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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    I read something was something about it being flimsy? Maybe I am thinking of the latest version of the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro??
    Just fitted one the other day. Installing some of the pre-pins on the Intel version feels a bit flimsy, but it's only temporary, when you slide in the locks it becomes very solid.

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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    Great guide Cat - really useful stuff - Thanks!
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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    I just want to add a note to the GD04/GD05B case for HTPC use. Found there's a simple mod you can do to quiet the case even more than usual. (some find the case fans can be quiet noisy).

    If you swap the fan filters from facing inside the case to face out so they touch the case sides it muffles the fan noise by a massive margin. Can barely tell my pc is on now in the living room unless you walk right up and put your ear next to the AV cabinet! Quite chuffed with this as along with sound proofing I've got a virtually silent machine and I didn't need to go fanless

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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    I read something was something about it being flimsy? Maybe I am thinking of the latest version of the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro??
    I's down to personal preference, a lot of people don't like the push pins but they are easier to use for some people that a bolt through mounting system.
    Personally I suspect that the mounting system doesn't give as much pressure as a blot through does which is why the results are not so good.
    It's one of those things where there is no such thing as a blanket "the best" option, as a lot id down to the user, their level of experience and what they find easy to do.

    I've seen a couple complaints about the hyper212+ mounting but I didn't have any problems with it and I think it's much better than the basic intel stock cooler, their push pins can require quite a bit of force to lock in correctly, I found a bolt through much easier.

    Again on the fan, noise is a key issue for me and non-PWM fans generally cannot go that slowly as under 5volts and they cannot start, dropping a fan to 5volts roughly halves the rpm.
    A PWM fan in theory can run any ware between 0-100% (normally a hexadecimal integer so between 0-255 with 0 being off and 255 being full speed) however it's normally limited by the level on control of the motherboard, eg on my MSI P55-GD65 the next lowest after 0% is 12.5%
    This is one area where older motherboards are better, by making bios settings "more user friendly" they've dumbed it down and removed control
    On a side note here a lot of US reviewers seem to put up with higher levels of noise than eu or uk reviewers.

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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    Brilliant Job Mate!

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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    great guide. thank you. was looking to build at roughly 350 so this will be a great starting point for me.

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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by UseItNow View Post
    Brilliant Job Mate!
    Quote Originally Posted by Jayfunk View Post
    great guide. thank you. was looking to build at roughly 350 so this will be a great starting point for me.
    Thanks!!

    BTW,I would avoid the Corsair CX430W and CX500W PSUs. Build quality is not great with these PSUs and this is why they are not in the guide.


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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    Thanks!!BTW,I would avoid the Corsair CX430W and CX500W PSUs. Build quality is not great with these PSUs and this is why they are not in the guide.
    another bullet dodged! the cx430 was in my initial build thoughts.

    thankyou

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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    This guide looks really useful!! I am definitely going to show it to some of my mates.

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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    Some really useful information in here that I may be using in the not too distant future, cheers!

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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    I have updated my review on the NZXT Sentry 2, covered more things about the device and made it a little less personal.

    Hope that is OK

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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    Nice guide and great info for newbies like myself.

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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    I just noticed the common components list for the HTPC has the core components too. That took me only a few weeks to spot!!

    It seems the Llano A4 3400 is now available. GPU performance seems in line with an HD6450 DDR3.


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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    this is so helpful! I'm hoping to do a lot of upgrading soon, will refer back to this. thank you

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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    great job.

    on speakers, is it worth mentioning the creative T40? I know you've put in the T20 but with the extra size the base is dealt with well. They're simply the best 2.0 I've come across and beat a number of 2.1 offerings. Great for small London flats/student rooms with thin walls and multiple neighbours, and more portable with it.

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    Re: Hexus Monthly PC Build Guide September 2011

    I love this thread¬ Thanks!

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