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    After 7 years, its time for a new rig...opinions wanted please

    Forgot to mention this earlier - you won't be able to use both the WiFi card and card as the Z87E-ITX has a single PCI-e slot...
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    After 7 years, its time for a new rig...opinions wanted please

    I have the same chip/board combo on a Fedora-based workstation at home, it works well. I had some troubles booting with UEFI at first, but that has resolved itself. I don't play games on my workstation but need to power 2 1440p monitors. I found an open-box GTX 630 w/2GB vmem and it works...
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    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    I have the StarUSA adapter. It gets power but fails to accept/eject discs. The cable could be the problem, but I would be surprised. I have the ASRock Z87E-ITX, read that the C12 would work, but haven't seen it in a semi-passive setup...
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    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Got my parts in and installed F20. The slim load DVD from Digistor was defective, the load mechanics don't work. I replaced the fan on the ST455F and noise is fine, except for the stock intel cooler I have on the i5. Any suggestions for an air cooler I can slap on and use semi-passively...
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    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Doorbell rang as I was reading your response - serial # 301 arrived in perfect condition. Great quality, still can't get over how small it is. You guys really did a great job, proud to be part of it!
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    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Nice, I'm also in NJ on #26 - hopefully I'll see mine today. Curious, where in NJ are you? I'm about 30 minutes west of NYC.
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    NCASE M1: a crowdfunded Mini-ITX case (updates in first post)

    Might have spoken too soon - it could be the fan adapter from moddiy....
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    Microcenter BF ad out I7 4770K $249

    I was at the MC in paterson (NJ) on wednesday - a couple of salespeople were putting arrows on the floor with tape for the checkout line ahead of BF. I swear to god they had the line wrapping halfway around the store. I don't know about the rest of you, but saving a few bucks isn't worth an...
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    ESXi Build - help me with the spec

    Hard to say if 16GB will be memory w/o knowing what you'll be running. For example, I run a ZFS vm and had to upgrade to 32GB to have enough memory left for my other vms...
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    Feels good to me - U3014 for $999

    You're comparing a 23" to a 30"?
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    Feels good to me - U3014 for $999

    There are no perfect monitors out there - trust me I've searched. I've been trying to find a good 27" 2560x1440 but every one suffers from something or the other. I'm looking at a PB278Q now that's great except at off-angles it looks like a TN panel (contrast glare, etc). I figure I'm willing...
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    Feels good to me - U3014 for $999

    $1,199 with a $200 gift card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260132
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    Today only!! Corsair 500r White Case @ Newegg $69.99 (after rebate)

    I've had dozens of cases over the years, and I can't imagine ever replacing my 500R. Throw a H100 up top and a few side fans on your GPUs and this case cannot be beat. It's an absolute steal at this price. I noticed the pictures don't show the spot up top that was made to house the...
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    Advice for 2 side portrait monitors with a XHD3000 in the center?

    I went through the same search for my 305t+. I searched for monitors with similar dimensions, reasonably close pixel sizes, etc. I ended up finding some used 204Ts and they worked perfectly. I recommend looking at older 4:3 1600x1200 monitors and try to find something that works...
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    my new dell U2913WM will not display at native resolution ... wth?

    I'm trying to decide b/t 2 x 2713HM's and the new 3014. I love the specs on the 27, and for the price 2 are cheaper than 1 of the 30s. Do you find that the 16:9 resolution annoys you at all? I guess compared to the 29 it probably doesn't, but I'm concerned about it moving from an old...
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    All-In-One ESXi Microserver (mITX) Build - Need Feedback/Comments

    I might have missed it in your post somewhere - but what are you planning to use for your raid controller? Even for RAID1 you'll need something that's on the ESX whitelist... (Or hackable)
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    ZFS as ESXi datastore

    How much memory have you allocated for your NAS4FREE VM? Also, what ZFS version do you have running?
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    Virtualizing a HTPC

    I run an ESXi 5 box with several VMs, including a Win7 VM w/Media Center - no passthru GPU. I've allocated minimal resources to it as I only have 1 extender (ceton echo) on the network. I use a HDHR Prime 3-tuner network device with a cable card to decrypt FIOS cable. This works perfectly for...
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    ESX 5.1 + Windows Media Center?

    All PCI passthrough is broken in 5.1? I'm on 5.0 now, and passthrough an HBA for an OI NAS VM. Are you saying I can't upgrade yet? I have an HD HomeRun Prime so I should be ok from that front. I guess it can't hurt to try the setup again to see for myself. Thanks!
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    ESX 5.1 + Windows Media Center?

    Has anyone successfully 'virtualized' a windows media center instance - passing the hardware performance/capability tests - with ESX 5.1? I'm curious if the new hardware accelerated graphics support makes the difference. I'd like to finally compress my last 2 physical machines - I still need...
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    Micro Center: i5 3570K $189.99 + $50 off select Z77 mobos

    The deal also seems to work for H77 boards as well, but YMMV. On 2 separate occasions now I've paired the i5-3570k with the ASRock H77M-ITX and received the discount at the register.
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    Fractal Design - When in the US?

    You can get a good indication from the wiring pic I posted above. It's enough room to run the ATX power cable plus a wire or 2 over top of it...
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    Fractal Design - When in the US?

    This server sits under my desk about 3 feet away - I don't notice any noise. I have 2 x 120 fans (1000 rpm, 15 db) in the front, and the stock cpu fan. The case's noise dampening keeps most of that inside the case - I really only here it when I put my head down under my desk, and even then...
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    Fractal Design - When in the US?

    I picked up the black pearl R3 for my ESXi / NAS all-in-one: BTW, if anyone it the states is interested, I have a second one here (brand new in original box). Search the for sale forum for my listing...
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    Educate me - should I buy these prebuilt NAS (which is better) or make my own?

    You're never safe without data backup - and RAID is not a replacement for data backup. I struggled with this for a very long time, and never really had a satisfactory solution until I needed to put another NAS in my wife's office. Now I have my home NAS and her work NAS doing incremental...
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    FreeNAS Performance Weirdness

    Like I said, I really really wanted to use FreeNAS for the exact same system - NFS datastore for ESXi. After a lot of head-pounding, I went with Nexenta and couldn't be happier. I recommend checking it out.
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    FreeNAS Performance Weirdness

    what version of FreeNAS/ZFS? I had problems with FreeNAS 7 and NFS - which ultimately led me to Nexenta. With your specs, I don't think the overall throughput numbers are that far off for an encrypted RAIDZ array. What does your server CPU/Memory look like during read/write operations?
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    Educate me - should I buy these prebuilt NAS (which is better) or make my own?

    I would consider QNAP and Synology to be in the same class - both are excellent and would suite your needs very well. I've used the TS-219 and TS-419 pro QNAP appliances with 1 & 1.5 TB WD Black drives, and 2 TB WD Green (4K) drives. Everything work without any problem, though I did have to...
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    5in3 Sata hotswap questions

    I should also mention that unless you really plan on swapping drives in and out frequently (and this is for home use), the 5-in-3 bays simply aren't cost effective. Throw in some reports that they killed drives (vibration or heat related issues) and it becomes harder to justify the cost...
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    5in3 Sata hotswap questions

    How many drives do you want/need to house? The reason for my question - I went through a similar process a few months ago, but I couldn't find a decent 5-in-3 bay that had a) decent cooling, b) was quiet, and c) kept dust out. I ended up getting a Fractal Design case with 8 drive bays behind 2...
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    Multipurpose Home Server

    For turn-key data storage & backup, you should consider QNAP NAS appliances. You could build something similar using FreeNAS or OpenFiler, but plan on dedicating a lot of time to building/tweaking.
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    Educate me - should I buy these prebuilt NAS (which is better) or make my own?

    For a turn-key NAS solution, I highly recommend QNAP. I've used a few of them personally and they are simple to setup and maintain, and come with all the built-in features you need.
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    LSI 9260-8i On the Way, Now Which SSD's?

    If you plan on doing a lot of writing, I'd still prefer the OZ Vertex 2 - and take the hit on the read speeds for 3-4x write throughput...
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    vSphere 4.1 update 1 is out

    Wonder what that means exactly - I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 vms just fine...
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    Finally Finished - 'All-in-One' ESXi Server

    Transfer rates are good, both with CIFS/SMB and NFS. From a windows machine on my network, I'm moving files back and forth at 80-100MB/s (gigabit network, GS108 switch). If you have a more scientific test you'd like me to run, let me know. I'm booting from a flash drive, but have the...
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    Finally Finished - 'All-in-One' ESXi Server

    thanks - this was actually the first build where I really spent extra time on cable management. Big complaint though - the Corsair power supplies are wired up assuming a top-mounted PSU position, so all of the sata cables are inverted, which led to some tricky wiring on for the drives. got a...
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    Finally Finished - 'All-in-One' ESXi Server

    4 x 1TB drives in total - 2 of them are at the very bottom of the case and are on the 9211-8i (pass-thru to the Nexenta VM) running as a ZFS mirror volume. The other 2 (at the top of the case) are directly attached to the X8SIL-F, running as my primary and backup datastores. I was thinking...
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