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  1. with 16-18 drives, RAID5 and even 6 is of dubious protection. I certainly wouldnt go that wide on something actually critical. But then this rig perhaps isnt actually that critical? Alternatively, you could split the storage, with the game store (easily redownloadable) on a subset of drives in say single parity, and the more important stuff on a subset in double parity or stripe-mirror.
  2. It wont really get any faster. NVMe is already 5-10x faster than SATA, and the differences in reads are barely noticeable. Dont buy QLC SSD's if you want to avoid that issue. If its games, does it really matter if you lose an SSD? They'll just redownload. Important stuff should be backed up. RAID is not backup, RAID is there to limit downtime in production environments. If you want to "play", a proper NAS type setup (ZFS etc) on a seperate box, exporting a zvol over iSCSI on 10Gbit ethernet could be interesting. Wether its actually fast though? who knows.
  3. what are you trying to achieve? You'd be far better off buying a small number of actually decent larger SSD's, than trying to connect up 28 shit ones and applying software raid to them.
  4. A proper enterprise level DAS using SAS drives would do this internally. SAS supports multiple links, so what effectively happens is every drive is connected to both controllers, and then the two controllers are connected back to the host. I wouldnt think simply plugging two SAS expanders together would work though.
  5. A Thunderbolt Dock is what you need. Try ebay for a Lenovo one, or buy some other brand as they are generally all fairly intercompatible.
  6. Modern Windows just doesn't work on a hard drive. It used to years ago, and i dont really know whats changed, but run a modern recent build of windows on a hard disk and its just crap. Everything takes eons to happen, and the machine will frequently just lock up completely for n seconds at a time with the drive activity light wedged on...
  7. I really hope your not planning on installing windows onto an actual hard drive? That will be horrible. SSD is the only way. In regards to your actual query, yes, if you stick your new SSD into your old PC and install windows onto it, it'll very likely work just fine if you transfer it across. However for best results, you should really wait and do the install on the actual parts you will be using.
  8. G6400 has two cores... As fast as those cores are, theres still only two of them. I would be very surprised if it could even remotely keep up with a i7 2600 or 3770
  9. It does, but its one of those "it depends" situations. Some games will certainly run faster on Zen2. Others will be limited by only 6 threads. Its actually quite a tricky choice but I would probably lean towards the 3500x. See here: https://www.techspot.com/review/1966-amd-ryzen-5-3500x/ Its generally equal to the 2600x, but it does pull ahead in some games.
  10. Very limited 478 models supported x64, looking at wikipedia, specifically the SL7QB and SL7Q8 sku's are the only ones. The rest of the x64 supporting chips are LGA775. Older versions of Windows 10 ran on 32bit machines though, so thats another option if you just want to run 10, rather than specifically the latest build.
  11. Buy the Xeon version, eg X5660 or X5670. Usually a good bit cheaper than the 6 core i7's
  12. The VM host is the tricky part, if your wanting physical consoles attached to those VM's (given you've referenced 7 gamers 1 cpu) Finding a machine with sufficient PCIe slots for that is extremely difficult, which is why linus' build used pcie expansion boards etc (which are extremely expensive). Its also not trivial to pipe that console around the house. It very quickly gets to the point where your simply cheaper buying seperate PC's... For instance, a 100ft displayport cable, and a 100ft USB cable might cost you several hundred bucks alone. Its not impossible ofcourse
  13. probably a different type of flash. the "Read Intensive" drives are, as the name suggests, likely better for applications that are heavy on reads. You will note the "TBW" rating is much lower, this references how much data can be written to the drive over its lifetime (TeraBytesWritten) The Mix use drives will be more suited to mixed read-write workloads. It would be nice if they told you what actual drives they are using, but they tend not to as they source from multiple suppliers.