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I'm mildly conflicted

  1. #11


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    Huh. I do plan on doing some serious modding, as I'm liking the case more and more. Modding's my thing.

    Yeah, I was looking this up and it does seem the XPS has a special ATX motherboard in it, which is mildly annoying. But oh well. Speaking of serious modding, I'm looking at some case internal designs on the newegg.com and I came across a case that can house a mini-ITX and standard ATX motherboards in tandem and it made me remind myself of an idea I had two years ago when I was remodding my current Dell Dimension case: putting an Xbox 360's internals into the case.

    Seeing as the XPS 600 is a larger case than mine, it actually seems possible.... That way, I can have good cooling and won't have to have a separate console and can just have it within my PC case. Nice and clean and minimalist. Much like the Windows 8!

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    .....I came across a case that can house a mini-ITX and standard ATX motherboards in tandem and it made me remind myself of an idea I had two years ago when
    My case listed in my spec ( Mozart TX ) as a AtX in one side and a mini-itx on the other side, the mini-itx is powered by a Thermaltake PSU that fit in a 5 bay.

    Thermaltake Mozart TX
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    My plan is to have lots of storage for dvd ripping to .iso and amassing an ungodly amount of digital content to the point I can become a small internet.
    Well, ok. I'm not sure why this would be your goal, but if it is, so be it. Remember, even with RAID you should have backups of your data. If somebody breaks into your home and steals your computer....all of the RAID in the world won't give you your data back. Same thing if your house floods or burns to the ground.

    Considering a DVD rip to ISO takes like 4GB of space or so...you can fit 400-500 movies onto 1 single 2TB hard drive. I know some people like to have huge collections of stuff. I'm just not that type of a person. I have some...but not tons.
    Actually, most DVD movies are dual layered DVDs. If you're watching a movie and halfway through there is a scene that just kind of stops for a couple of seconds, that's the laser reading onto the second layer. So in actuality, it's about 8.3 or so gigs. This is just standard DVDs, this isn't even Blu-ray which is like over 20 gigs.

    I plan of having TONS. I'm a bit of a digital whore and prefer copying DVDs and having digital copies over the disks themselves. It's like having books, once you read a book, that's pretty much it for that book and it'll be on a bookshelf for a long time. Unless if it's a really good book, then you might read it again. I know people that have genuine boxes of DVD movies they've collected over the years, as well as DVD shelves all over their living room. It's too much clutter for my taste.

    And of course, I will be backing up my personal, cannot-live-without data onto a separate hard drive. I'll be making a backup of a 240 gig or so SSD onto the RAID array as well as onto the external hard drive. For a day or two, I was thinking about doing tape backups! That's too extreme though.

    I don't know though. I'm thinking I might do just a four drive RAID 10, along with Storage Spaces, and the rest be separate drives. I'd like redundancy for drive failures of course, and backup space as the possibility of losing over 16 TBs of film, I would cry.
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  4. #14


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    Now I do have a concern.

    I'm thinking about this motherboard or something like it...
    Newegg.com - ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    And I'm wondering if I can successfully pop in a Radeon 7870 card, or a card that takes up two PCI slots, into the bottom black PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot. I feel like it might not be ideal as the card's fans would be right at the very bottom and wouldn't get good airflow, but it wouldn't be obstructing a different slot so I can easily put all that I currently need in all the slots.
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  5. #15


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    I'm reading up on Storage Spaces and it sounds nice.

    From what I understand though, it's like a software RAID 1, but being able to pop in more hard drives at a whim without any troubles. But what is interesting is that you can make a 100 gig Storage Pool, but only have a 10 gig hard drive in reality, and it'll just call up for more storage to meet that allocation. And, Windows will detect it all as one single hard drive.

    But, RAID 1 as I know it, it's a 50/50 split between two drives, which is perfect for redundancy. Does Storage Spaces do that as well?

    Witchcraft I call all this...
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    And I'm wondering if I can successfully pop in a Radeon 7870 card, or a card that takes up two PCI slots, into the bottom black PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot. I feel like it might not be ideal as the card's fans would be right at the very bottom and wouldn't get good airflow, but it wouldn't be obstructing a different slot so I can easily put all that I currently need in all the slots.
    COKE, the black slot PCIe 2.0x16 are 4x ( it's confusing I know ) , you don't want to put a GPU in a x4 slot but in a PCIe 2.0x16 16x ( the blue one)

    you should get the chrosshair V-z , it as a Sound Blaster software SupremeFX III , very nice if you play game, you also have ROG connect, so you can OC your motherboard ( live when running ) from a netbook, laptop or another PC with USB connection
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  7. #17


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    Oh, I must have read that wrong, didn't realize it the label was going through the slots in order.

    No, I'll be putting a SSD in one of those slots. I'm thinking I might want to get the Crosshair motherboard, it's 80 dollars more and has a few more features and might fair better for overclocking I'd imagine. Also, it's red and black, I will probably buy it solely because it's red and black. LOVE those colors.
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  8. #18


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    If you ask me, my PC with a Chrosshair V (FX-8150) and the one with a MSI 890FXa-GD70 ( 1090t) are my favorite one , I can't explain why. Then you have to get member of the Asus ROG forum. it's the place to be if you own a Chrosshair, they even have Asus engineer to answer your question. As long as you don't promote Windows 8, you will be welcome. We crucified the last one who try.
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  9. #19


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    Oh, that sounds nice! I'd love to be able to have an ASUS engineer on hand if the time is needed.

    You say you shouldn't promote Windows 8 ehh? Seems like you're egging me on....
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  10. #20


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    Ypu should go and start a tread on your new build,, you gone have a lot of idea
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