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  1. Hey Atomicans! After your ever-helpful advice. I'm after a PSU for my new nas. It's in a custom case, without a whole lot of room. Atom D525, 4gb ram, 5 hard drives. - non-modular - in my case this is actually better for layout and airflow - short - cool - short cables - 5 sata - damn good quality Any suggestions?
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    laptop modding

    I reckon it'd be really hard.
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    System PSU recommendations

    On your specs in general, i'd go the 120g ssd, add a 1tb hdd, up the ram to 8gb, and go the 1090 phenom. But, that's all more $ so ymmv. I got a vertex II for my lappy and it's the bomb!
  4. I think you're in case mod territory here. Sounds like a fun little peoject... and like all of this sort of project, the fun really is in experimenting and figuring out how to do it yourself. Measure the lappy mobo and compare to the atx family standards. I reckon mini atx case, but you never know. Maybe go something crazy outside the realms of standard cases (eg i'm currently putting a machine into a planter pot). Whatever you do, the mounting of the lappy entrails into the case will be custom, so you'll just have to jump in and give it a shot. I would just suggest being creative - look at it as an opportunity for a cool project, more so than just salvaging a machine.
  5. For my money, i'd build my next htpc fanless. I had a simiar issue with a fileserver. Cpu fan just went ballistic unnecessarily. never solved it. Try bios settings or get a fan controller, or try to underclock or go passive cooling with an aftermarket heatsink. It might also be an indication that the cpu is too slow for the workload.
  6. What hardware are you running? What machines are on at once? The vmware forums might be another place to seek help. They won't consume resources they don't need. You gotta isolate which virtual hw is slowing it down. I'm guessing disk access. Is this a new issue or new box?
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    VMware advice needed.

    I'd grab one of the midrange Dell servers that support ESXi. ESXi is free and pretty awesome. If you want to build a box yourself, use vmware server on linux... Not so good, but fine for hobby stuff. Esxi just works better, has good memory overcommmit and performs much better. Also, keep in mind that vm boxen need lots of ram and lots of disks to work well. Go at least 4 cores, 16 gb ram. Disks are a tricky one. Not sure on esxi ssd support. In hdd there's lots of different theories. Some peeps go for a few raid1 pairs, some go single-disk with lots of disks, some go for more elaborate raid levels (5, 10 etc). Ymmv. Just watch Dell's inflated prices for disk and ram upgrades. Techbuy.com.au has a good range of server ram. For just experimenting, prolly just build yourself and use vmware server.
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    PC dies after 2-3 seconds

    My pc did similar and reseating the ram fixed it. Ymmv.
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    Shuttle PC

    The silverstone ones look pretty cool. That shuttle barebones thing looks like a giant ripoff. Shuttle stuff always seems heinously overpriced. I think they overplay their brand and fact that they hit the small case market first. Lian-li PC-Q08 looks very nice, but last I looked, I think they're selling like hotcakes and haven't made it to AU yet. Could be wrong. It's on the big size of an ITX, but it looks really tasty. http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/produ...amp;ss_index=63 The Q07 is nice, too - bit more limited, though, and the layout is a bit iffy to me. But, it's really compact. Lian Li's PC-V351 and PC-V352 also look pretty nice - mATX with good ventilation and room for graphics cards. They're cube-style, though, which might be annoying for your space constraints. Chenbro also do some really nice small cases... but they tend to be more fileserver-oriented than gaming. It really depends on what you want it for. If its for games, then compact doesn't really work with it - big cases, big mobos, big gfx cards and big fans are the go. If it's for general computing, I'd go the laptop option - I think Toshibas look nice (not that I've really used one, but hey)... if it doesn't have to be portable Toshiba certainly has some entries in the 'luggable/desktop replacement' camp. Or, get a macbook pro. I think the small case market is kinda underwhelming at the moment. There's plenty of HTPC cases, some ok fileserver cases, a bunch that are as-small-as-possible-just-coz-we-can... and then the general-purpose desktop cases all tend to be too big. I think it's a tough one to crack, given the design constraints (small but big) and the fact that a lot of people who are after a small PC would just get a laptop. I think it's still early days for the mini ITX cases and we'll see some more good entries in the next 12 months. BTW - http://www.mini-itx.com/store/?c=3 is an interesting site for small stuff.
  10. I had a very similar problem with my PC not that long ago - re-seated the ram and it's fine. It's good to know little tricks like this... but, y'know, maybe they could make better seats, so this can't happen? :)
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    Check this out...

    Ehehe. That'd be awesome. I wanted to, but i reckon it'd be hard. I think i want fans mounted to the top, which throws a big spanner in the works, too.
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    Check this out...

    The case i'm modding doesn't come with drive bays. I'm actually modding a planter pot. Yep, a planter pot... Like one would grow a herb garden in :) It'll be my new fileserver... a file garden, if you will. I'm gunna stick plastic plants out of it, so it's stealthed against the normal decor of the lounge room. It's gunna be heaps of fun!
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    Check this out...

    For sure. The drives pictured are old. I think modern drives are slightly thinner, which should give some gap. Either that or i just won't completely fill it.
  14. Wow... just wow. For months I've been searching for the right way to mount hard drives for my new case modding project. Everything had too few drives or was too expensive. Today I spent a few hours wandering around Bunnings and I found these little L brackets that were perfect. I honestly can't believe it. They're pre-drilled with holes that just so happen to be in exactly in the right place for hard drives! Each bracket is about $3.50; get 4 of them and you've got a cage that supports 6 hard drives. Here's some photos... http://www.techtangents.com/wp-content/upl...06/IMG_0799.jpg http://www.techtangents.com/wp-content/upl...06/IMG_0803.jpg http://www.techtangents.com/wp-content/upl...06/IMG_0800.jpg http://www.techtangents.com/wp-content/upl...06/IMG_0801.jpg
  15. I'm thinking of building a custom ITX case for a home server. Just for kicks. It'll be 200mm (W) x 200mm (D) x about 400mm (H)... psu on the bottom, drives on top of it, mobo on top of that. Anyways, I'm thinking of how to mount the hard drives. I want something that I can just slide the drives into at the front, without having to screw them in on the sides. My big hulking Lian-Li PC-201 has this - you just put these big screws into the side of the drive and slide them into a set of rails. It'd also be nice to not have to plug them in at the back, maybe using caddies like the hot-swap enclosures. Maybe a hot-swap enclosure would be suitable... but I don't need hot-swapping and they tend to be a bit expensive. So, this isn't necessary - the main thing is just to not have to screw them in at the sides. Maybe even vibration dampening as well? Again, not necessary. Aiming for 4 drives. Anyone know of suitable gear?