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Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-17-2014, 06:01 AM
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Posted By renethx
For those who want 3 x LSI 8-port SAS controller...

For those who want 3 x LSI 8-port SAS controller + IPMI (and dual LAN, ECC), then X10SL7-F may come first among a bunch of LGA1150 server motherboards (because it's the cheapest). But that's it.
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Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-17-2014, 04:58 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By renethx
So it's just a HDMI switch. Then ... ?

So it's just a HDMI switch. Then ... ?
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-16-2014, 09:25 AM
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Posted By renethx
Streacom F7C Evo Streacom FC8 Evo (passive...

Streacom F7C Evo
Streacom FC8 Evo (passive cooling)

Available at Perfect Home Theater and several sellers at amazon.com in US. More

Realan E-I7 (http://www.minicase.net/product_E-I7.html)
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Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-16-2014, 09:19 AM
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Posted By renethx
IPMI, ECC RAM, dual LAN etc. ... hardly come at...

IPMI, ECC RAM, dual LAN etc. ... hardly come at the top of everybody's list (perhaps). Somehow server professionals gather in this type of threads and recommend products from professional viewpoint....
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-16-2014, 07:43 AM
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Posted By renethx
For example, - ASRock Z97 Extreme4: $143 -...

For example,

- ASRock Z97 Extreme4: $143
- IBM ServeRAID M1015: $94 (the cheapest price I can find at ebay right now, including a full-height bracket)
- IBM ServeRAID M1015: $94
- Total: $331...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 392
Posted By renethx
I actually tested all the solutions in the table...

I actually tested all the solutions in the table (otherwise I can't write the table :)). FlexRAID's RAID-F is pretty good and easy for even novices. DrivePool+disParity is also as easy, very...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2014, 08:24 PM
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Views: 265
Posted By renethx
How do you use "HDMI in"? It's just a cheap...

How do you use "HDMI in"? It's just a cheap replacement of a HDMI switch (e.g. connect a gaming console to HDMI in of the mb and switch between the console and HTPC).

If "HDMI in" is not a must,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,071
Posted By renethx
Basically the only difference between ATX HTPC...

Basically the only difference between ATX HTPC cases and microATX cases is the height (roughly by an inch). In microATX cases, PSU is laid flat, while it is laid vertically in ATX HTPC cases because...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 392
Posted By renethx
Yes, that's common to all of the following parity...

Yes, that's common to all of the following parity calculation solutions:

- FlexRAID RAID-F: file-based parity calculation, snapshot RAID, Windows and Linux, $60
- FlexRAID tRAID: block-based...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2014, 01:43 PM
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Posted By renethx
I had a couple of Lacasa cases (but not LC10)....

I had a couple of Lacasa cases (but not LC10). All of them were designed ~10 years ago and have the same internal structure (old-fashioned and not so functional). Ventilation is (a lot) poorer than...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,071
Posted By renethx
I actually have five 120mm fans installed (plus...

I actually have five 120mm fans installed (plus 80mm PWM fans in the rear), all running at ~700rpm, very quiet. I am not sure what problem you had (ok, I have no time to read and understand your post...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2014, 01:02 PM
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Posted By renethx
Why? I hardly see that LSI SAS2308 (not 2008 nor...

Why? I hardly see that LSI SAS2308 (not 2008 nor 3008) PCIe 3.0 x8 SAS controller has any advantage in a FlexRAID RAID-F/tRAID system (where I/O is very low, even PCIe 1.x x4 is enough). Any decent...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,071
Posted By renethx
5? How come? GD08 can hold - 3 x 3.5" HDD in...

5? How come? GD08 can hold

- 3 x 3.5" HDD in the far left compartment, that can't interfere with any expansion card.
- 4 x 3.5" HDD in the middle. You could lose all of them if you install...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 392
Posted By renethx
DrivePool supports only mirroring (x1, x2, x3...

DrivePool supports only mirroring (x1, x2, x3 etc) of the entire pool or folder basis. If you create x2 duplication of the 3x6TB pool, you only have 9TB usable space (safe against 1 disk failure, but...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,071
Posted By renethx
Actually imo GD08 is one of the best HTPC cases...

Actually imo GD08 is one of the best HTPC cases in terms of storage space (1xODD+9x3.5" HDD+2x2.5" HDD) and cooling. To add HDD you have to remove the entire cage, but that's common to all HTPC...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 392
Posted By renethx
Add 3 x 6TB (e.g. WD60EZRX [yup, Red is...

Add 3 x 6TB (e.g. WD60EZRX [yup, Red is pointless]). You can use the 4 HDDs as is. Or you can create a large pool of 22TB, e.g. by using StableBit DrivePool, for easier handling of media.

You can...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 329
Posted By renethx
Another choice is Celeron G1840 + a cheap LGA...

Another choice is Celeron G1840 + a cheap LGA 1150 mb such as MSI H81I. GPU is 2.5 times more powerful than J1900 (i.e. better deinterlacing) and supports HD audio bitstreaming. It does not support...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-15-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 379
Posted By renethx
There are many quality levels in madVR. R7 250...

There are many quality levels in madVR. R7 250 supports "Level 4" FHD->UHD upscaling. But the system power consumption is over 100W (70W GPU alone). So good ventilation is necessary.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-14-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 264
Posted By renethx
The requirements are - Hardware: A graphics...

The requirements are

- Hardware: A graphics card supporting HDCP 2.2
- Software: A player supporting DRM (it depends on the content which DRM scheme is used)

Source (DRMed) -> Player -> over...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-10-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,815
Posted By renethx
You still need a custom resolution (yup, a very...

You still need a custom resolution (yup, a very imprecise '23.976Hz'), a registry hack or madshi's madLevelsTweaker.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-10-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 19,306
Views: 5,310,454
Posted By renethx
Yup, buy a third-pary cooler only when you feel...

Yup, buy a third-pary cooler only when you feel the stock cooler is too loud under load.

Setting up DrivePool is very easy. StableBit DrivePool User Manual...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-10-2014, 12:52 PM
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Views: 5,310,454
Posted By renethx
Performance-wise Pentium/Celeron is enough for...

Performance-wise Pentium/Celeron is enough for almost all purposes in video playback, unless you are interested in multiple instances of transcoding and/or HEVC CPU decoding.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-10-2014, 11:47 AM
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Posted By renethx
Pentium G3258 MSI H97M-G43

Pentium G3258
MSI H97M-G43
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-09-2014, 03:42 PM
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Posted By renethx
armstrr For starters you may want to build...

armstrr

For starters you may want to build an all-in-one system, that can be turned into a server if you want to build a dedicated HTPC later. Roku requires transcoding. For a single instance of...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   10-08-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 340
Posted By renethx
Many 1080p movies are actually 1920x800p. So...

Many 1080p movies are actually 1920x800p. So upscaling 720p or 800p to 1080p (1.5x or 1.35x)? AMD R7 260X is a good choice for 24fps if you are interested in the best upscaling algorithm.
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