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    My First NAS; DELL PowerEdge T20. Advice Needed

    OK, you've convinced me to give it a shot. And if I come to the conclusion after testing that FreeNAS is too much for me to handle, I can reformat the HDDs and put them in a pre-built NAS box like a Synology or QNAP and add the data back and all is well? i.e, it does no harm to reformat and...
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    My First NAS; DELL PowerEdge T20. Advice Needed

    You make some very valid points. I haven't tried yet and the only harm would be if I encounter issues with maintenance and need to do repair work. That's when I may be in over my head because I'm not a BSD/ZFS expert. I'll refer back to an earlier post in this thread which has me concerned.
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    My First NAS; DELL PowerEdge T20. Advice Needed

    You're right, I misunderstood. I'm quite new to this server/NAS stuff and I guess I wasn't clear in my post when I said "use a QNAP or Synology 2 or 4 bay NAS for storage wired directly to the T20 and my router". I meant via Ethernet cable. Thank you for the clarification. The reason I was...
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    Possible Shipping Damage: Best Way To Test NAS HDDs?

    I just received an order for the HGST 4TB NAS HDDs I purchased from NewEgg. There was a sale a few days ago and I decided to grab five of them. Well I wasn't too happy when the box they were shipped arrived looking pretty beat-up, courtesy of UPS. My NAS isn't up and running yet as I'm still...
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    My First NAS; DELL PowerEdge T20. Advice Needed

    I read differently, that you can actually wire a NAS box directly to a media server running PLEX. If I were to install Windows 7 or 8.1 on my DEll T20 and then install PLEX, from what I read I would do the following: On the server (my Dell T20) I would map the local IP address of the NAS (my...
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    My First NAS; DELL PowerEdge T20. Advice Needed

    Server 2012 R2 would be over-kill for my needs and the cost alone steers me away. I'm wondering how well Windows 10 would work as a file-server OS? This is exactly the reason I'm thinking FreeNAS may not be for me. It's probably over my head and I'd have to spend weeks trying to get up to...
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    My First NAS; DELL PowerEdge T20. Advice Needed

    Good point, I think I'll heed your advice. One thing I was wondering is since this Dell T20 only holds four 3.5" disks (wich is all I really need) if I wouldn't be better served (no pun intended) to go with something like the QNAP TS-451 4-Bay Personal Cloud NAS for ease of setup and...
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    My First NAS; DELL PowerEdge T20. Advice Needed

    Why that choice? Well, I visit Slickdeals from time to time and my timing was just right to pick up this deal: Dell PowerEdge T20 Server: Xeon E3-1225 v3 Quad, 4GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, DVDRW - $249 AC AR + Free S/H @ Dell I thought about building my own but this seemed like a great price for a...
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    My First NAS; DELL PowerEdge T20. Advice Needed

    Lots of views but no replies. Can someone please comment and share their opinion?
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    My First NAS; DELL PowerEdge T20. Advice Needed

    1.) I'm considering FreeNAS but there's other flavors out there, like NAS4Free and OpenMediaVault just to name a few. I know there's a learning curve but are they mostly similar or does one stand out for some particular reason? 2.) HDDs come in different flavors and NAS specific drives are...
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    Microcenter:Free MSI Z97 Gaming 5 after $10 rebate with purchase of intel CPU!!

    Its a great deal because its essential "free" and free will always get people to swarm to a product but honestly, the amount of hassle to drive to the store (which is an hour away for me) and have to argue with managers if they give you a hard time at checkout... To me, it just aint worth it...
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    Sennheiser HD 650 Open Ear Headphones $339 FS B&H Photo

    While I agree that to drive these cans properly a true headphone amplifier and/or speaker amplifier is required, it does NOT need to be driven from a balanced amplifier, and from a source with balanced outputs. A high quality amplifier with unbalanced I/O jacks connected to a high quality...
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    290x Insanity: $233 AR + $20 gift card

    Great price and tempting but I'm unsure of buying a card by PowerColor. Not exactly one of the Big 3 card manufacturers. Not sure how much that matters though.
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    Warm? Hot? [O]uch? G3258/PC Mate MC Deal

    Here's a better benchmark test comparing the two chips Intel Pentium G3258 vs Core2 Duo E8400 A bit of a concern though is what is states in the conclusion about multimedia: The G3258's Achilles heel is its poor multi-core performance which is over 50% weaker than the group leaders. For the...
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    Warm? Hot? [O]uch? G3258/PC Mate MC Deal

    Thanks for the info. If your e8400 is doing a decent job then with the G3258 being being newer and more powerful, it should make for a good chip for a PLEX server. N41 Intel Pentium G3258 vs Core2 Duo E8400
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    Warm? Hot? [O]uch? G3258/PC Mate MC Deal

    How would this motherboard and CPU combo be for building a PLEX server? The CPU is only a dual core and I'm wondering if that's enough to transcode video.
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    AMD RAM kits. 16GB kit for $80. 8GB kit for $40

    I just simply linked to what it states in their FAQ section on buying from Visiontek. There it states "we are requiring all shoppers to create an account in order to complete a purchase." So rather than a "glitched" website, it seems their FAQ section is misleading or needs to be updated. In...
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    AMD RAM kits. 16GB kit for $80. 8GB kit for $40

    Do I need to create an account in order to purchase? Yes. Right now, we are requiring all shoppers to create an account in order to complete a purchase. This is to help ensure that purchases made are valid and to help protect against fraud. 5th question from the top.
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    AMD RAM kits. 16GB kit for $80. 8GB kit for $40

    Only a 15 day return policy Must open an account (cant checkout as a guest) Must give out credit card number (no PayPal or Visa checkout types accepted) Poor Reseller Rating Maybe these things mean little to some folks but I'd rather buy from well known reputable online retailers where I can...
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    Amazon Kindle 8.9 HDX - 30% Off Today Only

    This is a good sale but to make a comparison of the cost difference vs the 7" version; I bought the 64 GB HDX 7" with Wi-Fi and AT&T 4G LTE a few weeks ago when they were on sale for $159. The 8.9" size is nice but even with this sale, a similar configured 8.9" version is more than two and a...
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    Fractal Design R4 back at $69.99 + free shipping

    $79.99 is the price it was at when link was posted. You have to use the promo code to get it $69.99. :rolleyes:
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    Fractal Design R4 back at $69.99 + free shipping

    I've been looking for a case to build my first PC and was considering the Cooler Master HAF XB EVO. From what I've read it has a lot of positive reviews, easy to build due to plenty of room, and excellent airflow. I know its a totally different design but they're both about the same price. Can...
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    Pioneer Andrew Jones 5.1 Home Theater System $289.95

    Polk's Monitor70, 60 and 40, along with their CS2, have great reviews, I'm kind of surprised by this ^^^ statement. Are you referring to looks, build quality, or sound?
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    Pioneer Andrew Jones 5.1 Home Theater System $289.95

    If anyone has experience with how these compare, sound-wise, to the Polk Monitor Series II (that I linked to on the first page of this thread) I'd be very interested to know.
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    Pioneer Andrew Jones 5.1 Home Theater System $289.95

    It says "Sign up to be notified when this item becomes available." Might be better than reloading the page constantly
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    Pioneer Andrew Jones 5.1 Home Theater System $289.95

    I was going to buy two of the Polk Audio Monitor60 Series II, the Polk Audio CS2 Series II Center, and a pair of the Polk Audio Monitor40 Series II that are on sale at the Egg. Had em in my cart last night. Glad I decided to wait. This Pioneer Andrew Jones speaker package seem very comparable...
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    Pioneer Andrew Jones 5.1 Home Theater System $289.95

    At only 100 watts, the sub is the only weak part of this deal. I got the 5.0 version of this package because of this (and I already have a rocking sub). Shows in stock again. Hurry!
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    Pioneer Andrew Jones 5.1 Home Theater System $289.95

    Wow, that was fast! I literally place my order minutes ago. Now it says: Currently Unavailable. Glad I was able to snag a set before they sold out. Thanks again, OP.
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    Pioneer Andrew Jones 5.1 Home Theater System $289.95

    Don't think you can order more than one set. I tried ordering two additional floor-standing speakers and it wouldn't let me due to quantity restrictions. Lucily I have two separate Amazon accounts. :cool:
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    Pioneer Andrew Jones 5.1 Home Theater System $289.95

    its very cool that you can get this even cheaper ($229) by ordering it as a 5.0 system, as I already have a sub. Killer deal Thanks OP.
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    Hot, Netgear AC1900 $89.97 Walmart B&M

    Need to scan the item to see the sale price.
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    Hot, Netgear AC1900 $89.97 Walmart B&M

    I gota say thanks to the OP, I have been looking for a new router so I can retire my Linksys WRT54G. I just can't help but wonder why this router is marked down so much? The cost was $89.97 and the fact that the price ends in a seven (7) and not a nine (9) is somewhat of a tell. Meaning, it's...
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    Hot, Netgear AC1900 $89.97 Walmart B&M

    I need a new modem, too. What would be a good modem to pair with this router via Comcast?
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    Newegg no-rebate $5 Antivirus deals...

    So like I could use a key near the end of next year to extend my service for another year?
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    Hot, Netgear AC1900 $89.97 Walmart B&M

    I'm kind of router noob, if this is so, what would the significance of that be?
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    Newegg no-rebate $5 Antivirus deals...

    Never used Newegg Download service. It states it has a limit of 5. If I download a quantity of 3 can I save them to different folders on a USB stick and apply them to different PCs or do I have to download each one separately onto each PC I want to use?
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    Hot, Netgear AC1900 $89.97 Walmart B&M

    I wouldnt go to the sales guys. They might question the price and call a manager since they will likely know the price seems suspiciously low. I grabbed the last two they had and walked to the front of the store where regular checkout ladies work and I went through the self-checkout. The lady...
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    Hot, Netgear AC1900 $89.97 Walmart B&M

    Just went to my local Wally World and there were two Netgear R7000 AC1900 routers on the shelf. I grabbed them both, walked up to self checkout and scanned one; $89.97, bought em both. Killer un-announced Black Friday deal. Thanks OP!
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    ASUS PB278Q PLS 27" 1440p Monitor $400

    If I had to guess this is likely the 1st PLS version released fall 2012, which is the one I would prefer.
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    The Last of Us $25 amazon PS3 digital download code

    yeah i see now, it was a gold box deal and 100% have been claimed. Good deal for those that got in.
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