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    New system build / case advice

    Hmm. What to do, what to do. You're right in that I may've overshot the mark in thinking the drive cages are removable. I've been spoilt by my Lian Li case that my desktop uses. It has a drive cage you can slide out the side, add new drives, then slide it back i nand secure with a single thumb screw. Love it. Would love something like that for this new system too, as it's going to be located somewhere not that easy to work on and I wouldn't want to relocate it just to add a new HDD. So, unless someone can suggest another case that might better suit my needs, I'll probably still get this one and just accept it isn't quite as perfect as I initially thought. I hope the drive cages can also have drives inserted from inside the case, not just through the front. Almost ready to commit to the build. Any more comments/feedback/clarifications before I do would be appreciated.
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    New system build / case advice

    If the 2600k comes with a stock cooler, then I might look into that. I don't care if the case doesn't do USB3. I imagine the motherboard will have onboard USB3 ports I can use if I really need to (which I doubt I will) It's going to do a lot of stuff. It's a unix box. Web/mail/file server, as well as being my development platform. It'll run close to idle most of the time, but I'l lreally appreciate the speed when compiling, which will be a common task. It'll also probably have a 6+ year lifespan,, which is why I'm happy to splash out and get above my current needs. Would still love some more definitive feedback on the case re the drive cage. I've looked at pictures/video, but my eyesight is awful and didn't reveal anything to me, so anyone who has used one, or can see i npictures whether or not the fans mounted to cool the drives in the cage will negate the benefits of a removable cage, that'd be really good to know.
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    New system build / case advice

    My understanding is that the 2600k doesn't come with a cooler, so it'd be $20 + another $40 or so, so I opted for just the 2600. I'm not going to be benching and comparing to stats online, so I'm pretty sure I'll be more than happy with the 2600. I'm not too worried about the PSU, but again, am open to suggestions. The case/psu combo of the VSK-2450P is about $110 and looks to suit my needs pretty well. I'll spend a little more, but would rather not.
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    New system build / case advice

    Aww, shit. Thanks for catching that. Original post updated. Anything else I might've missed? I'm open to other MB recommendations. My requirements are: Supports i7-2600, at least 7 SATA ports, onboard video ports. I also want to play with intel's Quick Sync video encoding thing, so that must be supported. (do any chipsets not support it?) Don't care about RAID or overclocking options. Cheaper the better.
  5. So I decided it was time to retire my old Athlon64 4600+ server and get something new. I'm mostly interested in advice/feedback regarding the case, but would appreciate any other advice if it appears I'm overlookingsomething. Specs: Case: Antec VSK-2450P MB: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 CPU: i7-2600 RAM: 16GB GSkill RipjawsX DDR3-1600 (4x4gb) Disk: OCZ Vertex 3 60GB Extra shit: Intel Pro/1000 NIC, 2x120mm fans I like the VSK-2450P because of the front-loading drive cage, as this machine is going to have 4 existing SATA HDDs added to it as soon as I get it, and maybe more in the future. Does anyone have this case, and can you indicate how easy/difficult it is to access the drive cage? I seem to remember reading someone whining about it being fiddly. I especially want to know if having the 2 120mm fans installed in front of it will get in the way, or if it has some magic to make it easy. Answering some foreseeable questions: I opted for the i7-2600 over the i5-2500k because I am not interested in overclocking and just wanted to get the fastest CPU for my budget. Will use built in video, this machine isn't going to be used for games and will run headless. No optical drive as one isn't required for my usage. The motherboard I picked is the cheapest I saw that supports my CPU and has 8x SATA ports. Have I missed anything? EDIT NOTE: Updated motherboard. I previously had the GA-Z68X-UD3-B3, which doesn't have onboard video. That would certainly count as missing something. Woops. So... anything else?
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    Grub2 on a windows drive

    Uh, you can resize NTFS. Use something like parted/gparted under ubuntu to do this. Failing that, you can do it manually with the resize utility from ntfsprogs. Resize the filesystem, then shrink the partition down with fdisk. This isn't too hard, but it's riskier if you're not careful. Another option would be to use the FreeBSD boot manager. Grab a "bootonly" FreeBSD 8.x install cd, boot it, go to "Index", "fdisk", select the windows drive, don't change the partitions at all, just press W to write the partition table as-is, and then choose the boot manager. That should do the trick for you. Not sure the FreeBSD boot manager is smart enough to boot linux. It's *very* basic which is why it doesn't have any helper-bits outside of the bootsector. You could probably also have someone with a dual-boot machine dd their windows bootsector, send it to you and then dd it onto your windows drive.
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    Storage and Gaming Uberbox

    One negative about getting a motherboard with lots of SATA ports is that if the motherboard shits itself, then you have to go and buy another over-the-top board to replace it with. Decent disk controllers age pretty well, might cost you more initially but you can move them about and you've got more chance of replacing a dead one with the same model later on. Your RAID array isn't just disks, it's the controller they're on too. If it dies, and you can't replace it with the same/compatible model, then you're essentially in the same place you'd be if every disk on that controller died at once. Considering the above, if you're not prepared to shell out for the really serious RAID controllers, a truly dedicated storage box with RAID-like functionality done in software is a really good idea. You should look at something like FreeNAS. You can get a fairly low-spec machine and throw most of the money at disks and disk controllers and use ZFS as the file system, which gives you lots of options, whether it be adding disks 2 at a time and mirroring them, adding one at a time and just merging it into an existing storage pool and not having raid-like redundancy and just using backups as your safety, or adding 3+ disks at a time to make a new raid-5 like storage set to add to the main pool of storage. Also, SATA3 (SATA 6.0GB/s) + port doublers could probably see you meeting your goals with onboard ports + a fairly run of the mill sata 3 expansion card. Someone else who has actual real-life experience using port doublers might be worth asking for their feedback, though. I've never used them and I don't know if it's as simple as 2 drives sharing the total bandwidth or whether there's more of a performance hit there. Good luck.
  8. I will probably add an SSD later. Even if I did get one, I'd likely still need/want the extra 2TB drive for tinkering space. I shall think on this more. I might grab an extra 120mm case fan and see how loud it all sounds if I leave the fan on the back and add a second to the front. I like quiet, doesn't need to be silent, just not annoying.
  9. Okay, I've been convinced to try the Fractal Design Define R3. Currently this is what I have in mind: $142 Fractal Design Define R3 Black or Titatnium $139 Intel Core i3-2100 CPU $089 Asus P8H61-M-LE-V3 motherboard $080 8GB DDR3 $092 Samsung 2TB SATA $179 Seasonic X-400 PSU $135 Pioneer BDR bluray burner ==== $853 Is there any reason I should look at a more expensive motherboard? I don't need/want anything beyond what this one offers. Are the cheaper boards of comparable build quality with just less features, or does build quality suffer, too? For the case + PSU, can I get some pros and cons re: PSU mounting position? Using a fanless PSU, is one position "better" than the other, or should I just go for whatever I prefer? Thanks again for the tips.
  10. The Fractal Design R3 does look like a good option, but I think the Sonata's built in drive suspension system might sway me there, and unless I misread, the Fractal Design R3 appears to have a fan on top which would mean my scanner needs to find a new place to live. The FD R3 will definitely be worth a look when I build my new home server, though, as it's got lots of drive bays which is essential. My current plan is to see how I go with the Sonata's standard power supply and replace it with something like the Seasonic X-400 if it's louder than I care for and use the Earthwatts in whatever case I get for my home server when I have the funds/motivation to build that. Going to wait for Bulldozer before I do that, though, I think, and see what the state of affairs is like then, and whether Bulldozer is actually worth considering. One thing I would like feedback on is the CPU cooler. I'm happy to just throw the money at the D14, but in my limited searching, I haven't found anyone using such a cooler in a sonata/p150, but the case is getting old and the cooler is new, so that's not that surprising. Will it fit okay? Hapy to take other suggestions here, too. Thanks for the info all.
  11. Looking to retire my current system as it is showing signs of faulty hardware and rather than trying to diagnose the fault I think it might be time to upgrade instead. This will just be a desktop machine. Web browsing, video watching, etc. No gaming. The machine lives in my room and runs 24/7, so I want it as close to silent as I can get using off-the-shelf parts and without modding it in any way. This is what I have in mind so far: (Prices are MSY 'cept for case) Case: Antec Sonata Designer ~$195 CPU: i3-2100 $139 MB: Asus P8H61-M-V3 $99 RAM: PQI 8GB DDR3 kit $80 HDD: 2TB Samsung $92 HSF: Noctua NH-D14 $108 Interested in peoples' thoughts. The D14 is probably overkill. I was initially looking at the U12P but the recording I heard of it on silentpcreview put me off a little. It was quiet, but the tone it emitted would probably annoy me. The D14 recording seemed much less intrusive. Happy to consider any alternatives. MSY (Sydney CBD) is my prefered store to buy from. I don't drive and will be relying on a friend for transport, so the fewer shops that need to be visited the better. I have spent more time looking at the noise side of things, so please smack me if I have got any obvious compatibility issues there. I am not all that up to date on the newly released stuff. Cheers!
  12. Looks like the perl module Config::General isn't installed. Try: sudo apt-get install libconfig-general-perl
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    1200 build

    As one of atomic's vision impaired users, I'm unable to help because you used an image rather than listing the items you were looking at. Something you (and others) might want to keep in mind for the future, both to maximise your support base as well as general courtesy.
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    Looking to buy a new LCD monitor

    I think I'll have to have a look at the monitors out of the box and see what the stands on them are like. I'm in Sydney. Can anyone recommend any shops that have a decent number of large LCD monitors on display? Recommendations for places I might be able to see clamp-to-desk swivel arms would also be good.
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    Looking to buy a new LCD monitor

    Hi, Thanks for the suggestion of third-party monitor stands. Ideally I won't need one, but it's good to keep that in mind as a potential problem solver for this and any future monitors. mudg3: You say both the LG and Asus screens I mentioned are nice. Have you seen/used them in person? Do you remember what the stands on them were like? Seriously, this is my primary concern at the moment. My eyesight is too shit to care much about resolution.