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System Builds & Upgrades / Re: Built my own home server
« Last post by scuzzy on Feb 24, 2020, 09:53 AM »
Sure looks like you've put a lot of thought into this, and Noctua is certainly a good choice for cooling. Installing my Noctua CPU cooler was a bit of work (2 total on 2 systems), but they have performed flawlessly over the years.

I look forward to your final report.
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System Builds & Upgrades / Re: Built my own home server
« Last post by carskick on Feb 23, 2020, 08:13 PM »
Thanks guys!

I was originally going to use the latest Server edition, but it would have been expensive and harder to use. For my purposes, Windows 10 Pro works great. Yeah, 32GB is technically overkill, but if it were hosting several game servers at once, several plex transcodes, and some other misc tasks, I think 16GB would start to be a limitation. I also may create a RAM disk and use it as the buffer for the Plex system. It improves performance and puts fewer writes on the NVMe drive. But in reality, that'll only be necessary if I start getting into a LOT of transcoding with a lot of people logging into my PLEX server simultaneously on a regular basis.

I also have a GTX 1060 I have on order from ebay and a fan ready to install on the RAID card. The raid card is running at 79C to 83C, which is a bit warmer than I'd like. The case itself is only 35-45C according to all the other temp monitors, so I have a 40mm Noctua ready to install on the RAID card. When I do this upgrade, I'll be moving the RAID card from the bottom to where the video card is. Then I'll use MSI afterburner to keep the video card fan on all the time as well, which should help cool the card. The RAID card is low profile, and the videocard isn't, so it should help circulate pretty well.

I'll post new photos once I get everything in, finalized, and cable managed.
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Electronics / Re: unusual avr problem
« Last post by Bill on Feb 23, 2020, 09:16 AM »
Yes, last night the AVR stopped putting out any sound at all for the TV as well as the streaming sources.  I ordered a new one and installation is Wednesday 2/26.
I decided to leave the rewiring to Best Buy, lots of speaker wire and HDMIs floating around.

But before that happened I tried using the ARC channel. According to the Owners Manual the ARC is supposed to deliver sound and video to the TV via AVR from the STB.  The ARC HDMI is the only connection the manual insists is necessary.   We'll see what the Geek Squad says.
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Electronics / Re: unusual avr problem
« Last post by scuzzy on Feb 23, 2020, 08:16 AM »
Are you any closer to resolving this problem?
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Answering my own question:

Total Recorder is a nifty program for

Capturing any sound played by a computer (including streaming audio, Internet telephony, and PC games). Included is a time shift-feature for off-hours recording.

$17.95 for the Standard Edition and $39.95 for the Professional Edition are one-time costs of the programs. Future updates are free.
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Electronics / Re: unusual avr problem
« Last post by scuzzy on Feb 21, 2020, 04:55 PM »
Well, damn. What an irritating problem to have. I wish I had useful advice beyond my previous poast, but unfortunately I have nothing.
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Electronics / Re: unusual avr problem
« Last post by Bill on Feb 21, 2020, 04:24 PM »
No hoorahs here.   This problem persists with Blu ray, netflix and prime.  I have no conversational dialogue.  Music, special effects but no dialogue between characters at all.  I think an audio circut that carries voice is gone.
I have rewired, changed cables and played with every setting I can find. 
TV remains fine, but input from an outside source is dead.
I am considering replacing the AVR which is 2 years old.
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I've never heard this program, nor am I familiar with it. You may want to reach out to their customer service.
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Are the $17.95 and $39.95 prices for these programs one-time charges or are these annual fees ?
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System Builds & Upgrades / Re: Built my own home server
« Last post by scuzzy on Feb 18, 2020, 01:31 PM »
Sweet! Good work, Cars. It looks like quite the build and with plenty of storage. The 32GB of RAM is more than enough to get the job done, and it should serve you well for years to come.

What operating system did you decide on?
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