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  1. Ah. I didn’t know it didn’t support upnp, that’s interesting. Yea, the fun of others using Plex is something I am not certain of either. I just open the ports and sorta hope Plex security is good enough…. It’s one of the only holes punched in my non IoT subnets. Could always get extra fancy and vlan it off on its own subnet, I have considered this. My Plex host has to SMB out to to my file server though, and I just don’t know if I care enough to get that working (theoretically just open up whatever port SMB is across the firewall, but, #lazy).
  2. I assume your qnap was able to upnp it’s way to victory, although I am not 100% sure of that. I run pfsense and have to open the ports for this to work as well. Remember tho…. Security by obfuscation isn’t security, so I wouldn’t be terribly concerned about the port number. I understand tho, I don’t open up port 22 ever to the internet and use obfuscation for that even though I use RSA keys exclusively. But, still. You could also VPN in when abroad and that would solve your opening up ports to Plex issue.
  3. SMB is what you want to use…. SMB is window’s preferred option. What makes you say you don’t want SMB? All of my Freenas shares are SMB, as is almost everyone else’s. If it’s just a single external drive, I don’t think a NAS/server is exactly what you’re after. There is a lot of “work” in setting up and maintaining a server, a single drive makes a lot of that work “not meaningful”. What is your use case? Maybe there are other options we can recommend.
  4. Yes, that is a thing, but it shouldn't be causing that much of a difference, especially at idle when the GPU isn't really producing much heat... This
  5. That’s fair, but my 6700k hasn’t had any degradation, nor has my brothers 3770k, or my homelab that has been on 24/7/365 for years now running a 6100. Again, deliding shouldn’t be necessary for stock and stock-adjacent usage. Heavy overclocks certainly benefit, but if stock speeds require a delid, something is wrong.
  6. I delid a 4770k and dropped 20c, but that has nothing to do with the age of the TIM… my i7 920 still runs about the same temps it did when it was new. If the TIM under the IHS degraded that rapidly no 2600k’s would still be alive, nor any core 2 duo’s or quads. Intels TIM between IHS and die certainly isn’t magic. But it doesn’t degrade in the way you suggest. My 6700k that has had a 4.6 OC on it basically it’s entire life runs as far as I can tell, exactly the same as it did when it was new, and this is a machine I actually use somewhat often unlike the i7 920 which is just sentim
  7. The TIM under the IHS will be fine for much more then 4 years. It’s possible new paste would help, or possibly just reseating the water block. Make sure all the screws are fastened, make sure all fans are plugged in, and is it overclocked at all?
  8. You can edit the fan curve to make it lower, but this would also result in slightly less GPU speed. As the temp goes up, the GPU will pull clock speed down to try and stay in its “happy place”. You can also push the thermal limit up, but it still may pull a bit of clock speed. All of this can be done in MSI afterburner. You can also set a static RPM in afterburner. So you could have a preset that you apply when you start gaming that will hold the fan at a specific RPM so you don’t get the annoying fan ramp up and down behavior.
  9. Yes. But, ram overclocking is the trickiest overclocking… settings can be difficult, and actually stress testing it correctly and proving it to be stable is difficult. Not to mention errors down the line from what may not be a fully stable OC can be really tricky to diagnose; RAM related issues are the worst. That said, yes, I run my 3000 MHz RAM at 3500 (was 3600 on my last CPU, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). It took about 2 weeks to get it fully dialed and stable, for a couple % gain at best… If your genuinely interested in RAM overclocking, the GitHub page on it is fantastic. http
  10. Yes. USB wall chargers are typically always 5v as that is the default usb voltage. Some also can output higher voltage to charge things faster, but that would be negotiated by the handshake between charger and thing being charged. Look at the charger, it will have an output label on it. That will help you know what outputs it has.
  11. That isn’t really how that works. Fan RPM goes by temp. So it’s entirely dependent on the temperatures yiur components are hitting and what the fan curves are set to. What are the fans that are ramping up? CPU heatsink, case, GPU?
  12. Thats way more heatsink then that CPU needs lol. But if the left 4 mobo screws are all able to screw into the case, itll be fine. That would be the same screws as a m-atx board I believe.
  13. Don't tape it... But it looks more like it may not even fit. That mobo is very wide but not very tall. The hole layout looks sorta like E-ATX, but again, only in the width portion not the height. You should at least be able to get 4 of the screws in which would be "fine" assuming the mobo physically fits in the case.
  14. Shouldn't be an issue. A 9700 doesn't draw all that much power compared to other 9000 series intel chips. And being a non K it can't OC, so like you said, only thing is turbo. But an OEM board will turbo just fine.