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  1. Personally, i buy whatevers going cheap. Mechanically theres nothing particularly special about a "NAS" hard drive. My server currently has a mixture of NAS, Desktop and SAS/Enterprise drives in it, because thats what came along at the right time/price. I have a few storage servers at work which have 10-20 drives in them, and they've also been filled on the same principle. Some drives have failed, but theres no real correlation between failures and types of drive. Infact most of the failures have been "NAS" drives. Currently the cheapest options are often to buy WD easystore drives from BestBuy/Amazon However, no hard drive is perfect, and you really must have a backup of important data.
  2. I'd suggest a 1TB NVMe drive, and binning the hard drive entirely. XPG SX8200 Pro is decent, i have a 1TB version in my gaming PC
  3. buy the Ryzen 1600AF, they're $85 and are basically a 2600
  4. yes. Ryzen 1600 is first gen Ryzen Ryzen 1600AF is a second gen Ryzen 2600 rebadged as a 1600.
  5. doh thanks. Appears the reason i couldnt find it, was the previous video in the series where they discuss the drives doesnt actually mention SSD, and instead is titled "Where Intel is in REAL Trouble."
  6. A few of these ZFS builds they've talked about using SSD or Optane SLOG for caching. Do they realise SLOG caching only helps for synchronous writes and its quite likely nothing they're doing (Samba etc) is actually using synchronous writes?
  7. I'm fairly sure i watched an LTT video recently regarding a build with a large number of used large capacity SSD's, which they'd got from ebay or similar. I cant find it though. Any pointers on which project it was?
  8. Depends what your doing with it? Xeon V3 is haswell, which is not really all that "old" in intel land. But its 12 cores clocked pretty slowly, which tends to benefit certain workloads that can actually use lots of threads. A current model i3 or a Ryzen 1600AF will very likely be faster in many normal desktoppy workloads.
  9. the opterons are pretty poor, they're similar to the FX8300 etc, and the 16 core versions arent true 16 core chips, they're using the bulldozer modules. The x5670 is a 6 core chip though? not 8 core... I'm not convinced either of these are upto the job of "CPU Demanding Games", though i've no idea what that actually means
  10. Most of these WD drives use a linux OS and a linux filesystem like XFS or EXT3. A decent linux live CD/USB should be able to read it just fine. You may have to manually mount the array though.
  11. at lower frequencies like 2400 theres not a huge issue with stability etc, chuck whatever you like together and it will almost certainly just work. At higher frequencies, having matched ram is preferable. But yeh, as you've found the price difference isnt huge and you get the benefit of faster ram too, Ryzen does love its fast ram!
  12. yep, but the 2070s is also quite a bit more expensive...
  13. at 2400mhz it wont matter at all, just jam anything in there. Or buy a new 16gb kit at a more ryzen friendly frequency (3200) and sell the 8.
  14. even the billy basic skylake igpu in a ultrabook is at least as quick as a 8800GT So anything running a modern intel chip with its iGPU will be fine. The Ryzen based stuff is quite a bit better, but they're a bit rarer to find.