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    Last build, 3930K in 2011. What should I buy now?

    My system is still running strong (but with a few glitches due to newer software not liking Windows 8 much). 3930K, 32 Gig DDR3 Ram, 512G SSD for OS and software, a few HDD (2TB worth) configured in Raid for storage, GTX 680. I need to build (or preferably buy) another system to use elsewhere...
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    Time for a HW Upgrade, What are real world performance differences?

    I'm running a production Dell R710 box, ESXi 5 Dual X5570, 2.9 Gig 4 cores per socket 96 Gig DD3 Ram Perc 6/i controller 6 300GB SAS drives in a RAID 10 Array with 2 hot spares. My first thought is the biggest improvement will come from SSD Storage. It's not worth upgrading the R710, since I'd...
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    Another What Language To Learn Question

    Background: I started developing my corporate website nealy a decade ago in Classic asp (it's all I know, gets the job done quick, and with recent additions to the site using jquery it looks pretty decent) but, the code is a complete mess since the site has grown. I'm constantly having to add...
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    Questions on Locking down ESXi

    I am about ready to take my server over to a datacenter for colocation and want to make sure I have it as secure as possible before going live. Management is isolated to one physical LAN card, and firewall in vsphere is set to only allow access from my LAN ip's and my office IP address. I...
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    Should I Virtualize/Colocate/Consolidate?

    I am paying over $400/mo for a dedicated Windows Server from 1and1. The box is five years old, and I've been reluctant to upgrade, due to the fact that I'd have to move everything, reconfigure, etc... Figured it's worth exploring other options first (and if I did upgrade I would most likely...
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    New rig needed for second business location

    Just expanded my business, and in the satellite office I need to set up a box primarily for printing stuff that's already been designed on my X79 powerhouse box at the main office. It's still going to need to run the same programs, but I won't be heavy into design and editing, just printing...
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    Lenovo U300, How Do I make Recovery Disks?

    Just got an ultraslim U300 for my wife, there is no optical drive in the machine and the One Key Recovery Program that comes installed will not burn an ISO to an external USB drive. Will buying an external burner work, or is there an easier workaround? I know there's a partition on the...
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    Help with VAIO Z, no video, might be dead.

    Machine spins up, power button lights up, keyboard lights up, no beeps, screen black, HDMI out doesn't display anything, neither does the VGA Port. It happened all of a sudden in the middle of the night. First thing I checked after it went black was to see if the shared folders were on the...
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    Redoing my NAS, what Raid should I pick?

    Long story short, my QNAP TS-809 was RMA'd and back, but to get it working correctly I need to update to the latest firmware which will reinitialize the drives. Here are my questions: I have 5 2TB drives in a Raid 5 Array and writes over the network are slow. Would I be better off switching to...
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    Switched from AT&T DSL to Uverse, minor issue

    I've been on uverse with an NVG510 modem for a few months, and I'm having an issue with the connection going down for about a millisecond or so every so often. You don't notice it when web browsing, but the problem is that I have an ODBC connection open in one of my Foxpro apps, and that...
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    GTX 680 PPBM5 Bench Test

    First, I've never done this and have no experience in benching. The 680 was the final component I was waiting for to build my LGA 2011 box, which I finally got together today. I was anxious to see if the cuda card hack would work and how much difference Mercury playback would make on this card...
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    Rampage IV Extreme, Mixed Raid & AHCI

    I have my Rampage IV nearly built, OS is on an SSD plugged into SATA6G_1, 3TB Data Drive plugged into SATA6G_2. I am trying to add a RAID0 Array to the SATA3G connectors, but the BIOS option seems like it will make changes across every SATA port (there is only one option, either AHCI, RAID...
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    Intel Raid or Separate Card on Rampage IV Extreme?

    I'm building an LGA 2011 box, OS on SSD, Data on separate Drive, each connected to an Intel 6gbs port. One of the two ASMedia ports will go to my optical drive. That leaves the 4 3gps SATA ports open, and if I use them, I would like to have 2 RAID 0 volumes, one will be used solely for Black...
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    Need RAM & PSU Recommendation

    Building an X79 Box, Rampage IV, 3930K, 1 GTX 580, SSD & 4 Hitachi Deskstar drives in Raid 0, case is a Fractal Design Define R3. My HSF will be an NH-D14, which is huge, so I need low profile RAM, 32Gigs. For the PSU, I need something that is quiet and will meet the needs on the above config...
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    Need a quiet case recommendation

    Looking for something to build my LGA2011 rig around. It needs to be as quiet as possible (will be used in a recording environment), no windowed side panels or lights, and be able to accommodate a Corsair H100 without mods. Not sure about how I'm going to cool a GTX580 in it, so that will...
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    Pfsense Port Foward & Filter

    I've successfully installed pfsense in between my uverse modem and LAN hub, and can NAT Forward SIP traffic so external phones can register on my network. What I need to do next is add a filter to this rule only that will block every IP address attempting to get in except one (or those from a...
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    Q6600 Almost dead, time for new build

    Had this baby running @ 3.6 on air for awhile now and it crapped out yesterday. I was able to resuscitate the box by bringing all the settings back to stock and have no desire to mess with it anymore with LGA2011 around the corner. I was going to jump on the LGA2011 bandwagon anyway, so this is...
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    Help Setting up VLANs on Procurve switches

    I have: Procurve 1810-24G Procurve 2520-8-PoE Router (with Internet Connection) is plugged into port 24 of the 1810. My asterisk server is plugged into Port 1 of the 1810. The 2520 is plugged into Port 2 of the 1810, and all of the VoIP phones are plugged into the 2520. Rest of the...
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    Need a new switch

    I currently have a D-Link DES-1228P and it is way too loud for my office. Would like a quiet 24 port Gigabit switch with Power over Ethernet, but if that's not possible, I'll take it without the PoE and plug the phones in with the transformers they came with. Something quiet, not to...
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    Need help picking out monitors

    Right now I have an HP w2207, (22" res 1680x1050), GTX 470 graphics card. I do a lot of database programming, development work, occasional video editing. I constantly have remote desktop connections open and hate having to scroll up and down in RDP. No gaming, but I occasionally watch videos at...
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    Thinking of hosting myself instead of 1&1, is it worth it?

    Right now I am paying approx. $400/mo for a dedicated box with 1&1. Specs are: Windows Server 2003 Quad AMD 2216 HE (4 cpus, 2.39G) Areca ARC-1110 Raid Card & 500Gig Drive 8 Gig Ram They claim bandwidth is 100M/sec, up & down, however when I remote connect to the server and run a...
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    Help deciding on a new laptop.

    My 16.4" Vaio FW270J officially bit the dust. I've fixed the power connection a few times, and replaced the screen once, but now it does not power on. Did all the basic checks and do not want to bother sending it to a repair shop. Even if it's a simple fix, I still want a new OS & SSD anyway...
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    Going to dable in Water Cooling -- New Case & H20-320

    Now that I know for sure I'm not upgrading the Q6600 rig until LGA2011, I'm thinking of a new case and cooling system for the existing setup (I've OC'd it to 3.6 on air but backed off due to temps). When LGA2011 is available, I'll just put the board/cpu/existing cooler back in the old box at...
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    New rig for video capture / editing

    Currently running a Q6600 on a P5E3 Deluxe board, 8G Ram, IntelX25 boot drive, 2 DeskStar7200 750gig in Raid0 for video capture, and QNAP TS-809 external NAS to keep all the important stuff. Mainly looking to speed up video rendering and avoid dropped frames when capturing. 1) What will...
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