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Beastly overkill server. This is my second build. I am 14. My uncle owns a moderately large small business. (If that makes any sense) They have been using a really old IBM rack server for quite some time now and a few months ago it gave out on them. I looked at it and tried to fix it, but the motherboard, RAID card, and the RAM all gave out, so after consulting with my uncle, I was put up to the task of building them a suitable replacement to (hopefully) get them by for 5 years or so. He gave me a budget of $2k, but after insurance, tax, and the OS (Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2), the total cost was $2800.

It will mainly be used as a file server, but it will also manage the print servers, the network switches, get backups of the security DVRs, and probably more.

CPU: I chose this CPU due to it having a very high clock speed for the money and the 8 threads. So far it is working flawlessly, and I haven't has any problems so far. CPU Cooler: There are several reasons I chose this over a water-cooling setup. First off, with water-cooling, if the pump fails you're screwed. With this cooler, even if both of the fans simultaneously die, there is a gigantic hunk of metal there to still dissipate the heat. Secondly, water-cooling setups need to be cleaned relatively often to avoid gunk buildup whereas with this it will still work fine while only getting cleaned maybe once a year. lastly, it looks absolutely fantastic! (Even though I accidentally installed it with the logo upside down) One con though: it is such a pain to install. I thought I was going to break the motherboard trying to screw it on.

Motherboard: Its worked well so far. Made by Asus. BIOS is great. Like having the built on fans on the motherboard as well as the option for quite a few fans. My only gripe is that there are only 2 SATA 6 ports.

RAM: No problems so far. I have it overclocked to 1600. Works well, and wasn't in the way of the CPU cooler. I opted for 16 GB to be sufficient for all of the data traffic.

SSD: Very quick. No complaints here. Mounted it on top of the PSU with some Velcro to hide the ugly label on the bottom of it.

HDDs: I chose the Velociraptors to be the main drives that everyone at the office location has access to. There will always be data traffic so I chose these since they are super quick. i have them on a RAID 1 for redundancy. For the Reds, I got them due to the power efficiency and price. These will be used for several non intensive tasks and backups so I didn't feel the need for faster drives. They are also in a RAID 1 configuration.

GPU: Got the cheapest one at the time. It is passively cooled, which is nice since it helps keep the temps down.

Case: Chose this case for the looks and the airflow. Plenty of room for expansions. It looks fantastic and I like the sound dampening inside of it which helps keep it quiet. Only gripe is I wish there were more places to attach zip ties behind the motherboard.

PSU: Love having a modular one. Works well so far. Very quiet. Like the power efficiency which will save on the power bill.

NIC: Wanted an external for more bandwidth and less stress on the motherboard. Didn't get a 10 Gigabit one due to the insane prices. No gripes so far.

Fans: These are amazing. They push a lot of air and they are insanely quiet. I live in southern Texas so heat can be a big issue, but having these should keep the heat at bay.

So there's the build! Feel free to leave any criticism or advice! I know my cable isn't the best, but if you have any suggestions, fell free to let me know! Thanks for reading

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks perfect for it's use. Nicely done, +1.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I bet the fans on the motherboard make more noise than all the noctua ones put together :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Nah, theyre actually pretty quiet

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

very reasonable set up. Why G. Skill and not Corsair?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I chose the G Skill due to price and I use the same model in my personal and its worked great. If I ever have any issues though, I'll definatrly cop some Kingston or Corsair.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, but

1) not all chip makers are the same (Hynix and Samsung are better) 2) each chip makers can provide different chips largely varying in quality to OEM request.

And if you do a long research, you ll see Corsair and G. Skill have something more, while Kingston and the others always try to save some cents here and there. I say this because Kingston are very expensive. If you pick RAM to save some money its ok, if you pay a lot and get even a little less its not ok.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

You are right too. I wanted to mean: assuming with same price Cors. and G.Sk are the same, it's about style and like, then HOW can anyone not choose Corsair :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

i guess, i'm not sure why we need the: Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB 3.5" 10000RPM RaiD, when you have: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" SSD?..

wouldn't there be a way to simply get to EVOs and RAID 1 Them, and make them act as a buffer/Cache? and then get more Reds into a Raid 5 or JBoD or however you're using it, where it might be more efficient?

(i've not built a system in over 10 years, but have built 100s in the past), and i came across your build as an example of something i might wanna build....(an 20TB RaiD 6 or something).. not sure yet... with a possible VPN and media server in one...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The Samsung is for the OS files. The RAID 1 Velociraptor array is used as a file server for a company. The Red array is for archives and stuff that isn't accessed often.

Thanks for checking it out! i wish you luck on your own

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. i was thinking of 840 Pro or evo, but 1 TB ... (using one in my main system now), but then i have a Multi OS using linux, Win 7, Win 8.1 & data partitions, and then that overhead /partition, so it's a bit of an over kill, esp that i'm 90+% of the time on win 8.1 lol

but i'm considering building 2 new systems, 1 for gaming, and 1 Multi-purpose server (sort of like you did),.... for the server i might use your HD idea, but i'm really interested in a raid 6 config, (a bit of over kill ), i'm not happy about the adaptec 16-port cards running $1.2k+ ... and then i've calculated that getting 6+ 3TB 7200 rpm segate drives seems to be best bang for the buck...

I'd primarily use if for media/storage server, and if i can figure out how, i'll try to set up a VPN to be accessed from different (friend's & family's houses)...

so i'll probably do the SSD like you did for the main system, still not sure if i'll be using Windows or linux (still learning linux)... and then If i DO go with the Raid 6, i'll probably need only 2 Storage ideas... but i might just do the SSDs as raid 1 to be safe :).

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Keep me posted on what route you go! I'd love to see it all come together. I think any way you go will be great

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the Noctua nh-d15? Do you regret getting it? And is it THAT ugly like everybody says?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That thing is a beast! it is massive. The server hasn't over heated and it is really quiet. I love it. It is not really ugly like it looks on pictures. It just looks like you jammed a tank in your computer due to the size. The installation was difficult and it required me to put all of my weight on it and the motherboard but it held up well.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

HOW MANY FANS DO YOU NEED??

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha lots n lots n lots :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

nice!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

3 years later...... This is an absolute beautiful build!!!

Repost this..... I could see this featured!! Do you still have this? or have you sold, junked or rebuilt??

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I really appreciate the kind words! Its still deployed at my uncle's business as their primary server! The only changes I've made to it were upgrading the RAM to 32GB as well as swapping all 4 harddrives out to 2x WD Red Pro 6TBs in a RAID1.

Everything has worked flawlessly and there has been zero instability the entire time. Its a great testament to buying quality gear!

Currently evaluating my options on building a second one of sorts and virtualizing the workload to make the setup more reliable. If I go this route, I will def make an update of some form :)

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet... Good to hear. I'm working on a xeon build myself. Single e5-1660v2.

Still working on it but here is what I have :

https://youtu.be/13_FcFCiP5k

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking at this in 2019 and it still looks so good!
Are they still using it?