Category Archives: Hardware

20tb for less than a grand – Nas4free build part 01

So we all know that the best weapon against disaster is preparedness. You can take a lot of the sting out of  a disaster if you’re already expecting it and have taken necessary steps to mitigate the damage.

Data backups and storage can be seen in much the same way.  As much as I wish it was true, HDDs don’t last forever. So to prepare for that time when our drives die, you should be backing up your data. And not just to a single drive you were using five years ago and just found at the bottom of your junk drawer, but using the 321 rule at the very least. If you don’t know what that is, there’s an explanation in the video below.

This video is the first in a two part build log of NAS (network attached storage) where we take a look at the components needed to build one and then do the build itself.  It’s pretty incredible the amount of storage one can fit in such a small footprint.

Putting together a build like this is actually fairly simple as CPU performance doesn’t need blisteringly fast parts to do a great job.

What do you think? Would you consider this build for a NAS or do you have something else that you think would work just a little better for a little less? Let me know! And make sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE for more videos!

Jonsbo comes out swinging with the VR1

The mini-ITX form-factor is really exploding with the current generation of  components.  Every major manufacturer now has a at least one motherboard that supports each of the three chipsets in the Intel 100 series. I’m sure there will be AMD ITX boards when ZEN finally launches.

But with the trendiness of the form factor, that may  leave some of us questioning what are we going to put our speedy compact builds in? Well, Jonsbo may have the answer you seek in the form of the VR1.

The VR1 sports aluminum and tempered glass shell, vertical motherboard layout, and support for GPU’s of up 320mm. That’s just the beginning of all the goodies that come built into the case.  We know that the Cyrorig OLA is everyone’s darling case, but the VR1 is capable of standing toe to toe.

Check the video below to see the full review.

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All glass everything – Rosewill Cullinan Tempered Glass ATX case review

If there’s one thing that anyone that builds computers loves, it’s showing off the sweet fruits of their labor.  It’s almost like working on that project car that’s been in the garage for the better part of the year- you spend all of your free time building it, then you finally get to show all of your friends. Will the Rosewill Cullinan be the platform for out new projects? Find out below. Continue reading All glass everything – Rosewill Cullinan Tempered Glass ATX case review

Roccat announces the Final piece of the Future ready puzzle

For years, Roccat has teased its Future-Ready lineup of products that were designed to work in unison and elevate your gaming experience. Of the three products listed, two had been brought to market. One was the MMO-focused mouse that allowed for buttons to be 3D printed called the Nyth, while the other was a unified driver and control center called the Swarm.

In case you don’t remember, here’s a link to refresh your memory – http://www.future-ready.roccat.org/ Continue reading Roccat announces the Final piece of the Future ready puzzle

An InWin Chopin by proxy – The GameMax Mini Healer ITX case review

We really love the m-ITX form-factor. Its small components allow for some really interesting orientation combinations. We travel from the cylindrical tower of the White Knight to the minuscule comfort of the Gamemax Mini Healer. This case is tiny as it has a volumetric capacity of only four liters. That’s about eight cans of soda.

With even less space for components, how would the Mini Healer hold up on our test bench? Would it even be worth the time and effort to build one?  And what’s up with that PSU? Find out the answers to all of those questions in the video below.

 

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