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/ ... s_id=20580
by Riffer
Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:19 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Recommended socket 478 motherboard
Replies: 6
Views: 2216

Case is closed. And hasn't been opened for 8 days while the computer has been running without problems :-) I don't have the necessary equipment, experience or steady hand that replacing the capacitors requires. But I found a local company that advertised this kind of service (http://www.bitmaster.f...
by Riffer
Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:14 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: please advice on cpu fan for e8400
Replies: 5
Views: 1956

I use a Nexus LXM-8200 on mine. Essentially silent and keeps everything cool. It doesn't have a gigantic footprint either, but it is fairly tall.

I would recommend a bolt-through kit with this or any other big cooler.
by Riffer
Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Fast E8400 system
Replies: 3
Views: 1032

I would go for a case with 2x120mm up front. It will always be easier to quiet without worying about airflow. I have some OCZ with heatpipes that come out the top (OCZ2RPR10664GK). It runs no problem at 400MHz on my GA-EP45-UD3L, which a similar board to yours. The memory runs quite cool with the ap...
by Riffer
Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:04 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Best place to buy silent fans in US (maybe Yate Loon fans)?
Replies: 13
Views: 3770

all kinds of Yate-loon fans at Performance PCs:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/ ... =yate+loon
by Riffer
Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: God adverts on busses - how to complain
Replies: 76
Views: 10928

In 40 years (or less) England will be a predominantly Muslim nation, so I find it hilarious that the OP is complaining about bus advertisements.

Perhaps the efforts of the secularists should be directed elsewhere.
by Riffer
Thu Feb 05, 2009 5:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: What Motherboard?
Replies: 13
Views: 2464

jessekopelman has a lot of good points, I'll add and reinforce some. Don't bother with a quad-core unless you have an application that can actually use it. DDR3 isn't really future proof, since, without doubt, the speeds will go up by the time you upgrade. DDR3 isn't really faster than DDR2 for Sock...
by Riffer
Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:45 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: P182 + Gigabyte Mobo + Front USB = Computer Won't Turn On
Replies: 7
Views: 1783

Re: P182 + Gigabyte Mobo + Front USB = Computer Won't Turn O

.... by the way..I compared diagrams from the mobo and case manuals, they share the same pin assignment--intel standard. :x Well that's my suggestion shot :) There I something else you can try, like unplugging the ground pin. I can't remember exactly, it's been a few years since I had to trouble-sh...
by Riffer
Sun Feb 01, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-B25B, who's got it?
Replies: 4
Views: 1598

Well you have a 120mm right behind the CPU, so that should help. One annoyance was that there is a horizontal metal plate between the second and third (from the top) 5 1/4" bays that precludes the use of two bay devices that extend more than two inches or so into the bay. I couldn't find a way to re...
by Riffer
Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-B25B, who's got it?
Replies: 4
Views: 1598

I have one. 1. Don't know, probably not necessary. The panels are pretty heavy. 2. Yes. 3. A lot easier to quiet than my old Coolermaster ATC-110, primarily because of the 120mm fans versus 92mm. I don't know what you are planning to run inside, but I have set mine up with a Nexus LXM-8200, 2xNexus ...
by Riffer
Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:08 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Anyone know a case that will fit in my HiFi rack
Replies: 10
Views: 1775

Re: Anyone know a case that will fit in my HiFi rack

.... All the HTPC cases I have looked at are at least 43cm wide, with side fans or vents that suggest they need a bit more room than I have in the rack... So the rack is enclosed so you are woried about ventilation space? If not for that, you can actually fit some pretty big cases in there. Silvers...
by Riffer
Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Anybody else have problems w/ Catalyst 9.1?
Replies: 15
Views: 3690

Looks like I dodged a bullet. I installed a new 4830 today but went with the 8.12 instead of the 9.1's.
by Riffer
Sun Jan 25, 2009 6:00 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E1200/1400 Enough for HD playback?
Replies: 13
Views: 4397

There is an article on Xbit labs today that concentrates on the video, but does make some comments on the CPU:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/
by Riffer
Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: If the SPCR recommended 120mm fans article was updated today
Replies: 23
Views: 7135

Zalman has a quiet fan? Every single Zalman fan I've ever heard, whether case fan or mounted to a heatsink has been horrible for buzzing. It'd be interesting to see a decent review of these compared to the current crop of quiet fans. I agree. I haven't had any luck with Zalman, I think their tester...
by Riffer
Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:37 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: "Hot-plugging" fans to a power supply connector
Replies: 15
Views: 4626

I do it all the time when tweaking - including the motherboard ones.
by Riffer
Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:20 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic PSU's - Problem with Wake on Lan
Replies: 2
Views: 1119

I have an Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe and used it in my HTPC with my Seasonic S12-330 for years, and I've never had a problem with WOL. Yes, my older Seagate works as well. I think I will put together a proper test system in the next little while and get to the bottom of this. In the meantime, I will have ...
by Riffer
Mon Jan 19, 2009 6:31 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Needed: Pentium 3 [Socket 370] Coolers
Replies: 5
Views: 1974

Performance PC's has all kinds of Socket 370 Coolers, including some Zalmans:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/ ... 368d3ecbb5
by Riffer
Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:37 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic PSU's - Problem with Wake on Lan
Replies: 2
Views: 1119

Seasonic PSU's - Problem with Wake on Lan

I have a media server that I have set up to Wake on Lan. All other variables kept the same, the sytem will not wake on lan with either my SeaSonic M12II SS-430GM or SS-300ES. The sytem will wake up with a Seasonic Super Tornado 400 or PC Power & Cooling Silencer 400. System is: Asus A7N8X AMD Athlon...
by Riffer
Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:13 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W question
Replies: 7
Views: 2262

Re: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W question

.... ....however they say it is not really silent & can make quite a bit of noise under load..... I have an older Silencer 400 and it wasn't quiet. I replaced the fan with a Nexus. .... ....Did PC P&C quality drop after OCZ bought them.... Zippy was the original OEM of the Silencers, and is an exce...
by Riffer
Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:04 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Sorbothane Retailer in Toronto
Replies: 2
Views: 2534

Re: Sorbothane Retailer in Toronto

Just found this store in Toronto, Ontario that sells Sorbothane sheets so for mounting fans or hard drives, Ergotech According to them the cost of a "1/8 x 12 x 12, 50 Duro's is $19.95 plus freight and applicable taxes." Ergotech Protective Devices Inc. 250 Ferrier St., Suite "B" Markham, Ontario L...
by Riffer
Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Say Goodbye to Abit
Replies: 26
Views: 6435

I'll miss Abit. Only used them once, for my latest machine, but.. Superb board. Time to look for cheap Abit boards on sale.. I fancy an IX48. Did they actually release that board? I know there were some samples, but I never actually saw a production board. edit - I just did a search and found it fo...
by Riffer
Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Positive or Negative pressure?
Replies: 25
Views: 12784

Re: ok

So does that mean that if a negative pressure is used that dust will increase. I imagine that in a negative pressure system that air will be forced through every little crack that is not an exhaust fan or filtered intake. Negitive air pressure will pull air through every nook & cranny in the system...
by Riffer
Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:51 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Say Goodbye to Abit
Replies: 26
Views: 6435

They lost a lot of ground with the exploding capacitors and never really recovered their full status after that.

Despite that, my current build is my first ever that didn't at least start with as Abit board.
by Riffer
Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:08 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Newbie here, I'd Like to Ensure My 1st Build is Kinda Quiet.
Replies: 9
Views: 2860

Look for a case with 2x120mm blowing in the front and 1x120mm in the back sucking out. If its not too much trouble, do you have any recommendations? My case + PSU budget is $200. The 6580 which I mentioned in the above post has a 120mm in the back, and slots for 2x 92mm fans in the front. The Antec...
by Riffer
Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:02 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: I am behind the times, I just got vista premium.
Replies: 31
Views: 10105

[quote="Nick Geraedts....(the requirement for Office 2000 is one of them, however much it confuses me that a company still hasn't updated from Office 2000 - but that's another matter altogether).[/quote]

Me too :)

At least I have been able to put my copy of Lotus Smartsuite away.
by Riffer
Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:33 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: I am behind the times, I just got vista premium.
Replies: 31
Views: 10105

I hated the look and feel and sluggishness of Vista but persisted.

The straw that broke the camels back was that Office 2000, which I require for maximum compatibility with my corporate clients, would update automatically using Office Update on XP, but Vista required manual updating.