Category: Computer Builds

How using RAID 0 Can Increase Your PC Performance

Nothing new here.  Just wanted to document some of the benchmark results from a recent install I am doing with a Dell Precision 690 Workstation that I picked up from a sale at work.  The full tech specs are at the link above and it came with 2 x Dual-core Intel Xeon 5100 series processors.  It also came with no drives and no OS and 4GB of RAM.  My good friend Kevin Schoonover was able to track down 32GB of RAM, 2 x Dual NIC cards and 4 x 150GB WL150GB SATA drives to add to the mix. I was

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Mushkin Callisto 120GB SSD Install and Performance Specs

So last weekend I put and Mushkin Enhanced Chronos (MKNSSDCR120GB) 120GB SSD ($150) in my personal PC here at home and saw some amazing results.  I posted about it here.  Later that weekend, I was talking to the Worship Guy at our church and he had seen the post as ask if I thought an SSD drive could speed up the PC the church uses for video production.  It is a Dell XPS 630i with (Core 2 Duo Quad Core, E8200, 2.66, 6MB Wolfdale, 65W) but came into our hands with a 500GB OS spinning drive and just 3GB of

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Jim’s Build – ATOM v CORE i3 – Another Shocking Decision!

If you have been following my discussion to build a Windows Home Server… jims-building-a-new-whs-choosing-the-motherboard efficient-inexpensive-tiny-home-server-love-it-or-leave-it (by Chris Lux) help-jim-build-his-new-whs-frankenbuild-the-motherboard help-jim-build-his-new-whs-reconsidering-some-choices you know that here has been some really good comments and much has been discussed.  Thanks Home Server Show Community! In the quest to make the right pick, I spent some time analyzing the difference between the Atom and Core i3 choices.  There has been much debate in the forums as of late and I wanted to get to the bottom of a few things.  Charts like this help me sort things out.  Since I will most likely be using

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Jim’s Building a New WHS – Choosing the Motherboard

As I mentioned in The Home Server Show 82, I am going to ask for your advice (or convincing) on all the parts needed to build a new WHS. Starting with the motherboard and CPU, we will have an open discussion at the HSS forums (http://homeservershow.com/forums).  After a week or two on each part, I will make a decision and we will start with the next component. We may even discuss your posts on the show. My priorities will be to get the best value that is available. Not always the cheapest, but not the most expensive either. I want

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