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Figured Id share as well.
This is my Son building his first server ever.
Here is the list of parts
https://pcpartpicker.com/list/kRnpJV
I can post some of the completed project pictures when I get back home if anyone is interested.
I really just thought it was a cool father son build.
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Sick! Would love to see more pictures. What will it be used for?

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On ‎3‎/‎28‎/‎2017 at 5:28 PM, jrd680 said:

 

 


Sick! Would love to see more pictures. What will it be used for?

 

Thanks JRD680, My son appreciated the comment greatly.

He named the Server Rubix Cube. (yes I know cable management could be a bit better but nothing interferes (most importantly) and the cube kinda stays outta sight) 

He is very proud of his first computer build

This is an HTPC/Media server/VM machine/Personal Cloud/ and so many other things. (Audio outputs drive studio monitors, Sounds amazing:-))

Just love the flexibility of Unraid.

By the Way, "EVERYTHING"  just worked on its initial power up, could not have been more pleased with that.

The processor is an AMD 7860K with Stock cooler with provides more that enough oomph to transcode and do what I need it to without gobbling up too much energy. Beats the pants off of my old ReadyNas NV+ v2

Extremely happy with this build and it has not crashed or hiccupped or anything since building.

By the way the UPS  is the Just released APC BX1500M. Gonna do a review on it but gotta break out the Oscope, and meters to fully test. (need time)

Thanks and have a great one

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Hey all, 

 

long time lurker, first time sharing what I've learned and built over the years. This all started at the tail end of 2015, I was helping a friend clean his car out and he had a mobo and processor in his trunk he was going to throw in the trash. It was a Asus P5q Pro Turbo with an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 and stock cooling fan.Me, being a borderline technology hoarder, decided to keep it and find out what I could do with it, or at least overclock it til the chip blew. I started searching online for fun things to do with the motherboard and initially stumbled upon freeNAS. Thinknig about it I had some DDR2 ram laying around (remember that thing I said about about hoarding ;)) and a few spare spinning 3.5" disks. I was set on giving freeNAS a try.
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Luckily some post on reddit or small net builder informed me of Unraid and the ability to add any size disk to the array at any time, which really grabbed my attention. I think back when I looked at it, there was no Free trial option or it was limited to only a few disks. I tried the trial and it was good enough demo for me to grab the basic version. I ran the basic version with 4 disks for about a month or two, playing around with dockers and moving all my media over. The dual core did a fine job of serving up Emby (i didnt want to pay for plex, but in the end, Im a lifetime plexpass subscriber) streams to all the devices in the house. As time went on, and I kept reading UCD posts, I found the E5-2670 pricing and began the hunt for an upgrade to my unraid hardware. First up on the docket was a HUGE case. I contemplated a 4U case to fit in to my 45U rack, but after the move to my new house, the rack never got put back into service and with the space available, I opted for a silly big desktop case in the form of a Thermaltake CoreX9.

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Soon after I secured a new mobo, 2 E5-2670s, and 128GB ECC RAM. I went overkill and installed two Noctua U12dxi's and added pull fans on each.
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Fast Forward two years and here is how the system sits today:
 

Thermaltake Core X9 Case + 4 Bay SATA HD Enclosure + Case FANS Gallore (1x 200MM, 4x 140MM 4x120MM) 

ASRock EP2C602-4L/D16 Motherboard
2x Intel E5-2670 Xeon 8c/16t CPUs
2x Noctua U12DXI CPU Coolers + Noctua F12 PWM Pull Fans

128GB Nanya 1333 ECC RAM (16x 8GB)
EVGA 980ti Kingpin GPU
EVGA SuperNova 850 PSU
2x Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD 
7x HGST DeskStar NAS 4TB 7200RPM HD

2x Samsung 2TB HDs

2x WD Green (YUCK) 1.5TB HDs
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Hey all, 
 
long time lurker, first time sharing what I've learned and built over the years. This all started at the tail end of 2015, I was helping a friend clean his car out and he had a mobo and processor in his trunk he was going to throw in the trash. It was a Asus P5q Pro Turbo with an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 and stock cooling fan.Me, being a borderline technology hoarder, decided to keep it and find out what I could do with it, or at least overclock it til the chip blew. I started searching online for fun things to do with the motherboard and initially stumbled upon freeNAS. Thinknig about it I had some DDR2 ram laying around (remember that thing I said about about hoarding ;)) and a few spare spinning 3.5" disks. I was set on giving freeNAS a try.
IMG_20160317_202608.thumb.jpg.6df6f4c42eaf5e282cee2c2c743226bd.jpg
Luckily some post on reddit or small net builder informed me of Unraid and the ability to add any size disk to the array at any time, which really grabbed my attention. I think back when I looked at it, there was no Free trial option or it was limited to only a few disks. I tried the trial and it was good enough demo for me to grab the basic version. I ran the basic version with 4 disks for about a month or two, playing around with dockers and moving all my media over. The dual core did a fine job of serving up Emby (i didnt want to pay for plex, but in the end, Im a lifetime plexpass subscriber) streams to all the devices in the house. As time went on, and I kept reading UCD posts, I found the E5-2670 pricing and began the hunt for an upgrade to my unraid hardware. First up on the docket was a HUGE case. I contemplated a 4U case to fit in to my 45U rack, but after the move to my new house, the rack never got put back into service and with the space available, I opted for a silly big desktop case in the form of a Thermaltake CoreX9.
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Soon after I secured a new mobo, 2 E5-2670s, and 128GB ECC RAM. I went overkill and installed two Noctua U12dxi's and added pull fans on each.
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Fast Forward two years and here is how the system sits today:
 
Thermaltake Core X9 Case + 4 Bay SATA HD Enclosure + Case FANS Gallore (1x 200MM, 4x 140MM 4x120MM) 
ASRock EP2C602-4L/D16 Motherboard
2x Intel E5-2670 Xeon 8c/16t CPUs
2x Noctua U12DXI CPU Coolers + Noctua F12 PWM Pull Fans
128GB Nanya 1333 ECC RAM (16x 8GB)
EVGA 980ti Kingpin GPU
EVGA SuperNova 850 PSU
2x Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD 
7x HGST DeskStar NAS 4TB 7200RPM HD
2x Samsung 2TB HDs
2x WD Green (YUCK) 1.5TB HDs
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Great post! What are your storage needs now? Will you be upgrading and getting rid of those green drives soon?

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My storage needs are not too high tbh, im only using about 1/2 of the 29.5TB in my array. Currently I am just hosting all my homes multimedia data, along with a few VMs for a home lab and dev zone. The 1.5 greens will be phased out eventually, along with the 2 2tb samsung spinners. Looking to go to all 4TB or even upgrade parity to larger disk to allow for larger than 4tb drives within my array. 

 

 

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On 28/03/2017 at 9:44 PM, shanelovell said:

Figured Id share as well.

This is my Son building his first server ever.

Here is the list of parts

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/kRnpJV

I can post some of the completed project pictures when I get back home if anyone is interested.

I really just thought it was a cool father son build.

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Hi Sir,

 

I am about to build a new system to merge my main computer and a backup server. Would you recommend this server? 

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Targeted cooling. :D USB powered fan resting on felt wraps and wedged into the ledge, cable running up and out the water cooling ports to the USB ports. Intended to blow air on the SAS chipset & NVMe drives.

 

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Just upgraded my CPU to a Phenom II x 4 945 from a Sempron 145 for that Plex and 8 Gigs of Ram :)

 

Installed new Arctic fans since the old ones started to whine after 7 years.

 

A new CPU cooler too I had laying around.

 

But the coolest is that fan controller I had laying around. Double sided tape on one side in the case.  ? 

 

Server going strong!

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5 hours ago, Beer40oz said:

Just upgraded my CPU to a Phenom II x 4 945 from a Sempron 145 for that Plex and 8 Gigs of Ram :)

 

Installed new Arctic fans since the old ones started to whine after 7 years.

 

A new CPU cooler too I had laying around.

 

But the coolest is that fan controller I had laying around. Double sided tape on one side in the case.  ? 

 

Server going strong!

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Excellent job. But have to ask, why the CPU upgrade? CD or actually needed it?

Looks great. 

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Hey folks,

I'm an unRAID newb, but thought I'd share my little project.  I picked up a 2nd hand Coolermaster Elite 130 Mini-ITX case that originally had just one external 5.25" drive bay and a couple of internal mounts for drives.  I took to it with a pair of tin snips and a hacksaw and was able to squeeze in a pair of 3-bay hot-plug drive cages and made up my own internal brackets to mount them.  I can take some internal photos if anyone's interested, but with the depth of the drive cages, there is not a millimeter to spare between the back of the drive and the motherboard.  I wanted something small, quiet, low-power and with external drive access.  Internally, I also have a pair of SSDs for cache - one m.2 and one 2.5".  The motherboard is a ROG Strix X470-i, populated with a Ryzen 2200G and 16 GB of RAM.  The solitary PCIe slot is populated with a 2-port (soon to be replaced with a 4-port) SATA board.  I have a pair of 3 TB 7200 rpm drives installed and two more arriving tomorrow.

 

The box is just going to be a home storage & plex server to start with and we'll see where it goes from there...

 

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1 minute ago, BillR said:

Hey folks,

I'm an unRAID newb, but thought I'd share my little project.  I picked up a 2nd hand Coolermaster Elite 130 Mini-ITX case that originally had just one external 5.25" drive bay and a couple of internal mounts for drives.  I took to it with a pair of tin snips and a hacksaw and was able to squeeze in a pair of 3-bay hot-plug drive cages and made up my own internal brackets to mount them.  I can take some internal photos if anyone's interested, but with the depth of the drive cages, there is not a millimeter to spare between the back of the drive and the motherboard.  I wanted something small, quiet, low-power and with external drive access.  Internally, I also have a pair of SSDs for cache - one m.2 and one 2.5".  The motherboard is a ROG Strix X470-i, populated with a Ryzen 2200G and 16 GB of RAM.  The solitary PCIe slot is populated with a 2-port (soon to be replaced with a 4-port) SATA board.  I have a pair of 3 TB 7200 rpm drives installed and two more arriving tomorrow.

 

The box is just going to be a home storage & plex server to start with and we'll see where it goes from there...

 

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Beautiful job. This looks like a nice backup NAS.

 

Please post photos from the inside.

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27 minutes ago, BillR said:

Hey folks,

I'm an unRAID newb, but thought I'd share my little project.  I picked up a 2nd hand Coolermaster Elite 130 Mini-ITX case that originally had just one external 5.25" drive bay and a couple of internal mounts for drives.  I took to it with a pair of tin snips and a hacksaw and was able to squeeze in a pair of 3-bay hot-plug drive cages and made up my own internal brackets to mount them.  I can take some internal photos if anyone's interested, but with the depth of the drive cages, there is not a millimeter to spare between the back of the drive and the motherboard.  I wanted something small, quiet, low-power and with external drive access.  Internally, I also have a pair of SSDs for cache - one m.2 and one 2.5".  The motherboard is a ROG Strix X470-i, populated with a Ryzen 2200G and 16 GB of RAM.  The solitary PCIe slot is populated with a 2-port (soon to be replaced with a 4-port) SATA board.  I have a pair of 3 TB 7200 rpm drives installed and two more arriving tomorrow.

 

The box is just going to be a home storage & plex server to start with and we'll see where it goes from there...

 

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Love it! I've been looking for a small, portable build, and this looks pretty awesome.

 

Looking forward to internal pictures as well.

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24 minutes ago, pwm said:

 

Beautiful job. This looks like a nice backup NAS.

 

Please post photos from the inside.

 

Thanks.  OK, so this first pic is from top down.  The case is designed to take a full sized ATX PSU, but I opted for a SFF power supply to give me some wiggle room.  If I'd gone with a regular PSU, you wouldn't be able to see the CPU fan.  So an added bonus of the SFF PSU is better airflow to the CPU.

 

The second pic shows the rig from the left side.  You can see the strips of steel I used to stabilise the drive cages.  The front of the case was literally cut out with tin snips, after measuring up and scoring the outline on the steel.  The plastic front panel, I cut with a hacksaw blade and then smoothed out with a rasp.  Not a lot of room to play with, but everything is there.

 

The motherboard itself only has 4 onboard SATA ports, so I have a PCIe card with 2 more.  But I'm replacing that with a 4-port card to cater for all bays full plus sata SSD.

 

Bill.

 

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Thank you for the additional photos.

 

The selected hotswap bays will obviously greatly affect the outcome depending on how deep they are.

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4 hours ago, BillR said:

Thanks.  OK, so this first pic is from top down.  The case is designed to take a full sized ATX PSU, but I opted for a SFF power supply to give me some wiggle room.  If I'd gone with a regular PSU, you wouldn't be able to see the CPU fan.  So an added bonus of the SFF PSU is better airflow to the CPU.

 

The second pic shows the rig from the left side.  You can see the strips of steel I used to stabilise the drive cages.  The front of the case was literally cut out with tin snips, after measuring up and scoring the outline on the steel.  The plastic front panel, I cut with a hacksaw blade and then smoothed out with a rasp.  Not a lot of room to play with, but everything is there.

 

The motherboard itself only has 4 onboard SATA ports, so I have a PCIe card with 2 more.  But I'm replacing that with a 4-port card to cater for all bays full plus sata SSD.

 

Bill.

 

Do you have any exhaust fan except the PSU?

 

Looks like it might get warm in there.

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there should be a 80mm fan besides the cpu on the right-side (case facing you) for either exhaust or  intake.

its there in pic.

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but it might be not up to task.

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@BillR -

 

Maybe with the heavy "pull" of air from the case font (over the drives), there will be postive pressure inside the case that forces air out.

 

The Newegg picture shows a fan bottom left. (See below). Is that in place?

 

Looks like possible to have a fan on top of case just next to PSU blowing upwards. That would be awesome if you are having heat issues. Maybe a thin mount 92mm or 120mm would fit if you remove the horizontal support piece.

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@SSD

His hotswap mod took out the front fan... So all he has left is the little side fan, and the PSU right now...

His pics showed the little fan there and spinning

 

@BillR

Make sure to close the case and properly monitor the temps, your disks might just overheat under load.

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3 hours ago, ken-ji said:

His hotswap mod took out the front fan... So all he has left is the little side fan, and the PSU right now...


But the front fan is replaced with the two fans at the back of the hotswap bays.

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15 hours ago, SSD said:

 

Do you have any exhaust fan except the PSU?

 

Looks like it might get warm in there.

The fans built into the drive cages seem to keep the disks nice and cool.  It's winter here, but when I shut the unit down after hours of use, I can put my finger on the CPU heat-sink and it is barely warm.  I will re-assess when the weather gets warm, but right now, everything seems cool.  The little 80mm side fan is currently set to intake, and between it and the drive cage fans, there's plenty of air flow.  The CPU TDP is 65 watt, including the GPU, so not a lot of heat generated.  I think it will be fine.

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2 hours ago, BillR said:

The little 80mm side fan is currently set to intake, and between it and the drive cage fans, there's plenty of air flow.

Evaluate that carefully. As it is currently, you are fighting the drive fans by pushing air into their exhaust. Your drive temps may suffer under load. All intake air should be forced to flow over the drives.

2 hours ago, BillR said:

I can put my finger on the CPU heat-sink and it is barely warm.

The CPU is not the part most at risk here, it's the drives.

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2 hours ago, BillR said:

The fans built into the drive cages seem to keep the disks nice and cool.  It's winter here, but when I shut the unit down after hours of use, I can put my finger on the CPU heat-sink and it is barely warm.  I will re-assess when the weather gets warm, but right now, everything seems cool.  The little 80mm side fan is currently set to intake, and between it and the drive cage fans, there's plenty of air flow.  The CPU TDP is 65 watt, including the GPU, so not a lot of heat generated.  I think it will be fine.

I'd suggest starting a parity check, and monitoring the disk temps for at least 30-45 mins. If they stay in the low 40s, you're good. If they keep getting hotter and hotter with time, and start to go over 46 or 47C,  I'd stop the parity check.

 

I think you'd have better airflow / cooling with at least one exhaust fan. The fans on the drive cages bring in the air and PSU and exhaust fan would help force that air out, making it easier for the intake fans to bring in more fresh air. While it can be good to have a little positive pressure in the case, 3 in and 1 out might be too much. But run your temperate tests and see.

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Finally got around to finishing my Rackmount setup and its pretty good looking :D

 

Just finishing off the rest of my home network cabinet and will post that shortly.

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