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This is a major upgrade from my home-server Norco 4220 which has been running for 10-years.

~Shogun - As shortly defined, "...Commander in Chief in feudal Japan ..." ~

~As to Feudal Japan this server is commander and chief of my home network. And my wife is Japanese so...~

UPDATED - Evga 1050ti SC running IOMMU passthrough to a gaming VM in Unraid. UPDATED - Red DRIVE Swaps Now 60TB usable storage.

The hardware I chose for this system is based off the understanding that I will be using the system as a powerful Server for my home. This server will enable me to consolidate a few "media server" software packages running on other PC's. With this server I will be able to run all of the media servers, several dockers, a few VM's, personal cloud, as well as house all of my media to include Videos, Pictures, personal data et et. All of this data serves my Gaming Home Theater PC as well as a few fire stick and chrome box driven HDTV's around the house. It also feeds media to a few mobile devices when I am out and about or on the local network.

I have been using Unraid for the last 9 years. I have seen many changes with the OS and system. I built the original "homeserver" mentioned in another build based on the software capability 9 years ago. The feature set of the most current version of Unraid renders the old hardware unusable. It just couldn't keep up.

Shogun was built to power and run all of the different systems, VMs, dockers and keep them running smoothly, feeding my clients media and handling their personal data efficiently while of course looking very very good.

The component list shows all of the hardware used in the build. The only items not listed are the Corsair Hydro H80i's, shown in some of the pictures, as they were too big. I have them on a shelf for use on a later project.

I will go through the system hardware list and the reason I used them.

2x - Intel E5-2670 SR0KX Cpu's - I used these as they were very inexpensive for the power they have. I knew I was not building a workstation but a true server which is where these CPU's shine. I also knew I would be running a Linux based OS so I would be able to pull all of the power out of them. Make sure you pick the SR0KX stepping as these have virtualization enabled. They run at 2.6Ghz boosting to 3.3Ghz. They are 8 Core 16 thread making my server a 32thread machine. They also have a massive 20MB cache memory on board. All for $75 bucks!! Wow. Thank you Facebook for upgrading your data centers.

As I stated above the AIO coolers were too big so I went with the Noctua Coolers instead. I swapped the fans with the thermaltake Riing fans and the cooling is great. They look awesome too.

Mainboard for this was no brainer. Supermicro X9DR3-F - This is a very powerful board, incredible feature set, IPMI/KVM, SAS, 16memory slots, 8x and 16x PCI-e slots and of course dual LGA 2011 cpu slots. I know there are other less costly options from Asrock or Asus, but in the end Supermicro manufactures one thing... Server grade parts. This board is ginormous so be aware. I had to drill 3 holes as the MB tray was missing some.

With all of these ram slots available I filled her up with 128Gb ECC Hynix DDR3 ram. Met the compatibility requirements and so far they just work. The sticks are 8GB each.

The case is a very interesting story. I had to wait a month for it to come off back-order. I was afraid they were going to discontinue it. I emailed Lian Li and "Daniel" let me know they were waiting to ship till after I believe the name of the show was PAX 2016. Any way I got the awesome Lian Li PC-D600WB dual sided case. One side for show, one for go. I thought this case would be bigger than Noir but it is actually smaller, or seems smaller. Look at the pics and tell me what you think? The case does have one drawback, finger prints. Ahh.

As with Noir I went with NZXT led lights in blue and white. I also went with the new Thermaltake Riing fans 3x 120m and 3x 140mm. All I can say is wow. For the rear I used some Corsair 140mm AF fans I had from the Noir build.

The PSU is a powerhouse that needs no explanation. EVGA SuperNova 1000P2. Nuff said. This is a 24/7 365 rig I need the Platinum efficiency. I didn't however use the OEM cables. I bought a BitFenix blue and black set. I cannot speak more highly of a custom cable maker. These are gorgeous cables, albeit kind of hidden in my build but I know they are there.

My drive cages are ISTARUsa 3x5.25in to 5x3.5in cages in blue. I like the blue look, I also like that they do not have drive cages, the drives just slip in and mate with the sata back plane. I swapped the fans with 80mm Noctua fans so the rig is very quiet. Super nice.

With these installed I have a total of 15hot swap drives and 2 more ssd drive slots internally. Perfect drive config for Unraid.

With all this drive space I wanted a controller card that is proven and fast. Supermicro AOC-SAS2LP-MV8. I bought 3 but I am using 2. If one fails I can swap another in 5min. I also like that these are hot swap capable with this mainboard. When changing drives in Unraid I do not need to power down. I just need to stop the array make drive changes start array in maintenance mode, Unraid sees the new drives, stop array, and start array normal. New drives show without a system Powerdown. Like I said before, server class hardware.

I used Cable Matters forward breakout cables in blue for these cards. Again hidden in the back but nice if i do open it up.

When I finished with the case hardware I pulled the content rich red drives out of my old server and added them to the new drives I bought for the build. Everything came up with out issues. Prior to the red drives I had green drives in the old server. I replaced the greens with the reds about two weeks prior to starting the main build. Consolidating the 24 greens to 11 reds. This way I would not have to wait and migrate data when the server was finished being built. Just throw them in.

I then changed over the IP's for all of my client machine to the new server IP. All is working perfectly.

The build was great, but as things were a tight fit I went slow and made sure to test fit everything prior to finalizing the positions. I am a cable management OCD guy so I built the machine over 1 week. Enjoy!

Cheers!! Valin

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

All the storage!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the bays they are great. Unraid makes for easy drive swaps too.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! So how many more thousands would it have cost to go full SSD??

too many

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

A lot im sure but that would not be condusive for this build. SSD's are only for the cache drive pool in Unraid at this time.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll be honest. I came for here because of the cost, but I stayed for the execution.

Really nice work.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, glad you took the time. Cheers!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

AMAZING build :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

You win prize for most pictures of your build

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah a prize!!

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

There once was a build log that had 500+ pictures... I'll try to find it again

EDIT: Here it is

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Casually takes away prize

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG, 509 pics!! I take back your award for most pics, sorry :(

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

This IS THE most pictures for a single build. I stopped at 8 :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

This is one of the few builds where i took the time to Read and watch everything. Amazing work, and love the work that went in there to make everything tidy, eventhough you cant see it all.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'm a bit OCD in that regard. LOL

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely (no, that's not sarcasm). Any idea how much it draws from the wall?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure will have to Kill-A-WATT it later. Cheers.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Well damn this is pretty sick +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

16 cores only for 150 bucks?

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah crazy right?? Google 32 thread monster. Facebook upgraded, we all win.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy damn dude, this is amazing. Any tips for building servers? I would love to build a home server with this level of skill and power someday.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Tip 1. Take your time and research your needs vs wants.
Tip 2. Do not skimp!! On anything. Tip 3. Take your time to build.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I like how you managed to make a server build and still make it look nice. +1, looks great.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

PC's can be art if one so chooses. So can servers. Cheers!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing m8 10/10

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I like your avatar. LOL

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

thx m8

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Jesus, our car didn't cost that much.

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

LOL, Too funny..

cheers!!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah...+1

this should be featured

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

Thank you, I would love for it to be. Who do I have to beg. LOL

Cheers!!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Two words; Sick AF! You got yourself a really nice server man!

Congrats!!!

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

Thank you..!!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

teach me

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Do or dont do there is no try....

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I follow your list exactly but 8tb instead of 3tb

Thank you

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool, glad it worked out.

Cheers!!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to build this and was wondering what part of the h80i's were too large? I imagine it was the cooling block that did not have ample space on the motherboard, was that the case?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello Ghostalker,

thanks for the question. The issue was not the block but actually the radiators with dual fans. They were so thick I could not get clearance to the rear of the Mainboard tray to pass through cables on top. Also, Ram Clearance was an issue. In the end if running a 24/7 "server" air cooling is a better option.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I was actually considering using the two removable vents directly above the mainboard compartment rather than the back to place the radiators. Would you still recommend the air cooling over liquid cooling?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, it really depends on your usecase. Air cooled would be better for always on equipment. At first I did not plan on having the server on all the time. I was going to use sleep states, WOL, and what not, but in the end decided to keep it on all the time. AIO water cooled and or custom water loops add a layer of maintenance that may not be in your long term plans for the server especially one that's on all the time. Water needs to be watched. AIO have pump failures from time to time and they are hard to notice if there is no sound. Custom loops well, are custom and need to be looked after much more closely. Dont get me wrong i know there can be air cooled failures as well but if you dont see the fan spinning, well theres something wrong. Not so easy to quick glance with water.

I decided I did not want to risk my data for the "cool" look. I get the cool look in other ways with my rig.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair point, thanks for your input. I think we'll try water cooling to see if it's a better option for us. I've used AIO in other systems and haven't had any problems with them, so hopefully the same will hold true for the server.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You should be fine, I tend to be a bit of a set it and forget I even built it kind of guy. (dont really keep tabs) True AIO are much better than the old ones but I had my share of cooked CPUS with AIO failure. Honestly if I really wanted to squeeze those coolers in im sure I could figure out a way but risk over reward, plus the headache wasnt worth it for me. But it would look better for sure. Cheers.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Slick build! I am working on something similar but I am super jealous of that case :)

I have a couple questions about how you replaced the fans on the back of the istarUSA drive enclosures as I am looking to do the exact same thing... 1. How did you mount the noctua fans? 2. Did you splice them onto the backplane or are you running them off the mobo fan headers?

Thanks!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello, thank you. I am using the MB header with noctua step down extensions and major cable management lol..

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, your cable management is on point, that's why I couldn't figure out how you connected them lol. I think I will also try to go that route to preserve the Noctua fans connectors and not have to splice into the proprietary connectors on the enclosure backplanes.

Did you use screws or rubber fan mounts to attach the fans to the enclosures?

Thanks!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry, forgot to comment on that. I bought some screws from the local big box home improvement store that were slightly larger in diameter and also a bit longer length. Slowly "tapping" the screw and fan onto the backplane. Worked out great.

Good luck!

Cheers, V

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Valinnoris! Love the build however while I am trying to find the pieces, I can’t find the case anywhere except if I want to spend a grand, looking for it I found this: Thermaltake Core W200 Dual System Capable Extreme Water Cooling XL-ATX Fully Modular/Dismantle Stackable Tt Certified Super Tower Computer Case CA-1F5-00F1WN-00 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EGBZA1C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_.lrVBbPYDRH4Q

Do you think this would work?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello,

This case will work, you may need to remove the tabs in the 5.25 section of the case of it has them otherwise the drive cages will not fit.

If the case does not have the tabs (used to hold up a cd/ dvd Drive) you have no worries. The Lian Li case has been discountinued, I found one but it took time to find it..

Cheers!!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh lord the storage.... its too much.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Never too much

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey,

I´m from germany and I think your built is very nice.... I would like to built that tooo, but my problem is that I can´t buy the Lian Li PC-D600WB :(

Have you a idea where I can buy it to ship to germany?

Thanks

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

Very nice server, I'm totally jealous. Quick question though, why spend the big money on the Noctua CPU coolers just to swap the fans? Wouldn't it have been financially better to buy a pair of 212 EVOs and swap the fans? Like I said, I do love what you've done, I just don't understand that part.

  • 36 months ago
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Hello, thank you for your reply.

The reason is actually a bit OCD. I wanted the Noctua fans for other projects coming, and also I do not like the exposed copper on the coolermaster heatsink. I like how Noctua plates theirs in silver. No exposed copper.

For this build I only wanted silver showing.

Cheers!!

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

Really cool build, thanks for sharing!

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

No problem thank you for looking.

Cheers!!

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  • 36 months ago
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Thank you, I was featured with NOiR!, it would be nice to be featured again. Cheers!!

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  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Its a fast SSD, but hinestly any ssd is going to work fine. The only real difference will be in loading speeds. In flight not really much.

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  • 23 months ago
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Please keep it polite.

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  • 36 months ago
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Im actually thinking about mounting 3 more SSD for large cache pool. lol