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    Aragorn- got a reaction from Electronics Wizardy in Building a Proxmox Virtualization Server   
    Some points. Dell especially, but maybe HP too, often have much better pricing when you speak to a sales advisor. But you ideally want the spec nailed down so your asking for exactly what you need.
     
    You certainly want RAID1 for boot. Your storage is a bit odd though. Are you planning on running the VM's from the HDD's? I would try to tend towards all SSD these days unless its bulk storage. If your using Proxmox, make sure the HBA supports passthru of drives. With Dell, typically the lower spec models eg H3x0 will do this no problem, but the higher end cards (eg H7x0) will not.
     
    My VM servers here for instance have a pair of small drives for boot (some SSD, some HDD, typically 120-147gb) Then they are largely using SSD for VM storage, with the odd exception where large volumes of data storage is required. However even then, the main engineering file server is all SSD, it was simply too slow on mechanical drives with 30-40 users hitting it.
     
    In the past, where money was tight, i've opted to buy a bare-bones config from Dell, and then add extra RAM and storage myself. But this ofcourse has warranty issues and you occasionally run into weird quirks, like one Dell R540 which simply hated a particular model of Seagate hard drive. As soon as you slotted it in, the server ramped the fans to 100% and sat there screaming with no way to stop it until you pulled the drive again.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from Pietro95 in Building a Proxmox Virtualization Server   
    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.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from Pietro95 in Building a Proxmox Virtualization Server   
    Why would you raid5 a boot drive? Its just a small/slow disk to get the OS up, a mirror is totally fine. I've seen USB sticks used in the past, but this is janky, just use a real drive.
     
    Dont put your host OS on a VM drive, it just causes headaches in future if you need to upgrade. Been there, done that.
     
    ZFS itself might not particularly care about native drives (certainly not in the way the freenas folks would make you think) HOWEVER, native drives mean the OS's monitoring utilities can view the drive smart data, which is invaluable for spotting failures before they bite you in the arse. RAID controllers often hide that sort of data and you dont get the same visibility of whats going on with the underlying hardware. In any case, the H330 listed in the spec above will simply pass any unconfigured drives thru to the OS, so its all good on that front.
     
    I would generally avoid controller based RAID arrangements, If the controller dies, your up shit creek. Use software based RAID and you can stick those disks in any old machine and it'll boot right up.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from CAPSBOY in Thin client converted to a router   
    The CPU wont care just doing routing duties, but yea, VPN will likely weigh pretty heavily on it... But it depends what your doing with the VPN... If its just a basic setup to let you access some things remotely rather than streaming tonnes of data, it'll probably be fine.
     
    USB NIC perhaps for the other interface? 😬
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from CAPSBOY in Thin client converted to a router   
    personally, i use a specific standalone access point (Ubiquiti Unifi AC-Lite) and leave the router doing routery things.
     
    Also means the AP's can be positioned in sensible place relative to the house/users, and the router can live in the boiler room out the way.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from AnirbanG007 in SSD choice for NAS in casual Home Server   
    Some years ago we setup a pair of SSD based fileservers at work in an HA cluster. One had two 2TB Samsung 850 Pros, the other a pair of enterprise level Samsung PM863's
     
    Both have seen identical workloads. ~40k hours operation, and ~20TB written to them over that time. The wear levelling count is slightly higher on the 850Pro's at 35% rather than 31%, but realistically they are "the same"
     
    I've also got a pair of 860 Evos with 20k hours and ~10TB written with a wear levelling count of 7%.
     
    So no, you dont need any special SSD's, even for a server thats getting hammered day in day out with an office full of engineers, and certainly not for home use. 
     
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from Falcon1986 in Thin client converted to a router   
    personally, i use a specific standalone access point (Ubiquiti Unifi AC-Lite) and leave the router doing routery things.
     
    Also means the AP's can be positioned in sensible place relative to the house/users, and the router can live in the boiler room out the way.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from paddy-stone in ryzen 5600x in TrueNAS ??   
    Sell the 5600. the 1600AF is already tonnes for your use and the market is strong for the 5000 series so you should get a good price.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from leadeater in Help on surveillance system.   
    Our CCTV server at work is a Dell R720, 8 core Xeon. Its recording 10 cameras a mixture of 1080p and 4k, and mostly 25fps, and the CPU doesnt even break a sweat.
     
    Where you can run into issues is with machines that are doing the analytics on the PC/Server rather than the Camera. Doing that can very quickly overwhelm even a fairly decent CPU.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from Electronics Wizardy in Setup Ubuntu on Mac Mini without Display   
    Well, if the main storage is removable, you could install the OS in another machine, setup RDP/VNC type access and then transfer the drive back across.
     
    Would be trivial on a PC, but Mac might make it more involved...
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from LethoX in Budget motherboard for running 5600x stock   
    The cheapest board you can find for sale will run a stock 5600x just fine. Even the junkiest board will run a 65w CPU with no issues. Theres very little to be gained from overclocking ryzen chips either, especially newer ones, their factory boost alogrithm is very good.

    I wouldnt bother with B550 if your on a budget either. But B450 might need a bios update so thats something to consider if you dont have access to another chip.

    But ofcourse, it really depends how you define "budget motherboard". a 5600x and 1080 arent really budget parts.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from Eigenvektor in 10G SFP Cards. How do they work when you daisy-chain connections?   
    If the NAS supports bridging, he can simply bridge the two ports together and the NAS will effectively act like a switch for the traffic passing thru.

    I have a CCTV server setup like this, it has a quadport NIC with the four ports bridged together, and each port connects out to a satellite switch with some cams attached. Its trivial to setup in Linux.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from DSTECH in Help! Computer won't boot   
    I'm not really sure i get your point. Again, that list details official compatibility. And in much the same way that chart suggests A320 boards dont work with 3000 series, when in many cases they do, its also the case that many X570 boards will work just fine with 1000 series.

    As evidenced by the fact that the OP has the 1600 running just fine in his non-faulty X570 board.
     
    Its mostly about the AGESA code included in the BIOS having the appropriate microcode for all the different CPU models. Some boards have space issues and dont include everything. Many X570 boards however do include the microcode for all Ryzen CPU's.
     
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from Medizinmann in Why gpu's on ebay are overpriced?   
    I dont buy the idea that AMD/NVidia are deliberately limiting stock. Theres been a particular set of circumstances that when all put together has resulted in huge demand, and simultaneously limited supply.
     
    Last gen was underwhelming, price/performance didnt really improve much over previous cards. So many people skipped it, and held out for 30xx/RDNA2.
    AMD getting their act together meant that additionally this gen has been a return to serious generational improvement, both in outright performance, and price/performance ratio. This pushed lots of people to want to upgrade, but also meant anyone building a PC over the second half of 2020 were "holding out" for the new cards, futher adding to demand.
    AMD are/were trying to launch multiple products simultaneously on the same process (Consoles, GPUs, Zen3, Renoir) all of which have huge demand, while also continuing to fab older products to meet the demands in those sectors, and they cannot easily just "make more" because production capacity is fixed.
    Nvidia had a last minute switch to Samsung 8nm, and clearly didnt (or couldnt) order enough wafers to meet demand.
    COVID has also meant various supply chain issues and restrictions, while simultaneously massively increasing demand across the board due to more folk working from home, and lots of people sitting at home and deciding to get into gaming, or having money spare that they can spend on upgrades.

    Its just been a perfect storm and the result is the mess we have now.

    I ordered some AMD powered HP laptops via a large corporate account in December, and they're not being delivered until March. Thats not AMD spicing up the market with deliberate shortages, they dont f about with contracts to huge OEM's like HP. They simply do not have enough capacity to meet demand.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from dizmo in Why gpu's on ebay are overpriced?   
    I dont buy the idea that AMD/NVidia are deliberately limiting stock. Theres been a particular set of circumstances that when all put together has resulted in huge demand, and simultaneously limited supply.
     
    Last gen was underwhelming, price/performance didnt really improve much over previous cards. So many people skipped it, and held out for 30xx/RDNA2.
    AMD getting their act together meant that additionally this gen has been a return to serious generational improvement, both in outright performance, and price/performance ratio. This pushed lots of people to want to upgrade, but also meant anyone building a PC over the second half of 2020 were "holding out" for the new cards, futher adding to demand.
    AMD are/were trying to launch multiple products simultaneously on the same process (Consoles, GPUs, Zen3, Renoir) all of which have huge demand, while also continuing to fab older products to meet the demands in those sectors, and they cannot easily just "make more" because production capacity is fixed.
    Nvidia had a last minute switch to Samsung 8nm, and clearly didnt (or couldnt) order enough wafers to meet demand.
    COVID has also meant various supply chain issues and restrictions, while simultaneously massively increasing demand across the board due to more folk working from home, and lots of people sitting at home and deciding to get into gaming, or having money spare that they can spend on upgrades.

    Its just been a perfect storm and the result is the mess we have now.

    I ordered some AMD powered HP laptops via a large corporate account in December, and they're not being delivered until March. Thats not AMD spicing up the market with deliberate shortages, they dont f about with contracts to huge OEM's like HP. They simply do not have enough capacity to meet demand.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from JohanKjeldahl7 in Can you have one CPU output and one GPU output?   
    This is simply wrong. You can indeed run multiple graphics cards (be that iGPU or discreet) and have simultaneous output from all of them.

    Most machines with iGPU have a BIOS setting to keep the iGPU enabled even when there is a discreet card present.

    As for wether you'll get any benefit from it, i would think its unlikely, but you can give it a try and see, given its only a quick setting change.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from ulitin in Will the GTX 1060 work on a 300W psu? HP Pro 3300 MT Series   
    If it has a 6 pin GPU power connector, then yes it'll work fine.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from Tan3l6 in What's the oldest GPU you can get away with in 2020? (Discussion)   
    1060 3gb and/or RX470 are the low end i'd really recommend for gaming these days. Not just due to performance, but due to cost as well. The AMD card especially can be had for really low prices relative to its performance, which often makes buying a slower card a fairly poor choice. They're not that much cheaper, but they're often a LOT slower. These two models also draw little enough power that you can typically stuff one into any old PC and it'll work.
     
    Some older cards that might also be acceptable, say a 970 or 780Ti if you can get them cheaper than the RX470. 

    Techspot/Hardware Unboxed do an annual roundup of cards which is very useful, especially when you include the cost per frame analysis:
    https://www.techspot.com/article/2007-buying-guide-used-graphics-cards/
     
    You will note what i mention above, the cost per frame of the RX470 is excellent, and many slower GPU's end up costing more! Some cards like the 1050 series are awful value in comparison.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from sabapro17 in can i put 2 GPU in one pc   
    3060ti if you can find one.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from Chris Fortune in can i put 2 GPU in one pc   
    If your wanting more performance in gaming, sell the existing card and buy a faster one. Multi-GPU's just dont work that well (or in many cases, at all) for gaming.
     
    If you are wanting the second GPU for other reasons, say rendering workloads, VM's or other general compute applications, then sure you can fit what you like and they dont have to match so long as your software can utilise whatever you've installed.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from Sarra in Will I still be gaming on my GTX 980 in 2030?   
    Pro cards are mostly about certification, and occasionally some driver feature unlocks. Higher tier models can have more ram and things, but thats not the case for midrangey stuff.
     
    But mostly, its a "we charge more because we can" situation.
     
    As an example, if your a company using your Very Expensive engineering software, and discover some bug/glitch/issue, when you call up the vendor and tell them your running a non-approved GPU they may just wash their hands of it. The company ends up just paying more for the approved Pro model, becuase the extra few hundred dollars is simply small change in that world.
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    Aragorn- reacted to RazzRaven in Lenovo whitelisting problem.   
    Thank you so much bud. The bios mod worked. Im runing off the 570 and downloading drivers as i type. 
    Cheers guys. 


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    Aragorn- got a reaction from onnihilation in 350€ budget, what to do?   
    350euro will get you a 5700xt on ebay if your patient
     
    Otherwise, compare cost-per-frame (hardware unboxed/techspot have a few decent roundups) at the prices your buying at and make a judgement call on the value proposition.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from cm992 in CPU/MOB/RAM Upgrade   
    A Ryzen 3600 and B450 board would usually have been a better value option than intel at this price point, but at least here, 3600's have gotten really expensive due to the various shortages, but the 10400f is pretty keenly priced and available.
     
    It just puts you in the awkward situation with the motherboard. If you go B460, you sorta limit yourself for future upgrades. If you go Z490 your spending a lot more cash up front, for a mild performance increase from the ram, and the possibility that you might upgrade later to a K series part.
     
    You need to weigh those odds. Personally, I'd probably just go with the cheapest board that will run the chip to maximise the value proposition now, unless your specifically planning to upgrade to something faster before the platform is replaced.
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    Aragorn- got a reaction from TTV BigRecoiilz in Is a CV550 good enough for this build?   
    you might be better going for less power, but better quality. You dont need 550w.
     
    That rig probably wont even break 300w, so if you can find a better quality 400ish unit within your budget that would be better than going for 550w but ending up with a budget model.
     
    You say your upgrading, so what PSU do you have just now?
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