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  1. Alkahna

    Painting a Case - Need your help

    Thanks for your advice. I'm going to follow the paint manufactures advice on prepping/sanding like I always do and I will not paint any plastic pieces. Also I want a solid color in which case I can skip the white base coat which is nice sice less work and stuff thanks for that piece of advice^^ In your guide you also say that sanding/scuffing is recommended but primer is "optional but not a bad idea especially for scratched or heavily worn pieces". Since the panels I'm painting are brand new and flawless I was not sure if sanding would be enough and I could skip the primer.
  2. Hi, im planning on painting a case for a friend as a gift. Its brand new and all metal parts I want to paint are white (i guess its power coated as most case panels are?) I have the following on hand (its all professional automobile paint since I still have those around): base coat (white) top coat (metallic pink) clear coat I watched some videos and read a little bit around but I'm not sure on two things yet. Should I use primer before the base coat/top coat? The case is brandnew and still in its package and some people said its not needed if you have perfectly fine paint as a base, is that true? Do I need the base coat at all? The original paint is white and if I go for a primer I will pick a white one so is the base coat really necessary then since original paint is white, the primer (if used) is white and base coat is also white... that would be 2-3 layers of white before the top coat which seems to be a little too much or is it not? It will be my first time painting a pc case so I wanna do it right^^ For cars its a different thing, there primer is a must (rust) and depending on color/the pieces you want to paint a base coat is a must as well. Here I will be turning all parts that are white now into pink (the other parts of the case are black by default) regards Alkahna
  3. Hi, I'm was looking to get a gigabit switch at home since I only have a regular 100 Mbit one. I'm currently looking at the following options: D-Link DGS-1210-16 (https://eu.dlink.com/uk/en/products/dgs-1210-series-gigabit-smart-switches) Has the following, which is want I would want from a new switch VLAN QoS Trunking/Link Aggregation Port-Security (MAC based) ACL's 802.1X Port-based Authentication It has fiber uplink which I dont need since I cannot run new lines to another room with lets say a second switch for roof mouted cameras There will be no cameras connected to the switch directly (has some surveilance features) because I will need to either branch of a wall socket in some room to a poe switch to hook up cameras or use wireless ones. Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24 (https://www.ubnt.com/unifi-switching/unifi-switch-2448/) this one is a bit more expensive but I'm also potentially interested in more stuff from UB (like AP's Security Gateway and such) if it is feature equivalent or has more features I would pick this one over the D-Link one My questions now are: Does it offer the same features (security wise) like the one from D-Link (has to be through the UniFi Controller) especially points 4-6? I dont have UniFi devices yet and I can't tell if the switch (throug the help of the controller can provide the same security features as the D-Link one) Does anyone have experience with the noise level of the UniFi Switch 24? I will be connecting 10-12 devices since I dont need PoE the 16 port options are more expensive thus the 24port model) it will sit in the basement in a room with the heater, my wall mounted smart home central unit and our home ventilation device (so its never silent in there but its not a big server room with blowimatron's either xD) regards Alkahna
  4. yeah I know its hard... 1 may go for only one 5.25" Bay if the case has an integrated fan controler but I'm not sure yet
  5. Thanks for the suggestions so far, here is my breakdown on those PURE BASE 600 no easy access & removable filter except for PSU Silent Base 600 hard with watercooling greater that 120mm radiator (may be an upgrade when I switch CPU/Mainboard next year) top vent is not that great in terms of airflow and has no filter door may not be able to close because of my fancontroler knobs DARK BASE Pro 900 Looks good in terms of what I want but 200 € ... heck no never spend more than 100 so I'm not willing to spend 200 Fractal R5 looks really good with just over 100 € its pricy and offers not much more than my current one (silent feature is not a plus for me) missing a magnetic top filter with that cover Fractal R6 same as R5 but has filter on the top which is good at ~115€ its getting pricy and has not much "more" features than my old one, just being more expensive MasterCase MC500 liking this one the most so far! just under 90 € so that is doable^^ air intakes are good, filtered and easy to get to offers a large window which is a "plus" over my current one not 100 % sold yet because I think the mesh + removable filter on mine is still better that the MC500 front filter Anyone got other suggestions?
  6. Hi, im looking for a new case. I have a case that I really like in terms of features BUT I bought it a few years back for under 60 € and since then the price just went up to like 72 € right now. So I guess its not being produced anymore (or in small numbers) so it will disappear some day or get much more expensive. My case is the Aerocool Aero 1000: http://www.aerocool.us/pgs/pgs-a/pgs_a_a1000_bk.html I "challenge" you to find a case that matches my criteria When you look at mondern cases this case is just "awefull" as many people would say I believe, but I just dont care about most of the new stuff (mostly looks) it has to be functional! Must Have's (if doenst have those it's out): easy access dust filtration with removeable filters on Front, Top and Power Supply look at the pictures of the Case on the product page these are just fantastic for easy cleaning Front USB 3 Type A (at least 1) Full-ATX motherboard & full atx power supply compatible mounts for at least two 3,5" drives at least one 5,25" Bays (BlueRay Drive) but I'd rather have two Dont Care about / Nice to have: RGB (yeah i'm one of those guys) if it has RGB i'm probably gonna turn it off anyways so super unimportant USB-C dont have USB-Devices other than my phone and that charger has Type-A on the other end if it has regular USB 3-Type A & USB-C it would be a "nice to have" but nothing more tempered glass Many want that these days, but I dont I dont care about a windowed panel of any kind be it glass or plastic since that most of the time conflicts with easy access dust filtration! I would buy and use a case that had USB-C or glass or RGB but I would not sacrifice anything to rather have those! So plz dont hate because I dont care about the 3 bigget new "things" with cases these days and I hope you guys can find me a case that: does the same thing at a lower cost has the same features but adds mondern stuff (like USB-C, RGB) look cooler etc. I wish you the best of luck since I looked at quite some cases and could not find one that could rival my current one but maybe one of you guys out there are better that me.
  7. Hi, im planning on setting up a rackmounted NAS (got a rackmounted chassis already) running FreeNas which is responsible for storing backups of the mail Fileserver. Choosing a motherboard I found myself stuck with a rather unusual choice All that mathers for the motherboard is this: 1151 Socket (going to use a i3-7100 in there, maybe a Pentium G4600) 8x SATA3 connectors ECC memory support At first I thought about grabbing just the right board from Supermicro and call it a day but I found an Asus Board that matches my specs too. Supermicro X11SAE-M Asus P10S-M WS Costwise they are on par at my supplier. Can anyone tell me something about Asus's workstation/server "stuff"? I know that Supermicro makes really good boards but all I know Asus Boards for is their ROG for gaming
  8. It is the case, thats true. Reason being is that those specs are what they call "futureproof", meaning that those specs are safe to run that software for at least 4 years no problem. What you said about clockspeed sounds right and is inline whith what I thought. I now settled on 1x Xeon Gold 6128 (essentially the 2643v4 but on the new architecture) which basicly has the same specs but a lower TDP since it wasn't much cheaper than the previous gen E5. Thanks to you for helping me out
  9. Its a software for a tax consultant office and its quite demanding in terms of hardware. Thats why they list the dual config along with 16 GB of RAM for 8-10 users In this case there is no need for virtualisation as this will be the only task of that machine (serve the "tax software" and office to 3-4 people)
  10. you are right, fixed that. thanks
  11. Hi, I posted this earlier but in the wrong section (too dumb do see this one here) Im currently speccing out a server (about to serve its duty as a WTS) and I got stuck on CPU choice with 2 Options: Go with Dual E5-2623 v4 (4C 8T @ 2.6 Ghz) each has 16GB RAM in Dual Channel Go with Single E5-2643 v4 (6C 12T @ 3.4 Ghz) with 16 GB RAM in Dual Channel It will serve 3-4 Users in the beginning. The point at which I am stuck is upgradability. + for Option 1 -> better performance from the start - for Option 1 -> Upgrading means swapping both CPU's + for Option 2 -> Buy a E5-2643 v4 when needed and double performance, sweet (RAM will be doubled as well) - for Option 2 -> lower performance at the beginning Can anyone say something about performance when it comes to a duel between 2x 4 Cores vs. 1x 6 Cores on those chips? The performance recommendation for its purposes is exactly met by Option 1 and rated for 8-10 users. Since I only have 3-4 users I thought I could drop down a bit to a single 6 Core and have a much better upgrade path down the road. Am I on track or am I missing something important?? I took a look at the following benchmarks and was surprised that the 6-Core beats the two 4-Core's but that doenst quite reflect the workload on a Windows Terminal Server. Dual E5-2623 v4 Benchmark Single E5-2623 v4 Benchmark greetings Alkahna
  12. Alkahna

    RX580 8GB or 1060 6GB - *Closed*

    @Majestic why that? and though not right now I might upgrade the cpu next then and from the current standpoint I might actually swap teams on the cpu side over to team red^^ So then the 580 would make more sense in that case I guess
  13. Alkahna

    RX580 8GB or 1060 6GB - *Closed*

    @Majestic I added the rest of my system specs as well as an Sapphire alternative RX 580.
  14. Hi, im deciding wether to get an EVGA GTX 1060 SC Gaming ACX 2.0 6144MB (Link) -> 258€ for me here in Germany or an MSI RX 580 Armor 8G OC (Link) -> 254€ for me here in Germany or an Sapphire Radeon RX 580 PULSE 8GB (Link) @ 265€ Im really uncertain about those cards as they are pretty much on the same level (performance wise) from what I have read/seen with each card doing better in some games. Im only gaming at 1080p (no plans to go higher for now) and no AAA-Titles (and if then it doesn't need to be max settings) and I want that card to stay around for quite some time (~4-5 years) just like my HD6950 I bought in 2012. EDIT: My System is the following: Core i5 2500k (not overclocked but I have a AiO so I might go ahead and do some overclocking) XFX Radeon HD 6950 Gigabyte P67A-D3-B3 12GB DDR3 G.Skill Ripjaws 256GB Samsung 850 Evo 1TB HDD I know its pretty old but still doing its job (except the HD6950) EDIT 2: After comparing the two 580's I decided to go with the one from Sapphire, thanks a lot to every one who helped me out on this Any recommondations from you guys? (for other cards to suggest, my pricepoint was 200-270 €) I could see the RX 580 ahead with more headroom in terms of driver tuning and Vulkan support becoming a thing but again, unsure^^ I hope you guys can help me out on this one ;-) regards Alkahna