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  1. Pairing an 8700 with an L9i is pointless. You aren't really hurting for space in that case, it's not a Dan A4. You don't need a gaming and overclocking Z390 motherboard with a locked 8700. You don't need that 1050 either. Why would you pair a 2200G with an X470 motherboard? Who needs a tempered glass case in a professional environment? But all of that doesn't really matter. Because if you need a bunch of PCs for a professional setting, you go to Dell, HP, Fujitsu or pick any OEM you particularly like, pick a vendor, get your PCs, software and any warranty and replacement policy you like and call it a day. Building your own is fine for home. Nobody builds one-off PCs for professional environments. You know why? Because as soon as the excrement hits a rotary cooling device, you want to call your vendor and gave a technician at your doorstep with a replacement part or machine four hours later, because it's your money on the line. Stuff tends to fail from time to time. What are you going to do if a motherboard fails in two years? Are you going to scour eBay and random Amazon listings for another X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING? Who's going to support these machines when you aren't there? Who's going to troubleshoot them? And so on, and so forth. What if you expand in the future and need four new PCs? Are you going to hunt down the same components and build them? What if you aren't able to? Are you going to run a hodgepodge of random systems that can't be imaged and have to be reinstalled manually every time something bad happens?
  2. I find most of the responses here kinda sad. I mean, call me old, but I still remember the good old days when we had something called the "netiquette", posts like that would be considered flaming, removed nigh immediately, and their authors would get a swift ban, while repeat offenders would be banned on sight. Remember the human. Respect others. Make yourself look good on-line. Don't flame. Don't troll. These were the rules and - at least where I used to dwell - people respected them. And now? "It's just the Internet", " If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen!", "Get thicker skin. Or Log off the interwebs imho"... That's not what the Internet used to be.
  3. Depends on what kind of connection you'd use. A hypothetical copper cable? Fibre? Radio waves? Let's go with fibre optic for example. The speed of light in fibre optic cable is 31% slower than 299,792,46 km/s. Let's take 200,000 km/s to make calculations easier. The distance between Earth and Pluto amounts to 7,5 billion kilometres at the farthest. Which means that your hypothetical ping from Pluto to a server on Earth and back to Pluto would have to travel 15 billion kilometres at the speed of 200k km/s - that's 75 000 seconds. 1250 minutes. 20 hours and 50 minutes. And that's with a hypothetical fibre optic connection. In the best case scenario, you're still limited to c - the speed of light in vacuum, which is 299,792,458 metres per second. If you'd hypothetically go above that, physics would start breaking in funny and often unpredictable ways.
  4. Like with everything - it depends. Is this your only drive? What are you going to run from the drive? What software do you use? What are you going to use it for? Right now you're asking if you should buy a smaller 3GB/s NVMe SSD or a 500 MB/s SATA M.2 SSD without providing any information whatsoever. It's like asking whether you should buy a Lamborghini or a Ford Focus.
  5. Yeah, I've got one. You picked a 1TB Caviar HDD and a motherboard with TWO M.2 slots. It's not like you're hurting for cash or going for an ultra-budget build, given the 1500 quid 2080Ti, 200 quid motherboard or a 100 quid case - get AT LEAST one NVMe SSD as a boot drive, preferably from a reputable company like Samsung or WD - you can have a 500GB WD Black NVMe SSD for 100 quid. Trust me, you will appreciate it the second you see sub-15 second boot times and nigh-instant loading times. Also, these days you can have 8TB HDDs for less than $150 - why would you torture yourself with a 1TB drive?
  6. Sure. I mean, if you clone one drive to the other one, it's pretty much reading data from one drive and writing it to another drive, your original files should be exactly where you left them, unless you screw something up and, say, wipe your original drive. Thus, it is safe in the sense that you can always go back to square one and run the software where it was originally installed. Now, since you did not specify WHAT software you are talking about, I'm going to give you a couple of general pointers: - Check licensing requirements - if your licensed software is tied to a hardware fingerprint, serial number or something, it might stop working. - If the software is activated against a server, make sure that only one machine is running and remains connected to the Internet and/or the server in question,as it might invalidate your licenses. - If your software is licensed using a piece of hardware (USB dongle, for example) make sure to transfer it. - When in doubt, consult the publisher and/or rights holder.
  7. That depends on whether your current SSD is a NVMe drive or a SATA drive in an M.2 form factor. There are bridges that enable you to connect both types via USB, so it is certainly possible, but you have to determine which one you have to get the right adapter. That one would for example work with a PCI-E NVMe SSD. ;) Regarding mirroring - there's a couple ways, from open-source solutions (Clonezilla) to shareware and paid apps (Acronis TrueImage, EaseUs Todo Backup) and so on.
  8. Your motherboard uses Intel's i945 chipset, which supports a maximum address space of 4GB and does not support memory remapping. Given that some of that address space have to stay reserved for other devices, you will never be able to use more than 3.2GB RAM, despite having two 2GB sticks. Upgrading BIOS will not help, as it is a chipset (hardware) limitation, not a software one. You can find more information in Intel's official datasheet - page 211 more specifically.
  9. It's NOT ATX and it's NOT ATX compatible. This is a proprietary motherboard from a HP Z600 workstation - not a server. While it should technically be possible to run it using a standard ATX power supply and a bunch of adapters, expect a lot of proprietary stuff. You WILL need a 24-pin to 18-pin adapter for sure. Now, to answer your questions: - Yes, that motherboard is compatible with those Xeon CPUs. Make sure they are paired - if they're not, you won't be able to boot. - Check if your RAM is compatible with the motherboard. It's a workstation part, not your typical PC. You might need ECC RAM. - I'm not sure if you're aware how much power do the X5670 CPUs draw when under load. We're talking 150-200W idle and 400+ watts under full load. That 500W PSU might not be enough, especially if you want to add GPUs. - Your cooler won't work. Notice that Z600 motherboard requires proprietary HP coolers with 5-pin connectors, not your classic 4-pin PWM cooler. Also, it needs to be specific to that workstation, otherwise it won't work and you'll get a BIOS error on boot. If you don't care about power consumption, your best bet is actually finding a decommissioned and COMPLETE workstation with a beefy PSU, and then adding your GPUs. You certainly don't want to repurpose old server/workstation parts to build a cheap rig, unless you are ready to deal with a mountain of problems and have knowledge to actually work around them. Given your post - you're clearly out of your depth. You're going to spend more money on working around all the problems that you'd spend if you bought a ready-made solution. These machines ARE NOT made for tinkering. Keep that in mind. They are made for companies that buy them pre-configured as workhorses.
  10. That depends on the starting voltage of your fan of choice. If it's anything over 5V, your fan won't start. If it's less than 5V, it will start and will work in the lowest RPM range. Obviously, regardless of whether it's a PWM or voltage-regulated fan, you won't have any regulation at all. If you go with a step-up converter, you might be able to run a 12V case fan, but you'd run into risk of drawing more current than recommended and frying something. Other than that - it's an office PC. I'd rather pester whomever is responsible for equipment to replace or fix it, rather than jury-rig some solution myself, lest your solution blows something up.
  11. What's "crazy" and "overkill" about it? Apart from the fact that it's in a desperate need of hard tubing...
  12. Wasn't that actually possible with some ASRock motherboards?
  13. Step 1: Go to BIOS. Step 2: Increase BCLK by 1-2 MHz. Step 3: Do some extensive testing to see if it works. Step 4: If it works, GOTO 2, else go to BIOS and decrease BCLK to last stable value. Step 5: Enjoy your 2% performance increase.
  14. I would advise against going for FX series, as you're basically going for some ancient and power-hungry technology, one that should for all intents and purposes be considered EOL status. You'll buy a motherboard with no upgrade path whatsoever, a CPU without upgrade path whatsoever, you'll be stuck on DDR3 memory and you'll be still bottlenecking in newer games. New Ryzen 6-cores will hit the market soon, and the MSRPs are low enough. And that thing will absolutely crush your FX-8370, while AM4 platform will be supported until 2020 at least. Wait two weeks, seriously.
  15. As I said, with 2x6 pin PCI-E you can always get an adapter (it's even included in the box with some GPUs) from 2x6 pin to 1x8 pin. It will clutter up the case a bit and make cable management a PITA, but it can be done. Just don't think about going Molex - PCI-E