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About Gerr

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  • Birthday 1972-08-04


  • CPU
    i7-4790k @ 4.6Ghz
  • Motherboard
    ASRock Z97
  • RAM
    16GB G.Skill Ripjaws-X 2133 CL9
  • GPU
    MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G
  • Case
    FD ARC Midi R2
  • Storage
    2x250GB(RAID-0) Samsung 850 EVO
  • PSU
    Rosewill Capstone 750W
  • Display(s)
    Asus VG248QE
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15
  • Keyboard
    Razer DeathStalker
  • Mouse
    Razer DeathAdder
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Preview

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    Phoenix, AZ
  • Occupation
    Network Engineer

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  1. By the way, those Tweaktown reviews show the NZXT x41 doing BETTER than the Noctua D15.
  2. To be honest, probably would be cheaper to get a low end 2-bay NAS from Qnap or similar company if you only want to use 2 drives.
  3. I wouldn't bother spending the money on a hardware RAID controller. Instead us an OS that supports ZFS like FreeNAS or Linux and just go RaidZ1 if you plan on using 3 drives, or RaidZ2 if 4+ drives. However, Raid is NOT a backup, it only protects your data from a hardware(HDD) failure. It will NOT protect against accidental deletion, corrupted files, or viruses/malware. So on top of the Raid, you really should have a backup solution.
  4. Would a Corsair H100 (original, not an "i" version) be an upgrade? I can get my hands on a NOS one for fairly cheap and could replace the fans with better ones.
  5. Would a Corsair H100 (original, not an "i" version) be an upgrade? I can get my hands on a NOS one for fairly cheap and could replace the fans with better ones.
  6. Remember that it only hits 90+ during a stress test and only on a few isolated spikes here and there and those spikes are quick to return to the 80's. For most real world situations, including high CPU games, the temps rarely reach the low 80's spending most of the time in the 70's. That's my question, is it OK to sell this PC with these temps knowing most of the time the temps are in the 70's? And if so, should I sell it at 4.5Ghz, or back it off to 4.4Ghz? Things I have thought of to lower the temps... Speed up the fans some - but they start to get noisy after 70%. Replace the cooler - but I wouldn't get a return on my investment. Delid the CPU - would cool it down, but worried about the risk. Try liquid metal thermal compound - probably would only help a few degrees. Other options?
  7. The x41 is a 38mm thick 140mm AIO, which is about 50% thicker than a standard AIO. Taking the 140mm area, adding 50%, that's the equiv of a 210mm area, which is just behind a normal 240mm AIO. Considering that NZXT makes some high quality AIO's, and that I have added a 2nd fan to it for push/pull, yes, I would expect this AIO to match the performance of most low-mid level 240mm AIO's only falling short of the top ones. Sadly, it's actual performance doesn't appear to be what I had thought it would.
  8. I have a i7-4790K cooled by a NZXT x41. I have dialed in the following OC's & temps... 4.5Ghz @ 1.21v OCCT stress test temps average in the low-mid 80's with max spikes into the mid 90's. Gaming temps for high CPU utilization games are generally in the low-mid 70's with a few spikes into the mid 80's. 4.4Ghz @ 1.18v OCCT stress test temps average in the high 70's to low 80's with max spikes into the low 90's. Gaming temps for high CPU utilization games are generally in the high 60's to low 70's with a few spikes into the low 80's. The cooler a NZXT x41 with a 2nd fan for push/pull running at 70% max with pump set to performance mode. It also has a fresh application of Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut using the rice method. Case is a Corsair 540 AIR with multiple 140mm fans, and the x41 is mounted as a front intake. While my gaming temps are fine, my stress test temps feel high. I want to sell this system, so would it be acceptable to sell it at the 4.5Ghz level, or should I tune it down to the 4.4Ghz level? Is there anything I can do to bring those temps down without spending much money?
  9. I have an i7-4790K and had it OC'ed to 4.6Ghz using a Noctua D15 air cooler. I decided it was time to make the jump to AIO's, so sold that cooler and bought a Corsair H75. Well I was only able to get to 4.4Ghz on the i7 with this AIO as it would run too hot to go higher. I then replaced the H75 with an NZXT x41 and added a 2nd 140mm fan for push/pull. That allowed me to get up to 4.5Ghz, but it almost runs too hot for my comfort level. It just amazes me that the Noctua D15 outperforms both of these AIO's. I have not tried a 240mm AIO as I am planning on selling this system, so not worth the investment. Has anyone else experienced something similar?
  10. Example... You work for company XYZ and they use a lot of internal web applications. Anytime you go to, your are on your company's internal network, aka INTRANET. When you go to something that isn't on, you are hitting the INTERNET, ie outside your company's internal network.
  11. Is there a way to test your system to see if you are getting the full performance from your system? It could be falsely reporting 100% utilization.
  12. You're paying a premium for the small ITX size. Consider Micro-ATX and you will save some money. Those HGST NAS drives are top notch, but if you are looking to cut corners, think about WD Red or Seagate's NAS drives instead. Also, why 4 drives? Just use Raid1z with 3 drives. I would suggest a lower wattage Gold PSU like Seasonic's 360W Gold. ECC is a nice thing to have with ZFS, but not needed. You don't need an SSD if you are using FreeNAS, just a pair of USB drives. Unless you plan on a read or write cache. RAID provides redundancy, but is not a backup. Do you have a solution for that?
  13. Your best bet is find a used low end 2-bay NAS and then add the HDD's you can afford. Either Raid-0, Raid-1, or JOBD is up to you.
  14. Myth or not, doesn't FreeNAS/ZFS use unused RAM as an ARC cache? Plus I thought the myth was that was REQUIRED and they dispelled that down to just recommended?
  15. I have the following sticks of ECC RAM... Four 8GB Crucial Unbuffered ECC DDR3-1600 CL11 Four 4GB Hynix Unbuffered ECC DDR3-1600 CL11 I have the following two servers... Freenas Xeon E3-1231v3 on an Asus C222 mobo. Plex - media on 3x3TB HGST NAS HDD's in Raidz1(ZFS), jail & metadata on a 250GB Crucial MX200 SSD Windows Server 2016 Essentials Xeon E3-1226v3 on an Asus C226 mobo NAS - is my personal NAS using two mirrored 3TB WD Red drives. Backed up to an external USB 6TB HDD. NAS - is my wife's primary NAS using two mirrored 1TB WD Red drives. Backed up to an external USB 2TB HDD. NVR - Running Blue Iris NVR app saving data to a single 3TB WD Purple. Client backups - running automated client backups to a single 4TB HGST NAS HDD. Domain Controller(future) - at some point will promote this server to a domain controller, just not ready yet. Blu-Ray Ripping & Transcoding - I will infrequently use this system to rip new Blu-Rays via MakeMKV and then transcode them using Handbrake. I would prefer not to mix brands, so one system will get 32GB of Crucial RAM and the other will get 16GB of Hynix RAM. My initial thoughts would be to give the FreeNAS system the 32GB as it will use the extra RAM as an ARC cache. Plus 16GB would be just under the recommended RAM for a ZFS system, that being 8GB + 1GB per TB of drive space, so 8GB(ZFS system) + 9GB(9TB of drives) = 17GB. Plus as my media collection grows, I might upgrade the drives to a higher capacity, which would require more RAM. While still too expensive, would love to replace the 3TB drives with 8TB drives, which would give me 16TB of usable storage and the 32GB RAM would be the exact amount of required RAM for that...8GB + 24GB. However, I don't expect to be able to afford that for 1-2 years. The type of work done by the Windows Server isn't RAM intensive, so I think 16GB would be fine there. Not sure about if I would need a RAM upgrade when I promote it to a domain controller or if 16GB would still be fine then. Thoughts/Opinions?