I decided that my Asus G55VW-DH71 had run Plex 24/7 for long enough, and decided to build my first "from scratch" PC. I got it stuck in my mind that I needed a dual CPU server build to satisfy my wants (my needs are far lower at the moment). For those who are not familiar with Plex, it is a CPU intensive media streaming program with apps on most smart devices (TVs / Android / iOS / Roku / Etc). Although this build is overkill for 2-3 simultaneous 1080p transcoded streams, I built it with streaming 4K content in mind. As this build is designed solely for network streaming I didn't bother installing a graphics card during the initial build, however, I later installed a Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC graphics card for Folding@home.
Although the Silverstone GD08 case fits the SSI-EEB motherboard, it is a very tight fit. Two of the mounting holes do not line up, and I had to cut the thread off the stand-offs to offer level support. Also, the drive cage that comes with the GD08 was hitting CPU2's cooler by about 0.5" and as such I was forced to cut out a section of the 5.25" drive bay. Although I will not be using ODDs, I will lose one of the eight 3.5" slots as a result of this cut.
At the time of the initial build, I installed only 3x 6TB WD Red drives in a RAID 5 configuration, however, the Intel RSTe software allows for drive expansion. As such, I plan to fill the unit with more 6TB WD Red drives as my needs expand (at the moment I have ~10TB of media).
Waiting for the V4's to come out was well worth the wait. The price point is almost identical between the V3 and V4 models, but with the V4 you get an additional 2 cores (at a reduced speed), along with support for faster RAM, larger cache, etc.
Noctua is known worldwide as the go-to brand for their quality quiet fans, and they do not disappoint with these coolers. The coolers are as compact as you would want for a vertical tower cooler, however, they run silent and perform excellently.
Absolutely stunning drive! The 950 Pro is extremely fast, and stupid simple to install. The only downside is that you need to hunt for the driver from Samsung to get the full speeds, otherwise the default Windows driver will cut them in half.
I have purchased several WD Red drives for NAS systems over the past few years and they have never let me down. I can't recommend these highly enough.
The manual states that the GD08 supports an SSI-EEB board if using 60mm fans, however, this is only half true. Although you can physically insert an SSI-EEB board, it is an incredibly tight fit. I dont mean you have almost no space around the board, I mean you have to force the board in place. In addition to the size issue, 2 of the mounting holes do not line up at all, forcing you to either leave them empty or jerry-rigging supports for the board.
When I received my case, I was expecting the 5.25" drive bay external doors to be oddly colored, however, I was not expecting how bad the paint job on the case was. Mine looked as though a grade 5 student was beginning a career as a tagging artist.
Now that I have the case I will use it, however, I don't think I would buy it again.
The fanless operation is the feature that sold me on this model, however, the coil whine is incredibly loud. If you need silent, I would suggest getting a different model or brand. Other than the coil whine the unit runs perfectly, and the cables are neatly bundled but a little on the short side for my liking.
I was very sceptical when I decided I would run windows 10 rather than Windows 7 on my build, however, Microsoft's claims of having found the sweet spot between 7 & 8.1 seem to be true. Everything is familiar whether you are coming from 7 or 8.1, and things just seem to work. The downside to Windows 10 is that you need to turn off all the "send my info to Microsoft" features which are turned on by default, forcing you to hunt them down.
The added bonus is that since I had an old mini-PC laying around with a Windows 7 Pro COA on it, I was able to install Windows 10 for free by entering the Windows 7 Product Key during the Windows 10 installation.
These fans are so quiet, I couldn't hear the six of them running in my open case until I put my ear within 6 inches of them. I will never buy anything but Noctua.