I really enjoyed the ADS-B SBC thread myself. I worked in defense for a few years on a project that was centered around specialized hardware for receiving ADS-B messages, it’s super cool stuff. Getting to essentially go back to the fun parts of that project was super enjoyable and now I’ve got another data source for my home monitoring dashboard. Been fun to poke at a buddy when he flies into town as well.
Little bit mad though - a pair of F-15s flew right over me a few days back, but I had just gotten into my car and wasn’t able to capture them on my display! Would’ve been cool to show here.
JDM Helped me put together my quicksync box that definitely saved me some Transcoding woes. quicksync really established that it’s not always about raw processing power. i honestly haven’t tinkered around with my plex set up for a while now since it just works so well.
I’m really grateful for this build guide. It was easy to navigate and put together all the pieces I needed for my server. Thanks to this guide, I didn’t have any compatibility issues with my parts and now I have a machine that handles everything I throw at it.
This build guide introduced me to this community. It has led me to having a great server that provides my family entertainment and gives me comfort knowing important information is backed up in a safe way. Now I enjoy lurking on discord and chiming in when I feel like I can be helpful.
Would prefer package 1, but would appreciate either
This was one of the first deals I saw when I started getting into the forums, and didn’t realize how good a deal it was. Since then it has been haunting me, and I’ve been searching ebay and local sites for a deal as good on a pfsense box and nothing has come close. I got spoiled by the deal bar being set pretty high from the start, and didn’t realize it.
This was one of the most helpful guides in getting me started in trying to flash my onboard HBA. Unfortunately I could not get it to work for my slightly different version motherboard, or perhaps I messed up at some point. Regardless, it was a very niche guide that had a lot of good information formatted well, had all the files conveniently there, and linked other helpful resources.
Much love and appreciation to JDM_WAAAT and the overall community on the forums and on Discord. Happy holidays and best of luck to everyone.
I’ve been lurking this thread since I saw it on the discord channel. There have been so many times this year that I’ve been close to pulling the trigger on one of these handy little boxes. Maybe 2021 will be the chance to put one of the great recommendations into production. So I’m putting in my preference for the HP-290, the little box that could.
Found a liquid cooling solution for my LGA2011 systems for under $50. But as someone who has to compare every known option this saves me a ton of time when selecting a cooler for a new builds or replacements. I love the LGA2011 platform and that I have found a likeminded community to help support my efforts.
This guide is one that I have had up on my computer for months. It is a well written guide, really helped me build a system that does everything that I needed it to do and more. I think that it really exemplifies the community that JDM_WAAT was looking to build. Where people can come to talk about a great hobby get advice and share ideas.
This case is without doubt the best deal and most flexible for a whitebox server build. Glad I grabbed one of these when I could, it can hold all the drives necessary for my NAS as well as enough headroom for any PCI device I want to plug in and pass through to my proxmox VMs. Might get a spare in case I want a future build down the road
I couldn’t have found serverbuilds.net at a better time! I was between a Synology or trying to cobble together something that looked like a recommendd build from the FreeNAS people. But someone linked serverbuilds.net in a Reddit thread (thank you, kind stranger) and my eyes were opened.
I’m extremely impressed with JDM’s ability to reply to practically every post with endless knowledge and experience, always pointing in the best direction!
So the guide I link is the 4.1 Supplemental, and just placed an order for one of those Chenbro servers, and Elite 350 case (the one with the 500W power supply, btw, only $75 on B&H as of a couple days ago), and some shuckable drives!
First NAS, second computer build, first with anything server/enterprise grade, but I know I’m in good hands here if I run into any issues. Oh and of course Unraid all the way!
Happy holidays to all! I’d be thrilled with any prize package
I absolutely love this community, and honestly sad that I’m just finding how awesome it is in the last few days! ~2ish years ago I watched JDM’s tabletop build of the GA-7TESM, and really found it helpful. I already had a couple x5680’s and a bunch of ram from a HP Z800 I recycled from work, but wanted more drives than it could support, which lead me on my google search to find his vid and also how to flash IT mode onto the SAS controller. The one gripe I always had about the board was that I’d get the dreaded “BMC SEL area full” message when I’d reboot, and then have to drag out a monitor and keyboard to get it to boot (since I couldn’t get the KVM redirection to work due to the button being greyed out). Low and behold, I come here and there’s this awesome article on how to keep the event log from getting greyed out, AND in the discord @rosegold came up with a sweet tampermonkey script to avoid having to manually edit the page HTML to get the KVM to work. This community is a dream for people like me who like to tinker and build systems
Merry Christmas everyone!