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  1. I find that re selling hardware, unless you know a friend that wants it, eBay is probably your best option. What hardware are you selling and I can give you some help on that pricing. Unless you want to recycle, I can't think of any other place to sell your old hardware. I find dropping the price of it on eBay is helpful and people will bid on it up to what it is worth and sometimes over. Just make sure you check on shipping or set it as collection only as that's another big thing you have to think about. Let me know if you need any more help.
  2. It's time to unveil something pretty big. Lord_Chris and I got talking and we though it would be a great idea for those guys who are looking for a new PC if we released a Strongholdnation customised one. So I present to you, The Official Strongholdnation PC: (Apologies on the size of the images, they don't seem to be formatting correctly) http://img.bitfenix.com/products_images/1059.png?1384496845[/img]http://img.bitfenix.com/products_images/1094.png?1384497224[/img] [colour=red]For now, this is UK only.[/colour] CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor?? Motherboard: MSI Z97I AC Mini ITX Motherboard? Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Red 8GB DDR3-1600 Memory Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB Internal Hard Drive Video Card: Palit GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card Case: BitFenix Colossus Mini Mini ITX Tower Case? Power Supply: EVGA 500W Bronze ATX Power Supply? Optical Drive: Samsung DVD/CD Writer Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) with a free upgrade to Windows 10 if you choose Total: ?599.99 ? The Official Strongholdnation PC is your Ultimate all rounding PC, perfect to play any stronghold game at the highest of settings at the highest of frame rates. The Intel Core i5-4690K Processor will give you all round outstanding performance in and outside of gaming. The MSI Z97I AC motherboard gives you Wireless internet as well as gigabit Wired. Combined with 2 USB 2.0 and 4 USB 3.0 rear USB ports and 7.1 Wireless sound capability, this motherboard gives you plenty of functionality with its tiny size. The 8GB of RAM will allow you to play a pretty demanding game and have your favourite tabs open in your chosen browser too with zero slowdowns. The 1TB of storage gives plenty of space to store your music, images, videos and games plus your mountains of photos of cats which you have slowly obtained for many visits to Reddit. The GTX 750Ti is the ultimate Price to Performance video card. This will allow you to play ANY video game out there right now with enough frames and quality you don?t think you are playing from your mum?s microwave. The 2GB of memory on board allows for more textures to be loaded so your games can be prettier. The BitFenix Colossus Mini is a tiny case to cram all of your power into. The case only measuring a tiny 45 x 37 x 53 cm means that it will fit anywhere and look stylish while doing it. The matt finish with customizable LED strip to Red, Green or Blue means that no matter where it is in your house, it will look smart, modern and be the ultimate pocket rocket. All of this complete with a fast and reliable CD/DVD reader and writer, a reliable and quiet power supply and the choice of using Windows 7 or upgrading to Windows 10 for free. ? Now a fancy description and all is nice but what if you want to see some actual cold hard numbers? Well here is some Benchmarks done with the Graphics card just to show how awesome this little thing is. In Stronghold HD we got over 200FPS, what more could you want? In Battlefield 4 we got an average of 62FPS. Not bad. In GTA V we got around 65FPS on ?Normal? Settings. For a PC is this price, The Performance it?s simply outstanding. Also if you fancy kicking back and doing some normal computer stuff. This thing will run any hardware that you throw at it. Whether you are using Photoshop or Illustrator to make and edit images or Rendering Videos of your awesome armies in stronghold and 360 No scopes off Rust. This thing will handle it. Even if it?s just simply browsing cat pictures Reddit or visiting your favourite Stronghold related site: Stronghold-nation.com. This machine will not let you down. If you would like to order one, contact either me or Lord_Chris. *Hardware in Images will be different but similar. The images shown have a Blue LED but this can be changed. ** Images used are own by BitFenix. http://www.bitfenix.com/ http://img.bitfenix.com/products_images/1063.png?1425637604[/img] ?
  3. To set your SSD as the main bootdrive you will need to go into the BIOS on your motherboard and change the default boot device to the SSD (or move the SSD to the top of the boot list so it boots first instead of your hard drive). If you are not sure on how to do this, just give me the name of your motherboard and I can help. Also make sure that the HDD is fully cloned to your SSD as any little missing data or anything will cause it to either not work or be corrupted. Just dragging and dropping the files onto the SSD is not enough either. Use a software like macrium reflect free to clone the drive first. I would also strongly recommend doing a backup in case anything goes wrong and do a separate back up of personal documents and things just in case you need to do a clean install of windows. That should be all that needs to be done but make sure the files you are cloning aren't bigger than the SSD. You WILL NOT be able to only move the OS as this will affect program file paths and registry entries. Here's a link on the macrium reflect software: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx Oh and if you would prefer to learn it yourself and follow a video, here's a helpful video for that: If you need anything else just give me a shout. Although I'm actually English, I just type words and splurge them all over the screen so if I don't make sense then just say :)
  4. Hey Guys, I though I'd write an article on RAID Arrays for any of you that are interested. Let me know if you guys think I should do some more of these articles. A RAID Array is a ?Redundant Array of Independent Disks? which combines multiple Hard Disks to create data redundancy, performance improvement, or both. I?ll only be covering the main and mostly used RAID levels as they are the most popular. I?m also not covering all different types of RAID as they get very confusing and most just improve on another. A RAID 0 is where data is written across multiple drive. For example, if you had an image of your family, half of that image would be stored on one drive the rest of the image on another (Or in the case of more than 2 drives, the file will be split equally across all drives.) Because each drive is being used to store the image, the read and write speeds of a RAID 0 is a lot higher because the data is written across the drives and doesn?t have to wait until all of it stored by one drive. The downside to RAID 0 though is that if you have 2 drives in a RAID 0 and one of them fails, then half of your data is lost as the data is stored equally across the drives. If you are combining multiple drives with different sizes of storage then the RAID storage would only be as high as the smallest sized drive in the RAID array. RAID Arrays above level 0 provide protection against loss of drives and data. RAID 1 is where the data written to one drive and also written to another. So your picture of your family is written fully to both drives in your RAID Array. This is great because if one drive fails then you have a backup that is a clone of your other drive. The downside to RAID 1 is that you will not have more storage as the other drive acts as a clone which could make your RAID array expensive if you have high capacity drives. The Storage space on a RAID 1 is also only as high as the lowest sized drive. RAID 10 is Simple. It is the combination of RAID 0 and RAID 1. For example, if you had 10 drives, then 5 of this drives would be group 1 and the other 5 would be group 2. Group 1 is connected together via RAID 0 for fast file read and writes because the data is being split amongst them. The other 5 act as RAID 1s for the other drives. So they become backups of Group 1. This allows for data integrity and backups as well as faster read and write speeds. The downside to RAID 10 is that it is very expensive and you need at least a minimum of 4 drives. if each drive is ?50 and you need 4 for a small RAID 10 then that is ?200 so you can see how easily the cost rises with a RAID 10. RAID 10 is also the most efficient and safest way to back up data. (Unless you want a RAID 60 but that is just silly.) An example of a RAID 10 is the server this website is using. They used a RAID 10 to store all the data which gave them fast speeds and safety knowing that there was an active backup being constantly made. Unfortunately, 1 drive died which meant the backup of that drive should have taken over and it should have been as easy as replacing the broken drive with a new one and rebuilding the array. But as luck would have it, the backup of that drive failed at the same time too meaning a sizeable chunk of data was lost. Now any half decent company will have at least 3 backups of the data but the reason the site was down so long was because of the data loss and they had to rebuild all of the data in the RAID array. Also you are welcome to ask any questions about RAID and I?ll happily help. If you would prefer to learn more about RAID then I recommend the Wikipedia page on it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID or if you are more of a visual learner, here are some links to a YouTube video which may help you:
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