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by markanini
Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo
Replies: 24
Views: 3309

Re: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo

Thanks, Luca! Always helpful. :) The SSD caching and Virtu features look too compelling for me to pass on. After looking around a bit I'm leaning toward a low-end Asrock board 'Z68 Po3'. Reviews are favorable and this report looks promising: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=54913...
by markanini
Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:10 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo
Replies: 24
Views: 3309

Re: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo

I'll be ordering parts in the coming days. Have decided on and found sources for: Fractal R3 i5-2500k,RAM Thermalright U.120eX. Rev. C Scythe Kama Flex PWM fans Still undecided on the motherboard. What's the word on current Z68 offerings? I hear Asus has superior fan speed control. Also for a PSU up...
by markanini
Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:42 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo
Replies: 24
Views: 3309

Re: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo

Does the improved thermal headroom help with cooling an overclocked i5-2500k at low fan RPMs?
by markanini
Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo
Replies: 24
Views: 3309

Re: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo

I can't help but wonder if I should consider retiring my Solo for PSU on the floor case such as Fractal Define R3. From what I gather it seems more in-line with the 'silent and high performance by many low spinning fans' approach I want to realize. Any comments on this one? @ quest_for_silence: Than...
by markanini
Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:28 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo
Replies: 24
Views: 3309

Re: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo

[quote=""quest_for_silence""] *Something like a Scythe Kama Bay except for two 5.25 bays and a 80mm fan (still looking, would consider DIY). For getting more fresh air in the case and help it reach the top vent I guess. To do what? You don't need any intake, and without ducting no 80mm fan flow woul...
by markanini
Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:24 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo
Replies: 24
Views: 3309

Re: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo

The MSI GTS 450 Cyclone OC would be enough quiet: I have a couple in a Raven, but I've tested into my Solo. Thanks, I'll check it out. Two drives? Why? However, performance-wise, the WD Green drives are a tad outdated with reference to last Hitachi ones. If you suspend them (as I think), you should...
by markanini
Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:24 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo
Replies: 24
Views: 3309

Re: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo

A top cutout would act as a intake. I had no idea that would be the effect. Completely blows my mind! Does this change at all depending on the PSU design? what is the purpose of increasing the airflow? Same reason all enthusiasts (or enthusiast wannabes like me :lol: ) obsess about these things. Bu...
by markanini
Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo
Replies: 24
Views: 3309

Improving airflow and cooling in old Antec Solo

I'm considering ways to improve my old Antec Solo case. Here the system I have in mind: CPU: Intel i5-2500K, Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Rev.C or Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus, mild overclock GPU: Single Geforce GTS 450 w/ aftermarket cooler Storage: Crucial m4 SSD, 2x WD Green HDD's, 2x optical d...
by markanini
Sun Oct 09, 2011 3:44 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Corsair 600T yet?
Replies: 7
Views: 1883

Re: Corsair 600T yet?

Wow, looks like a very nice case. I wonder how the HDD bays compare to my P150 when hard mounted. too plastic I agree on these points, kind of leaves something to be desired to the clear cut and elegant Antec designs. That said seems to be a top class case functionally with all the bells and whistle...
by markanini
Sat Oct 08, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anyone use the WD30EZRX?
Replies: 14
Views: 17120

Re: Anyone use the WD30EZRX?

So it seems even WD couldnt make a 4-platter drive that's silent. I'm compelled to change my setup to 2x 2TB GP with three platters, but where are the 1TB/platter drives at? :?:
by markanini
Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:32 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Low noise for gaming and work
Replies: 13
Views: 1758

Re: Low noise for gaming and work

I agree that 7200rpm drives are difficult to run silent, been there, done that. I'd get a single 3TB WD 3TB disk with 750GB platters and do regular clones of your SSD to a partition of the same size on the very beggining of the HDD where the performance is higher should you need to fall back on it. ...
by markanini
Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:19 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anyone use the WD30EZRX?
Replies: 14
Views: 17120

Re: Anyone use the WD30EZRX?

Well folks I re-did cable mangement in my P150 which somehow made it possible for me to hear a difference when the WD30EZRX is spun up unlike my 1.5TB GP (WD15EADS). Do note that I have the drive hard mounted in my P150 HDD bay(soft rubber grommets). Maybe this device has one platter too many to be ...
by markanini
Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can a faulty MB make CPU overly hot?
Replies: 2
Views: 431

Problem solved

It was the rather large zip-ties I used that prevented the heatsink to make contact with the CPU. :roll:
by markanini
Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Can a faulty MB make CPU overly hot?
Replies: 2
Views: 431

Can a faulty MB make CPU overly hot?

I managed to kill my CPU and MB while testing my modified fan adaptors for 7v. Sadly an un-isolated wire touching the case was enough to cause permanent damage. I'll know better next time. Anyway, I quickly found a 2nd hand Gigabyte 945G MB and Pentium D 930(65nm) for a good price. The problem I'm r...
by markanini
Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:51 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU ugrade for aging Intel Core 2
Replies: 17
Views: 4444

Re: CPU ugrade for aging Intel Core 2

I do video editing at times and more often I deal with multi-track audio editing/recording. More processing power is always welcome for these tasks. Here's a rundown of my current system: Gigabyte GA-P965-DS3 Intel Core2 E4500 (2x2.2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB cache) 2x2GB DDR2 800MHz Cruicual m4 SSD 64GB(...
by markanini
Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anyone use the WD30EZRX?
Replies: 14
Views: 17120

Re: Anyone use the WD30EZRX?

but Techarp measure a higher surface temp for the WD30EZRX attributing to higher rotation speed. Seriously ? Getting the rotation speed from temperature ? Why not use crystal ball instead ? The only real way to find out the rotation speed is how SPCR does it, from rotation noise profile. Temperatur...
by markanini
Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:28 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anyone use the WD30EZRX?
Replies: 14
Views: 17120

Re: Anyone use the WD30EZRX?

It's according to the Techarp.com article. WD30EZRX has the same rotation, thermal and power specs as WD30EZRSDTL officially but Techarp measure a higher surface temp for the WD30EZRX attributing to higher rotation speed. Looks like it's anybodies guess really. Could just be WD playing games :roll:
by markanini
Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:04 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU ugrade for aging Intel Core 2
Replies: 17
Views: 4444

Re: CPU ugrade for aging Intel Core 2

So some possible routes: H67 MB, "any" i5, IGP(I don't game) Less expensive Good performance P67 MN, i5-2500K, discrete graphics alt. Z68 MB, i5-2500k, IGP More expensive Better performance, OC I'm strongly inclined to consider the Z68+i5-2500k combo at this point. Please let me know If I've missed ...
by markanini
Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:32 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU ugrade for aging Intel Core 2
Replies: 17
Views: 4444

Re: CPU ugrade for aging Intel Core 2

Seems like some old anti-Celeron bias crept in to my mind, the G530 certainly seems like the better value/transition part. On a different topic I just found the Sandy Bridge buyers guide at Anandtech. Funny how the different CPUs and chipsets features are disappearing and reappearing between tiers :...
by markanini
Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:52 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU ugrade for aging Intel Core 2
Replies: 17
Views: 4444

Re: CPU ugrade for aging Intel Core 2

That makes me envision a purchase consisting of a cheap s1155 MB and Pentium brand Sandy-bridge CPU and RAM. Later upgrade to 2500k. I like it! :)
by markanini
Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:28 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anyone use the WD30EZRX?
Replies: 14
Views: 17120

Re: Anyone use the WD30EZRX?

I might be the guinea pig on this one. I've had a favorable experience with my WD GP 1.5TB and the high areal density and performance reported for the WD30EZRX makes it look very tempting for my upcoming HDD purchase. Hopefully the increased spindle speed won't be too detrimental to the acoustics. W...
by markanini
Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: What is head parking problem?
Replies: 10
Views: 15865

Re: What is head parking problem?

Here's a WD knowledge base article regarding the issue: http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5357/session/L3RpbWUvMTMxNTYzMzQwMC9zaWQvNmwxX1ZJRGs%3D Basically check the 'Load unload cycles' with a SMART monitoring utility. If it's in the several thousands you might want to disable the hea...
by markanini
Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:42 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU ugrade for aging Intel Core 2
Replies: 17
Views: 4444

Re: CPU ugrade for aging Intel Core 2

I guess it makes more sense to upgrade the MB as well then. I'll have some serious reading ahead of me to make sense of the current offerings. Anyone wanna chime in on the current sweet-spot in performance-to-dollars in the mean time? I'm not averse to OC-ing if thermals are resonable.
by markanini
Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:33 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anyone use the WD30EZRX?
Replies: 14
Views: 17120

Re: Anyone use the WD30EZRX?

Dirge wrote:To add some more information the WD30EZRX is Western Digitals current 3 TB Caviar Green.

WD30EZRX SATA 6 Gb/s, Capacity 3 TB

I found a Tech ARP review here
Good idea. I'd add it's upped the platter capacity to 750GB and rotation speed to 6600rpm over the previous model.
by markanini
Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:53 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU ugrade for aging Intel Core 2
Replies: 17
Views: 4444

CPU ugrade for aging Intel Core 2

I'm considering swapping my E4500(dual 2.20 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2M Cache) for Q9***(quad >2.5 GHz GHz, 1333 MHz FSB, 3M Cache). Those parts go for ~$150 used. Would that make sense as an upgrade at this time or would there be more clever routes to take? :?:
by markanini
Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Anyone use the WD30EZRX?
Replies: 14
Views: 17120

Anyone use the WD30EZRX?

Well?
by markanini
Mon Jan 02, 2006 7:12 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P150 mid-tower case w/ Neo HE 430 PSU
Replies: 206
Views: 159996

I also left a message in their message box. I stressed how probably more people would prefer the elegant, unobtrusive and professional look of a black case over the "trendy iPod look". ;)
by markanini
Sat Nov 26, 2005 9:01 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P150 mid-tower case w/ Neo HE 430 PSU
Replies: 206
Views: 159996

Any news on a black P150?
by markanini
Sun Jul 03, 2005 7:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Do you prefer Audigy 2ZS or M-Revolution 7.1?
Replies: 42
Views: 11908

If gaming is a priority get the audigy, if sound qulaity is get the revolution.
by markanini
Thu Jun 16, 2005 1:59 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Prescott 2.4 GHz cool enough?
Replies: 6
Views: 3582

I live in Sweden ;)
Looking on Pricerunner and Buggy it seems that all reasonably priced ones are prescott :(