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  1. Hi all. I’m looking to upgrade my monitor. As the title states, I’m looking for a 30-35” display with a 3440 x 1440 resolution, 144+hz, and a 1000r or 1200r curve. I don’t really want to go wider than the 21:9 ratio, so monitors like the Oddessy G9 are out. My current display is a lowly 24” 1080p with a 1500r curve. Originally MSI was supposed to be releasing one like that, the MAG342CQR; but, they altered the design and gave it a 1500r curve instead for the released product. So, I was wondering else is out there from other brands, what you guys would recommend I check out, what I
  2. Literally just started looking into how to do this yesterday. Great timing. Thanks!
  3. I have a general question for the author. The Node 804 seems incredibly popular for NAS. Why did you select this option over others like the Core V21?
  4. Not a damn thing is wrong with that board, if you're willing to pay for it. I wouldn't spend that much on NAS hardware, but at the end of the day, it's not my purchase.
  5. https://www.amazon.ca/ASRock-MicroATX-Motherboard-B450M-PRO4/dp/B07FVYKFXF Two M.2 slots, so you wont need an expansion card for those. Two x16 slots for your x4 10GB and SATA Expansion cards. It does only come with 4 SATA ports. I am unsure if the M.2s take away from those ports, from available PCIe lanes, from both/either, or from neither. Regardless, you can make up for it with the appropriately sized expansion card. it comes up as C$108 for me, so I imagine it'd only be in the 60-70 GBP range for you.
  6. I don't see what the issue is. Most boards come with a mix of slot sizes. You can use any slot that is physically x4 or bigger for your x4 expansion cards. Just because you plug a x4 card into a x16 slot doesn't mean you are now occupying all 16 lanes. Are you concerned that there aren't any mATX boards with 3 or more x4 slots? I'm re-reading. I must be missing something, because I don't see where you'd need the 3rd slot?
  7. How many PCIe lanes do you think you're going to need for 10Gb ethernet and a SATA expansion card? You only need 2 PCIe Gen III lanes for a single 10Gb/s port (1.25GBs/2GBs total throughput), 4 lanes for dual ports (2.5GBs/4GBs total throughput). Your SATA controller will itself only need 1.2GBs if it's a dual-port, 2.4GBs if it's a Quad port, etc. Again, using only 2 & 4 PCIe lanes respectively. Worst case scenario, you lose 6-8 lanes to expansion cards. Based on your intended outcome, you'd only lose 4 lanes. Cut that in half if the Mobo you pick up supports PCIe Gen IV, wher
  8. You said in the thread title that you need some advice. It sounds like what you actually want is confirmation that your plan is a good idea. Frankly, I don't think it is. My advice is to buy a cheap board & cheap processor off the hop, prioritising the M.2 slots. Then, buy yourself a 10GB ethernet expansion card along with that combo if you *really* need it immediately. Otherwise, defer the purchase. Then down the road, get a SATA card when you add the additional hard drives.
  9. So if you think you'll add drives down the road, why not include a SATA card as part of that upgrade cycle/cost? It'll end up being a very minor portion of the overall capacity upgrade costs, even if you only purchase an additional two drives.
  10. I’d like to know with a bit more certainty. But I don’t know where to look to find out the amp limits per plug, what the SSDs draw, etc.
  11. I have an EVGA SuperNova G3 750 PSU. I’m installing 6 SSDs (5x860 EVO, 1x WD Blue). For the sake of cable management, I’d like to power all 6 SSDs by running a splitter off of each of the connections on the stock EVGA 3-plug cable. A second EVGA cable will supply power to both the 5.25” Disc Drive and Corsair Ecosystem. Is it safe and/or will it be within the limitations of my PSU to run all 6 SSDs off of the one SATA power port? Thank you for your time.
  12. Sorry, I never did say what my CPU was! I have a 4790k. Since I last posted I managed to figure it out. I had my ring voltage on a manual setting (1.7v) and it wouldn't let me move them closer than 0.4v. Anyway, I managed to get it stable at 4.9, 1.325vcore. But the temps on one of the cores was causing it to throttle on Prime95. It was stable and solid on AIDA64, with dramatically lower temps (highest core was 82). Regardless, I dialed it back to 4.8, and the lowest stable voltage I managed to find for that is 1.265. Managed to get my RAM back up to the specs it shipped with witho
  13. Thanks for your reply! It appears to be stable at 4.8Ghz, 1.275v vcore setting. I feel like I could coax more out it, but the bios won’t let me go above 1.299v. The jury seems mixed on whether or not it’s a good idea to run above 1.3v on a Haswell/Devil’s Canyon chip. Are there other settings I need to play with to open up the option of more voltage?
  14. Hi folks, What's the best way to go about stress/thermal-testing a CPU overclock these days? I just did a fresh WC loop, and I wanted to make sure it was effective; no need to re-seat CPU cooler, appropriate amount of TIM, etc. I've been running Prime95 on the Small FFT setting to try and cook the CPU. Is this still a good indicator of both the loop's effectiveness and system stability? On the OCing side of things, I've also read that Prime95 will alter your voltage to suite it's demands from your OC preset. I locked out voltage changes in bios. Will it over
  15. I have one WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB SSD and two Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSDs in the system. I have three more Sansung 860 EVO 500GB drives in the mail, giving me a total of five Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSDs and one WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB SSD.