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  • CPU
    Ryzen 5 2600X
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
    32GB Crucial 3200
  • GPU
    RX570 8GB
  • Case
    Thermaltake Core V21
  • Storage
    Crucial P1
  • PSU
    Corsair RMX 750x
  • Cooling
    Noctua NH-D14

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  1. I think it'd be interesting to see the performance differences in two systems from opposite ends of the performance/cost spectrum. Something like this: https://www.newegg.com/lenovo-thinkstation-s30-18-ln-s30-ws-00/p/N82E16859100282?Item=9SIAANWAK11177 VS Something like this: https://www.newegg.com/acer-aspire-tc-875-ur11-student-home-office/p/N82E16883101815?&quicklink=true Both can be had for under $400, but which one is "better". You may use whatever definition of "better" that you like.
  2. This fall, I put together a new HTPC Ryzen 5 3400G, MSI B550M Pro VDH wifi, 16GB Crucial ballistix 3200, Samsung 970 Evo Plus, Noctua NH-L9a. And 6tb worth of old HDD's for media storage. My daughter got some kids shows on DVD for xmas and I figured I would get them ripped so I don't have to mess with the discs again. I used MakeMKV to pull everything off the first disc, then handbrake to split up the episodes into their own files. Here's where the problem comes in. About 30 seconds into encoding the system totally locks up and eventually restarts. I pulle
  3. I don't think you guys picked up on this part. This will be a 20 year office, and if i'm going to be buying new stuff anyways, why not go 10gig?
  4. The server hosts our customer data. ~4,000 customers with full service history, we have been growing about 5-10% per year for the past 4 years though. We are using fairly consumer grade stuff at the moment. The destops will get pcie or thunderbolt 10gig adapters along with the switch.
  5. We are building a new office in about a year and i'm starting to look for tech upgrades from our current hardware. Currently we have 6 desktops, 1 server, and 12 Microsoft Surface tablets floating around our office, along with 5 VOIP phones and everyones cell phones. Our current switch is a 16 port netgear at 1gbps, which is fine, but i'd like to future proof a little bit. I'd like to get the server and all the desktops connected to a 10gig switch, and everything else can connect through the old netgear switch/WAP. Does anybody have any recommend
  6. I'm looking for a new system for my mother in law who needs a new computer for work, data entry, at home, for Aflac. She doesn't need a power house, but i'd rather not recommend something that will need to be replaced in a year either. While browsing around newegg, I found the refurbished server/workstation area and landed on this guy. Obviously a xeon, in any spec, is probably overkill for what she's doing, but the performance per dollar seems too good to pass up. As with all non-tech savy people, she believes that there is no reason to spend more then $500
  7. My mother in law is in need of a new computer and has tasked me with either building her one, or finding a good deal on a prebuilt. Naturally, with it being Black Friday, i'm on amazon and newegg right now, on the hunt. What struck me as odd was the amount of ram i'm seeing in some of these systems, 12gb? 20gb? Since when do they make 12, 10, or 6gb sticks? Or are OEMs mixing and matching their leftovers? 8 and a 4 to make 12, 16 and a 4 to make 20? Seems like an odd practice when its more standard to use 2 of the same size. Does anybody know why
  8. Also Samsung S20 note is $500 off, down to $499
  9. Back to $260. Still looks like a strong price/tb though.
  10. You can get USB powered fans, although idk if Noctua has any. I'm pretty sure this is what OP is talking about. https://www.amazon.com/AC-Infinity-MULTIFAN-Receiver-Playstation/dp/B00JLV4BWC/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=usb+fan&qid=1602796827&sr=8-5
  11. I'd rather not go used, i've had a couple bad experiences.
  12. I'm currently running an RX 570 8GB, which is sufficient, but certainly could be better. For Prime Day there is a Sapphire RX 5600 for $280, which should be a reasonable upgrade over my 570. Does anybody have a better recommendation for under $300?
  13. They are both intake, there is no exhaust. My thinking was that as long as the computer parts are sitting directly in front of the fresh air and are always at a positive pressure, the heated air will exhaust itself through the small gaps in the front door and drawer. This seams to be working pretty well so far, temps have stayed under 50c even while playing 4k video and plex streaming. I do have an xbox one in that cabinet as well, fortunately it doesn't get used that often, but that will probably raise the temps a little, but i haven't tested it to figure out by how much yet
  14. This build will be a quasi-"desk pc" that will replace my aging HTPC. The case will be the cabinet, that will also house my Nintendo Switch and my Xbox one. Parts: MOBO: MSI B550M PRO-VDH Wifi CPU: R5 3400G with Noctual NH-L9a RAM: 16gb Crucial Ballistix 3200 PSU: Corsair CX 550w DRIVES: Samsung 970 evo plus (1tb) Boot, I don't remember 2tb, I don't remember 3tb, seagate ironwolf 4tb(temporary....borrowed from work) FANS: 2-Noctua 140mm intakes I lost the battle with my wife to have the counter top go all the way from wall to wall. I
  15. Plan has changed slightly. I ended up going with a R5 3400G and an MSI B550M PRO-VDH WiFi. I also opted for a samsung 970 Evo plus rather then the Crucial just based off of reviews. I also ended up with 2 140mm fans rather then the single 200mm because i couldn't find a dust filter or hole saw to fit. These fans will be intake only and will exhaust through the gaps at the door and drawer of the cabinet. I also added a wireless power button, which is something that i had not played with before. Since the computer will be fairly inaccessible and I didn't want