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!