Since Vista Windows has included some kind of "software" data redundancy, Home Server OG (2003) had drivepool that basically took any disks attached you desired and created a JBOD of them, great for average users but a pain if a drive ever died. Home Server 2011 (See Server 2008 R2 basically with a easy to use GUI for adding users and managing storage) did away with DrivePool but StableBits came to the rescue. Lots of other software solutions like FreeFileSync that offer real time data monitoring and cloning but a good RAID card will always beat software options.
Your installation and use of what space you had for this fantastic plethora of parts is MAGICAL!!! Fantastic attention to detail and selection of parts and man Im gonna stop gushing in a minute or 2! Well done! +1
Depends on the storage location I put them in. Im currently studying for my Microsoft MCSE-SI 2012 but I have 2 old Dell Optiplex 960s running my VMs, lower power for when I leave them running. I stand up VMs on my desktop and after I finish configuring them how I want I migrate them to the ESXI hosts on the 960s and if I feel like I can manage some study time I'll transfer the current working study VM to one of my laptops and try to get some studying done at work.
But running a Win 7 VM, 1 Server 2012, 1 Server 2012 R2 & 1 Server 2008 R2 usually with all of them turned on barely touches the CPU. I think I hit the silicon lottery with this chip because it stays sub 30s on idle and barely hits high 30s with VMs running or when gaming.
Yeah im sure, stuff like that that isnt a critical part or an internal components, I either do without or go to CL or eBay for it. My 4 port KVM w/ built in USB hub was a whole $20 on ebay.
Its usually an on-board feature, I havent seen (because I havent gone looking for it) an add-in card that enables it but to have KVM over IP without having to worry about any hardware just gives me a warm fuzzy feeling!
Some people are fairly confident they'll never need to have anything but a headless system and RDP / any remote management will suffice. All 3 of my home servers are all connected to a $20 KVM and a monitor I found on CL for $10. So worth it because of the number of times Ive avoided having to disconnected and pull the server out of its cabinet to fix any issue on POST/boot. But an embedded system with native IPMI is kinda interesting.
I understand, but its also an unlocked $60 CPU that has been OCd to over 4GHz.
Could have saved even a bit more and gotten a G3258 and OCd it until his head exploded. Granted he would have had to use DDR3 but in a moderate budget build like this I dont think vastly different RAM speeds will make that much difference. But its still fantastic for a $500-ish build, wish my first build had this much uuuumph to it.
Its really hard to convey inflection via text :-/
~$400 for a monitor is nothing, $1000 for an Acer Predator is insane. Granted I see your point that the specs on said monitor are somewhat weak sauce vs its price tag.
Dont inhale this stuff!
There are already 2 radiators, a 360 & a 420, how is that not enough for cooling only 2 components?
Oh im not contesting that at all, just the people that blindly question "well why did you get that part? Thats a stupid decision, would have been much better to go with ___ part instead".
I havent used an AMD CPU in probably 12 years, or an AMD GPU in about 4 but that doesnt mean that they are poor parts or shouldnt be used in a build. Im looking to build my own Pf-Sense FW/Router and I plan to try an embedded solution of AMD or an AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini Quad-Core, simply because I have the RAM already and a mobo is cheap to find.
Why not? What exactly about it makes it a bad CPU and prevents it from being used??
Its what I have in my main rig, G3258s in my server stacks, i3 3240s in my HTPCs and 4700MQ & 4720HQs in my laptops. I love that gen of i7s and 1150 CPUs, some of the best Intel has developed so far!
Ive found pretty much anytime a default interface feature in W10 is broken its because of the user account having corrupt information. I bought a Razer blade on ebay that had a mass deployed image applied to it and it was broken as could be, couldnt open display properties to even change the resolution, couldnt open control panel to even create a new user and it was non-Pro so no compmgmt.msc to modify users, etc. I had to get realllllllllllllllly shift with the command prompt to even get it where I could do anything with it before I said screw it and blew it away in favor of the pro OS version.
That why I said hed learn these things and additional techniques as he builds more and more. Ive managed to add cable management abilities to old cases with no cable management and add it in areas of newer cases to tailor additional management by using pop rivets and zip tie saddles. But im also OCD as can be about cable management.
Its your first build, so you'll learn this as time goes on but there are cutouts and holes to run all of those cables through, right now it just kind of looks like a nightmare. But still a very good build for your first one, just FYI, HDDs are kind of going by the wayside for installing an OS on. Standard now is a low to medium sized SSD, like an ADATA 128GB for all of the programs and then the larger sized HDD for storage of more potentially space eating files.
Agreed, it was a beautiful build, photos were very well done and then black licorice spaghetti just all over the place.
Ive got an old Apevia 680W PSU from 2004 when "Rated SLI Capable" meant it had dual 6 Pin PCI-E connectors. Still works, still going strong.
Gracias! Been saying for years I need to learn how to use Linux as well as I do windows (because, why not??) and Ive finally started to delve into it a little bit.
I know you can use Rufus within Windows to create pretty much any boot media, whats the go-to utility in Linux?
Not complaining, just curious as to verify the photos but it looks like ALL of the fans are oriented to exhaust ... do you not have any intake or did some of the fans get flipped post pics?
That depends on which briefcase you currently have in your possession.
If you take a look he actually lists his home theater parts as well, TV, speakers, receiver and that was a large chunk of the price total.
What was the total counter at the end of that one? I remember feeling the need to start yelling at the screen.
Tons of people feel that someone elses build should fit a mold specific to what they feel makes a PC a "success" which is just mad and goes against the entire concept of building a PC and customizing it to make it your own. IMO as long as the PC isnt currently on fire, POSTs, boots, loads the OS and performs as the builder wants it to, then its a success. +1
At the time of my initial reply he didnt specify what resolution his TV was at. So since 4k is still not more widely adopted than 1080p I assumed that was his resolution.
And no, did not make a typo.
Definitely needs more pics, more in depth description and some major cable management. Still got a pretty decent list of hardware for a budget build. +1
Very nice! Very clean, and accidental cat tax is always a plus!
I had considered that, until all of the PSU sleeving caused the other side panel to develop the baby bulge and my wife said just get a new case. Also I would have had to reroute the side fan power cable because it goes straight from about 3-4 o clock on the fan to the side where it has a quick terminal mount. Also much better things to use for adhesive/gasket making than duct tape but I like your ingenuity.
No but had you taken the time to read the description you would have seen where this was my first attempt at teaching myself all the little perils & pitfalls of sleeving a PSU, and that Im also planning to redo it on a different PSU and transfer all of these parts into a completely different case that DOES have a side window ...
Or are you referring to the fact my case doesnt have a side window?
Thanks! It was one of the first NES games I played outside of Mario, DuckHunt & Track And Field. Then when I saw this one day Sequelitis - MegaMan the game made so much more sense 20 something years later.
Yeah, one of the reasons I will be going to at least 1070s soon, 580s are quite power hungry. Waiting on my Kill-A-Watt meter to arrive so I can perform stress tests and see what the actual current/power pull from the wall is.
?? What nice cable exactly are you referring to?
Thanks! Im OCD about it being as neat as can be, hence avoiding shots of the baby bulge backside until I transfer to the new case.
............Ummmm what? What is wrong with Noctua fans?
Lemme guess, something about how the CPU is a terrible choice or something along those lines while being completely unconstructive?
This kind of stuff is just as bad as bottlenecking comments or "should have bought this instead of this" mentality.
Thanks for being different :-)
Wow, brash and fairly rude. Maybe you could have found a different way to convey your opinion besides this?
You love your Razer products! Big fan as well, Blade, Black Widow, Orochi, Nostromo so far. I like your buidl but it needs more pics and a description revamp. Looks good but tell us more, your build experience, what made you pick certain parts etc. Also just an FYI its not a good practice to mix n match RAM modules especially ones with different timings and CAS latency.
Careful, check that breaker box first homey!
While yes some of what you said is true, I also say that a good product is one that will hold the test of time. I still have a 760 Apevia PSU I purchased in college in 2004, when SLI rated PSU meant it had 2x6pin PCI-E and that was it, and it was ran HARD and constant, because I left my PC on pretty much 24x7 and it still works to this day. I even rebuilt an old HTPC with it and it still performs, and that was a product that is 13 years old, and with newer manufacturing implementations and better quality of products they should allow parts and components to last even longer. Not saying there isnt the odd duck out that fails every now and then...
I get that, Ive reloaded mine twice now. Its really a shame MC cant get their console crap together because there are a few Xbox specific titles I absolutely love, but if they were cross platform Id dump my Xbox in a heartbeat.
Maybe they dont want LEDs ?
That is true but, again, that was a synthetic stress test designed to push the CPU to its max to determine how effective the cooling is, thats not indicative of the CPU being under that temperature 100% of the time. If youd read the description and the details it shows that the idle temp is 30C and thats a very good temperature for an i5 K chip especially under silent passive cooling.
Thats under synthetic load temps, 100C is the throttle danger temp threshold for the 6600K.