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who sells NAS drives cheap? Also, what is the price point for geforce cards?


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#1 Luxi_Terna

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 03:56 PM

GEFORCE:

The graphics card decision would take a lot more research, and I'm already too lazy to find a cheap NAS drive. (Come to think of it, maybe SSD drives are 2 TB these days. I should have checked stuff before writing this. Oh well.)

 

I figure on spending an absolute max of 500 bux to replace my ancient geforce 480. If past is indeed prologue, that means I'll spend maybe 800.

 

First of all, I use only AMD CPUs, but you can totally forget AMD vid cards¹.

 

► Mainly, I need to know which Nvidia² models represent generational changes in GPU architecture.

 

Pointing me to benchmark graphs would be helpful.  I'll buy one from EVGA because I bought all my graphics cards and my KW PS from them, and their equipment has always been truly righteous.

 

I hope the TITAN-X price has come down in the year or so it's existed! They haven't come out with something even better, have they?

 

 

NAS:

I can do all this because of the fast, easy money from my new job as a high-price escort³. The superiority of NAS is an overrated marketing gimmick to scare IT managers, but they are probably better than cheapos so I always use them.  Note that according to a big server farm (I think google), Seagate NAS drives fail at about 10 times the rate of others. They may have fixed this by now.

 

I need to replace both my main and bkps because I'm pretty sure⁴ they were infected by that new virus that stores itself in interpartition empty space and is jumped to by the MBR boot initialization code. Supposedly It can't be stopped. But it only infects MBRs, not UEFI disks.

 

So I have to  pull my MBR drives, format the new ones as UEFI, then plug in the MBR ones and copy the data. Worse, since I use whole-disk encryption, I have to write both of the entire drives twice.

 

In theory, I could reformat my bkp as UEFI and copy to it, then do it in reverse to the main drive. But that means if something goes wrong, I loose everything and I'm not risking my very specific, years-to collect po rn collection for this.

 

Thanx,

 

-lux

 

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¹AMD drivers are written by a high-school special-ed typing class. And I've been fooled too often.

²Nvidia marketing people deserve to be up-against-the-walled and shot, but their engineers are very, very good.

³Okay, not really. But I did acquire some mondo bux and I can do stuff I've been putting off.

⁴I believe this because of the fake WIN update dlg it fools people with.  I didn't recognize it as strange until after I clicked OK.


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#2 RolandJS

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 04:38 PM

Do you have a Costco or Sam's Club or Fry's Electronics in your area?  They appear to have some very good NAS kits for sale.


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 04:39 PM

What are you looking for in a NAS?  Do you need the drives or just the box?

 

For video cards I normally find my price point and then search around that for the card I want and decide then if I want to spend a little more, wait for the price to drop, or buy the cheaper card.



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Posted 14 January 2017 - 06:47 AM

> What are you looking for in a NAS?  Do you need the drives or just the box?

 

Well I don't need the box at all. I don't even put my MB in a case, so it runs cooler and is hack-accessible. (A desk fan reduces voltage regulator temps amazingly and I read that a sealed case adds TEN DEGREES C to everything in the box.)  I don't need the server farm management NAS firmware and I'm not going to put them in a NAS case to make a a standalone network device, or even RAID them. I certainly don't want to disable CRC ECC!

 

But after the bars closed, I was smoking cigarettes behind the liquor store, and word on the street is that NAS-quality drives are physically  more robust. In particular, the bearings won't dry out as quickly, they dampen external vibrations, and the voice coil will behave consistently even after a long time. There are probably other robust-neses, too. I wouldn't be surprised if they have more massive motors, I dunno. I also read that a lot of this is just vendor propaganda.

 

But in any case, the last one I got added just 40 bux to a $300 drive, so I figure I'll fork over money I'd probably just spend on cases of apricot nectar.

 

As to where to buy one cheap, I withdraw my question, your honor. Walmart.com sells EVERYTHING cheap (especially apricot nectar), so I'll probably just go there and not look anywhere else at all. 

 

Unfortunately, SSD drives don't seem to come in 2 TB yet, which is what I really want. I also don't want the complexity of extended, multidrive partitions or RAID 0/1.

 

I guess I'll have to do my own research on the GEFORCE price point. Even that's not a big deal since the only 3D game I play is second life because you can do so many thrilling things that would kill you  IRL. Managing a Sim City is too much like systems analysis (i.e. boring), and other games all involve, at best, competition (like the NASCAR stuff I installed for a redneck friend), and at worst, they're about killing people and blowing stuff up, and I think that's just an awful thing to want to do.


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 07:50 AM

I hope you have a rule that no food or drink ever crosses or "flies through" the airspace of motherboard, keyboard, mouse, and any other open devices.


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#6 Luxi_Terna

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 09:19 AM

I hope you have a rule that no food or drink ever crosses or "flies through" the airspace of motherboard, keyboard, mouse, and any other open devices.

 

No way, Ray! At least, not anymore. I discovered you;'re right after killing 2 cpus and an MB. If I drank only distilled water like the crazy general in Dr. Strangelove, I might have gotten away with the spills, but apparently, apricot nectar has conductive electrolytes.

 

The PC  stuff is on cardboard on a table next to and behind my bed. Nothing liquid ever goes there. My monitor is mounted on a homemade steel structure that supports the screen about 10" from my eyes while I lie down. I need reading glasses to see it, but the effect is that the entire bedroom back wall looks like its covered by a HUGE 20' wide monitor!

 

The 1,980-pxl wide display has teeeny pixels, but you can see all the detail because it's so close.

 

To look at parts of the screen I have to move my head up, down, left, right. It's an astounding effect. You think you're looking at that big display on the bridge of the starship enterprise.

 

I SWEAR I don't know why everyone doesn't do that!

 

Since I work from home I never have to get out of bed all day.  And at the end of the day, it's really good for watching some of those thousands of... short videos. The only problem is that the steel structure that overhangs my bed which the monitor wall mount attaches to is home made from hardware store parts, and the kind of engineering I do is NOT mechanical or structural, so the junky ugly monstrosity is always letting the monitor slide down until it rests on my keybd. So I use a lot of duct tape. Someday I'll have to rebuild it good.






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