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Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-18-2014, 07:23 AM
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Posted By ilovejedd
I'm guessing additional complexity. You can't...

I'm guessing additional complexity. You can't simply add a single drive to expand an existing RAID-Z pool. Drives can't be individually powered down as in FlexRAID.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-15-2014, 10:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 605
Posted By ilovejedd
Personally, I'd scale back the 840 Pro to an...

Personally, I'd scale back the 840 Pro to an MX100 and put the difference towards a Core i5. At a budget of $1000, there's really no good reason to stick to a fake quad instead of getting an actual...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-14-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 36
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Posted By ilovejedd
Same as kapone, I've got a fairly minimal Windows...

Same as kapone, I've got a fairly minimal Windows 7 install on the HTPCs. The only internet access the HTPC does is downloading guide data and streaming from Netflix. They boot directly to WMC and...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-14-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 835
Posted By ilovejedd
Lol, and this is the reason I have 2 HTPCs...

Lol, and this is the reason I have 2 HTPCs connected to the living room TV. One a Mini-ITX Clarkdale build that just chugs along. The other, a microATX Ivy Bridge that I can mess around with (even...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-14-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 835
Posted By ilovejedd
This is true. However, what are the chances the...

This is true. However, what are the chances the OP was using unRAID or even ReiserFS prior to posting this question? For the most part, folks are likely using NTFS. Even had I been on Linux, I'd...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-13-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 835
Posted By ilovejedd
This is so true. My server had an uptime of 1...

This is so true. My server had an uptime of 1 year and 4 months before the UPS died and had to be replaced.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-13-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 835
Posted By ilovejedd
Probably the most significant difference from a...

Probably the most significant difference from a user perspective is that FlexRAID allows you to use drives with data while unRAID requires the use of fresh/empty drives. That's a major consideration...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,001
Posted By ilovejedd
Lol, yeah. If I had the space for it, I'd be...

Lol, yeah. If I had the space for it, I'd be mighty tempted, too. :p
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,001
Posted By ilovejedd
I looked at the classifieds and while the CPU is...

I looked at the classifieds and while the CPU is relatively old, that's pretty darned good hardware for $500. With 8 physical cores and 16 threads, I doubt you'd have any problem with transcoding...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,001
Posted By ilovejedd
Just to give you an idea. Went with server...

Just to give you an idea. Went with server hardware for ECC RAM support. :)
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,001
Posted By ilovejedd
That's really the crux of the matter. In general,...

That's really the crux of the matter. In general, while pre-built PCs can be high performance, they are usually neither robust nor scalable. The PC in the first post only has a single PCIe x16 slot,...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 73
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Posted By ilovejedd
Aside from $/GB, I recommend taking into account...

Aside from $/GB, I recommend taking into account warranty. I remember noticing that some HDDs only have 1 year (!) warranty and for me, that's just way too short. Personally, if the Seagate 4TB has...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,001
Posted By ilovejedd
That's actually not a bad option. Correction on...

That's actually not a bad option. Correction on the calculation, though.

6Gb/s * 8 bit/10 bit encoding * 1MB/8Mb * 1 e-SATA/4 SATA = 150MB/s

Mind, I priced out a server build from Newegg:


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Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,001
Posted By ilovejedd
Even with e-SATA, you're still faced with the...

Even with e-SATA, you're still faced with the same issue, it just bumps your ceiling slightly higher. If you go native SATA/SAS via HBA card, you get 6Gb/s bandwidth per drive. That means you're...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,001
Posted By ilovejedd
Given my experience with unRAID, I reckon I...

Given my experience with unRAID, I reckon I already have a pretty good idea what he said. Would just be interesting to read it from a developer's perspective.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,001
Posted By ilovejedd
Lol, maybe you can convince Mfusick to build ther...

Lol, maybe you can convince Mfusick to build ther server for you for a fee. Caveat, shipping on the completed server is bound to be killer. :p
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,001
Posted By ilovejedd
Was this on your 30TB server thread? Do you know...

Was this on your 30TB server thread? Do you know what page Brahim's post is? Thanks!
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By ilovejedd
They do have an HTPC. It appears the wife just...

They do have an HTPC. It appears the wife just prefers to use the Roku. :p
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,001
Posted By ilovejedd
There are plenty of cases which have plenty of...

There are plenty of cases which have plenty of drive bays. Most of them are geared towards servers and are rackmounted. The Norco 4220 and 4224 are decent inexpensive options.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,001
Posted By ilovejedd
That's going to be for the initial parity build...

That's going to be for the initial parity build and every time you verify.


Just a heads up, I haven't had much luck with USB 3.0 cards. The ones I've tried tend to drop out with long, heavy...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,001
Posted By ilovejedd
Definitely, definitely take this into...

Definitely, definitely take this into consideration when building.

Another thing to keep in mind, the USB 3.0 bus on motherboards is shared so unless the OP gets a USB 3.0 PCIe card (can be...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-12-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By ilovejedd
Not if he can leverage hardware encode...

Not if he can leverage hardware encode acceleration (e.g. QuickSync). My measly Sandy Bridge Core i3-2100 can encode 300GB worth of Blu-ray rips to 720p (Handbrake, MP4, Intel QSV QP20, AAC 160kbps)...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-11-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By ilovejedd
Never said it had to be frequently. Just whenever...

Never said it had to be frequently. Just whenever you find the time. You don't even have to physically go there for updates, either. You can always schedule an FTP upload or something to their server...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-11-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By ilovejedd
Seriously, just gift your parents 1-year Netflix...

Seriously, just gift your parents 1-year Netflix subscription or something. :)

Do you have an Intel CPU with QuickSync? If so, have you given a thought to pre-encoding the files to a smaller, more...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-11-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 455
Posted By ilovejedd
When I used it, the Plex iOS and Android clients...

When I used it, the Plex iOS and Android clients just treated each server separately. No idea about other clients or MediaBrowser.

What resource is getting hammered, exactly? Because most local...
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