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Businesses slow to embrace products like Samsung Flip board

Samsung has joined Cisco, Google and Microsoft in a digital whiteboard market that has attracted the interest, but not yet the wallets, of companies.

The Korean tech giant launched its Flip interactive display this week at the CES technology conference in Las Vegas. Scheduled for release this month, the Samsung Flip board will sell for $2,699, which is considerably less than competing products from the major vendors but higher than technology offered by smaller manufacturers.

The Flip has a 55-inch, 4K display that lets users annotate content using their fingers or stylus. The device has USB ports and a wireless connection for PCs and mobile devices. The latter lets remote workers view the Flip display.

Today, education, professional sports and media and entertainment account for a significant portion of whiteboard sales. Manufacturers are banking on businesses and government to grow the market.

To date, however, enterprises haven’t embraced the technology. A 2017 survey by Nemertes Research found only 23% of companies using interactive whiteboards and 47% evaluating them. Deployments have been limited mostly to workgroups focused on marketing, content development, engineering, application development and product management. Those groups find electronic whiteboards useful in brainstorming sessions.

“We don’t yet see them as a must-have in every conference room,” Nemertes analyst Irwin Lazar said. “Buyers are still struggling with the business case for whiteboards.”

Samsung Flip
The Samsung Flip can configure to horizontal or vertical orientations and features multiuser annotation.

Samsung Flip board pricing

Samsung’s product costs considerably less than similar size whiteboards from Cisco, Google and Microsoft. But those devices, which range from $5000 to $9000, offer more capabilities, including video conferencing and integration with the vendor’s collaboration software.

Independent analyst Dave Michels believes products that combine video and an interactive whiteboard will be more attractive to enterprises over time than whiteboard-only products. “Every room needs an HDMI display anyway,” Michels said. “Board-only solutions were probably obsolete before they found their way.”

But Lazar sees a “pretty good market” for whiteboards with fewer capabilities than those from the major vendors. Enterprises interested in those products have turned to vendors like Bluescape, DisplayNote, InFocus and Newline Interactive.

In general, those vendors offer whiteboard products that are less expensive than the Samsung Flip board, so the company will likely find it difficult to grab market share. “Given the higher price, and Samsung’s relative newness in the enterprise [whiteboard] market, I think they’ll have a difficult time competing with the other vendors,” Lazar said.

Microsoft to acquire Avere Systems, accelerating high-performance computing innovation for media and entertainment industry and beyond – The Official Microsoft Blog

The cloud is providing the foundation for the digital economy, changing how organizations produce, market and monetize their products and services. Whether it’s building animations and special effects for the next blockbuster movie or discovering new treatments for life-threatening diseases, the need for high-performance storage and the flexibility to store and process data where it makes the most sense for the business is critically important.

Over the years, Microsoft has made a number of investments to provide our customers with the most flexible, secure and scalable storage solutions in the marketplace. Today, I am pleased to share that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Avere Systems, a leading provider of high-performance NFS and SMB file-based storage for Linux and Windows clients running in cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments.

Avere logoAvere uses an innovative combination of file system and caching technologies to support the performance requirements for customers who run large-scale compute workloads. In the media and entertainment industry, Avere has worked with global brands including Sony Pictures Imageworks, animation studio Illumination Mac Guff and Moving Picture Company (MPC) to decrease production time and lower costs in a world where innovation and time to market is more critical than ever.

High performance computing needs however do not stop there. Customers in life sciences, education, oil and gas, financial services, manufacturing and more are increasingly looking for these types of solutions to help transform their businesses. The Library of Congress, John Hopkins University and Teradyne, a developer and supplier of automatic test equipment for the semiconductor industry, are great examples where Avere has helped scale datacenter performance and capacity, and optimize infrastructure placement.

By bringing together Avere’s storage expertise with the power of Microsoft’s cloud, customers will benefit from industry-leading innovations that enable the largest, most complex high-performance workloads to run in Microsoft Azure. We are excited to welcome Avere to Microsoft, and look forward to the impact their technology and the team will have on Azure and the customer experience.

You can also read a blog post from Ronald Bianchini Jr., president and CEO of Avere Systems, here.

Tags: Avere Systems, Azure, Big Computing, Cloud, High-Performance Computing, high-performance storage

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Western Digital Red 4tb HDD £80

Corsair Carbide 600c case with window (Some scratching on the non window side of the case) £60

Pioneer BDR-209k Blu-Ray Re-writer £40

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Storage market trends of 2017: Flash, HCI and cloud gain steam

Obvious statement alert: Enterprise storage market trends point to challenging times ahead for vendors.

Rack-scale flash, hyper-converged infrastructure and hybrid cloud have emerged as legitimate alternatives to the traditional ways of buying, deploying and managing storage. Placed on a bell curve, the rise of these maturing storage options would intersect with a steady drop in the use of disk-based external storage systems.

Even as the enterprise storage market trends away from traditional networked storage, industry-shaping mergers are shaking things up. The demise of storage hardware may be greatly exaggerated, but software-defined storage is closing the gap. Despite all these changes, launching a successful storage startup is tougher than ever, with venture capital becoming increasingly scarce.

Here is a look back at some of the major developments in enterprise storage during 2017, and what lies ahead in 2018.

Merged Dell EMC in its infancy, but already a flash Goliath

Dell EMC capped off its first year as a merged company trying to figure out how to reverse its slumping legacy storage, particularly its midrange systems. Mirroring changes felt across the industry, Dell EMC generated less revenue year over year from networked storage, helping No. 2 NetApp gain ground on its longtime rival.

Dell EMC’s answer: double down on emerging technologies. A string of all-flash product rollouts was highlighted at the Dell EMC user conference in May, including flagship upgrades to high-end VMAX and XtremIO arrays, as well as the first all-flash model of Dell EMC Isilon scale-out NAS.

Dell EMC closed out the year by launching an all-flash version of its SC Series arrays in November, a follow-on release to its SC hybrid arrays. But not every all-flash product was a hit. Dell EMC claimed its DSSD D5 rack-scale flash array would deliver knock-your-socks-off performance, but that speed came at an extremely high price; the product was shelved due to poor sales.

Dell EMC is also a major player in the rapidly growing hyper-converged market. The vendor has had success selling both the VxRail appliance, based on its own technology, and the XC Series, which packages hyper-converged pioneer Nutanix Inc.’s software on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.

Looking ahead, we may see more drastic changes in 2018 now that long-time EMC executive David Goulden is out of Dell EMC. Goulden led the premerger storage business at EMC, and served as CEO of the Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions Group after the merger. Goulden’s presence provided Dell with some much-needed continuity as it absorbed the multibillion-dollar EMC storage business. How Dell EMC replaces Goulden’s institutional memory is one storyline to watch.

Storage industry preps for rack-scale NVMe flash

If 2016 was the year of all-flash, you could argue that 2017 emerged as the year of nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) flash. NVMe is an industry standard for using PCIe-connected SSDs to speed the performance of storage networks. The principle behind all-flash NVMe is that SCSI commands written for hard disk drives are inefficient to handle many modern, high-performance workloads. Analysts say NVMe flash is the presumptive favorite to supplant SAS- and SATA-based SSDs.

Enterprise storage market trends in NVMe have typically involved all-flash array vendors adding support for NVMe SSDs. Kaminario, Pure Storage, Tegile Systems and Tintri Inc. introduced NVMe-based flash systems in 2017.

In most cases, storage vendors make NVMe flash the back-end connection between controllers and drives, retaining host connectivity with Fibre Channel or SCSI. The next evolution is rack-scale systems designed with NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) technologies, which would enable low-latency NVMe flash to be extended end to end across the data path.

NVM Express Inc., the vendor-driven standards body, unveiled protocol version 1.3 of NVMe-oF in June. Several NVMe flash startups joined the pursuit this year, including Apeiron Data Systems, E8 Storage, Pavilion Data Systems and Vexata. Signs point to increased NVMe flash adoption in 2018, but how much is unclear. Industry experts say across-the-stack NVMe standardization is likely at least a year or two away.

Also in flash this year, Intel introduced its long-awaited Intel Optane SSD family, based on the 3D XPoint memory technology it developed with Micron Technologies.

Storage infrastructure smartens up

One of the hottest enterprise storage market trends to track in 2018 is the rising prominence of artificial intelligence in the data center. Vendors are starting to integrate AI-based analytics engines directly into the storage layer, providing insight on sizing, potential bottlenecks and looming performance issues.

But analyzing storage performance is only part of the equation. AI combines parallel processing and intelligent algorithms for analyzing data in context. Serverless computing, containerized application microservices and proliferating internet of things devices have all contributed to AI’s growing popularity.

Applications with embedded machine learning are able to automate a greater number of data center tasks. DevOps organizations are using AI-powered computing devices to rapidly analyze big data streams in real time. The goal is to mine more value from existing data sets and metadata.

Hyper-converged infrastructure gains wider appeal

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) leader Nutanix made several moves to woo VMware customers to try its Acropolis hypervisor. An OEM deal has enabled IBM to sell Nutanix HCI software on its Power Systems servers — the first non-x86 server platforms it has qualified. Nutanix hasn’t fully abandoned its branded hardware model, but may be headed in that direction.

Nutanix’s early HCI rival, SimpliVity, had less success in the market, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) bought out SimpliVity for $650 million in early 2017. SimpliVity’s OmniStack software enables HPE to integrate data reduction and redundancy features that its Hyper Converged 250 and Hyper Converged 380 HCI offerings lacked.

Cisco snapped up HCI software partner Springpath for $320 million, ending rumors that it planned to acquire Nutanix. Springpath provides software-defined storage for the Cisco HyperFlex HCI platform.

Open source vendor Red Hat tossed its hat into the HCI ring, as well. Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure is a software-only product that runs the Gluster file system on commodity servers.

In a long-overdue move, NetApp belatedly entered the hyper-converged battle with its NetApp HCI platform based on its SolidFire branded all-flash arrays and Element OS quality-of-service software.

Investors lose patience with storage startups

Tightened capital markets made for tough sledding for several once-promising startups. Several vendors went belly up when the money ran out, including three companies that once earned a spot on the SearchStorage.com startups to watch list: Coho Data Inc., DataGravity and Formation Data Systems.

Software-defined storage startup Formation Data dropped out of sight in May, victimized by its failure to differentiate itself in a fast-growing — and suddenly overcrowded — market.

DataGravity proved that having executives with a history of storage success does not guarantee sustained success. Founded by Paula Long and John Joseph, DataGravity launched in 2014 by selling data-aware Discovery Series hybrid storage arrays. Long and Joseph were part of the management team that joined Dell following its $1.4 billion acquisition of iSCSI SAN pioneer EqualLogic in 2008.

DataGravity abandoned the Discovery Series hardware in 2015, shifting its focus to storage software for virtualized storage arrays. The new strategy didn’t help. In July, DataGravity was scooped up in an asset sale by cloud security specialist HyTrust.

Scale-out NAS vendor Coho Data was once a darling of venture and institutional investors, racking up $76 million to develop its NFS-based hybrid DataStream arrays. Despite striking OEM deals with server makers HPE and Supermicro, Coho Data succumbed to ascendant enterprise storage market trends as more users embraced the cloud, converged and hyper-converged infrastructure. In September, without fanfare, Coho Data quietly pulled the plug on its operations.

After its launch in 2003, Diablo Technologies racked up nearly $100 million to develop its flash DIMM and Memory1 flash storage memory modules. Diablo also scored 2014 OEM deals with IBM and Supermicro to sell its flash cards. Diablo started 2017 on a high note, winning court victories in a contract dispute with Netlist, its former development partner. They turned out to be Pyrrhic victories, though. The legal battles ended Diablo’s momentum and, by August, the vendor ceased operations.

Investors haven’t pulled completely away from storage, but the big funding rounds are now going to cloud backup, converged storage and data management startups.

Storage hardware loses ground to software-defined storage

Despite Formation Data’s demise, software-defined storage continues to chip away at legacy hardware dominance. That continues the server-based storage market trends that started several years ago. Most array vendors are downplaying the importance of their hardware, styling the products as data management platforms or cloud arrays for running their proprietary software.

An example is Tintri, which went public in June with a $60 million stock sale. The Tintri offering faced stiff headwinds from the start. Tintri conjures memories of Violin Systems LLC, an all-flash array pioneer that staggered into bankruptcy, only to re-emerge with fresh capital in 2017. Violin’s new plan: Target all-flash arrays at companies looking to build on-premises private clouds — the same business model Tintri is trying to execute.

For Sale – PC Components

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I’ve tried to sell the PC as a unit but nobody seems to be in the market for it so it’s time to break it up.

These are the components and the prices. All the components were bought from Novatech so the receipts will be an email. The exception is the 1080ti which was bought from ebuyer:

Core i5 6600K with coolermaster hyper 212x CPU and Asus Z170pro motherboard £220

Western Digital Red 4tb HDD £100

Corsair Carbide 600c case with window (Some scratching on the non window side of the case) £60

Pioneer BDR-209k Blu-Ray Re-writer £40

Windows 10 home £60

All the remaining items are boxed except the case. I would bundle items together if people are interested but I’d rather not take the processor out of the motherboard.

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Quantum Xcellis scale-out NAS tackles unstructured data

Quantum Corp.’s new Xcellis Scale-out NAS system moves the vendor into the mainstream NAS market, where it will take on the likes of Dell EMC Isilon and NetApp FAS.

The Quantum Xcellis Scale-out NAS appliances target large semistructured and unstructured  primary data workloads. Sample use cases include analytics, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicle development, drug discovery, genomics and immersive content.

Xcellis encompasses a line of Quantum data storage hardware managed by the StorNext scalable file system. Quantum first launched the Xcellis brand in late 2015, putting StorNext onto an appliance. The new scale-out NAS version handles higher capacity workloads, and Quantum claims it can scale to hundreds of petabytes with no effect on performance.

The new scale-out Quantum Xcellis NAS nodes are scheduled for general availability in December.

“We are aiming this product at users with high-value workflows where data is the product,” said Laura Shepard, Quantum senior director of emerging technologies. “This tends to be data that grows very rapidly and requires very high performance and scale. These tend to be primary workloads that need to stay on premises.

“We believe we can offer the enterprise features of scale-out NAS with cost-effective performance scaling, which has not been a great strength of traditional enterprise NAS,” Shepard said.

StorNext scale-out storage is Quantum’s fastest growing segment. Quantum still drives most of its income from tape, but also sells disk-based backup. When he took over as Quantum’s interim CEO last month, Adalio Sanchez called scale-out storage the vendor’s growth engine. 

New Quantum configurations cluster all-flash, archiving, hybrid

Quantum Xcellis all-flash and hybrid building blocks are available in 5U and 6U form factors. The all-flash systems range from 370 TB to 925 TB of capacity. Quantum rates all-flash performance at 1 million IOPS.

Quantum Xcellis hybrid configurations for mixed workflows scale to 400 TB and 200,000 IOPS. A 3U entry-level Xcellis NAS tops out at 370 TB. Quantum also offers a 5U archive model with up to 448 TB of disk storage. Varying Quantum Xcellis node types can be mixed and managed as a single tier of storage. Users can add nodes individually to a cluster or combined in a rack-scale deployment for up to 3 PB of raw capacity.

The unified Quantum data storage presents block, file and object in a single namespace. Users can scale performance and storage separately and offload data to any StorNext-managed storage. Quantum allows tiering to on-premises object stores and the public cloud, but the data then is no longer managed by StorNext.

Quantum’s StorNext data management includes audits, encryption, erasure coding, load balancing, point-in-time snapshots, RAID, replication and WORM compliance. StorNext manages Xcellis data across IBM Cloud Object Storage, NetApp StorageGrid, Scality and Quantum Lattus object platforms, as well as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure public clouds.

Will Quantum make inroads against established NAS vendors?

Scott Sinclair, a storage analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass., said managing rapid data growth is not the only headache for digital-based enterprises. A bigger challenge is the ability for storage to provide streaming access to data for analytics and real-time business operations.

Sinclair breaks the enterprise NAS market into three segments: “Enterprise-class systems focus on features and functionality for data management. A second segment includes vendors that provide big pools of storage that’s cheap and deep, without many features. The third segment is HPC systems optimized for speed. Quantum claims Xcellis NAS can deliver all of that in one product,” Sinclair said.

“There is a demand for [NAS] technology that is good — if not great — at handling the multiple aspects of functionality, cost-effective scaling and performance,” he added. “The question is whether Quantum Xcellis will be able to deliver to the extent that it starts to displace the incumbents. Even though there aren’t many vendors, it’s a difficult market to penetrate.”

For Sale – PC Components

As header.

I’ve tried to sell the PC as a unit but nobody seems to be in the market for it so it’s time to break it up.

These are the components and the prices. All the components were bought from Novatech so the receipts will be an email. The exception is the 1080ti which was bought from ebuyer:

Core i5 6600K with coolermaster hyper 212x CPU and Asus Z170pro motherboard £220

Western Digital Red 4tb HDD £100

Corsair Carbide 600c case with window (Some scratching on the non window side of the case) £60

Pioneer BDR-209k Blu-Ray Re-writer £40

Windows 10 home £60

All the remaining items are boxed except the case. I would bundle items together if people are interested but I’d rather not take the processor out of the motherboard.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal gift or BT
Location: Bathgate West Lothian
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – PC Components

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I’ve tried to sell the PC as a unit but nobody seems to be in the market for it so it’s time to break it up.

These are the components and the prices. All the components were bought from Novatech so the receipts will be an email. The exception is the 1080ti which was bought from ebuyer:

Core i5 6600K with coolermaster hyper 212x CPU and Asus Z170pro motherboard £220

Western Digital Red 4tb HDD £100

Corsair Carbide 600c case with window (Some scratching on the non window side of the case) £60

Pioneer BDR-209k Blu-Ray Re-writer £40

Windows 10 home £60

All the remaining items are boxed except the case. I would bundle items together if people are interested but I’d rather not take the processor out of the motherboard.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal gift or BT
Location: Bathgate West Lothian
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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NVMe-oF and storage class memory set to disrupt storage

Five years ago, flash technology transformed the storage market forever. Today, flash-first arrays are the new normal. Will a new shared storage access protocol called nonvolatile memory express over fabrics combined with the advent of storage class memory prove as disruptive to traditional storage over the next five years as NAND flash technology was in the recent past?

When NAND-based SSDs first came to market, data was accessed using traditional block protocols, such as SCSI, and the SSDs were physically attached to array controllers and servers using SATA and SAS bus infrastructure. Also, locally attached PCI-based add-in cards were popular for server-side caching, predominately for storage acceleration.

As NAND flash evolved, the SCSI protocol itself started limiting flash storage performance. So the industry created a new block protocol called nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) that capitalizes on the performance characteristics of nonvolatile memory — such as flash’s ability to easily support data being accessed in parallel at a much greater degree than was ever imagined for HDDs. The initial target for NVMe is PCI Express bus interfaces to unlock the SCSI performance bottleneck. 

Recently, new classes of nonvolatile memory — such as 3D XPoint, which operates much faster than traditional 3D NAND flash and approaches dynamic RAM speeds — have emerged. Called storage class memory (SCM), it also can be addressed at the byte level versus the page level of NAND memory. SCM enjoys a thousand times speed and durability advantages over NAND, but it comes at a premium cost over NAND, similar to how initial SSDs’ pricing compared with HDDs. Using SCM only makes sense if it’s accessed with the NVMe protocol.

Thanks to SCM and NVMe-oF, innovation is alive and well in the storage industry.

Just as Fibre Channel and iSCSI extended the SCSI protocol to fabric, the NVMe protocol has been extended to fabric using a similar approach. The figure below offers a birds eye view of how NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) works.

NVM Express over Fabrics operates over Fibre Channel, TCP or remote direct-memory access networks and is, by design, transport agnostic. Applications written to take advantage of NVMe should operate over a fabric with limited latency impact. Since NVMe over Fabrics is relatively new, it will take time to gain native OS support from the likes of Windows and all flavors of Linux.

Why NVMe over Fabrics matters

Why should this matter to storage architectures? Because to achieve full SCM or newer-generation NAND flash performance requires that shared storage architectures change with advent of NVMe-oF. Most all-flash arrays boast latencies of less than a millisecond, and many leading AFAs have latencies of less than 500 microseconds. SCM-based arrays using NVMe-oF could improve latencies by another order of magnitude, approaching 50 microseconds.

Many external arrays were designed to put rich data services directly in-line to the data path, impeding the latency improvements promised by SCM. Initially, SCM will likely operate as a large cache minimizing the need for expensive battery-backed dynamic RAM. Ultimately, SCM-based storage will store long-term data, however, and need to include the rich data services available in AFAs. Just like flash coexisted with hard disk, creating flash-first hybrid arrays, SCM will become a fully functional tier of storage, with high-capacity NAND-based SSDs coexisting in the same array. 

How NVM Express over Fabrics works

With that in mind, we recommend AFA vendors consider the following in designing their external controller-based storage, server-centric software-defined storage (SDS) and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) architectures.

Controller-based storage considerations

Separate the control and data planes. It is going to be critical to optimize data for throughput and latency. The best way to offer rich data services at performance is to keep control operations separate from data plane operations. 

Reconsider what data services you put in-line versus post-process. SCM will enable some advanced data services to operate with acceptable post-process functionality while optimizing the overall performance. It may be better to land data first with minimal latency and leave storage optimization features such as compression and deduplication for later. Basic durability and encryption functionality would be exempt from this approach.

Push legacy protocols to the side. Future storage products should make NVMe-oF the optimized primary access protocol and then provide file, object and legacy SCSI block protocols using a gateway style approach.    

SDS and HCI considerations

Embrace local-attached SCM and NVMe SSDs. Industry standard servers are where SCM and NVMe options first appeared. It will be much easier for SDS-based storage vendors to take advantage of these technologies and provide the most flexibility to modify software and mature the storage infrastructure.

Consider using JBOF (just a bunch of flash) that supports NVMe over Fabrics for composable direct-attached storage. NVMe-oF protocol chip suppliers, such as Mellanox, are enabling low-cost shared-storage JBOF. If SDS and, more importantly, HCI vendors embraced this technology, they could support configurations with flexible compute-to-storage ratios. This approach will also let them fully embrace popular blade server environments and make the compute-to-storage capacity composable on demand.

Consider NVMe-oF support across a cluster of nodes. SDS and HCI vendors may want to use NVMe-oF to enhance durability and capacity between adjacent server nodes by making locally attached NVMe devices accessible to the other nodes in the architecture.

Some vendors will pragmatically add in SCM and NVMe technologies much like they did during the transition from HDD to SSD. I’m also seeing others go radical with all-SCM array options with extremely low latencies, enabling 10 million IOPS in a 2U form factor. This performance density is mind-boggling, and I fully expect we’ll see some new breakout storage vendors over the next couple years as these two transformative technologies mature and take hold.

Thanks to SCM and NVMe-oF, innovation is alive and well in the storage industry. I can’t wait to see what the next five years holds. Now is the time to be asking your storage vendors how they plan to make the most of SCM and NVMe-oF and, just as importantly, if your storage purchase today is future-proofed for tomorrow.

For Sale – PC Components

As header.

I’ve tried to sell the PC as a unit but nobody seems to be in the market for it so it’s time to break it up.

These are the components and the prices. All the components were bought from Novatech so the receipts will be an email. The exception is the 1080ti which was bought from ebuyer:

Core i5 6600K with coolermaster hyper 212x CPU and Asus Z170pro motherboard £220

Western Digital Red 4tb HDD £100

Corsair Carbide 600c case with window (Some scratching on the non window side of the case) £60

Pioneer BDR-209k Blu-Ray Re-writer £40

Windows 10 home £60

All the remaining items are boxed except the case. I would bundle items together if people are interested but I’d rather not take the processor out of the motherboard.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal gift or BT
Location: Bathgate West Lothian
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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