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by Riffer
Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:09 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Surge Suppression without line conditioning?
Replies: 7
Views: 1130

lm wrote:You'd be doing him a favor, really.
Well I did get him to hook everything else to a BrickWall :D
by Riffer
Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:08 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Surge Suppression without line conditioning?
Replies: 7
Views: 1130

A typical (no-name branded I mean) PC surge protector has only two components inside: a circuit breaker (usually combined with the on/off switch), and a metal oxide varistor (MOV) suppressor. The first thing acts when the current exceeds its Ampere rating, the second thing acts when a serious overv...
by Riffer
Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Surge Suppression without line conditioning?
Replies: 7
Views: 1130

Re: Surge Suppression without line conditioning?

lm wrote:
Riffer wrote:...claiming that surge suppressors restrict the voltage going to the amps...
An effect that can be measured with a cheap multimeter.

Measure it not happening and fry that guy.
I know, but I wouldn't want to challenge his belief system :D
by Riffer
Sat Oct 17, 2009 6:06 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Surge Suppression without line conditioning?
Replies: 7
Views: 1130

Surge Suppression without line conditioning?

Okay, my buddy is an Audio nut (like me), but is more prone to placebo effect. He has some new, high powered tube monoblocks that he is running without surge protection, claiming that surge suppressors restrict the voltage going to the amps. Well I convinced him that it was a bad thing to run withou...
by Riffer
Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:47 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Mini-ITX HTPC - HDD suspension & modded HSF in an M350
Replies: 10
Views: 5951

Maybe you can access the HDD firmware and quiet the drive. I have had some Seagates in the past were this could be done, but I have forgetten the details. I like your idea though. I may try that myself, as my current build is in an audio case with a perforated cover. I have two drives to contend wit...
by Riffer
Sat Oct 10, 2009 5:28 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: New HTPC Build, CPU temp reads 40 degrees. Stuck?
Replies: 8
Views: 1869

Re: New HTPC Build, CPU temp reads 40 degrees. Stuck?

I just built a HTPC with a zotac GF9300-D-E, C2D E7500, cooling with a scythe Ninja2 in a Silverstone SG05. I am running 2 scythe 800rpm fans. Basically, when trying to monitor my CPU temps, I get 40 degrees on both cores, as a current, high, and low temp. Anyone have any ideas why that would be? A...
by Riffer
Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Weighted Companion Cube HTPC (with pictures)
Replies: 15
Views: 3758

It looks nice and cosy inside that case.
by Riffer
Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:58 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: 64bit or 32bit
Replies: 13
Views: 2993

As long as your applications will work and you can get drivers, go for it.

I would do it myself, but I don't want to upgrade my Microsoft Office 2000.
by Riffer
Mon Sep 14, 2009 1:44 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Easily removable dust filters
Replies: 12
Views: 3408

Also, I've got a reply from DEMCifilter.com saying they'd make the same filters from Performance-PCs for a lower price ($5.50 for the 120mm model), and they can also make a custom-sized piece (good for my future Antec SOLO) for just $11 (184x92mm for the SOLO front fans). Shipment options and prici...
by Riffer
Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:57 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Easily removable dust filters
Replies: 12
Views: 3408

You can also buy the mesh, although I don't know what size the DEMCifilters use:

embedded long URL

How's that for a link!
by Riffer
Mon Sep 14, 2009 5:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: HTPC Build - Wisdom Wanted!! :D
Replies: 14
Views: 3073

I would have given that case a shot if I had had enough depth in my rack, but here is a good build thread with all the pros and cons of this case revealed:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1111361
by Riffer
Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:50 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Thermalright Heatsinks
Replies: 2
Views: 1128

Never, unless you do both the heatsink and the CPU. Thermalright heatsinks are designed to have a slightly concave surface to match the CPU. Some who have lapped theirs have found that they get worse temperatures.

If you do lap them, I see no reason to do it more than once.
by Riffer
Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Easily removable dust filters
Replies: 12
Views: 3408

I think you guys are missing one of the main benefits of the filters - they are made of "medical grade" nylon mesh. This means that only the smallest particles will get through. Much better than the foam filters or furnace filters I have used in the past. I have been using positive air pressure for ...
by Riffer
Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:33 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Easily removable dust filters
Replies: 12
Views: 3408

....Just to make sure: the magnet is probably not strong enough to affect internal electronics, right? .... Lol! Don't believe what you see in Hollywood movies, it takes a pretty strong magnet to screw up internal electronics. These magnets are about as strong as those flat ones you attach to the r...
by Riffer
Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Easily removable dust filters
Replies: 12
Views: 3408

Yes, DEMCifilters:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/ ... 36_463_500

I have switched to them exclusively. They work better than any filters I have used previously, and are very easy to remove and clean.
by Riffer
Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:10 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Surprised more people aren't talking about District 9
Replies: 7
Views: 1614

I heard it had "shakycam", so I decided to wait until it comes on TV.
by Riffer
Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:19 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Corsair HX520 Vs Seasonic M12II-500
Replies: 6
Views: 4408

I have the Corsair 520HX and the 430W version of the Seasonic you mention (M12II SS-430GM), and the Seasonic is considerably more quiet than the Corsair.

The 430 can handle my i-7 system, so it will easily handle your dual core.
by Riffer
Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:54 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Humble i7 in P180 mini
Replies: 14
Views: 8593

Nice build. The white looks good.
by Riffer
Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:21 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: CPINTS Cool Practical IKIKUINTHENUTZized NAVIG Tech Station
Replies: 30
Views: 10365

Well, I like it.
by Riffer
Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:03 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Power Switch?
Replies: 2
Views: 803

SPST normally open, momentary contact, pushbutton switch
by Riffer
Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: My first silent PC
Replies: 9
Views: 1702

Unless I was planning to run Crossfire, I would look for another Gigabyte board with a better layout. The video card in the top PCI Express x16 slot takes out the PCI below it, and as a practical matter the one below as well if you want any decent cooling of the GPU. If you intend on using any add-o...
by Riffer
Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: HR-01 Plus - Blue and Orange Fan Duct Difference?!
Replies: 10
Views: 2147

lodestar wrote:Look at the installation instructions, the pictures of each of the ducts and count the number of 'rings' in each.
Your right! I guess that is done to account for the difference in the placing of the socket of the AMD versus Intel CPU's.
by Riffer
Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:51 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: HR-01 Plus - Blue and Orange Fan Duct Difference?!
Replies: 10
Views: 2147

Your kidding me right? They are exactly the same, except for the colour. They only appear to be a different length in the pictures because one has been unfolded a little bit more.
by Riffer
Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: ATX HTPC case fitting modern graphic card
Replies: 7
Views: 1884

Hi Yes this seems to be a safest bet model (due to the option to remove the middle HDD part) However, I prefer looks of the LC13 - did anyone try to fit such a long card in this case? It doesnt have an option to remove the HDD mount. Thanks. Check the dimensions. It looks like the exact same case t...
by Riffer
Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:07 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Is gigabit LAN possible w/ gigabit switch + megabit router?
Replies: 26
Views: 13921

You might just want to replace you router with a gigabit one. the 100 stuff will still operate at 100, and your gigabit devices will still transfer at gigabit speeds. Simplifies cabling, but it may cost a bit more.
by Riffer
Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:58 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: ATX HTPC case fitting modern graphic card
Replies: 7
Views: 1884

Why not the Silverstone LC17B?

Fits an ATX board, full height cards, good cooling, regular ATX PSU. I am not 100% sure about the graphics card, but you can remove the centre drive bay if you need more room.
by Riffer
Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: What is the most powerful CPU you can cool passively??
Replies: 28
Views: 6118

i920 with an HR-01 might be doable if a 120mm rear or PSU fan is pulling out the back of the case. I don't know if I would duct it though, as there are other components could use some airflow, but it might be worth the experiment.
by Riffer
Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Luxa2 LM100 Mini: "Exquisite & Desirable" m-IT
Replies: 22
Views: 7565

A good review, as usual.
by Riffer
Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:17 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Off Topic PC case
Replies: 6
Views: 1828

I like it, but would prefer an eSATA port rather than the Audio or firewire ports. It looks like there is the ability to change them somehow.
by Riffer
Mon Aug 17, 2009 3:48 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: SG02 3d graphics design build (image heavy)
Replies: 19
Views: 20323

Pics remind me that I need a new digital camera :(

Otherwise, a very nice build.