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  1. What OS to use for VMs?

    VMWare is great and all but it can become very expensive to get access to features and is quite power hungry. vCenter likes a good 10gb of RAM in it's default install regardless of whether it uses it all. I would aim for a KVM based hypervisor. I am not familiar with the different options, but others have already made some suggestions.
  2. Earlier this year I went to a Netgear R8500. While not a mid range router, the WIFI coverage is excellent with a few other nice to have features as well. In my garage I have a Netgear AC1200 Range Extender that creates a wireless bridge with the main router and also acts as its own access point. I went with this primarily as it has five gigabit ports on the device and I have some old game consoles setup that wouldn't have been able to make use of the faster AC WIFI. For reference, the PC attached to the range extender is able to transfer at speeds of roughly half a gigabit. ~50MB p/sec speed. This is obviously plenty to handle my 100mb internet. Even without the Range Extender, the signal from the R8500 is more than enough to cover the garage despite having to go through two plaster and one brick wall. However I really wanted wired connections and this was the best way I could do it while maintaining good speeds.
  3. CPU is Overclock Stuck at 3.6Ghz

    This is a bit of a reach and unlikely to be the case, but it appears your BIOS may be losing the settings you are dialing in after you exit. Is the motherboard battery seated properly, or is it dead?
  4. 7820x 5ghz

    Mine is a little bit weird, and its probably because I am not experienced at overclocking and have been using automated tools mainly. For reference, I am using a Corsair H115i AIO for cooling. If I set the overclock to 4.6ghz, it is fine for gaming or general use. However, if I use something that puts full load on all the cores, its not sustainable. So obviously not a viable option for the most part. My results are probably due to the Gigabyte EasyTune tool I am using as I believe it ups the voltages as you scale the clock speed whether its necessary or not. Up to 3.8ghz on all cores, and everything is fine under full load with CPU temps sitting around ~65 degrees. As soon as I go higher, even to 3.9ghz, under full load, the CPU temps jump up into the 90 degree range. So I am guessing something else is happening that I am not aware of as a 0.1ghz increase usually shouldn't result in a 30 degree temp increase. FYI, for full load conditions I am simply referring to doing video encoding with Handbrake, which maxes all cores at 100% until the task is done. I have never been able to set it higher than 4.6ghz as the system is instantly unstable. I need to find the time to sit down and follow an overclocking guide to do this properly and see if it's an issue with the software or I just have a poor CPU for overclocking. If you're getting 5ghz easily, then that's awesome, and I think you got a good CPU. What type of CPU cooling are you using and what are the temps sitting at under full load?
  5. Could I make my ReadyNAS a regular PC

    The ReadyNAS OS is a Linux variant from memory. You would need to gain root access, but it may be possible to run a Linux distro. I know the old Netgear Stora NAS's had a big home brew community and managed to get it running Linux. The main issue you will probably have is the specs. These are often fairly low powered CPU's with small amounts of RAM. Some have built in video, others will not. And due to device size, expandability is very limited unless you want to start hacking the thing to bits. I am aware that the normal setup process usually requires you to create an account with Netgear and links the device to that account. However a factory reset and offline setup, may work. Offline being the key word. Share some more details and some of us might be able to help.
  6. Server hardware can be useful and fun to play around with, but it isn't without its issues. You need to have space, a location to mount it, adequate cooling, etc. Servers are usually big, heavy and noisy. Not something you would want in a bedroom or even a study. If you don't want to go with a vendors NAS box, then look at workstation equipment, you'll be much better off. NAS boxes can be a bit pricey, but they are purpose build, small physically, often quiet, usually power efficient for the task and have an OS designed for their purpose. They are easy to relocate as well. Depending on where you live in the future, you may not always have room for a server rack. Additionally, you often get a few nice to have features that you may not get in server or workstation equipment unless you go into the higher price range. For example, by ReadyNAS has two 1gb NIC's that support link bonding and is extremely easy to setup. If you are planning on running Windows, you would need Windows server for this functionality as it is not possible under desktop versions. Just some food for thought.
  7. Fillzilla

    Almost definitely a firewall issue I would guess. Definitely check setting in any Internet Security software you are running. I remember Kaspersky Internet Security had an issue specifically with Filezilla, however it gave a different output to this.
  8. 2990WX overclocking issue

    No worries mate. Could it be related to not enough power to the motherboard? Some motherboards allow you to connect a 12v rail and an additional 8v rail I think. If you only had one of these connected, or your motherboard doesn't have multiple power connectors, it could be a reason the CPU is not getting enough power. Perhaps one is monitoring the CPU package as a whole while one is showing a core temp. Haven't used the tools enough to know. Potentially worth checking temp of other motherboard components such as the VRM's. If you're pumping additional voltage through, perhaps these are getting overloaded. However you have a very high end board with overclocking support being advertised so hopefully it isn't the case.
  9. 2990WX overclocking issue

    Overclocking does increase the amount of power the CPU will draw quite dramatically. Look at some of the videos Linus has done on overclocking high end recent CPU's. Additionally, the better quality the power input, the better your chances of sustaining a higher OC. Linus covers this in the videos though. From memory, stock coolers also won't really allow for an OC, even though your CPU temp seems fine. With such a high TDP chip, you are going to want a decent cooling solution if you plan on pushing the CPU much. At a minimum, a high end AIO cooler, if not going a custom liquid loop. I suspect for a higher OC you will need to manually configure the OC in the BIOS as opposed to relying on the manufacturers options. Any software AMD or the motherboard manufacturer provide will play it well and truly on the safe side when it comes to OC'ing.
  10. Home LAN Speed Bottleneck

    No worries. Bare in mind the NAS has CPU resources being used by the ReadyNAS OS and any other applications running on it. When transferring, its worth checking the following chart to see performance stats. Also, just checked and the 214 is similar to my 314. You have two gigabit ports and the unit supports link aggregation. Definitely worth enabling as it will improve speeds dramatically. Read more here: https://kb.netgear.com/23076/What-are-bonded-adapters-and-how-do-they-work-with-my-ReadyNAS-OS-6-storage-system Saw my transfer speeds effectively double by using this.
  11. Awesome. Glad to hear it.
  12. Home Server Build - Lab for learning

    I haven't read the whole thread as it is quite long (but I read your first post) so excuse me if this has been covered. With a lot of your VM's you are provisioning, they will often deploy with their minimum requirements (16gb or so like you said). However this is usually designed for a certain amount of throughput or workload. In a home lab you wont need anywhere near production level workload most likely. Sometimes the resource values can be changed in the config files if it is an OVA or similar. Worth looking into if you can free up some resources. FYI, ESXI will work on a lot of different systems, it is just the level of compatibility that is unknown. I have my ESXI host running on a Gigabyte X99 G1 Gaming Wifi motherboard (repurposed, was not purchased for this originally). The only aspect that doesn't work for me in ESXI is the motherboards RAID. Everything else works including the WIFI interface surprisingly. The vSphere essentials kit is about $1000 AUD. Depending on where you are you may be able to get a student discount or purchase pre-tax (by registering a business name) and save yourself a few dollars. I was lucky to get licensing through my employer so I have a full vcenter running. Main issue is RAM as I run out quite quickly (32gb) and DDR4 RAM is expensive at the moment.
  13. Home LAN Speed Bottleneck

    ReadyNAS doesn't have a built in monitor for CPU load. There is only metrics for temp's, data transfer and disk usage. There is an app available called iStat NT (located in the app repository of the ReadyNAS interface). If you install that you can monitor load via an app for iOS (was about $8 AUD). Just installed and tested and can see CPU usage details. This would allow you to determine if you are running into a CPU bottleneck. You would need to check utilization under load (e.g. when you are copying files to/from the NAS). The readme for the iStat NT states the password for access is generated at install time and you can SSH in to check the config file. If you aren't Linux savvy, try 12345. That was what mine was.
  14. i3-8100 vs Pentium G5400

    I'd be going second hand at that price. As scrapyard wars has shown, you can get a lot more bang for your buck with older hardware.
  15. Best guide is to look at historical pricing. What is the base model 7th gen i3 selling for now? Usually they go down a bit but you're unlikely to see big changes.