[Ardour-Users] Motherboard hints and tips?

Andrew Johnston andy at 1300biteme.com
Thu Jan 31 15:43:53 PST 2008

Well heres my two cents.

1) There is nothing wrong with AMD64 dual core, they run much cooler than
they used to - I prefer them over intel simply because of the reports I have
heard over the last couple of years from those who deal in Computers.

2) If you want a quiet PC, be prepared to get an aftermarket fan for both
the VGA card and the CPU.  The stock fans just don't cut it, pure and
simple.  $40 for a Zalman or Thermaltake low noise fan for each will
significantly reduce your boxes noise - plus they will do a better job of
cooling due to their superior design.  The other critical component is your
power supply.  Pay more for a quality brand ultra low noise PSU and you
won't regret it.

Ultimately, if your recording your PC needs to be whisper quiet, that's just
a reality  - so don't skimp on these parts.

As for a motherboard, I have an MSI and the only problem I've had in 2 years
was a BIOS issue which stopped it powering up, after clearing the CMOS by
removing all power and the battery, it is working fine again.  But I've
always liked Gigabyte and Asus as well...I reckon steer clear of VIA and
Elite Group - A mate just bought an Elite Group with AGP and PCI-E
(previously had a gigabyte he blew up!), and the Nvidia driver WOULD NOT run
his card, I had to setup the AGP slot to use the kernel, or just use the NV
OSS driver...which kinda blows when his video card was a 6800GTS he spent
$1000 bucks on a few years ago!

As for 64bit, I used 64studio 2 years ago, then 64bit gentoo and performance
was great, but I moved to 32bit JackLab because of VST's.  If someone knows
whether there is a distro that runs in 64bit but allows 32bit VST's to run
without me needing to be an ultra-geek (yes geekier than someone who can
operate gentoo)...the let me know!  I may well move back.

On Feb 1, 2008 10:19 AM, Thomas GH Dorsch||Pianist & Composer <
info at pianowave.com> wrote:

> http://www.endpcnoise.com/
> http://www.buildsilentpc.com/
> http://www.silentpcreview.com/section6.html
> that's a very cool part:
> http://www.t-balancer.com/english/index.htm
> Kevin Cosgrove wrote:
> > On 31 January 2008 at 16:58, plutek-infinity <plutek at infinity.net>
> wrote:
> >
> >
> >> yup..... THAT'S the kind of quiet i'm talking about!
> >> kevin, do you know of any laptops that'll fit the bill?
> >>
> >
> > Nope.  Both laptops I use are too loud.  They're louder than
> > my quiet tower.  I can hear my tower PC, but it's quieter than
> > rubbing my fingers together.
> >
> > G'luck.....
> >
> > --
> > Kevin
> >
> >
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