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About reftyuy

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  • CPU
    Intel Core i7-7700K
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
    G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200
  • GPU
    GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 FE
  • Case
    Fractal Design Define R5 Blackout Edition w/ Window
  • Storage
    Toshiba DT01ACA200 2TB HDD, Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB HDD, Crucial MX500 500 SSD, and Samsung 860 Evo 250 GB SSD
  • PSU
    Thermaltake PS-TPD-0750MPCGUS-1 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
  • Display(s)
    Acer H236HLbid 23.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor
  • Cooling
    NZXT Kraken X62 and EVGA GTX 1080 Hybrid Waterblock Cooler 400-HY-5188-B1
  • Keyboard
    Logitech G710 Plus
  • Mouse
    Logitech G300S
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
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  1. Hey lal12! Thanks for posting, but my problem was resolved at Level1Techs Forums (https://forum.level1techs.com/t/freenas-11-0-u2-server-dead/118493). I don't know what the specific problem was, but replacing my USB sticks seemed to work fine. The sticks I used initially didn't last a week before failing so I doubt that they exceeded their writes within that time period. As I understand it, FreeNAS loads itself into system memory and thus running it off a USB stick should be fine. The FreeNAS site itself specifies it as the minimum boot device on the Hardware Requireme
  2. I'll cut straight to the chase: my FreeNAS 11.0 U2 server refuses to boot from either of my USB boot devices. Story: I tried turning on my server so I can try to get the Web GUI working with HTTPS, but it kept looping in the BIOS (i.e. it kept resetting itself without booting into FreeNAS). I switched to my second USB device which I used to make a copy of the instillation via attaching it to the boot device and it worked fine. I, however, wanted to diagnose the problem and took out the backup that worked and replaced it with the initial boot device. Again, it refused to boot in its
  3. Okay, thanks for sharing your experience and giving me some advice!
  4. I did check Intel's site and it says that the Celeron N2830 supports a max of 8GB (https://ark.intel.com/products/81071/Intel-Celeron-Processor-N2830-1M-Cache-up-to-2_41-GHz). I also already took apart the machine several times for the SSD upgrade I did, thermal paste replacement, and of course to check the RAM slot (it only has 1). One of the reasons I ask this question is because I don't know whether or not the motherboard can support an 8GB stick. I had a similar experience with my Scrapyard Wars inspired HTPC build (https://pcpartpicker.com/user/reftyuy/saved/h7YbvK). I used a Core 2 Quad
  5. As the title suggests, is it possible to upgrade the RAM in the ASUS X551MAV-EB01-B from 4GB to 8GB? I have searched the internet for an answer to this question, but the ones I found seem to contradict each other. I will list the places I found my info below in separate sections. Specs: https://www.asus.com/us/Laptops/X551MAV/specifications/ (Notice how ASUS doesn't mention a 4GB RAM Max capacity anywhere on the spec sheet) https://www.asus.com/Laptops/X551MAV/specifications/ (This does state the 4GB limit, but it also has different yet similar specs for having the same model
  6. That's strange. My friend and I did the same thing and nothing happened.
  7. Ok, I'll look into some of your suggestions for making more money.
  8. If only it were that easy. I attend a $60k+ private college almost entirely through scholarships and a $4,500 direct subsidized loan from the federal government. This usually leaves $3,500 left for me to cover through my summer and on-campus job. However, this year I must pay nearly $5,000 because my roommates and I couldn't get a regular three man room. Instead, we got a three person suite, and as a result, we must individually pay $1,500 more. I manage my own finances and figured I will not be done paying for the upcoming school year until February 2018, and even then I have to start saving
  9. I know that $800 could get me the best portable solution I'm looking for, but sadly I cannot go for it. I have no budget for a laptop. The only reason I am pursuing the eGPU solution is because I am poor and will not have money for a laptop until 2019 or 2020. My college expenses consume nearly all the money I make during the year (on-campus job and summer job), and the next couple of years will have more expenses like a car, increased tuition and housing costs, and graduate school costs if I decide to go.
  10. How would one go about making a portable eGPU for a laptop? I have an old laptop that does not have a Thunderbolt or USB Type-C port that I can use for an external Graphics Card solution. I cannot afford a laptop with a GTX 1050 (poor college student here), but I would like to play games on the 8 hour bus ride to and from my house during breaks. College tuition takes all my money and thus will not have any for a laptop in the near or intermediate future. I found two solutions which use the Mini PCIe port used by the WiFi adapter inside my laptop. The first I modified in
  11. I would like an SSD because my main computer doesn't have one. I was planning to buy a 1TB SSD, but because I'm in college (BUY ALL THE BOOKS!), that plan is now out the window.
  12. My favorite things about this phone is the 2560x1440 display, all of the built in features out of the box, and the position in which the buttons are placed.