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    Connect 3.5" drive to laptop

    Hi, I'm looking to connect a 3.5 inch internal drive to a laptop for a NAS solution until I can afford to build something better. I want to avoid using USB for speed reasons and have been looking at some express card solutions. Does anybody have any experience with those things...
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    Low cost NAS

    Thanks a lot for the advice. I hadn't been properly considering the bottle-necking of the USB2.0. I'll have to think about what I can afford for a while.
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    Low cost NAS

    Thanks for the detailed response Iceni. At this stage I'm pretty much convinced about a tower being the way to go. I'll start researching how cheap a build I can do what I need. Out of curiosity, has anyone any experience with things like these http://www.tonidoplug.com/ I've used their web...
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    Low cost NAS

    Thanks for the advice. We're there any minimum hardware figures I should bare in mind? could I go with something similar to the Pi? If possible,I would like to use the lowest end machine I have lying around (an old Compaq that is in the attic somewhere). This won't be a game server or anything...
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    Low cost NAS

    Cheers brandonwh64 but I would really like to avoid having to purchase a new system. I have a number of old systems around which I would like to re-purpose first. I haven't decided if I'll go the RAID route on this one just now, but you're right that it would be good to have the option. I was...
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    Low cost NAS

    Hi, I've been considering building some kind of NAS for a while to cut down on the power draw caused by leaving my work machine on to stream movies to several laptops around the house which are using XBMC. I had been considering re-purposing a 5 year old Dell Inspiron 6400 or some even...
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    CAD machine

    @repman244 on the ram, I should have listed I am getting 2 of those 2x4gb ram kits, so total ram will be Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel. I do tend to have Adobe Illustrator, InDesign (maybe Photoshop but I avoid raster) open while SketchUp is exporting some...
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    CAD machine

    @repman244 I have looked at the quadro cards quiet a bit but it really came down to price. I don't do a massive amount of rendering and even when I do, the scenes are pretty simple so I couldn't justify the price of the quadros.
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    CAD machine

    Ah, didn't realize paste came with it. PSU is Corsair Builder Series CX 600W V2 '80 Plus' Power Supply
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    CAD machine

    Having had a pretty good look into the cost-benefits of that level of GPU, that is way out of my price range. The Quadros seem to be just the consumer level bits with different clocking and drivers to slow them down. I guess if you're drilling for oil or whatever, absolute accuracy is worth it...
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    CAD machine

    @n-ster I think you may be right about the gpu, but i've left it in until I can research a little more the support given by Autodesk and Adobe for GPU and Cuda, dependence on processing cores etc. Regarding the motherboards, the cheapest I can z68 I can come across with usb3 support are all in...
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    CAD machine

    Thanks guy. I'm in the process of recompiling my shopping list, taking account of your advice. @Wrigleyvillain unfortunately there are lots of great stores that only ship to the US or Canada. I'm in Ireland and so am pretty limited. Just wondering, why does everyone seem to agree that a...
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    Core i5 confusion

    Thanks for the help. I've posted my updated build list here http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2528808#post2528808
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    Build for an architect

    Thanks for the help. I've posted my updated build list here http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2528808#post2528808
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    CAD machine

    Hi, I had posted here before and got a lot of great advice on building my first rig. The backstory is I'm an architect looking for a system that will handle CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro X (often with very large CPU workloads from big Illustrator files), AutoCad, 3dsMax...
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    Core i5 confusion

    Thanks, I'll have a look at Aria.co.uk. What is the problem with OcUk?
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    Core i5 confusion

    Wow, blown away with the help. Thanks a lot. I've decided I'm going to dive in and do all of the build and overclock myself. Do you know what the advantage of a good video card would be if I don't do a significant amount of 3d rendering or any games? The most intensive 3d I do tends to be...
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    Core i5 confusion

    Cool, thanks for the advice. I've been having a look around and think I will give the OC a go myself. I guess it was just acting out of fear! I'm sure I can put that €60 to better use then. Does anyone have any advice on whether the price bump for the 2600k is worth it over the 2500k when...
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    Core i5 confusion

    The machine isn't built, just the oc'ing is already done. I'm only opting for this as I'm a bit of a novice and don't want to mess it up. I was looking at the 590i with a 2500k 3.3 @ 4.4GHz. There is £110 (nearly US$170) in the difference with the same motherboard and RAM. Is there anything...
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    Core i5 confusion

    Thanks guys
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    Core i5 confusion

    Hi, I'm on the verge of building my first system and have decided on buying an overclocked i5 bundle from overclockers.co.uk. listed here http://www.overclockers.co.uk/productlist.php?groupid=43&catid=2053&subid=2063 I'm sure this is a very noob question but can someone please explain to...
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    Build for an architect

    Thanks for the advice. I'm sold on the bigger SSD and Antec Case. Does anybody know about Adobe's plans for GPU support outside of Premier, AE for future editions of CS? Sorry if I'm outside of the topic of the forum but I've not been able to find a decent answer and it matters if I'm going...
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    Build for an architect

    Hi, I'm a total green horn when it comes to building systems but want to give it a go. I'm an architect looking for a system that will handle CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro X (often with very large CPU workloads from big Illustrator files), AutoCad, 3dsMax (relativity small...