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Synology DS212 Diskless System DiskStation - Feature-rich 2-bay NAS Server for Workgroups and Offices
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Work great as an external drive, but the NAS functions and most apps are very finiky. I consider myself as pretty knowledgeable with PCs, not as much on networking skills. I found the setup was very difficult. Allot of apps change settings, so I spent more time working and playing with settings than I did actually running it.
Ended up giving it to my son who works as a network admin. He got it going but agreed it was difficult.

Cons: Hard to set up
Not for the average home user unless they have a network admin to help.
Short life span for a backup / file sharing device.

Other Thoughts: Unit recently died after about 24 months of very light use. It sat un-used most of that time.
Pulling the drives and putting them into a WD My Cloud NAS box. It sounds much more user friendly that this device.
Unless they've made allot of changes I wouldn't recommend Synology NAS products.

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Board install easily into my Thermaltake Chaser II case. installed an intel 3770k cpu, 32gb of Corsair 1600 ram which was on sale @NewEgg for $150. runnig a Evga 650TI vide card (for now). Also went with a Thermaltake water cooler extreme 2.0. Haven't OCed it yet but plan too. Cable managment was exellent with this set up. also running 4 Segate 1Tb 7200rpm, 64mb cache, drives setup in RAID 10. All purchased here. Except for the Thermaltake Black Widow 850W PSU.

Cons: None to speak of yet, but haven't pushed it yet. It runs everthing so well I haven't had a need to. since I went with the 3770k cpu and water cooled it I have to push it.
will update

Other Thoughts: UPDATE; as promised: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155
Still running strong, I usually upgrade every couple years but no need to with this set up. board is excellent, I generally upgrade every couple years so I can cut cost by doing a few parts at a time. Well now an upgrade would require a new MB and CPU so its not really needed yet. Going to a new Gen MB to accept a 4670k or better CPU simply isn't a good choice for me when comparing the performance gains against the cost of a new higher end MB. I know my rig is not the latest and greatest now but after running it a couple years I have nothing negative to say about it at all... running it at 4.2 to 4.5 with turbo boost. The memory helped me to remain stable up to 4.5Ghz +/- with no over-volting, with the Thermaltake Water Cooler Extreme 2.0 keeping the CPU at 27C - 42C max under load. Leads me to believe it'll last a while.


Pros: Excellent proc, started to go with the 3770 model to save a few $$ which would have been fine, but I like to play around with OCing a bit. Thing is I don't need to, it's installed in an Asus Sabertooth Z77 board w/32gb of Corsair ram, Installed a Thermaltake Water cooler Extreme 2.0. in a Thermaltake Chaser II monster sized case with 3 200MM fans, plus 2x 140 on the radiator, and one 140 to exhaust the video card area. Also running 4 Seagate 1Tb drives set up for RAID 10, which is nice.
So with the built in Intel turbo boost, or what ever they call it, it runs on it's own at 4.2. Temps hover at ambient temp of around 28° and has never went over 33° under load.
Bottom line is I haven't felt the need to overclock it yet.

Cons: could have got by fine with the non K model. But may need the option to OC it in the future

Other Thoughts: Update to original review posted on 07/22/2013.
Proc is still performing nicely
I see it has been replace by the new i7-4790K Devil's Canyon, which I'm sure is a bit faster and a improvement compared to this model, just wanted to update my review and let some of you that are on a tighter budget, or building an extra PC for other family members, If you can catch a good deal on one of these you wont be sorry.
I like the new i7-4790K Devil's Canyon CPUs but for my needs this one does all I ask and more. Running it OCed a little bit, nothing extreme and no over-volting is needed to get it up to and over 4.2 as long as you have quality ram it'll handle it just fine.
Running this CPU a Asus 960GTX Video card and 32Gb of RipJaw ram (4x8), with a Thermaltake Water Cooler 2.0 to keep it cool and it stays around 27C and in the lower 40C range under heavy loads. Also have 5 1Tb drives setup with Raid 10 and a very nice Thermaltake Chaser II case. All mounted on an Asus Sabertooth Z77 board. Fan control is amazing, very quite. Running the MBs fan control works great, you can set the temps and speed of the fans in the software, or in the BIOS (EUFI) so most of the fans fire up on booting then shut down and rarely need to kick on at all. That takes a little time so set up each of the fans (I have 6) to achieve the settings you want, but that time is well spent. Recommend setting it up in the BIOS so it is saved even if your OS craps out. Fine tune it using the software and take notes, so that when you go into the BIOS you have all the figures to plug in.
If you don't want to fool with all the fine tuning, the case also have buttons for High, Medium and low, but if you want some of the fans to shut off completely, you have to take the time to do it manually.

Summary Quality Ram, Good Video Card and this CPU will suit you just fine.


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Display Name: Terry D.

Date Joined: 02/15/02

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