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Comment reply on rfinnie's Completed Build: Home server: modestly overkill

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

A few more notes in addition to fn230's reply:

  • Virtualization and containers; running multiple OSes and OS segments on one computer. I do a lot of systems engineering and software development, so it works well to have a number of virtual computers running all the time without needing physical hardware for each one. This takes a decent amount of RAM and storage space, though.
  • This machine is also the home's router, and can do more advanced routing and firewalling than you could do on a consumer wireless router. (Still need an access point, but most router/APs will function fine as a standalone AP.)
  • Power savings for the stuff you want running 24/7. Despite the size of this server and the number of components in it, it only pulls about 80W most of the time. That's less than my gaming desktop with a GTX 1060, which I sleep when not in use. If you have a less overkill home server/router than mine, you could even get that down to about 30W.

Comment reply on rfinnie's Completed Build: Home server: modestly overkill

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Good summary, thanks. Though the game server thing is counter-intuitive, so I'll clarify: For dedicated multiplayer game servers (which is what fn230 was referring to), the server software itself almost never takes advantage of a GPU; it's all CPU-bound.

I guess you could call a Steam Home Streaming server a "game server" too, where the game itself is running on the server and the input/output is being streamed to a laptop or a Steamlink. In that case yeah, you'll want to have a beefy GPU.

Comment reply on rfinnie's Completed Build: Home server: modestly overkill

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, sorry man. The GT 710 just happens to be the lowest (thermal) powered card with UEFI support, needed for Secure Boot. Looks like they're still being sold new, though I got mine for much cheaper on Ebay. Obviously if this were an equivalent powered Intel system, I would have just used onboard graphics.

Comment reply on rfinnie's Completed Build: Amy, the Above Average Gaming PC

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

See my reply to Lexkalin above, but tl;dr it's fine for me, but might be restricted if you're OCing or have a more powerful GPU than a 1060.

Comment reply on rfinnie's Completed Build: Amy, the Above Average Gaming PC

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, a Define C with its side intake probably isn't the best for a 1080, even though it is a 1" clearance. But I've got a 1060 and have no plans to OC it, and haven't had problems with heat while gaming. Most of the time when I need power its for things like Handbrake, and while the Hyper 212 EVO + rear fan is fine for that, I recently upgraded the CPU cooler to a MasterLiquid Lite 120 (because it was on sale for $15 AR, can't go wrong with that).

But other than what you mentioned, the Define C is basically perfect for everything else.

Comment reply on rfinnie's Completed Build: Amy, the Above Average Gaming PC

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I like RAM. And I tend to do a lot of virtualization stuff.

Comment reply on rfinnie's Completed Build: Amy, the Above Average Gaming PC

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.stickeryou.com/products/clear-stickers/491 - When I ordered it was about $32 for 2 sheets of kiss cut clear stickers, and I was able to fit 6 of those stickers on a sheet. Not cheap, but the quality is good. I've got one on the back of my car window, and it hasn't degraded.

Comment reply on Mr_Fitzinzator's Completed Build: Scarlet (1st PC Build)

  • 26 months ago
  • 13 points

Looks good! But I think you need to invest in a desk. Playing on the ground must get uncomfortable.

Comment reply on rfinnie's Completed Build: Amy, the Above Average Gaming PC

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, it's not ideal but it's the only way a clip-mounted AM2/3/4 cooler can be mounted. Once I get a Hyper 212 EVO and the AM4 backplate mount, that'll be mounted horizontally. That being said, I'm not OCing anything and it's been perfectly stable under load, so I haven't been worried.

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