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  1. Hi all, so basically what's happening is the follows:

     

    Here are my system specs:

     

    Ryzen 5 3600

    16GB G.Skill DDR4 3600

    ASRock RX 5700XT (the Challanger D one)

    Intel 660p (boot drive)

    Samsung 860 EVO

    MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX

    Corsair RMx 750w

     

    For monitors I have an MSI Optix G24C (thats the primary display) and an LG Ultrawide (this is the secondary display)

     

    Now onto the issue:

     

    When my computer was still functional I got an error about "USB device is not functional" or something like that. All the front USB Ports on my computer where non-functioning, so I thought I might as well restart the thing since it hadn't been restarted in a while. When I restarted my computer I got no BIOS Splash Screen, no Windows Startup, nothing on the MAIN Display. It was just a blank screen, although the monitor was on. The secondary display was in standby mode, so the graphics card wasn't even detecting it. So I thought maybe it could be a dead graphics card, so I took apart another system in my house and took the RX 570 graphics card out of it and then put it in my system. It turned on with no issues. So I thought that it must certainly be the GPU then, so I put it in the other system to double check and the graphics card was working. I ran GeekBench 5 tests on the graphics card and it didn't crash, it was stable. It was however making sounds like its making electrical noise, but it was making those noises since I got it. I also noticed that when I reboot my computer with the other graphics card in it that the motherboard color keeps resetting to white and then changing back, but it is set to red and it never went back to white when I rebooted it before. I am thinking it could be a motherboard issue but I'm really not sure what could be wrong at this point. Also when I first got the system it was unstable until a firmware update came out for the motherboard. The ram kept causing the system to crash because I had to turn on A-XMP to get the 3600MHz speed.

     

    Should I try putting the original graphics card back in my main system again and see what happens?

     

    All my PC Parts are still under warranty as I built it last December, but some of the parts the warranty is about to expire (1-yr warranty period) so if I need to RMA anything lmk.

     

    Also another issue when my computer was working with the main graphics card was if the display went to sleep and I hit a key on the keyboard to turn it back on, only the main display would turn back on, the secondary display would either go to sleep or would run at the wrong resolution requiring me to put it into sleep and then wake it back up (stupid AMD Drivers), I'm still having this issue, but not with the RX 570 installed.


  2. 3 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    Id probably go with the 2012 for the extra ram, as you can't upgrade it in the 2014, and power consumption is pretty low on both.

     

    EDIT

    Id probably go with zfs on these if you ca, then you can just use zfs send to send data between the macmini and the main server.

    You can run ZFS on a mac mini?


  3. 4 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    Id probbly run rsync as a cron job, and have it setup to show changes from the previous versions

    Ok, I have two Mac mini's that I could potentially use

     

    -2012 - Quad Core i7 - 16GB RAM

    -2014 - Dual Core i5 - 4GB RAM

     

    I can use either, but I would think the 2014 would be more power efficient


  4. 1 hour ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    How many streams at once?

    There would probably be a maximum of 6-8 users at once (If I let non-immediate family members watch our movies too).

     

    I have a mac mini that I will connect an external 12TB HDD to make a copy of all the data on the NAS (In case of drive failure or accidental deletion). What sort of script or program would I need to run on the mini to automatically make a backup every time a new file is detected?


  5. @Electronics Wizardy

     

    Plans just changed. I worked at a tech company over the summer and they just gave me 8 of the same drives so now I am free to use whatever software I want. I would like to use FreeNAS since its free, but I also want to be able to run PLEX on the same server. How can I share the server's hardware without using UNRaid?

     

    It looks like I am getting a Dell PowerEdge r720 (the 12-bay one). I am using 3.5" drives so I can't use the 720XD anymore. I will have 4 drive bays left which I will populate with higher capacity drives for the PLEX Server since that will be what all our pictures and movies are on and not the NAS. 

     

    Do you think an SSD cache is necessary, or is it better to have more RAM for something like a RAM disk?

     

    For the PLEX software I will have the PLEX Pass so should I stick in a gpu too for hardware encoding?

     

    Can I share 1 10-Gig NIC between the two virtual servers?


  6. On 8/15/2020 at 2:23 PM, DanWhite said:

    Do you know if there exists any way to check if the usb drive its ready to boot on it and install windows before trying it? just to know

    I don't think so. 

    On 8/15/2020 at 2:04 PM, DanWhite said:

    Hmm I don't remember seeing the secure boot option

    Your computer might not have that then.

     

    I would try contacting Dell. I know its a hassle but at least they can tell you specifically what to do on that laptop.

     

    EDIT: Wait, you can just reset the BIOS, assuming you don't have any special over-clocking or anything changed. Then try your USB Drive again.


  7. Just now, Electronics Wizardy said:

    If your using unraid, just let unraid manage the nas shares, its good at that.

     

    Then run plex on unraid directly, I think it uses docker or a plugin

     

     

    Ok, thanks for all your assistance! It is greatly appreciated.


  8. 3 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    you can do a pool of mirrors, so each mirror will be the size of the smallest drive, But not optimal disk usage.

     

    But unraid would probably meed the speed limits, just don't expect super fast speeds, expect the speed of one hdd

    I'll probably use UNRaid in that case then since I would pick drive capacity over speed. 

    3 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    Do you have plex pass for gpu encoding?

    I will buy one after I have the server all set up

    4 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    If so, probalby a i5 9400 or i3 9100, 16gb of ram, compatabile bored.

     

    See if you can get a cheap 24bay supermicro case, and the sas controller for it.

     

    But from my quick ebay hunt there are no good cheap rackmount cases with hotswap

    I will look around to see what I can find.

     

    Upon looking around at those alternative OS' I think I would want to stay with Linux.

     

    If I am understanding correctly though, I am using UNRaid to split up the hardware and CentOS for the NAS and then Ubuntu for Plex to run on?


  9. 28 minutes ago, DanWhite said:

    Hello, so, I've bought a brand new SSD and I've tried to install windows 10 on it with a bootable usb that I've made using the tool downloaded from this link https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

    but, no matter what I do the usb drive was not detected. I've set the "usb storange drive" at the top of the list in the "boot sequence" on the bios but neither with the new SSD or the old HDD that I have the bootable usb its not detected.

     

    The usb drive its new as well. If you have any idea of what could be happening please let me know, thank you.

     

    NOTE: My PC is the Dell Precision m6600

     

    (sorry for the bad english)

    I would try to reformat the USB Drive first and then do the Install again. Make sure you have secure boot disabled in your BIOS also. If that doesn't work when you startup the PC, press F12 and select the USB drive if you see it. The other thing could be that Dell made an OEM BIOS for that series of desktop laptop but there's usually a way around that.


  10. Ok, i'll look into those different options. I thought FreeNAS was not compatible with drives of varying speed/size? 

    3 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    Thats pretty efficent for a used server. Those aren't really ment to be low power.

     

    Also those drives use a good amount of power on their own. Spin down can help, but each drive is about 5-10 w.

    That's crazy. I guess I wasn't expecting the power consumption to be that high. Good to know though

    2 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    If you want low go with a desktop platform, like 1151 or am4

    I guess I can do a custom build in a rack-mount case. What specs would you recommend? 


  11. 17 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    What network do you have setup? NO reason to have a ssd cache on a gigabit network for most users. Your network limited.

    I have a Dell PowerConnect 5548 switch which is connected to all the devices around the house. The New Server would be connected to the 10GB SFP+ Port on the switch and the users are all connected to the gigabit ports. The SSD Cache would be meant more for when multiple users hit the server at once. I know we would be capped at about 125MB/s (in a perfect scenario) transfer speeds to a single user since they're all connected via gigabit ethernet, but since the server is 10 gig you could have 1.25GB/s of bandwith to play with which could support up to 10 users. I also know that conventional SSDs are capped at about 550MB/s transfer speeds so we would be under 1.25GB/s anyway.

    17 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    How well do you know linux/ how much do you wan to learn? Unraid is easy,  you can do something else, but there is much more of a learning curve

    I'm not really familiar with linux so it would all mostly be a learning curve. Whichever you think would be better for a first time user i'll look into.

    17 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    Yea the r720xd is probably a good bet then. If you want more drives, there are some supermicro 4u 24 bay servers, but there normally more money.

    Do the SuperMicro servers have a lower power consumption or are they about equal. The cost to run the Dell server 24/7 @125 Watts where I live would be about $130 per year which is kind of scary. I don't know if thats low for a server? It just seems kind of expensive, or maybe i'm just being cheap? More drive bays is always a plus also.


  12. 2 hours ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    Do you care about power usage, those r720xds do idle at about 150w with drives and a os, but this can vary, and desktop based system could use half that.

    I would like a decent balance of power to performance. It has to be rack-mountable (and not just putting it on a shelf) so I would prefer to use something like a Dell PowerEdge or an HP ProLiant Server. It doesn't need to be those specific models if there are better alternatives.

    2 hours ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    How much plex transcoding do you need to do?

    I would only expect a maximum of 4 users at once most of them are at 1080p but for future-proofing I would like enough power to support at least 3 of those users switching to 4K.

    2 hours ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    For just plex and file server, 64gb is probably overkill. Also normally resources are shared, not fixed.

    Ok, that is good to know.

    2 hours ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    You can use mergerfs + snapraid for a simmilar config, but depends on how much you want to mess around in linux vs ready to go with unraid.

    I'm not really drawn to any specific OS so I would be open to using anything that works well.

    2 hours ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    by l2 I think your thinking of l2arc, and thats a zfs only thing.

    I must be confusing UNRaid with FreeNAS, sorry about that. But like I said I have multiple different drives so I couldn't use FreeNAS

    2 hours ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

    For a home media server I don't think a ssd cache will be needed. And if you care about performance, you probalby don't want unraid anyways.

    I would like to have an SSD cache just for some faster data transfers. It doesn't need to be big, maybe like only 120GB? I look into those other OS' that you recommended. If you don't mind could you tell me about them a little


  13. I am thinking about building a new NAS. This is my first real NAS, so correct me if i'm wrong about certain things. I had made previous posts on the topic, but they are now outdated since I wasn't ready to purchase at the time. I am looking for a storage server mainly for backups and a plex server. I was thinking I could combine the two into something like a Dell PowerEdge r720XD but if someone thinks they should be separate, let me know. I have a mis-mosh of random drives so I think I need to use UNRaid as the main OS and then I could use CentOS for the Storage Server and Ubuntu for the Plex Server. For specs I was thinking 12 cores and 64GB+ of RAM. I think I need to allocate most of the resources to the Plex Server since there could be multiple people streaming off it at once, where as the Storage Server probably wont have more than 1 user accessing it at a time. I would like decent transfer speeds however. I was thinking I would need to add in an SSD for a L2 cache, but I saw people recommending to not use a L2 cache. 

     

    These are the drives I have:

    2x 1TB 7200rpm HDD

    1x 320GB 5400rpm HDD

    1x 1TB 5400rpm HDD

    1x 750GB 7200rpm HDD

    1x 500GB 7200rpm HDD

     

    These are all Desktop-Based HDD's and as they die I will replace them with NAS equivalent HDD's. My budget is $350, but there is a little wiggle room if necessary. The UNRaid License is not included in that cost, but if someone had a Free-Alternative that would be appreciated. The only thing that I can think of for other storage options are HP Proliants, but I don't know much about them. Is the Dell PowerEdge r720XD too old? All suggestions are appreciated too.


  14. On 8/6/2020 at 8:49 AM, Falcon1986 said:

    @Chickenfans

     

    Most people do not need IDS or IPS even if you're being extra paranoid about internet security. A good firewall should be enough.

     

    If you do need it, however, you should realize that enabling these features puts extra load on the network device's CPU. In the case of Ubiquiti's USG (and any of it's other UniFi gear that can act as a gateway or firewall/router), you're diverting CPU resources from general firewall/routing tasks to also take on the more intense roles of IDS or IPS, which will slow down network performance altogether. While the feature is available in the UniFi controller, you don't have to use it. In my opinion, if you absolutely need IDS or IPS, your current pfSense machine might do a way better job than a USG!

     

    I can't say with full confidence that I've seen IDS or IPS in Ubiquiti's EdgeRouter series (a different line than UniFi). That doesn't mean that the feature isn't there; it just means that it might be something you have to activate through the CLI, which is what makes this line of Ubiquiti products unique to UniFi. If the feature is available, it might be worth it to see if hardware offloading helps (activated/deactivated through the CLI).

    Ok, I will look into all the Ubiquiti options before I make my decision then. Thanks!


  15. I am thinking about building a new NAS. This is my first real NAS, so correct me if i'm wrong about certain things. I had made previous posts on the topic, but they are now outdated since I wasn't ready to purchase at the time. I am looking for a storage server mainly for backups and a plex server. I was thinking I could combine the two into something like a Dell PowerEdge r720XD but if someone thinks they should be separate, let me know. I have a mis-mosh of random drives so I think I need to use UNRaid as the main OS and then I could use CentOS for the Storage Server and Ubuntu for the Plex Server. For specs I was thinking 12 cores and 64GB+ of RAM. I think I need to allocate most of the resources to the Plex Server since there could be multiple people streaming off it at once, where as the Storage Server probably wont have more than 1 user accessing it at a time. I would like decent transfer speeds however. I was thinking I would need to add in an SSD for a L2 cache, but I saw people recommending to not use a L2 cache. 

     

    These are the drives I have:

    2x 1TB 7200rpm HDD

    1x 320GB 5400rpm HDD

    1x 1TB 5400rpm HDD

    1x 750GB 7200rpm HDD

    1x 500GB 7200rpm HDD

     

    These are all Desktop-Based HDD's and as they die I will replace them with NAS equivalent HDD's. My budget is $350, but there is a little wiggle room if necessary. The UNRaid License is not included in that cost, but if someone had a Free-Alternative that would be appreciated. The only thing that I can think of for other storage options are HP Proliants, but I don't know much about them. Is the Dell PowerEdge r720XD too old? All suggestions are appreciated too.


  16. 4 hours ago, Windows7ge said:

    It's an old CPU but for home use it's still more power than what you'll find in most modern consumer routers. My only concern would be how much power it draws. Old LGA1155 hardware wasn't the most efficient.

     

    I cannot comment on the overhead caused by VLANs. Some people here will definitely have an answer for you though on that.

     

    If you have the technological know-how to setup PFsense to do what you need it should handle a 1Gig connection fine and your VLANs. It does seem to have some trouble with routing 10Gig though. If you ever plan to go that far down the road.

    I just saw on eBay that there are lots of good deals for ubiquiti EdgeRouters, which I know will probably also have lots of features I won’t use but I would expect the power usage to be lower and there is also a mobile app. Would you recommend?


  17. I have a Dell PowerEdge r210 II with an Intel Xeon E3-1240 v2, 8GB ECC RAM, and a 120GB SSD in it. I have PfSense installed as the OS. I find that for me (a home power user) it has way to many features and it’s overwhelming, in addition I never see the cpu usage go over 5% so I feel like I’m wasting power and not taking advantage of the server. The only actual thing I need to change on my router is the DNS servers because I prefer cloud flare and the QoS because we had looked into switching to VoIP in the future for our phones. I had the idea of switching to a Ubiquiti USG or a USG-Pro but I saw that the maximum throughput is really low when you enable things like IDS or IPS (see photo), and we have an internet connection that is 200Mb/s so the USG would throttle the connection. We had considered switching to Verizon and they have a 1Gb/s connection speed, so future proofing would also be appreciated. Do I need to enable these features or would either of these routers work, or would I need something like a Dream Machine? 

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  18. 7 minutes ago, TheDailyProcrastinator said:

    Almost all options listed are under $130.

    The FD Meshify is the best case of the dozen+ I have owned over the past few years. I am currently using it for my main system. Plenty of room for cables and excellent management of said cables as well. I have my case packed with all drive bays full and I can easily close the back panel. 

    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/nL7v6h/fractal-design-meshify-c-tg-atx-mid-tower-case-fd-ca-mesh-c-bko-tgl

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    That's looking like my top pick at the moment. I really like those blue power cables!


  19. 16 minutes ago, Corsair Nick said:

    Agree with everyone else, the RMx is still a great PSU that we still offer right now, and no need to replace it yet.  As far as cases go, what is your planned budget?  CORSAIR 275R Airflow, 220T Airflow, and 465X are all suitable for your airflow needs and will fit your existing hardware.  Besides different price points, 220T will have a compact footprint compared to the other two, while 465X adds front TG with large airflow openings.  Let me know if you have any questions about those cases.

     

    2 hours ago, TheDailyProcrastinator said:

    100% keep that PSU, it is very well rated, and 5 years old is fine, it still has 2 more years of warranty (7-years from purchase).

     

    I'd recommend a better airflow case, Phanteks P300A and P400A a great options. As is the Fractal Design Meshify C TG, Corsair 275R Airflow and 220T, Cooler Master TD500 Mesh, to name a few.

     

    I'd skip the NZXT H510, the 220T is much better or airflow if you are set on those two options. 

     

    2 hours ago, BillNyeThecommieSpy said:

    you'd do good with a phanteks p400a digital/be quiet 500dx/ cm td500 (all these cases have nice thermals out of the box, and have psu shrouds and tempered glass side panels). the h510 is a very mediocre case at best (due to airflow concerns). Also, that psu is actually very good, certainly better than my 'ol CX unit from '13. You're all good

    I would like to be under $130 if possible. I liked my Corsair SPEC-01 case, I know my motherboard doesn't have a type-c header on it, but I can always get a PCIe Card to add one. I am definitely looking for something with good airflow. Those cases look like good options. I like smaller cases because they take up less space, and generally I don't think I will be doing that many upgrades. My only current issue with my corsair case is that the power supply cables are very thick (which is a good thing) but the back side panel is very hard to get on because of that. Will definitely keep my Corsair Power Supply.


  20. Back in December of last year I built a new gaming PC and I re-used the old power supply and case. I built the last PC in 2015. I was wondering if I needed to get a new power supply, or if the old one would last until 2024 or 2025. It is a Corsair RMx 750 Watt 80+ Gold unit. 

     

    In addition to that I am looking into getting a new PC Case because my current one only has one front USB 3.0 port, and I would also like newer features like a tempered glass side panel and a power supply shroud. I have a Corsair SPEC-01 Case right now. I was thinking something like an NZXT H510 or the Corsair 220T RGB. I have a black and red color scheme and would like to stay with that, but I would also consider a case with RGB as long as its black.

     

    Any suggestions are appreciated!

     

    My specs are 

     

    Ryzen 5 3600

    Arctic Freezer 34 eSports

    MSI b450 Tomahawk Max

    16GB DDR4 3600MHz G.Skill

    ASRock AMD RX 5700XT Challanger D

    Intel 660P & Samsung 860 Evo

     

    I just bought 2 120mm Rosewill PWM Red LED fans, so if I could re-use those that would be nice.


  21. 1 minute ago, zeusthemoose said:

    I believe nas drives are rated for running 24/7 without wearing down while standard drives can wear down or break if running 24/7.

     

    Just now, WereCatf said:

    Yes, you can.

    So would it be ok to use the drives I have now and as they slowly die move over to NAS drives?


  22. I am planning on building a NAS in the future, I was planning on using UNRAID since I have multiple random Seagate, WD, and HGST drives lying around. They are all meant for "desktop" use. Does it really matter though? Can I not use these drives in my NAS? I will have a backup of everything anyway so if one dies I can always replace it. I noticed pricing is vastly different, $54.99 for a 2TB Seagate "Desktop" Drive and $79.99 for an IronWolf "NAS" 2TB Drive; the one without Data recovery. What justifies spending $25 more?

     

    Edit; I also just realized that the "NAS" HDDs are 5900rpm and the "Desktop" ones are 7200rpm?! Also the cache on the "NAS" one is 64MB whereas the one on the "Desktop" one is 256MB?!


  23. 1 hour ago, markr54632 said:

    I cant say I am super happy with the looks of them, and they are expensive, but if you are looking for a wireless gaming mouse they are at least the most functional line up out right now.

     

    I would definitely download the synapse software and take a look at it before committing to buying a mouse that relies on it. It really is pretty horrible.

    I have a Logitech g213 keyboard, and I like the logitech software. I just downloaded the Razer software, its a little strange to say the least, but I can live with it.

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