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  1. Grebuloner

    Tower Case with 2x 92mm fan mounts and 9 or 10 front, exposed 5.25" bays

    If external hotswap capability is a requirement, you are rather limited in terms of new cases. You might want to consider rackmount 4U or larger cases (and perhaps some quieter replacement fans if you aren't loading the system too heavily). The Norco RPC-4224 has 24 hot-swap bays built in...
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    Ssd running slow on older x58 system

    Not at all. SATA3 was introduced about halfway through the X58 lifecycle so first gen boards like the EX58's didn't have it, while the refreshes did via add-on controller chips, but even those had their teething issues.
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    3.2TB SSD for $240

    Offered $215 last night, accepted this morning. Now every expansion slot on my new build is filled and I'm looking at M.2->PCIe adapters for other cards. Irony is that I still can't get a CPU to put in the board. This will make a good Steam drive in my current build in the meantime.
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    Reverse hackintosh ??? <_<

    I'd hardly call it a reverse hackintosh if you can't run anything but an old version of MacOS or very old version of Linux on it. That said, how about putting the innards in a cardboard box with my shipping address (and postage) on the top and seeing if it runs inside the mailbox? :whistle...
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    The "All the Things that Have Gone Wrong During Builds" thread.

    When I built my Q6600 system (first time building completely from scratch), I had a fancy Thermaltake case to go with it (still do). I thought it was cool that it supported all sorts of board form factors and had little letter codes on the motherboard tray for where you were supposed to screw...
  6. Grebuloner

    Fan Project

    As long as you can get the battery voltages in the right range for the fans (usually 5-12V, it should say the range on the sticker on the rear of the fan), you should be fine. Lower voltage=slower fan, but don't exceed the maximum. People have been rewiring fans to work off USB and 9V batteries...
  7. Grebuloner

    current fan wired into plug - new PSU question.

    On an unrelated note: grab some compressed air and give your computer a good cleanout while you're messing around in there. You'll keep things cooler and quieter when you get the dust and hair and gunk out. That heatsink is nasty.
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    Newegg/Intel CPU question

    Yeah, I saw the long preorder list, but at the very least, I'm in line somewhere. I can cancel the order without penalty if I happen to come across a real live listing somewhere else. For the meantime, if 3-6 months is really what it's going to take, my current system is running strong and I...
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    Newegg/Intel CPU question

    The Cobra Check out ShopBLT. I just preordered my 10980XE from them ($999!) plus a board. No idea when it will arrive, but they at least receive stock and you join the waiting line. Added bonus, they only charge tax in CT and HI, which is surprising, as my state told the internet to pay up on...
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    CoolerMaster MWL vs Thermaltake Smart?

    Get the Thermaltake, but don't expect much from it and keep external backups of your important data. The quality of both is very low, and fan noise is just going to be what it is. The Thermaltake is the only one that guarantees it can work with computers built since 2013. The CoolerMaster...
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    Corsair RMx. Any reason to not buy 850 if it's cheaper than 650?

    I was not. I think all the RMx's are Gold? You are right, running a PSU around 50% load still remains the best efficiency mark with plenty of overhead for future upgrades and eventual component degradation. For what he was speccing, a 650 was the right size for OP to do that. Moving up to a...
  12. Grebuloner

    Not sure where to post - Low idle power consumption setup

    How much are you willing to spend to save $40 per year? Changing the processor won't save you anything. The idle state power consumption between CPUs is negligible, and if you aren't applying a load, the peak power (TDPish) doesn't matter, either. If you really want to, you should be able to...
  13. Grebuloner

    xl-atx case recommendations

    XL-ATX is taller than ATX, EATX is wider. You will need a case that has at least 9 expansion slots. Ones with 8 (pretty common) MAY work, but only if there is additional space below that last slot. That MB is 5 mm longer than an 8 slot setup. Some options: Corsair 750D, 760T/780T Rosewill Thor...
  14. Grebuloner

    A very newbie question regarding modem and router IP address

    I misread your original post, my bad. Then yes, you want the combo unit in bridge mode and the only device connected to it should be your Netgear. Check the settings to make sure the wifi on the Sagemcom is turned off, too. It is odd that you get a second outside IP address (and that must be...
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    A very newbie question regarding modem and router IP address

    Don't use bridge mode. That is for using a separate router after the modem, but you have a combination modem/router device so you don't want that. With bridge mode on, you are essentially exposing your computer directly to the internet, which is A Very Bad Idea™ for the vast majority of home...
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    A very newbie question regarding modem and router IP address

    Yes, this is how it is supposed to be. Your home network (from the router) uses its own local IP settings so all the different devices can talk to each other, and the ISP's IP is for all the data coming to/from the outside world (you can look up Network Address Translation (NAT) to see how that...
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    Thinking of going pfsense + WiFi6 access point...

    Maybe? Mine is AT&T and it is super picky about what it will run behind and between the old Asus router and my pfsense, it can't be behind a proper firewall or it won't connect to the server, so I had to give it its own DMZ which was best set right off the pfsense box. If yours is running fine...
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    Thinking of going pfsense + WiFi6 access point...

    I'll second iroc's first two paragraphs. I replaced my Asus router with a pfsense box (Haswell i5) and Unifi AC-nanoHD. Best decision I've ever made for my network. I use a 4-port Intel i350-T4V2 nic in the router as my setup needed 3 ports (WAN, LAN, DMZ VLAN for a home cell tower). The LAN...
  19. Grebuloner

    It's a weird time for power supplies

    Oh, no doubt, no doubt, we've even got it in my state. SHUT DOWN THE BOEING PLANT! What's that? Already? Carry on. But so far only China seems to have it at maximum fun-level, so don't panic just yet, but if anyone is thinking about a new system this year, order those PSUs while they're still...
  20. Grebuloner

    It's a weird time for power supplies

    Ugh, so true. Good thing I'm stocked up on Chinese-manufactured tech. The rest is from Taiwan, which remains safe for now...
  21. Grebuloner

    It's a weird time for power supplies

    Most manufacturers use China for part or all of their PSU production and it triggered the 10% tariffs for imports to the US. Seasonic was up front about having to jack up their prices to cover the additional costs. It was supposed to move up to 25% late last year, but that's being pushed back. I...
  22. Grebuloner

    How much RAM you got?

    64GB (8x8) in my current system, and I have 64GB (4x16) waiting for my new rig (CLX). I don't get close to using it all, but I do run up against 32 a lot so it made sense. Might move the new one up to 192 someday if I ever start running into 64, but DDR4 speeds/capacity just aren't maturing the...
  23. Grebuloner

    It's a weird time for power supplies

    Time to change your shopping methods. OklahomaWolf (JG PSU reviewer) retired from the game over a year ago, you're potentially missing out on the new stuff. TheFPSReview doesn't review as many, (well, no one did), but is a current high quality source.
  24. Grebuloner

    Intel Intros new PSU standard ATX12VO

    That's something that bothers me about the whole idea, at least once it makes it out to the BYO components we all use. If I'm putting together a storage server, will I have to buy a special and/or expensive MB just so that it has enough power conversion for the SATA drives? I'd imagine a cheap...
  25. Grebuloner

    WFI Adaptors: USB vs PCIe

    "On par" is a bit of a tricky answer. Typically the PCIe versions come first due to the PCB size requirements for the chips and power (it's going to be awhile before Wifi 6/ax comes to USB), and then as the tech matures it gets shrunk down into something USB stick sized. The most powerful (ie...
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    WFI Adaptors: USB vs PCIe

    Okay, now that I know the hardware you're working with, here is my answer on PCIe vs. USB: It doesn't matter. Generally speaking, the higher-end and most standards-current your adapter is, with antennas that you can put somewhere else (like on top of the case or generally away from metal...
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    WFI Adaptors: USB vs PCIe

    I'm not going to post related stuff in both of your threads, so I'll cover both things here. What's your audio setup? What's your Wifi router and how far/number of rooms away is it? I've run a couple of these cards myself and never had any buzzing audio issues, even with audio cables touching...
  28. Grebuloner

    Socket 478 64-Bit 3.4Ghz Pentium 4 SL7Q8

    Pentium 4s lacked an integrated memory controller and relied on the chipset for memory addressing. It wasn't until Nehalem/Bloomfield (Core i7 9xx) in 2008 that Intel finally got on the IMC train. The 915 chipset maxes out at 4GB, so that's all you're going to get, unfortunately. Officially it...
  29. Grebuloner

    New PSU

    Decades are a special case of weirdness. Pedantry aside, I was making a double entendre to both the end of the 2010s and the super awesome 12 yr (a decade rounded) Seasonic warranty on their Prime units.
  30. Grebuloner

    New PSU

    Seasonic Prime Ultra Gold or Platinum 850W and call it a decade.
  31. Grebuloner

    Which of the following CPUs did you/are you buying in the next 60 days

    Thanks! I like to think so :). I want my systems to last for a very long time, even when they're retired to unattended crunchers (as my current system will become), so I go big. The only waffling I'll do is over the MB, but that shouldn't be too bad. I'm leaning towards the Gigabyte already...
  32. Grebuloner

    Which of the following CPUs did you/are you buying in the next 60 days

    Well, hello, notarat! I'm a rather introverted lurker of sorts, so I'm always around, just don't always feel like I should be posting something. :) I've been slowly buying up parts for my build to minimize the hit to the ol' wallet, though I was hoping to have everything by now. A lot of what...
  33. Grebuloner

    Corsair RMx. Any reason to not buy 850 if it's cheaper than 650?

    The only "downside" to getting either bigger model is you might be in a (very slightly) lower efficiency range, which will never eat up the price difference. Buy the 750 and enjoy.
  34. Grebuloner

    Sun Ultra 40 M2 does not boot - power supply?

    Not especially. I think the resale value is coming from the fact that it isn't a standardized form factor and not a whole lot (comparatively speaking) were produced, so working replacements have value to either suckers, or those poor businesses that bought these as replacements for their 30 year...
  35. Grebuloner

    Sun Ultra 40 M2 does not boot - power supply?

    I think that's just the reality of a workstation/server grade power supply with tiny little fans: They're always loud for maximum cooling. I think your PSU is fine, all things considered, it would have quieted down once the motherboard finished post and took control of system fans. You...
  36. Grebuloner

    Sun Ultra 40 M2 does not boot - power supply?

    Your PSU is somewhat ancient, can you describe the noise? metallic grinding=worn fan bearings (to be expected, really), high-pitched whine = coil sheathing & coils wearing out (not the end of the world, but annoying). I don't think it matters too much, though, considering the board problems...
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    Sun Ultra 40 M2 does not boot - power supply?

    They're hex codes, FF is just the highest possible display value, or conversely, the equivalent of "-1," which is why I'm curious if datum's board starts at FF and stays put (bad) or cycles through many and ends there (potentially not bad, depending on the beeps, if any). Different brands use...
  38. Grebuloner

    Sun Ultra 40 M2 does not boot - power supply?

    FF isn't listed in the manual as a valid POST code. Are you saying it starts at FF and doesn't progress from there? I don't think it's a PSU issue, I think you're motherboard or CPU(s) are on the way out. First you should try putting in a new CMOS battery (CR2032), funny things apparently...
  39. Grebuloner

    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe²

    I have the weirdest boner right now. I see it's for sale in Germany, but still not available in the US, yet. Get it out there, Phanteks!
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    Phanteks Enthoo Luxe²

    Finally! And it supports 140mm fans! Plus dust filters everywhere...mmm. Only $190, which is surprising considering how much is included, I was expecting around $250. The ODD bay is sold separately, but I can dig it. I think I'll pick this baby up once it makes it to retail to put my next...
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