Jesse000

Upgrading Hardware on existing Setup

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Hi all,

 

 

I'm new to all this so please take it a little easy on me. :wink:

 

I setup a DIY NAS with 12 HHDs.

Volume 1: 3x2TB JBOD

Volume 2: 9x3TB SHR 1

 

Specs:

- AMD AM2 CPU 4core

- AMD AM2+ Mainboard

- 4 GB DDR2

- Gigabit LAN

- 550W PSU

 

Recently i noticed that the system is a little slow for my needs. (PLEX live video transcoding)

 

Here is my question:

Is it possible to change the hardware (CPU, MoBo, RAM) without having to re-install everything or at least without losing the data?

 

Thanks for your advice.

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The transcoding is done by your CPU. I think your CPU does not support hardware transcoding for the format that you are using in PLEX. So your CPU is soft-transcoding it which results in slow/bad video.

 

Can you tell us which CPU and mainboard you are running?

 

Most likely to resolve this you need to upgrade your CPU. Some AM2+ mainboards have a BIOS update available to make it possible to run a AM3 processor in it. Check your mainboard manufactuers website to see if it does. It can save you money in that way by upgrading only the CPU.

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Does PLEX support hardware transcoding at all?. Would adding a GPU help?

 

I didn't take into consideration to only upgrade the CPU since there not many AM3 CPUs considerably faster.

And the TDP for some is 125W.

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I would still advise to change only the CPU.

 

Look over here to see which CPU's are support by your main board:

http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloa ... x?pid=2887

 

If you want energy efficient:

AM3 Athlon II X4 620e (with bios update 7FI)

 

Or Performance @95 watt:

Phenom II X6 1065T (with bios update 7FI)

 

Another performance @95 watt:

Phenom II X4 960T (with bios update 7FI)

 

 

You have loads of choices to gain performance!

 

A second hand AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition costs 30 euro and a AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 55 euro in my country... The prices are not the deal breakers.

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The original question was sort of half answered - I would still advise only to change the CPU -

I have a reason to swap out Zotac mobo with Intel ATOM CPU for a similar (but not the same) mobo and ATOM CPU. Has anybody tried this?

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And is the Synology software clever enough to recognise if 2 HDDs are switched.

If the order of HDDs is changed can Synology still recognise a RAID (or SHR1/2) configuration?

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Just wanted to give some info on this topic:

 

I switched from asus H81M-K Mainboard with Pentium G3220 to Asrock H81M-VG4 with i5 4590.

Had to reboot once and the Server was exactly the same. All 3 HDDs were exactly as before.

 

Unlight

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I will also add... I've done a swap from old Athlon x2 3800+ to Intel Q8200 on nVidia chipset to E5800 on Intel chipset, back to the nVidia chipset with a x5460 Xeon processor...

 

Pull the thumb drive, swap the hard drives to the new system (or swap the system board) - every time it has found the drives and looks like the same NAS. No data lost.

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Did you guys pay attention to the order in which you connected the hard drives?

Or is that not important?

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I didn't. If it matters than I had luck. But I read elsewhere that it doesn't matter.

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Did you guys pay attention to the order in which you connected the hard drives?

Or is that not important?

 

I finally tried this and it worked fine, no consideration given to order of drives. Both Mobo's are Intel based with ATOM CPU but different generations. different chipsets. Everything worked

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Did you guys pay attention to the order in which you connected the hard drives?

Or is that not important?

 

I finally tried this and it worked fine, no consideration given to order of drives. Both Mobo's are Intel based with ATOM CPU but different generations. different chipsets. Everything worked

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