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What parts should I buy for a DIY NAS build?

Question by Zane from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Dec 26, 2019 at 10:57 pm CST


I have 4x 4TB HDDs and I want to build a DIY NAS. I was curious if the H370M from ASRock, i5-8400 and 16GB of DDR4 would be a good start?

I just want this for streaming my media and basic backup storage.

What should I install in my spare PCIe slot, if anything?

Question by Anthony from Australia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Dec 22, 2019 at 11:10 pm CST

Hello there,

I have a ROG STRIX B450 build running like a champ, my GPU takes up the top slot, but I have a x8 slot under it that I feel I should be using for something to speed up or add functionality to my PC.

What do most people use these for or do they leave them empty?

I'm having trouble plugging in the HDMI cable in my new build

Question by Charles from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Dec 18, 2019 at 10:58 pm CST


My first build I got myself an Aorus motherboard, RX580 and Ryzen 3600. In my Corsair Carbide case when I install my GPU, the HDMI ports sit in a position that does not allow my cable to be inserted properly.

Is there anything I can do to fix this or should I take a file to my chassis?

What's the proper way of installing an I/O shield?

Question by Burt from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Dec 14, 2019 at 10:43 pm CST


I'm new to PCs and have been researching for my first build and noticed there's never been a mention of how the rear I/O panel should be installed. The small tabs that are on each port on the back of the motherboard, are you supposed to bend them back, or cut them off like plastic model cars?

I'm really confused.

Should I have a dedicated SSD for games?

Question by Tim from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Dec 10, 2019 at 11:04 pm CST


Will installing games on my 2TB SSD slow down Windows and boot times like with old SSDs or is that not an issue anymore with modern drives? Is it worth getting a separate drive for my Windows install?

Are AMD's HEDT processors really better than Intel's offerings?

Question by Tanya from Australia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Dec 6, 2019 at 11:41 pm CST

I see reviews everywhere about AMD's mainstream CPUs clobbering Intel's latest offerings. What every single one of these reviews fails to qualify is that the HEDT CPUs have more PCIe lanes. That alone often forces enthusiasts to stay with Intel. I badly want to move to Team Red, but AMD is far more expensive in Australia than Intel, unless of course retailers refuse to pass on Intel's price cuts.

So, if you have systems that run with 32GB DDR4-3600, with multiple HDDs, 3x M.2 drives, 1 - 3 Optical drives, with an ASUS XG-C100C 10G NIC, a M.2 Expander card, RAID card, and a discrete graphics card, how the hell is AMD better?

If you have any PCIe devices other than a graphics card, aren't you pretty much stuck with a HEDT CPU? AMD's Threadripper will be 280w. That's a toaster, and in the Australian summer will be impossible to cool, except with LN2. Would appreciate your thoughts.

Samsung 970 EVO SSD not performing as expected, what could be wrong?

Question by George from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Nov 24, 2019 at 10:30 pm CST

I recently put together a new build with an ASUS TUF X570, 3700X and GeForce 2070 SUPER. I rounded it off with a 970 EVO SSD.

After installing the OS and drivers, I ran through a few benchmarks and I'm only getting 1600 MB/s, when I see reviews and others getting 3500 MB/s.

What could be wrong?