Description

This was a server build, I wanted something it to serve multimedia, store files in a private cloud, host games, and generally have ample power for me to login in from anywhere on a weak laptop and get work done (I live in a Linux terminal daily). I also wanted to experiment with some parts (test Linux support) before I tried them in my next desktop build.

The Ryzen CPU is a beast. I went with this 2700X rather than a 3000 series mostly due to price, about $100 less at the cost of larger power requirements. This is my first time with a Ryzen, and I can say I won't be going back to Intel after this. I would also like to note that the stock cooler is phenomenal and far better than any after-market cooler I've bought before.

BIOS has been really crummy in Gigabyte motherboards, so I decided to venture out to another brand. MSI has some awesome BIOS, and I had no issues with their board.

The RAM is very well built. Since this is an AMD build I opted for at least 3200 MHz after hearing some rumors about how RAM speed will actually impact the CPU speed significantly (unlike on Intel).

I wanted a bit of SSD for my OS and server files for quick serving. Media and cloud data is stored onto the HDD's. I am using RAID 0 on them under LVM (both disks represent a logical volume). I decided not to encrypt data at rest for sake of easy access in the case of an emergency.

I really love the Fractal case, it's an excellent size and it's economy of space is superb. Plenty of spots for fans to go, comes with a built-in fan controller (low, medium, high switch on back), it's got nice filters on all the breathable spots including the ceiling. I only have two hard drives right now, but I wanted room to put many more if I wanted to increase my capacity (which is easy since I'm using LVM).

The power supply works and is quiet, no other real comments.

I wanted to see if Noctua fans were all they're chocked up to be. They are nice, and they are quiet. These are PWM's. I think if they were a little bit cheaper, maybe $2-3 I'd be content; otherwise, there are other fans on the market that are just as good.

This is now running Fedora 31 Server and hosts a plethora of Docker containers. Docker has an enormously low overhead which currently idles at about 4.7 GB and 2% CPU for 17 containers. I'm very happy I decided to take this path rather than using VM's, although if I want excellent sandboxing I will probably try KVM so I can use just a handful of VM's.

I'm paranoid about security, so I setup an intrusion detection system to intercept, scan, and optionally drop packets before they hit the rest of the TCP stack. I learned a lot about IPTables along the way using firewalld, and about reverse proxying with Nginx (before I had only used Apache).

If you'd like to see the stuff I'm running on it, check out my Github repo, Flotilla!

Part Reviews

CPU

This Ryzen CPU is a beast. I went with this 2700X rather than a 3000 series mostly due to price, about $100 less at the cost of larger power requirements. This is my first time with a Ryzen, and I can say I won't be going back to Intel after this. I would also like to note that the stock cooler is phenomenal and far better than any after-market cooler I've bought before.

Motherboard

BIOS has been really crummy in Gigabyte motherboards, so I decided to venture out to another brand. MSI has some awesome BIOS, and I had no issues with their board.

Memory

The RAM is very well built. Since this is an AMD build I opted for at least 3200 MHz after hearing some rumors about how RAM speed will actually impact the CPU speed significantly (unlike on Intel).

Case

I really love the Fractal case, it's an excellent size and it's economy of space is superb. Plenty of spots for fans to go, comes with a built-in fan controller (low, medium, high switch on back), it's got nice filters on all the breathable spots including the ceiling. I only have two hard drives right now, but I wanted room to put many more if I wanted to increase my capacity (which is easy since I'm using LVM).

Case Fan

I wanted to see if Noctua fans were all they're chocked up to be. They are nice, and they are quiet. These are PWM's. I think if they were a little bit cheaper, maybe $2-3 I'd be content; otherwise, there are other fans on the market that are just as good.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Where is the Graphics card?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The GPU is an old GT 440 that I only used to get the OS installed. It is not used.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

What an awesome build! I'm pairing the same CPU and Mobo together for my gaming build.