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  1. The stock Fractal fans are not bad, just tonight I pulled mine out of my desk rig for a cleaning, they are 3 years old and still work fine. I do have all Noctua in the NAS though, it always gets the better parts.
  2. I would add a decent cpu cooler, the stock one is a joke. This one is inexpensive and did a good job at keeping my 2700x cool, it would be overkill for 11400 which makes it perfect. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08WPDD6GD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  3. If you can get either of those 2 processors for around the same price, I would be tempted to with the Intel but only because of the core count. The 9960X is a ridiculously expensive chip these days. If they are not close to the same price go Ryzen, there is not enough performance difference between them to pay much extra for the Intel. If for Plex, I don't think the 9960x has QuickSync but it also doesn't have an IGPU so it is largely irrelevant as both of those processors have more than enough power to transcode multiple streams without breaking a sweat. As far as AMD compatibility, I have used an A10-6790k, a R3-2200G, R5-1600AF, R5-2600 and currently a R7-2700x and with multiple boards. I have not had any issues with any of the them. Make sure HVM and IOMMU are turned on in the bios and the only challenge there is finding out each motherboard maker has it labeled and/or buried in the bios.
  4. The Define 7 is a beautiful case but a horrible choice for thermal efficiency unless you plan on leaving the front panel open, and no one will do that. Gamers Nexus does a fantastic job of case reviews, here is their take on the Define 7. The Node is not a better choice and may be worse. I hate to recommend a case, the choices are almost endless but what is most important in a NAS is not style it is thermal performance. Keeping drives, cpu and all components in the case cool is the primary function of a server case, aesthetics are low on the list. This is less important for low powered cpu choices but crucial for high power cpu's. Here are some recent choices and should be available for purchase.
  5. I am using a 2700X and have used several B450 boards and every one of them has been fine with Unraid. I am on an X470 now and it performs the same as the B450 did. This is subjective but I believe I liked the Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro WiFi but mainly for the Intel ethernet. I have 3 of that board and I liked the build quality, quality parts in it like ALC 1220 audio, decent VRM etc. None of which makes much difference to Unraid but does for my music media PC's. I have also used an Asrock B450 Steel Legend and a MSI B450 Pro-VDH. The biggest challenge with the 2700x is cpu cooling so make sure you have a case designed for airflow and a very good cpu cooler. The 2700x should have way more power than you will need for the use case you listed.
  6. I used the R5-1600 AF for about 6 months with a B450 board, it was in my opinion a sweet spot for power consumption and cpu power. There are two versions of that cpu, the original 1600AE and the updated 1600AF, you want the AF version and not the AE one. The AF is a Zen+ chip and is more powerful and has updated architecture that the AE lacks. I do not know if the Hyper 212 will fit but it should. The stock cooler is actually decent so if the Hyper 212 doesn't fit it is unlikely you will overpower the stock cooler unless you are maxing the CPU out for extended periods of time.
  7. My only real concern is the power delivery on that board. It may not be robust enough for a 105 watt cpu. It may be fine as well, it will depend on usage. If the cpu is taxed hard enough it may throttle. If it were me, I would at least go with a decent B550 board. If you stay with the B450 make sure the latest bios is installed. With that cpu, I would give it the best board I could reasonably justify. As a benefit the ability go with gen 4 pcie may matter in the future more than it does today.
  8. I do not see a problem, in fact I would love to be at 73 watts. I typically idle at 110-120 watts, drives spun up always. R7-2700x MSI Performance Gaming AMD X470 Samsung 500gb 970 EVO - M.2 NVMe Quadro P400 LSI 9207-8i 32 gb of ram 6-HGST Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB 1-WD 1tb 7200 RPM for CCTV 3-Noctua 120mm case fans 2-Noctua 80mm case fans Noctua NH-U12S Redux CPU cooler with 2 fans ICY DOCK 3X 3.5 Inch Jellyfin and Shinobi Pro are always on, no VM's running constantly.
  9. A Quadro P400 v2 is $130.00 and unless you more than 3 streams running concurrently it is not a bad way to go.
  10. I hate recommending cases, but I would say the things that are important to me are thermals for the whole case as well as the drive trays. I do run older 7200 rpm drives that do run hotter so the ability to cool is probably more important to me but it should be the number one aspect of choosing a case. Cases that do not flow well are not really suited to NAS duty, IMO. Gamers Nexus does an incredible job at reviewing cases and their idiosyncrasy's in thermals and design. Case choice is way too individual of a choice for me recommend.
  11. If my aesthetic requirement called for white, I would get the case I want and paint it. It isn't hard to do, just a color change and the correct prep will make it durable. I would add, having started with mATX and the limitations it presents, an ATX case will fit a mATX but a mATX case will not fit an ATX. You may think you will not want to switch out motherboards, but it may surprise you that you will. It certainly did for me. Give yourself as much flexibility as you can.
  12. Good catch, in my haze late last night I read it as an 804.
  13. The M.2 you picked is an SSD, for performance it is not really much different than a 2.5" SSD at around 550 sequential mb/s on read and 520 on write. To me, it is waste to use an M.2 for an SSD when you could plug in a Sata SSD with not much performance loss, if any, and have an extra Sata port to add a spinning drive or regular SSD to. A NVME will be magnitudes faster as I assume you plan to use this for cache. If it were me, I would step up to a 970 EVO or equivalent for the primary cache. If you want secondary cache, a regular SSD will suffice. You only have so many PCIE slots with this board, a NVME as primary cache and 2.5" Sata ssd's or spinning drives to fill out the 6 available sata ports. At least that is what I would do.
  14. The manual for the board should tell what using both M.2's will limit, typically it is Sata that is effected, like 1 or 2 ports may be disabled if using the 2nd M.2 slot. The manual will tell you for certain.
  15. Everything looks fine, I would add you will need a CPU cooler, I don't believe that one comes with one, and if it does it is a crappy cooler. I prefer Noctua but I am currently using a Hyper 212 and it is working fine. It will be the next thing I replace, it is/was cheap and works, but the nondescript fan always worries me. Your board already has M.2 slots, are you looking to add more than the 2 the board already has?