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Old 07-16-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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I like it!


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Nice man. I was planning to do a 23x32x23 (sides vertical) but it kinda looked weird.
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I prefer to have at least 1 monitor in horizontal (standard) rotation. Videos look better this way
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Well i'm running a 3 monitor setup, center was going to be horizontal.
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And this is the beast powering everything:


i7 2600K @ 4.4GHz
16GB DDR3 1666MHz
GeForce 550Ti GTX
1TB WD Black (boot/OSX drive)
500GB WD Green (Windows 7)
750GB WD Green (Games for Windows)
4x 1TB 7200RPM Seagate drives in RAID 10 (3ware 9650SE-8LPML controller; home directories, backup)

Waiting for 2x 120GB OCZ SSD's to come in mail. Those are going to be set up as OSX primary array in RAID 1.
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Well i'm running a 3 monitor setup, center was going to be horizontal.
I was considering adding a wall-mounted 17-19" with network monitoring running 24/7. Don't think my wife would appreciate our living room turning into a NOC.
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How are you running Mac OS?

Also, you need an SSD in that tower. I just set one up and the difference is unreal.
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How are you running Mac OS?
He's smart, and he knows how to use Google.
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Hackintosh would be my guess.
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How are you running Mac OS?

Also, you need an SSD in that tower. I just set one up and the difference is unreal.
- SSD's are coming tomorrow
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He's smart, and he knows how to use Google.
asking him requires fewer mouse clicks. who is the smart one now
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Needs more 30" Ultrasharp beside the vertical one (20"?), in place of the Samsung. That combo happens to line up perfectly. Plus, you get ton of awesome pixels. The 30" are way overpriced though. There are some Chinese 27" high res panels that you can buy on eBay now for around $400. On hardforum there is a big thread reviewing the various ones available and some of them people really like. They aren't as feature rich as the Apple or Dell versions, but way cheaper and still good. Same res...

I'm probably going to be ordering the 512GB Agility 4 for my laptop soon so that I can run my VMs on it instead of the platter drive. Right now I have a 120GB Vertex 2, but it's barely enough for my OS, some apps, and Steam games. So I have to run my VMs off of the second internal HDD, a 1.5TB drive I ripped out of a 1.5TB external Seagate drive. No raid or anything, but I already auto copy the VMs to external nightly, and have all of my VS projects operating inside of my Dropbox folder on the host and the VMs. So they are always synced.

I'd love to have some more baller HW as far as displays, but I make do with my 17" laptop LCD and my 24" Ultrasharp. My laptop:

Asus G73JH
Core-I7 920XM w/ all cores running up to 2.6Ghz with ThrottleStop
32GB Ram
120GB Vertex 2 SSD
1.5TB Seagate

I also have a Asus UX31E-DH72 in my room, but I don't use it very much. It is actually a great, speedy little laptop and was using it as my primary for months when I initially left my G72JH back home after leave. It ended up being way too restrictive though with only 4GB of ram and not being able to upgrade to more. 8GB would have been way more livable. I did get to experience running my VM on it's SSD though and I'll tell you that VMs on SSD can make up for a lot of what you lose in having Ram restrictions. So I'm really looking forward to having both.

I've thought about upgrading to a newer G75, or equivalent from MSI or Clevo P170 so I could get USB 3 and other newer stuff. I can't really justify it though. This laptop is already a beast, I just with I had faster external transfer speeds since I use external USB HDDs and thumbdrives mostly.
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What editor/IDE is that top window?
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4x 1TB 7200RPM Seagate drives in RAID 10 (3ware 9650SE-8LPML controller; home directories, backup)
I have family members who work in the data storage industry and every time I talk about buying a hard drive, they remind me that Seagate 1TB drives have a failure rate that's 4x the industry average. I would never back anything up on one of those drives and expect it to be there when you need it.
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This made me rather curious, as HD reliability has always been rather elusive.

I did some googling.

One interesting result: PC component failure rates documented | ITProPortal.com

An excerpt:
Failure rates reported for 1TB hard drives:
- 5.76% Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B
- 5.20% Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C
- 3.68% Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
- 3.37%: Samsung SpinPoint F1
- 2.51% Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
- 2.37%: WD Caviar Green WD10EARS
- 2.10% Seagate Barracuda LP
- 1.57%: Samsung SpinPoint F3
- 1.55%: WD Caviar Green WD10EADS
- 1.35%: WD Caviar Black WD1001FALS
- 1.24%: Maxtor DiamondMax 23
For 2 TB drives, the results were:
- 9.71%: WD Caviar Black WD2001FASS
- 6.87% Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000
- 4.83%: WD Caviar Green WD20EARS
- 4.35% Seagate Barracuda LP
- 4.17%: Samsung EcoGreen F3
- 2.90%: WD Caviar Green WD20EADS
So according to this one datapoint. WD makes the most reliable 1T drives, but the least reliable 2T drives. That's the sort of thing that drives me nuts when component-shipping.
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I've had 6 drive failures on a 6-drive RAID5 array. All of them were Seagate 7200.11 500GB drives (back in 2008). There was a specific firmware failure on these drives. Swapped them for 7200.12 models within warranty and never had a problem since.
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IDE: Sublime Text 2
Monitors are both 24" 1920x1600.

This took a while but I've finished reinstalling system from scratch some time closer to 2AM yesterday (today actually). While I was at it, I've changed all my fans for
Scythe Kama Flex Scythe Kama Flex
. I'm waiting on 3 more
Thermalright TR TY-140 Thermalright TR TY-140
to come which will be installed on CPU (push + pull) and RAID cage.

I've also upgraded firmware on 9650SE RAID card so now I have read-ahead and write-behind on all my arrays

SSD drives are hooked up to 9650SE and are configured in RAID1 and are used as primary OSX drives.

4 x Seagate 1TB (ST31000340AS) drives were re-configured into a new RAID10 array to enable read-ahead and write-behind. There are now 2 partitions: 1TB for home directories and 1TB for Time Machine backup.

I've got a bunch of drives unused as a result of the whole process so I need your help figuring out which drive should be used for what . Oh, I've also wiped my Windows drive while I was redoing everything.

Running through 9650SE (w/ cache and BBU):
  • Western Digital 1TB Black WD1002FAEX
  • Seagate 750GB ST3750640AS

Running through motherboard's SATA:
  • Western Digital 500GB Black WD5002ABYS (had 2, one failed yesterday)
  • Western Digital 1TB Green WD10EACS

PS: the reason I'm running Seagate drives in my RAID (which I normally don't) is because I got them for free My usual choice would be either 6xWD5002ABYS or 6xWD1002FAEX in RAID10.
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This made me rather curious, as HD reliability has always been rather elusive.

I did some googling.

One interesting result: PC component failure rates documented | ITProPortal.com

An excerpt:
Failure rates reported for 1TB hard drives:
- 5.76% Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B
- 5.20% Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C
- 3.68% Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
- 3.37%: Samsung SpinPoint F1
- 2.51% Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
- 2.37%: WD Caviar Green WD10EARS
- 2.10% Seagate Barracuda LP
- 1.57%: Samsung SpinPoint F3
- 1.55%: WD Caviar Green WD10EADS
- 1.35%: WD Caviar Black WD1001FALS
- 1.24%: Maxtor DiamondMax 23
For 2 TB drives, the results were:
- 9.71%: WD Caviar Black WD2001FASS
- 6.87% Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000
- 4.83%: WD Caviar Green WD20EARS
- 4.35% Seagate Barracuda LP
- 4.17%: Samsung EcoGreen F3
- 2.90%: WD Caviar Green WD20EADS
So according to this one datapoint. WD makes the most reliable 1T drives, but the least reliable 2T drives. That's the sort of thing that drives me nuts when component-shipping.
One of my clients has a 58TB SAN that they've paid $500k for. It uses 3TB 7200RPM Hitachi Deskstar drives. It has been running fine for about 2 months now but I'm waiting for drives to start failing one-by-one.


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I've had 6 drive failures on a 6-drive RAID5 array. All of them were Seagate 7200.11 500GB drives (back in 2008). There was a specific firmware failure on these drives. Swapped them for 7200.12 models within warranty and never had a problem since.
I've made an executive decision to only use Western Digital drives about 7 years ago when I've started a computer parts company (targeted to overclockers). We had an insane amount of RMA's on all drives other then WD.
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Nearly 10% failure? Man thats a LOT.
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