[kwlug-disc] The sweet(?) smell of power supplies

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 12:05:03 EDT 2014


But yeah, getting something loud and potentially a little smelly that she
can stick in a closet for the big jobs may be an option.  I'll have to talk
that one over with her...

Darcy.


On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM, Jason Locklin <locklin.jason at gmail.com>wrote:

> Yeah, that's certainly not the use-case for a low-power machine.
> Actually, If I was doing that, I would go the complete opposite. Build
> the biggest machine possible for the coin, ugly and loud, stick it in a
> closet somewhere with very long USB and HDMI cables to my office for A/V
> and peripherals.
>
> -Jason
>
> On 14-04-07 11:09 AM, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> > I'd agree, but she wants to do video and audio rendering.  She needs
> > multiple spinning platter harddrives and some specialist video capture
> and
> > sound hardware.
> >
> > I was able to talk her down from needing a 750W+ power supply (she
> doesn't
> > need 3D graphics at all), but yeah, something in the 500W neighbourhood
> is
> > more reasonable.
> >
> > Darcy.
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 10:56 AM, L.D. Paniak
> > <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com>wrote:
> >
> >> I agree.  I have been using pico-PSU/AC brick solutions on systems up to
> >> 100W with great success.  For 95%+ of computing that more than enough to
> >> get the job done.
> >>
> >> There are many "mini-systems" of this type available:
> >>
> >>
> http://www.canadacomputers.com/search_result.php?checkVal0=0&subcat04=5&checkVal1=1&checkVal2=1&checkVal3=1&checkVal4=1&checkVal5=1&checkVal6=1&checkVal7=1&checkVal8=1&checkVal9=1&pagePos=0&keywords=&manu=0&search=1&ccid=1203&cPath=7_1203
> >>
> >> Especially good are the Intel NUC series (if a little more expensive).
> >>
> >> I recently bought a 430W Corsair ATX PSU and the smell of the fancy
> >> paint finish nearly knocked me off my feet.  It took several days to
> >> dissipate. I am not sure what the motivation is here.
> >>
> >>
> >> On 04/07/2014 10:44 AM, Jason Locklin wrote:
> >>> Just for fun, this would be approximately the best you can do while
> >>> staying safely under 150Watts and staying reasonably priced:
> >>>
> >>>> PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/3nyKO
> >>>> Price breakdown by merchant:
> >> http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/3nyKO/by_merchant/
> >>>> Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/3nyKO/benchmarks/
> >>>>
> >>>> CPU: Intel Core i3-2120T 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor  ($160.80 @ Amazon
> >> Canada)
> >>>> Motherboard: MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard  ($88.02
> >> @ Amazon Canada)
> >>>> Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory  ($79.99 @ Canada
> >> Computers)
> >>>> Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
> >>  ($129.99 @ NCIX)
> >>>>
> >>>> Total: $458.80
> >>>> Estimated Wattage: 109W
> >>>>
> >>>> Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
> >>>> (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 10:33 EDT-0400)
> >>> That would scream running Linux, but would be lacking for gaming. No
> >>> idea what Windows needs nowadays though. That website is too much fun.
> >>> Now, back to work... right...
> >>>
> >>> -Jason
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> On Mon 07 Apr 2014 10:02:49 AM EDT, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> >>>> She has rather formidable power requirements, but we were talking
> about
> >>>> whether something like this was available. I'll pass it along. Thanks.
> >>>>
> >>>> Darcy.
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM, Jason Locklin <
> locklin.jason at gmail.com
> >>> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>> Have you thought of building a low-power system with something like
> one
> >>>>> of these:
> >> http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104186
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Transformer is sealed in plastic, so no dust/smell from it. Thinking
> >>>>> about building a system like this with one of the low-power Haswell
> >>>>> chips and an SSD, myself (not for the smell, I just like
> >>>>> power-efficient, quiet machines).
> >>>>>
> >>>>> -Jason
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>> On 14-04-05 03:56 PM, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> >>>>>> PC hardware question, not specific to Linux, but some of you folks
> may
> >>>>> have
> >>>>>> ideas.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> My partner has some rather significant allergies and sensitivities.
> >>  She
> >>>>>> also needs to replace her 12-year-old desktop computer.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> In general electronics tend to be okay for her, but the power supply
> >>>>> seems
> >>>>>> to be a stumbling block.  New power supplies smell really bad,
> >> triggering
> >>>>>> her sensitivities.  And they're blowing that bad air into her living
> >>>>> space.
> >>>>>> Does anyone know of a retailer that sells power supplies that she'd
> be
> >>>>> able
> >>>>>> to crack open a bunch and give them a sniff-test?
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Is there somewhere we can look at used power supplies, preferably
> from
> >>>>>> hopefully neutral office environments (rather than, say, the homes
> of
> >>>>>> smokers or pet owners)?
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> We're not entirely sure what it is in the power supplies that is
> >>>>> triggering
> >>>>>> her.  We know that the PVC wiring is bad (I'm not holding out much
> >> hope,
> >>>>>> but if someone knows of a manufacturer that coats their wires in
> >>>>> something
> >>>>>> other than PVC, that would be very useful to know).  But we've
> tried a
> >>>>>> bunch and haven't come up with much luck.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Any suggestions would be helpful.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> Thanks!
> >>>>>> Darcy.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>
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