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    zlolslavez got a reaction from Flying Sausages in How is this prebuilt?   
    You didn't include a price, but typical with prebuilts a 3700X and 1650 (not even super it appears) is a huge mismatch. Would not buy even without seeing the price.
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from Jonas_2909 in How wide is a Razer Blackwidow's spacebar?   
    From what I'm seeing online it looks like the Blackwidow is 6u (as opposed to 6.25u for most standard keyboards), but I'm not sure how compatible getting a new stabilizer will be for that board.
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    zlolslavez reacted to Slottr in PS4 + PC Headset Recommendations   
    Cloud 2
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from Slayer3032 in How is this prebuilt?   
    You didn't include a price, but typical with prebuilts a 3700X and 1650 (not even super it appears) is a huge mismatch. Would not buy even without seeing the price.
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from Fasauceome in Thoughts?   
    Yeah unfortunately I'd see if you could sell those two parts and pick up alternatives. If it was literally any other part I think it would be okay but those are the two parts in your build you don't want to cheap out on as it can mess up the rest of your build (cooler as it is watercooled, air doesn't really have this issue).
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from panzersharkcat in 2019 Mac Book Pro or ASUS Strix Hero 3   
    Can't recommend the 2019 lineup of Macbooks even as an Apple user unless you really need macOS which it sounds like you don't. Pick up the other laptop and if you decide you want a Macbook sell it and pickup a 2020 lMacbook that's expected to have scissor switches again.
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    zlolslavez reacted to dalekphalm in Small Business Server Solutions   
    So, keeping the installers (and documents in general) on the server is a piece of cake. Any NAS or Server can do that part.
     
    Drake, however, may require a Windows Server, depending on how you use it. I've never heard of it before, but a quick search on it, indicates that it can either run in peer-to-peer mode, or with a dedicated server installation (which requires Windows).
     
    There are a few ways to handle that, if you require the dedicated Drake Server. The simple solution is to run an actual Windows Server as your new server. This drastically increases cost and overall complexity though. Another option is to run Windows inside of a VM on the NAS, and install the software there. Cheaper, but does add another layer with a VM.
    Permissions should be no problem - any server or NAS can handle that. You can even go a step further and use Active Directory (or the open source equivalent) so that when a user signs into their computer, it automatically assigns them whatever folder permissions you've set for that user. 
    You didn't say where you live, so I will assume US pricing.
     
    If I were in your shoes, I'd start with something like this:
    1x QNAP TS-251+ 2-Bay NAS
    $450
    Quad Core Celeron CPU (Base 2.0GHz, boost 2.4GHz)
    8GB RAM (useful if you want to run a VM - they make a 2GB RAM version that's $100 cheaper, but that won't be any useful for running a VM)
    https://www.newegg.com/qnap-ts-251-8g-us/p/N82E16822107254?Item=N82E16822107254&Description=qnap 2-bay nas&cm_re=qnap_2-bay_nas-_-22-107-254-_-Product
     
    2x WD Red 4TB HDD's (RAID1 mirror - 4TB of effective space)
    $100 each (on sale - regular $125)
    https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16822236599?Description=WD Red HDD&cm_re=WD_Red_HDD-_-22-236-599-_-Product
     
    So the entire NAS plus the HDD's comes out to $650 (or $700 without the HDD sale), plus taxes and shipping. That's $300 under your budget.
     
    The NAS comes with a 2 year warranty, and QNAP will give you non-hardware support basically forever (Eg: there's a configuration issue or you can't figure something out, they will tell you how for free).
     
    You could swap the QNAP for a Synology and get a very similar setup - I find QNAP to be a bit cheaper though and the quality seems comparable.
     
    If you wanted better long term upgradability, you could start with a 4-bay NAS instead of a 2-bay. The 4-bay units start around the $500 range, though you may also have to budget for a RAM upgrade too (depends on usage).
     
    If you went 4-bay, you could still start with 2 HDD's in RAID1 mirror. Then, later down the line, you buy a 3rd drive, and do an Online RAID Level Migration (basically it converts the RAID1 into RAID5, allowing you to add another 4TB of storage to your system).
    https://www.qnap.com/en/how-to/tutorial/article/online-raid-level-migration/
     
    Then, further down the line again, if you run out of space, you can add a 4th drive in, and expand the RAID5 array to include all 4 drives.
     
    Just for a quick explainer: RAID1 is a mirror - both drives have identical data on them. That means you get the space of just one drive (2x 4TB in RAID1 = 8TB raw space, 4TB usable space). Either drive can fail, and your data is still there. You pop a replacement in and rebuild.
     
    RAID5 is a parity based RAID system. The data is spread across the drives, with parity calculations taking up one drive's worth of space.
    3x 4TB in RAID5 = 12TB raw space, 8TB usable space.
    4x 4TB in RAID5 = 16TB raw space, 12TB usable space.
     
    RAID5 can handle a single drive failure and recover from it.
     
    Keep in mind: RAID is not a backup, so don't treat it as one. RAID is there to make your life a little less shitty when a HDD dies on you. It doesn't protect against malware, accidental file deletions, etc. Make sure to continue a separate backup of your systems.
     
    You're very welcome.
     
    This is just one idea - there are other solutions that can satisfy your needs. Have a think about it and let me know if you've got further questions.
     
    The main benefit of something like a NAS is that if you have problems, you have a single source to call and deal with (Eg: QNAP customer support). It minimizes wasting time dealing with individual vendors for a custom built PC/Server, and it minimizes downtime for the business.
     
    With a larger budget (Maybe $2000) you could step into full blown Windows Servers from Dell or HP - that would be the "upgrade" to these NAS's - a single source with an excellent warranty (Dell and HP enterprise warranty is so far beyond (as in better than) consumer level warranty it's kind of sad).
     
    If you absolutely want a Windows based server on the $1000 budget, you're doing a custom build, or buying used. I'd suggest neither, and go with the NAS solution, but consider all the options carefully before just taking my advice.
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from Fasauceome in Upgrading a phone for a business purposes   
    If you want to stay with iOS you might be able to pick up a used iPhone 8 in that price range especially with the new lineup coming soon (definitely if you can get $100 for your current phone). Otherwise you're switching over but there are some good options. The Pixel 3a is a bit out of the price range but would be a pretty good option (apparently there's a deal for the 3AXL atm for ~$379). An S8 is also an option but I haven't had good luck with software updates especially with a phone that's already dated but perhaps it has changed. 
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from FearTec in Advice on a new build, I have been out of the industry for a few years.   
    Something to note is that you could hackintosh a custom build if you want to continue using macOS. This will require you to get specific hardware (Intel, and I think gigabyte boards have best support for hackintosh).
     
    I would 100% get a different power supply.
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from LienusLateTips in Advice on a new build, I have been out of the industry for a few years.   
    Something to note is that you could hackintosh a custom build if you want to continue using macOS. This will require you to get specific hardware (Intel, and I think gigabyte boards have best support for hackintosh).
     
    I would 100% get a different power supply.
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from Fasauceome in b350 motherboard and 3rd gen ryzen   
    You'd have to update BIOS but MSI is supporting Ryzen 3000 in that mobo source: https://www.msi.com/blog/the-latest-bios-for-amd-300-400-series-motherboard
     
    I don't think AMD is recommending it but if MSI has drivers then why not I think.
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from jerubedo in Need help on $750 CAD build   
    Apparently AMD isn't recommending you to use older mobos with their new CPUs, so the only thing you could really pick out is case powersupply and memory.
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from mrchow19910319 in Top spec mac mini VS i7 8700   
    It's an i7-8700B, so if I were to guess it's slightly worse than your machine. I think LTT's video has specific benchmarks comparing it but I don't remember for certain.
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    zlolslavez reacted to GOTSpectrum in Madrinas Coffe Shipping ??   
    Organise a group buy and ship a whole pallet? 
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from WereCat in 980ti vs RX580 vs 1070   
    980TI and 1070 are roughly equivalent I would say; I would certainly get either over the new 580. I'd go for the 980TI if you're comfortable with the older card.
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from Daniel Z. in Why don't we see laptops using Google Pixel 3A webcams?   
    I don't know why you focus on the 3A camera; literally using any mobile camera will massively outperform whats on the market.
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from Valay in Mac for programming?   
    Honestly with my experience with college so far, I don't think it really matters. You will (likely) find people that use both on your academic journey, and your introduction courses shouldn't be operating system or even IDE bound (and definitely shouldn't be). The "System Programming" profession sounds like something that will use Linux at some point but that's purely speculation. If you want to be safe pick up a windows laptop, but really pick up what your comfortable with. Don't get a Macbook because it's trendy or whatever.
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from johnyb98 in windows operating system price difference   
    Those key only products are what is considered to be grey-market, as the keys are obtained in unusual ways. Basically they will likely activate but you have no guarantee that it will stay activated, where the dvd with key should be a normal key (although I'm not sure how much I trust eBay sellers with that). I have a grey-market key for six months now and been fine but YMMV.
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from Vampire613 in I’m planning to build a PC with $500-$600 budget   
    Unless you need one urgently I think I would wait until after Computex, as AMD will surely announce a release date for their new Ryzen processors, which may lower the price of other processors if those aren't available in your region. 
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from QuinnP in Laptop for college/school   
    A nice ultrabook/slightly bigger than that with a graphics card should suit that. XPS15 and ThinkPad immediately pop into my head, but I need a price range for a better recommendation beyond that.
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from ILoveZed in Mac for programming?   
    Honestly with my experience with college so far, I don't think it really matters. You will (likely) find people that use both on your academic journey, and your introduction courses shouldn't be operating system or even IDE bound (and definitely shouldn't be). The "System Programming" profession sounds like something that will use Linux at some point but that's purely speculation. If you want to be safe pick up a windows laptop, but really pick up what your comfortable with. Don't get a Macbook because it's trendy or whatever.
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from Vampire613 in I’m planning to build a PC with $500-$600 budget   
    Use this format
    edit: My advise is wait until after computex
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from Sorenson in Recommendation: iPhone Xr or iPhone Xs Max   
    It looks like you're already in the ecosystem, so I don't see a point of arguing Android vs iOS at this point; you seem content with iOS regardless. With that being said, I would probably pick up the XR. The lower-resolution LCD screen is a bit disappointing, but does bring benefits in battery life that which in many test do outperform the XS max even. I don't have experience with the XR but I think in day-to-day it's not a big deal, even though OLED is pretty sexy. The price difference though is what takes it home I think.
     
    I personally would prefer a OP7P (I don't know how this phone hasn't been brought up in discussion yet if you're talking iPhone price range), but to each their own, I currently have an iPhone X myself.
     
    tl;dr iPhone XR
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from Fasauceome in I’m planning to build a PC with $500-$600 budget   
    Use this format
    edit: My advise is wait until after computex
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    zlolslavez got a reaction from truckerlenny in LOGITECH G POWERPLAY   
    I don't own the mat but I own a compatible mouse. I think its super convenient and could be worth it for some people, but I don't think I can fork the $100 just to not have to charge my mouse every like two weeks, and this is coming from someone that owns a keyboard approaching $500.
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