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  1. I’ve considered DIY but wanted something relatively simple and without much faff. You bring up a very fair point though and have answered my questions, thank you!
  2. My main consideration is cost, I don't want to be spending too much when I effectively just need 4TB extra storage space right now. I'd like to have some parity as I won't have a backup solution but according to Synology's RAID Calculator SHR would give me 4TB usable storage with the 2x2TB + 1x4TB configuration. I'd essentially have to purchase another 4TB drive just to make all this worthwhile.
  3. Would SHR be my only option here, would it not be possible to use RAID 0 for example? Looking at Synology's RAID Calculator, SHR would yield just 4TB usable capacity and put me in the same situation as I am in right now - needing more space.
  4. So for the past 3yrs I've been using the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra w/ 2x2TB WD Red drives in RAID 0. The NAS is primarily used as a Plex server for 800 movies, TV Shows and backing up of my PC but is now completely full (14GB remaining). I am considering purchasing the Synology DS918+, mostly for hardware transcoding of 4K movies and the ability to expand its storage capacity for years to come. If I get the DS918+ and install 1x4TB WD Red - is it possible for me to transfer all 4TB data from the My Cloud NAS to the Synology and then move over the old 2x2TB drives into the Synology, completely phasing out the WD NAS? What would be the best way of achieving this as efficiently as possible, and what RAID options should I consider now I'd effectively have 8TB total and 4TB free storage? I only chose RAID 0 originally for the performance and ability to use the entire 4TB available. All help and opinions on this is greatly appreciated! FYI - I have considered alternative NAS options including building my own but the DS918+ seems the most logical with its 4 bays, expansion capabilities, quad-core CPU and ease/simplicity compared to relying on FreeNAS or something similar... for me it makes the most sense to buy rather than build.
  5. Damn, thanks for letting me know and the link to disassembly. Extremely informative and quite an interesting read too!
  6. So yesterday I ordered all parts for my newest build, a teenie tiny ITX computer with a Corsair SF600 (wanted a SF400 but there was no stock anywhere). Arrived today and I noticed white goop on what I believe is a copper coil. I’m no PSU expert so I have no idea what goes into a PSU but none of my previous builds have ever had this so thought it best to ask you folks before I start powering a GTX 1080 through it. Hopefully my photos show what I’m talking about. Ordered from Amazon so not much of an issue to order a replacement. Thanks
  7. I must admit I've never considered overclocking RAM but I'm definitely looking into Memory Try It thanks for the tip
  8. Ah I did think about that but wasn't sure how much of a difference it would be. Thank you
  9. https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/Xdvmr6 Here is my current build
  10. I'm building a Mini ITX in the Node 202 (most likely). Trying to save costs anywhere I can so only going with 8GB RAM, only gaming so shouldn't need any more. Not too bothered about being able to upgrade in future so 1 stick or 2 doesn't bother me either. But should I go with this G Skill (2x4GB) which has a lower CAS https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/cLkwrH/gskill-memory-f42400c15d8grr Or this single 8GB stick from Crucial https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/N3yxFT/crucial-8gb-1-x-8gb-ddr4-2400-memory-ct8g4dfd824a I'm considering the Crucial as it has not headspreader and therefore should be easier to deal with in an ITX build. Please let me know your opinions or if you have a better suggestion, I'm all ears.
  11. So [realistically] if I plugged both into my network switch, would it help transfer speeds between my PC and NAS/other PCs on the network, maybe even reliability of connection to the router for broadband?
  12. Any real-world benefit to me plugging both into router/network switch?
  13. I actually thought Intel stopped shipping CPUs with coolers that’s why I added aftermarket one ? thanks for telling me that haha Saved me there so I can look at improving other parts like RAM or SSD ?
  14. Only thing with going 8400 is need a different motherboard and adding cost there as well ?
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