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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    Cheers staffsMike. What is SpecialTech like regarding cost of delivery and speed? Kosher firm all round?

    Which one would you recommend? http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/...cat=885&page=1 or http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/...cat=885&page=2.

    Quite impressed with the Yate Loon tbh. Only £3.99!

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    Yeah yate loons are very good especially if you get the slow ones or undervolt them, one of the very best and for £3.99 they are a bargain really.

    Yep all kosher, I believe delivery is about £5.50 though.. still not too bad.

    Chilled Pc have some cheap delivery options, not used them myself though
    http://www.chilledpc.co.uk/shop/prod...roducts_id=230

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    Will check them out as well.

    Oh and any thoughts on the RAM. 4Gb OK? Or shall I indulge myself and get 8Gb?

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    I would say, if you don't know the reason for getting 8GB of RAM you don't need it

    4GB is enough for almost anyone.

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    Excellent! Another £60 saved. Ta muchly.

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    I have used both Specialtech and Chilled PC both sent out the orders quickly, with ChilledPC probably just winning out Tom is on here somewhere as well and if you have a problem I'm sure he will be only to happy to help you out.

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    Hello Webby. Who is Tom?

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    Tom is the owner of ChilledPC WelshTom I think is his forum name.

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    Cheers Webby.

    How could I undervolt the Yate Loons? I have to say I'm still leaning towards getting the Sharkoon 1000s from Scan with free delivery.

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    Undervolting can be achieved in a few ways the easiest is to get a fan controller or use controllable fan headers on your motherboard, next come resisters place them in the 12v line to reduce the voltage to the fan, then you have the lets fiddle with how the fan connects to the PSU so it draws on the 5v rail rather than the 12v rail and finally the lets connect the ground to the 5v rail so we draw 7v (12v-5v = 7v)

    The motherboard/fan controller options are the most versatile and in my opinion the best option, I would consider using resisters I probably wouldn't want a fan running at 5v constantly and the are risks involved in the 7v trick as you send 5v back up the 12v line which can be no good for your PSU.

    So yes fan controller I would say get the Yates and if you were going to get 4 fans you would save £15 buying them over the Sharkoons put that £15 towards a decent fan controller like the Scythe Kaze Master ~£30 or if you would like something a bit more basic then the Zalman ZM-MFC1 ~£20 or potentially the Sunbeam Rheobus ~£15 which fits in a 3.5" bay. All available from ChilledPC although the Kaze Master is a little cheaper on Scan.

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    Nice. I must ask if you are on commission from Tom?

    The Scythe Kaze Master does look quite nice. Was thinking the other day about a fan controller but saw the ones I found only controlled 3 and I was going to get 6. The Scythe Kaze Master can control 4 and I'll just be getting 4 fans now I think.

    A quick check of Scythe Kaze Master on ChilledPC seems to imply that I might be able to adjust the voltage as well as fan speed using the Scythe Kaze Master? Is that right? So I could have the fans on 5V as standard and then if it gets hot I can up the voltage to 12V? Or can I not adjust the voltage that easily?

    Many thanks for your help.

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    Yep that is exactly what fan controllers do alter the fan voltage. So you could have the fans at 5v and then when you do some gaming turn them up a bit for increased airflow when silence is less important.

    Oh and no not on commission just appreciate the speed of service from them, and while I have not needed to contact them, from looking at their forums they are easily approachable and looking to please.

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    Sweet. So can I alter fan speed and voltage independently of each other? So set voltage to 5v then alter the fan speed between the limits of 5v then if I ramp the voltage back up to 12v have a wider fan speed ratio to choose from?

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    No fan speed is directly related to voltage so as you lower the voltage the fan speed goes down that is what the fan controller does. So for example a fan may run at 1000rpm at 5v, 1200rpm at 7v, 1400 rpm at 9v and 1700rpm at 12v depending on what voltage you select using the fan controller will determine the fan speed, now most fan controllers do not tell you what voltage they are running at but provide you with a fan rpm which will change as you adjust the voltage, neither the voltage or the fan rpm are really important what is important is the level of noise and the temperatures in your case.

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    Ah so by changing the voltage on the controller I change the fan speed?

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    Re: New PC spec check and advice

    Exactly, but you will not have a reading of voltage only fan RPM.

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