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  1. ingelberts

    ESXi server CPU swap

    Hi, for my business I use an old HP ProLiant DL380e G8 server to run 5 Win10 vms on ESXi. Currently it has a single -pretty lackluster- quadcore, non-HT, non-TB 2.2Ghz Xeon E5-2407 in it and let me tell you, it chugs big time. So the other day I was able to pick up a Xeon E5-2470 v2 for a mere $75 at a liquidation auction, which according to the documentation on the server should be supported by it. By contrast this thing has 10 cores, 20 threads at higher base clocks and supports Turbo Boost 2.0, needless to say I'm pretty chuffed. Now I know since they're different CPU's I wont be able to run them both on the same board so I'll have to swap them out. However I'm very inexperienced when it comes to ESXi. Are there any steps I have to take before performing the physical swap to make sure ESXi and my client vms will still work afterwards? Or can I just shut down the server, swap the CPUs and reboot? Any other things I should be aware of before moving forward? Any and all advice welcome and appreciated. Thanks!
  2. If anyone else should encounter this same issue, I was able to resolve it successfully. Turns out it was indeed a bug in Intel's Management Engine Interface, after updating to the latest version the system now shuts down correctly.
  3. So I finished my new build on the weekend using an ASUS Z270G mATX mobo and I'm experiencing a rather odd problem. The system doesn't seem to fully turn off when I shut it down. All fans keep spinning and the lighting on my GSkill RGB memory stays on. If anything the fans even seem to ramp up somewhat. The system does seem to successfully shut down when doing a system reboot. I did read somewhere online that some Asus motherboards have this feature called "fan overdrive" or something which keeps the fans running for a minute after shutdown to cool components more quickly, so maybe this board has that? I can't find much info on it though. Seems like a weird feature to have on by default because I'm sure it would confuse a lot of users. Some other forum mentioned it might be a bug in Intel's Management Engine Interface. I've not really had time to troubleshoot much so I definitely have to investigate further but maybe some of you have had similar problems or have some idea about what the issue might be. I'm really hoping this isn't a faulty motherboard, RMAs are such a pain.
  4. So, the rgb lights for the power button and the little bar on the front of my Enthoo Evolv mATX TG don't seem to work, I have checked and double checked and everything seems to be plugged in correctly (I think these lights are powered through the SATA-power connection coming off the front panel), the HDD activity light does work but this ones connected directly to the mobo front panel connectors as usual. I might try to hook it up to a dedicated SATA-power cable, the one its connected to now also powers my Kraken X62. Maybe someone here has the same case and can provide some insight on this, there might be something really obvious I am missing here. It'd be a real pain if I'd have to return the case for something so trivial after finishing and cable managing the build.
  5. ingelberts

    My mATX dream PC come to life.

    Also, of anyone was wondering I decided to go with the Samsung C34H890 for my monitor. This is a 1440p ultrawide @ 100hz with freesync (might come in handy one day). Basically its the same as the C34F791 without the Q-dots (so only 8-bit colour, no big deal for now though) and with an imo more appealing dark gray aesthetic which should complement the rest of my setup nicely. Its also about €150 cheaper. For some strange reason this is marketed by Samsung as a "business" monitor, whatever that means.
  6. ingelberts

    My mATX dream PC come to life.

    So I put this build together on the weekend (I'll make sure to post a few pics soon) and everything went pretty smoothly, safe for two remaining weird little issues. Firstly, the system doesn't seem to fully turn off when I shut it down. All fans keep spinning and the memory rgb stays on. The system does seem to successfully shut down when doing a system reboot. I did read somewhere online that some Asus motherboards have this feature called "fan overdrive" or something which keeps the fans running for a minute after shutdown to cool components more quickly, so maybe my board has that? Seems like a weird feature to have on by default because I'm sure it would confuse a lot of users. Some other forum mentioned it might be a bug in Intel's Management Engine. I've not really had time to troubleshoot much so I'd have to investigate further. Hopefully not a faulty motherboard. And secondly, the rgb lights for the power button and the little bar on the front of my Enthoo Evolv mATX TG don't seem to work, I have checked and double checked and everything seems to be plugged in correctly (I think these lights are powered through the SATA-power connection coming off the front panel), the HDD activity light does work but this ones connected directly to the mobo front panel connectors as usual. I might try to hook it up to a dedicated SATA-power cable, the one its connected to now also powers the Kraken. Maybe someone here has the same case and can provide some insight on this, there might be something really obvious I am missing here. It'd be a real pain if I'd have to return the case for something so trivial after finishing and cable managing the build. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  7. ingelberts

    My mATX dream PC come to life.

    Thanks man! I'm actually aiming for 1440p ultra wide -once I can afford one- which I think this setup should be able to push at a decent frame rate. In that case I do agree the slight bump in efficiency doesn't really justify the 30% price difference. And the Corsair RM650x you recommended is 10% cheaper still so I guess thats where its at for the PSU. Thanks so much for your help, really appreciate it. Yeah I'm all about the TKL boards, which actually seems a little ironic given I'm an accountant by profession. There's just something weirdly sexy about those short little boards. I'll definitely show off the final product! Might be a while though, I take quite a long time deciding on things if you hadn't noticed.
  8. ingelberts

    My mATX dream PC come to life.

    That hadn't even occurred to me, makes so much sense though. Could you explain why you would opt for the EVGA G2 over the P2? Is there a difference between the two except for the 80+ rating?
  9. ingelberts

    My mATX dream PC come to life.

    So you think if I mention @STRMfrmXMN here he will magically appear and give his 2 cents? (as I said, I'm pretty new here, not sure what the right etiquette would be) I'm a little apprehensive about going with too low a wattage PSU, especially because I might want to populate the remaining 2 DIMMs & extra M.2 on the mobo in the future, I also have a spare 3TB Seagate Barracuda drive I might drop in there. All of that on top off the RGB I've got going on (up to 4x RAM, Kraken, mouse, keyboard, possibly up to 4 LED fans and a strip) and my verified OC of at least 4.6 on the 6700k and 1280 core/1800 memory on the 980ti... It'd be a shame to fully deck this thing out only to then run out of juice, which is why I was more comfortable going with a high efficiency unit in the 600-650 range. But I'm far from an expert on this stuff so any input from people who are more knowledgeable (which the two of you definitely seem to be) would be massively appreciated. So if you guys think 520W will be absolutely fine I will definitely go with the passive Seasonic unit if I can get it at a similar price point to the 600W SuperNOVA.
  10. ingelberts

    My mATX dream PC come to life.

    OK I'm gonna trust you on this, did a bit of creeping through your post history and you really seem to know what you're talking about, especially when it comes to PSUs. Thanks again for the feedback man!
  11. ingelberts

    My mATX dream PC come to life.

    That would've been a good shout given the price is about on par with the SuperNOVA were it not that Seasonics PSU Calculator recommended a PSU wattage of 568W after OC, so I wouldn't be comfortable going with a 520. Totally agree, that thing is an abomination. I generally dont really like "gamery" looking things (despite my love for RGB) so I would want something that looks quite neutral when the lighting effects are off, which the G410 certainly does not. I think I just might hang on to my current membrane board and wait to maybe pick up the G Pro on special sometime later in the year.
  12. ingelberts

    My mATX dream PC come to life.

    Actually I originally had a Seasonic Prime Titanium 600W on my list but its a good 50% more expensive than the SuperNOVA and I read some reports online that they are quite susceptible to coil whine so for those reasons I think I'll go with the EVGA. From what I have read the EVGA stays exceptionally quiet under most circumstances.
  13. Hi all! First real post on the LTT forums so please go easy one me. So I am in the process of putting together and building my very first full on gaming PC. For the first time in my life I have enough disposable income to build myself a real dope ass system and graduate from console peasantry. I already have some experience assembling and repairing PCs for family and friends. The games I would be playing include: Battlefield 1, Overwatch, Civ VI, Cities: Skylines, 7 Days to Die, H1Z1: King of the Kill etc. So far I have been able to obtain these three components on the cheap on the used market. CPU: Intel i7 6700k GPU: EVGA nVidia 980ti FTW SSD: Samsung 960 Evo M.2 PCIe NVMe 500GB In my experience the best value is to be had in buying last generations top of the line products used or "nearly new". To complement these purchases I was thinking of adding the following components: Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix Z270G mATX - all the features you could want in a mobo, in my opinion the best option for an LGA 1151 mATX board, a no-brainer. CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 - for dat sweet sweet RGB goodness Memory: 32GB Gskill Trident Z RGB 3000Mhz CL14 - again glorious RGB, would look sick next to the Kraken PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 650 P2 - 80+ Platinum, large 140mm semi-passive fan for that ultra quiet operation, 650W I think should be plenty Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv mATX TG - absolutely beautiful case, not yet sure which colour I should go for. PcPartPicker link: https://be.pcpartpicker.com/list/9zVMtJ (I have manually entered the best available prices I can find on the local Belgian market for each component) I am pretty happy with this parts list. Though because of the memory shortage that RAM is dang expensive and would actually be the most expensive component in the entire build. So I was considering to maybe for now just buy a single stick of 8 or 16 GB value RAM which I could add into my dads system once prices drop and I can get the Trident Z. Also I might replace the case and cooler fans with some RGB ones and add a magnetic strip if I decide to bling it out completely. In my opinion this is a pretty balanced build (though the memory is maybe a little overboard) but if you guys see any glaring omissions or have any other advice I would love to hear it. Where I am struggling quite a bit is the peripherals... Keyboard: I am actually quite partial to Logitechs Romer-G switches and would like a 10 keyless board with full RGB, so basically my only option is the rather pricey G Pro... Mouse: I would probably be happy with any old gaming mouse with a half decent sensor but since watching Linus video on the Logitech G Powerplay I am smitten. However I don't think I can justify spending 300 euros on a mouse and pad. I would like something quite understated with some small RGB accents. Monitor: in my heart of hearts I would love to splurge on a curved 1440p ultra wide @ min 75Hz, the Samsung C34F791 in particular (though its white plastic construction would probably clash with the rest of my setup), but that would add another 1k to the total cost so I might have to settle for a 16:9 1440p screen, maybe the HP Omen 32 which is less than half the price (anyone have experience with that one? or can recommend something similar?). If any of you have any recommendations for peripherals that would be greatly appreciated. I think thats about it... Thanks for reading, I am looking forward to your feedback.
  14. ingelberts

    LG PF1000U Ultra Short Throw Projector Giveaway

    Just moved from my tiny studio apartment into a much larger flat and the measly 32" TV my streamlink is hooked up to frankly looks ridiculous in that space. Now this thing on the other hand would be ideal...
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