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by bitcat70
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Putting together a quieter computer
Replies: 16
Views: 299

Re: Putting together a quieter computer

I don't think you'll hear any Seasonic running. I can't recall them ever making a noisy PSU. Thanks! I took a look at the Cybenetics website and all the Seasonic models have pretty good numbers as far as noise is concerned. Am I right in assuming that the fan draws the air in and exhausts out the b...
by bitcat70
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Putting together a quieter computer
Replies: 16
Views: 299

Re: Putting together a quieter computer

I don't think you'll hear any Seasonic running. I can't recall them ever making a noisy PSU. Thanks! I took a look at the Cybenetics website and all the Seasonic models have pretty good numbers as far as noise is concerned. Am I right in assuming that the fan draws the air in and exhausts out the b...
by bitcat70
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Putting together a quieter computer
Replies: 16
Views: 299

Re: Putting together a quieter computer

Updating some things: - PSU: Seasonic FOCUS-PX-650 (unless their Snow Silent Platinum 650 model is quieter since it has a bigger fan. Does anyone know? Or: did someone use them?) - Case fans: Noctua because it's the tits and since the mobo supports three case fans: rear: 1 x NF-A12x25 PWM; front: 2 ...
by bitcat70
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Putting together a quieter computer
Replies: 16
Views: 299

Re: Putting together a quieter computer

A 650 watt Focus Plus Platinum power supply from SeaSonic would be more than stout enough for your proposed build. I only mentioned the 750-watt version as I linked to a thread where that model had very recently been on sale for an excellent price. SSR-550PX : $109 (was $101 on 10/7) SSR-650PX : $1...
by bitcat70
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Putting together a quieter computer
Replies: 16
Views: 299

Re: Putting together a quieter computer

Captain Ned wrote:
The 650 will power that build with no issues. The only reason for going with a 750 is to provide headroom for a beefier GPU down the road.

I hear you but I'm planning on staying withing the RX 5700 (XT) power envelope for the foreseeable future.
by bitcat70
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: PSU longevity question
Replies: 6
Views: 47

Re: Putting together a quieter computer

Igor_Kavinski wrote:
bitcat70 wrote:
Igor_Kavinski wrote:
So what's the longest running and still performing great Seasonic PSU anyone's ever had here?


Please don't hijack my thread.


I'm sorry. That was not my intention. I was just curious.

No problem. You might get better answers for this question in the "Cases and Power Supplies" subforum.
by bitcat70
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: PSU longevity question
Replies: 6
Views: 47

Re: Putting together a quieter computer

Igor_Kavinski wrote:
So what's the longest running and still performing great Seasonic PSU anyone's ever had here?


Please don't hijack my thread.
by bitcat70
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Putting together a quieter computer
Replies: 16
Views: 299

Re: Putting together a quieter computer

Most power supplies highest efficiency occurs at ~40-50% of load, This used to be the conventional wisdom a decade or so ago, but newer PSU designs purportedly have a much flatter efficiency curve. It's still a good idea to not run a PSU right at its limit, but the "aim for double the wattage ...
by bitcat70
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Putting together a quieter computer
Replies: 16
Views: 299

Re: Putting together a quieter computer

Thank you for the great suggestions! So I'm pretty much set on: - CPU: Ryzen 7 3700X - Mobo: ASRock B450M Pro4 - Case: Fractal Design Define Mini C - Video card: for now I'll transfer Radeon HD 7870 and upgrade later. I don't plan on getting anything faster than Radeon RX 5700 or so since for gaming...
by bitcat70
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Putting together a quieter computer
Replies: 16
Views: 299

Putting together a quieter computer

Hi! I want to put together a new computer. Looking to pull the trigger sooner rather than later as the looming tariffs have me concerned about pricing. One of the considerations is making it quieter than the current one as wifey says it's too loud. I want to build it around Ryzen 7 3700X and a video...
by bitcat70
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wireless router recommendation
Replies: 16
Views: 1294

Re: Wireless router recommendation

I also recommend the Asus rt-ac88U or 86U. I have a 66u at home and wish I had gotten the 68u or upgraded to 88/86u. The 66u is OK don't get me wrong, but going up a level has some nice QOS features the lower levels don't have. What does one give up with the 66u? Not too much... a small bit of rang...
by bitcat70
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wireless router recommendation
Replies: 16
Views: 1294

Re: Wireless router recommendation

Hi! I'm looking for a wireless router that needs to be kept under $200 for residential use. Of course I'd like it to be reliable. I like Unifi but I don't see anything they have that would end up under $250 at the least so that rules it out. One router I've seen mentioned here is the Asus AC2900. I...
by bitcat70
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Wireless router recommendation
Replies: 16
Views: 1294

Wireless router recommendation

Hi! I'm looking for a wireless router that needs to be kept under $200 for residential use. Of course I'd like it to be reliable. I like Unifi but I don't see anything they have that would end up under $250 at the least so that rules it out. One router I've seen mentioned here is the Asus AC2900. Is...
by bitcat70
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: M.2 2280: SATA SSD in NVMe port?
Replies: 3
Views: 1274

M.2 2280: SATA SSD in NVMe port?

Hi!
I'm looking to get a Dell Inspiron 3671 desktop and upgrade the HDD. The computer has an M.2 interface but it is specified as "PCIe/NVMe AHCI". Will the Crucial MX500 M.2 SSD, which is a SATA device, work in this port?
by bitcat70
Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD for a new build
Replies: 8
Views: 1401

SSD for a new build

Hi! I'm pondering a new build. All my previous ones were mostly middle-of-the road. For this one I want to go a little bit upscale. I pretty much settled on CPU and GPU but still going over storage. With the prices of SSD's being at all time lows I'm looking at a Samsung 970 Pro 1 TB NVMe which goes...
by bitcat70
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Drive for DVR
Replies: 6
Views: 1076

Re: Drive for DVR

After doing some more research it looks like the WD Purple should be fine. It's analog cameras now so the bandwidth is not a concern. When they're upgraded to higher definition IP cameras and assuming 10 mbps per camera it would be 320 mbps for all of them. That seems well within what the network ca...
by bitcat70
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Drive for DVR
Replies: 6
Views: 1076

Re: Drive for DVR

It's a 32 channel DVR.
by bitcat70
Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: Drive for DVR
Replies: 6
Views: 1076

Drive for DVR

Hi!
I want to upgrade the HDD in my multi-camera DVR. Are the WD Purple Surveillance drives really better for that purpose than any other drives?
by bitcat70
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57024

Re: Something's different...

Is there a quick way to get to the front page? Maybe something like at arstechnica.com where scrolling up a little reveals a menu on the top? The new site looks OK but all the white space with a lack of boxes/borders/whatever looks a bit jarring to my eyes. Maybe that's something one gets used to. ...
by bitcat70
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 1472
Views: 57024

Re: Something's different...

Is there a quick way to get to the front page? Maybe something like at arstechnica.com where scrolling up a little reveals a menu on the top? The new site looks OK but all the white space with a lack of boxes/borders/whatever looks a bit jarring to my eyes. Maybe that's something one gets used to.
by bitcat70
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SSD for laptops/office workstations
Replies: 18
Views: 2023

SSD for laptops/office workstations

Hi! I'm thinking about upgrading some laptops and desktops with SSD's. I did a few before and I used Crucial BX100 and Mushkin Source as the price was very attractive. They seem to be holding up pretty well, but I've been wondering if there are better choices? Because apparently there are some prett...
by bitcat70
Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Media player auto-starting a playlist
Replies: 12
Views: 2400

Re: Media player auto-starting a playlist

I see. Thanks!
by bitcat70
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Media player auto-starting a playlist
Replies: 12
Views: 2400

Re: Media player auto-starting a playlist

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
Reminds me of Zootech from a decade ago. I think he used a Sansa MP3 player back in the day.

Sorry, I'm not familiar with "Zootech" and google is not very helpful. Can you provide more info?
by bitcat70
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Media player auto-starting a playlist
Replies: 12
Views: 2400

Re: Media player auto-starting a playlist

No, not for a car. It's for a public area to provide background audio. So the size of the device should not be a constraint.
by bitcat70
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Media player auto-starting a playlist
Replies: 12
Views: 2400

Re: Media player auto-starting a playlist

Yup, most results are software based. However I found something that could work: Alcorn McBride DVM-7400. It's meant for video playback but also has audio out and supports playlists and scheduling. The only thing is that it's no longer made so ebay is the only source and current equipment from that ...
by bitcat70
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Media player auto-starting a playlist
Replies: 12
Views: 2400

Media player auto-starting a playlist

Hi!
Are there mp3/media players that would automatically start executing a playlist upon power on? Preferably on a memory card?
by bitcat70
Thu May 23, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Using TV's with computers
Replies: 8
Views: 1371

Using TV's with computers

Hi!
Are there TV's that have a computer display mode that would bypass their image processing circuitry? In essence making them huge computer monitors? Something in the 50-65 inch size.
by bitcat70
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Temporary gfx card suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 2307

Re: Temporary gfx card suggestions

Update: Thanks again to everybody for the suggestions. In the end I elected to go with that $35 Radeon HD 7770 I saw. I must say it's working much better than the 5670 it replaced and I'm happy with it. Granted I had to turn down some settings and there is the occasional stutter but for the most par...
by bitcat70
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Temporary gfx card suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 2307

Re: Temporary gfx card suggestions

Redocbew: yeah, good suggestions and that would be my course of action were the situation different. The RX 570 looks like a great option but it's way more than what I'm looking for right now. The GPU situation nowadays is truly dismal. I just saw a $35 7770 on ebay. Might go with that for now as an...
by bitcat70
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Temporary gfx card suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 2307

Re: Temporary gfx card suggestions

The CPU is i5-3570K. So use the iGPU that comes with the i5-3570K? Or do you want something more powerful than that? I agree with Chrispy_, you'll want to spend ~$130 minimum, since everything under that price point is quite awful. Is the i5-3570K iGPU better than the Radeon HD 5670 I currently hav...
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