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August 21, 2017

Top 5 Uses for a Home Server or NAS

As prices of last generation servers continue to decrease, internet speeds continue to increase, and NAS systems become much more feature rich, many people are now opting to setup their own home servers or NAS systems.

If you don’t own your own home server or NAS system, here are five top uses for a home server or NAS.


Network Storage

The most common use for a home server or NAS is using it as a network storage. After all, the acronym NAS itself stands for Network Attached Storage.

Typically referred to as a “shared drive”, network storage typically employs the NFS (Network File System) or SMB (Server Message Block) [...]

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July 22, 2017

How to Make Ethernet Cables to Save Money

Why Should You Make Ethernet Cables?

As most of you have probably purchased an Ethernet cable at one point or another, you’ll know that one of the most annoying things about buying an Ethernet cable is that they’re always sold in fixed lengths. As such, you always end up over-ordering and leaving tons of unsightly Ethernet cable leftover, or you end up under-ordering and you end up ordering another longer cable to ensure that the cables are long enough.

To solve this problem, the easiest way is to simply build your own network cables. This way the cables are customized to the size needed. As an additional bonus, those who plan to make a lot of Ethernet [...]

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February 8, 2017

Corsair Teases the ONE PC, Preparing Entry into Boutique System Building

Corsair recently put up a teaser for its latest project known as the Corsair ONE.

The leading peripherals and PC component manufacturer is looking to dip its toes into the pre-built PC market after previously inching towards the pre-built realm with their Bulldog PC which was launched last year in a barebones or DIY kit configuration. The Corsair ONE however, changes the game as it’s not only pre-built, but it’s also the first Corsair system designed for the desktop.

From the limited images they’ve shown so far, the ONE has a design that’s very typical of Corsair’s traditional design language sporting a futuristic yet [...]

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July 29, 2017

How We Built a DIY Home Office Server Using FreeNAS


Being an Editor here at Custom PC Review, I’m constantly in need of lots of mass storage. At CES 2017, I took over 1,000 14-bit RAW images using a Nikon D800 camera which generated files somewhere between 40MB-45MB each. After exporting them, another set of images are then created which take less, but still require quite a significant amount of storage space. Tack that onto 50Mbps 1080p video along with the thought of possibly doing 4K video down the road and the need for lots of reliable storage quickly adds up.

Of course, the easy solution is to throw a couple hard drives into your PC because that’s cheap and easy, but I also wanted the [...]

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July 15, 2017

How to Build an DIY Security System Using Synology Surveillance Station

Feeling Safe

Over the past few years, video surveillance has become increasingly popular in homes and businesses, and the reason for this is simple. Years ago, installing a video surveillance system typically involved hardwiring every single camera to a DVR and only those who purchased expensive higher end DVRs could then watch the footage on their laptops or smartphones. As you can imagine, this is both costly and impractical especially for an average home or small business owner.

Recently, things are much different thanks to the explosion of the IoT market as new solutions have made video surveillance affordable and easy to setup. As such, today we’ll be showing [...]

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June 16, 2016

MSI Unveils GTX 1080 Sea Hawk EK X Graphics Cards – Ready for Custom Water-Cooling Loops

MSI just unveiled the latest in their new lineup of GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 graphics cards. The Sea Hawk EK EX, which as the name implies is produced in partnership with EKWB. It features a custom, full-cover EK water block and is geared towards DIY enthusiasts that wish to build their own custom water-cooling loops.

The design of the block consists of a full-cover, transparent plexiglass, with a nickel-plated block for cooling the actual components in the middle. It features a split, central inlet which MSI claims “delivers the best cooling performance, even with less powerful water pumps.” Around back is a premium matte black back plate, which [...]

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May 18, 2016

DIY Custom Gaming PC Giveaway with AMD, XFX, Patriot, Thermaltake, Phanteks and Square-Enix!

Today is April 1st, which means many of the articles you’ll read today on the internet are  jokes or pranks, however, we Custom PC Review take our custom PCs very seriously (I mean, it’s in our name, right?) which is why we decided to break the tradition of  jokes and ill-thought pranks and get serious with an awesome DIY Custom Gaming PC Giveaway!

We’ve teamed up with the folks at AMD, XFX, Patriot, Themeraltake, Phanteks  and Square-Enix to bring you, our loyal readers, an awesome giveaway! Thanks to our amazing partners we were able to put together a sweet selection of components so one lucky winner can put together their very own custom gaming PC [...]

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January 10, 2016

CES 2016: MSI Shows Off Updated Notebook, Desktop, AIO Product Line

As usual, MSI had quite a few announcements to make at CES this year. MSI is one of the top brands for PC gamers and today we will be covering the laptops, desktops and more.


Notebooks GS40 Phantom

First on the list is the GS40, MSI’s sleek lightweight 14″ gaming laptop. It is equipped with up to a Skylake Intel Core i7, Nvidia GTX 970M GPU, 16GB DDR4, M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD, 14″ IPS display, and Thunderbolt. This laptop weighs in at only 3.75 pounds and is less than an inch thick. Those looking for a powerful gaming laptop while on the move will find it to be an excellent solution for their needs. It is available [...]

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June 24, 2015

E3 2015: Crytek, Oculus Takes VR To Another Level with Dinosaur Island Demo

The biggest thing at E3 2015 was easily VR (Virtual Reality), where seemingly almost everyone on the show floor demo’ed some sort of new hardware or new software. VR hardware manufacturers in particular have shown some very interesting designs in hopes of dethroning Oculus Rift as the industry standard however, among the barrage of options being presented, nothing was quite as impressive as the latest Oculus Rift headset paired with Crytek’s Back to Dinosaur Island 2 demo.

Starting right off the bat I had doubts about the VR experience Crytek and Oculus was promoting at their booth. In my past encounters with VR, especially those with the first few [...]

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June 3, 2015

Computex 2015: InWin’s H-Tower is the Coolest Case You’ll See at Computex

InWin pushed out their latest creation at Computex 2015 and quite frankly, it’s one of the few things at the show that made us say “what the hell is that?” in delight.

In its tower shape, the InWin H-Tower looks like a vertical case with a beautiful brushed aluminium finish and carefully cut seams to let your LED light bleed out in the dark. But using an app on your cell phone or tablet, each “blade” of the chassis opens up in a fantastic transformation that would make Optimus Prime jealous. Apart from making your system looking like it’s forged by an alien race, the opened mode also makes swapping components a breeze. InWin [...]

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