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by markanini
Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:12 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Reducing noise for music (Asus Xonar STX ^^)
Replies: 15
Views: 6754

Re: Reducing noise for music (Asus Xonar STX ^^)

Your system fine unless you intend to do something demanding like A/V transcoding and production work. Undervolting is perfectly safe, the only downside is the time you spend to find the ideal value and as always YMMV. Let me know if you're still interested and I can point you to a guide. I'd sugges...
by markanini
Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:44 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Reducing noise for music (Asus Xonar STX ^^)
Replies: 15
Views: 6754

Re: Reducing noise for music (Asus Xonar STX ^^)

Try this PSU calculator: http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp BTW there are silicone grommets you can buy from Antec as spare parts which would further reduces HDD noise over the stock hard rubber ones: http://store.antec.com/Product/accessory-spare_parts/rubber-grommets-harddrive-p1...
by markanini
Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fan Swap for Corsair VX 450
Replies: 39
Views: 23759

Re: Fan Swap for Corsair VX 450

Anyone know a 120mm fan that can run reliably and silently at 4V? The be quiet! SilentWings 120 USC from sources such as http://www.aquatuning.se/product_info.php/info/p6789_Be-Quiet-Case-fl-kt-Silen2-packgs-USC-T12025-LF---120x120x25mm-.html has a 3.5v start voltage. That looks pretty awesome, at ...
by markanini
Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:52 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fan Swap for Corsair VX 450
Replies: 39
Views: 23759

Re: Fan Swap for Corsair VX 450

I guess the CX400W wants to spin up the fan at lower loads. The data I'm seeing for VX450 is 4V <250W load. By 300W it's at ~6V.

Since this got bumped, let me re-state my question with my specific concern in mind:
Anyone know a 120mm fan that can run reliably and silently at 4V?
by markanini
Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:17 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silencing LCD coil whine w. hot glue, need advice
Replies: 1
Views: 1031

Silencing LCD coil whine w. hot glue, need advice

I'm bothered by coil whine coming from my HP LP2065, it occurs when the screen is displaying opaque shades such as the gmail inbox. I've found a picture of the power supply board and I think I'm seeing some components worth going at with a glue gun. I don't recognize the chip like components to the ...
by markanini
Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:54 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Fan Swap for Corsair VX 450
Replies: 39
Views: 23759

Re: Fan Swap for Corsair VX 450

Sorry about the necroposting but is the 1200rpm SlipStream (SY1225SL12M) still a good choice for a fan swap? I'll connect the yellow lead to the motherboard fan header and will be glad to report the figures should anyone be interested. :)
by markanini
Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:38 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P280: Performance One Refresh
Replies: 37
Views: 19698

Re: Antec P280: Performance One Refresh

The tool-less center fan mounts look like a concern silence wise. I could see myself removing the plastic claws and grinding down the pins to make use of soft mounts.
by markanini
Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Reducing noise for music (Asus Xonar STX ^^)
Replies: 15
Views: 6754

Re: Reducing noise for music (Asus Xonar STX ^^)

If you'd want to decode 1080i in highest quality (MadVR+CUVID)the suggestion is a GTX550ti. Otherwise you could follow CA_Steve's suggestion. 1TB WD GP should indeed be super quiet, no need to worry about the storage then. :)
by markanini
Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Recommended Hard Drives - a major revision
Replies: 73
Views: 81640

Re: Recommended Hard Drives - a major revision

To me, as someone who has owned more than a few recommended drives, I doubt any current 3TB drive will be included until the manufacturers move to >1TB platters.
by markanini
Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Alternatives to silverstone FT02?
Replies: 11
Views: 3146

Re: Alternatives to silverstone FT02?

That's a slick looking case you built, stingy. Looks like it will be a joy to build a system around it.
by markanini
Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:45 am
Forum: Newcomers Briefing Room
Topic: Reducing noise for music (Asus Xonar STX ^^)
Replies: 15
Views: 6754

Re: Reducing noise for music (Asus Xonar STX ^^)

Stick to recomended heatsinks without snap in mounting. Once you find effiecient cooling at lower fan speeds you will start to hear HDD noise. To reduce HDD noise consider a vibration reducing 3,5 to 5,25 adaptor and a small SSD for the OS and programs, 64GB is all you need if you move your user fol...
by markanini
Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:18 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec EarthWatts EA-500D fan swap
Replies: 13
Views: 3363

Electrical noise

You could try coating the coils with hot glue. Another thing worth trying is disabling various power saving features in bios or through Throttlestop.
by markanini
Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:26 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a case
Replies: 61
Views: 13049

Re: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a cas

OS Drive: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 128GB SSD Active projects/work Drive: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 64GB SSD [ Will Crucial M4 cut it as a "work" drive? Because a small drive would work for this purpose --even ~40Gb could work-- should I go for a bleeding edge, best quality SSD instead? intel? ] Sample D...
by markanini
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:03 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a case
Replies: 61
Views: 13049

Re: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a cas

Well as you'll have the SSD for the OS you'll have the chance to copy over some big projects to the SSD and see how it copes. I read Intel supports TRIM in RAID now which makes RAID feasible for SSD and opens lots of possibilities. BTW If I were you I'd contact the sound card and motherboard manufac...
by markanini
Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Got some advice for my new (gaming) build?
Replies: 80
Views: 6825

Re: Got some advice for my new (gaming) build?

Well, I always got the impression from previous posts that the Asus boards required a PWM fans for software control. So anyone with nice 3-pin fans from previous systems would have to abandon them, in return you get sophisticated and pretty fan control via bios or software. I might be misstaken howe...
by markanini
Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:04 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: The most extreme mini-ITX gaming rig ever - MAX11Lv3
Replies: 7
Views: 4837

Re: The most extreme mini-ITX gaming rig ever - MAX11Lv3

Fake or not the CF looks very cool. Nice build.
Checked the build log, very thourough job. Impressive! :wink:
Was the customer happy?
by markanini
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:01 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Got some advice for my new (gaming) build?
Replies: 80
Views: 6825

Re: Got some advice for my new (gaming) build?

A 4-pin AKA PWM-fan will be potentially controllable in any with header. Go with one of those and you'll one thing less to worry about. :wink:
by markanini
Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:27 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a case
Replies: 61
Views: 13049

Re: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a cas

Nice proposed build. One caveat: I came across this post in the RME user forum by googling "RME sandy bridge". Apparently, the 'avoid Sandy Bridge' stuff is due to Intel's implementation of the PCI to PCI-e bridge (starved for bandwidth). While Intel has updated the bridge firmware, you might want ...
by markanini
Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:47 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Alternatives to silverstone FT02?
Replies: 11
Views: 3146

Re: Alternatives to silverstone FT02?

quest_for_silence wrote:
markanini wrote:Not similar to FT02 but different from the cases you list is the upcoming Antec P280.

It would look like a mixup of the original Antec Performance design and Corsair Obsidians.
You mean the P160? That one looks like a nice roomy vanilla-ATX case save for the garish looks.
by markanini
Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:12 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Alternatives to silverstone FT02?
Replies: 11
Views: 3146

Re: Alternatives to silverstone FT02?

I have a few set ups at home and at work that includes the following enclosures: 1. Antec P180 2. P182 3. Corsair 700D They have their own pros/cons. And would want to try something new for my next setup - the silverstone FT02. I like the idea of having all the ports located on the top, but i don't...
by markanini
Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a case
Replies: 61
Views: 13049

Re: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a cas

1. less power but less uncertainty Asus P8Z68-V Pro and i7 2600k Sandy Bridge? Consider Gigabyte UD4 a decent alternative, save for a less slick looking Bios. It's worth noting Gigabyte it's the only brand(beside Intel) that can boast Intel VRD12 spec certification which puts strict requirements on...
by markanini
Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Noctua NF-S12B FLX 1,200 RPM VS Scythe SFF21E 1,200 RPM
Replies: 28
Views: 9114

Re: Noctua NF-S12B FLX 1,200 RPM VS Scythe SFF21E 1,200 RPM

christianh, you must realize that reducing the RPMs via a resistor or bios/speedfan is standard practice, it's activated by default in motherboards since many years back. You see ame uses the reducer for his NH-P12 and judging by your respctive location he has at least 10C higher ambient temps than ...
by markanini
Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a case
Replies: 61
Views: 13049

Re: Digital Audio Workstation Build: pls. help me pick a cas

The Core i7 3930K will have six cores and twice the L3 cache of a 2500k. If one uses lots of modeling and convolution plugins on many un-frozen tracks it might just come in handy. I totally second the advice given regarding storage though. Once other parts are silent you'll start to hear them big ti...
by markanini
Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: Messing with the innards of my Logitech M500 (Big pics!)
Replies: 1
Views: 10876

Messing with the innards of my Logitech M500 (Big pics!)

I'm a bit of a Logitech mouse fan, while I've used other brands I always come back to them. Today I modded the mouse buttons on my M500 to lessen the excessive force required and loud noise. http://i.imgur.com/DkmBM.jpg To reach the screws that hold the cover together I had to remove the black feet....
by markanini
Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:48 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: I need an advice about some PC comonents
Replies: 3
Views: 2327

Re: I need an advice about some PC comonents

I'm aganst the idea of passively cooled graphics cards when you can get have much better thermals by using a good heatsink and a fan at inaudible RPMs. Also that way if you want better graphics you wont have to limit yourself. There's quite some discussion on mid-to-high end graphics card choices on...
by markanini
Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:21 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which PSU?
Replies: 14
Views: 1867

Re: Which PSU?

I've read so much about system problems from low power systems drawing too little power from a high output PSU Whoever told you that is lying, how could Intel and nVidia include power saving features into their chips if it were a real issue? Sometimes a higher power PSU will be less inclined to ram...
by markanini
Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Which PSU?
Replies: 14
Views: 1867

Re: Which PSU?

A system build topic disguised as a PSU topic? So here goes: Get a Gigabyte UD3R or better UD3P or UD4 If you plan to do any OC. You'll have to replace your HDD to get really quiet. I'd suggest Crucial m4 and WD GP 2TB for storage(Newegg has a sale). Either PSU will be good, I'm partial to Seasonic ...
by markanini
Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: [New build] Kindly requesting advice :-)
Replies: 36
Views: 4386

Re: [New build] Kindly requesting advice :-)

Ok, thanks for the info - I'll check it out. I guess that's another reason to get the gigabyte board - though I'm rather worried about the bootloop. Gigabyte arguably make the nicest boards(Intel VRD12 certification, 2 oz copper PCBs, cool-running DrMos). The GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 can do SLI/CF at 8x ju...
by markanini
Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:45 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Antec 280 OMG!
Replies: 40
Views: 21047

Re: Antec 280 OMG!

Wow, thanks for that, flemeister! :D Would never have considered corrugated plastic.