I'm ashamed to say that I have never updated my BIOS. It has been running version 3204 since I bought it (latest at that time). It was one of those things where if it isn't broke, don't fix it.
However, now with the BIOS fixing CPU microcode vulnerabilities, I do need to update.
If you do not rip the Blu-ray (DVD as you call it), then you would just be playing it direct from disk. In this case, a standard 4K Blu-ray player would suffice.
Well even by today's standards, 16 cores/32 threads is a fair bit of processing power for a home media server.
I am getting ready to release a new build detailing recent upgrades. I currently have 16 threads allocated to Plex for transcoding, and it has never passed 60% usage under a single 4K transcoded stream.
Is there something more specific you had in mind you were looking for?
In my opinion, that board is really outdated. It has only 2x SATA 3.0 ports, the rest are SATA 2.0, and all of the USB ports are 2.0 not 3.0. That being said, if you are doing this on a budget, then keep in mind its shortcomings when you ask it for performance.
Additionally, this board is even bigger than the SSI-EEB board I used. I'm not sure if it will fit at all.
Thanks! You may get a kick out of the upgrade I have planned for this, I just just ordered the custom rackmount case for it.
As for your concerns:
1) They will fit, if you do not have to modify/cut the 5.25" drive bay, and if you do not have any full size GPUs. I warn you though, that drive tray gets heavy when filled, and the cabling can get atrocious. No GPU does help though.
2) At a guess, no I don't believe I would have. However, it is a really close so it is hard to tell.
3) If it was ATX and dual socket? Yes I'm fairly confident I would still have had to cut. A watercooled CPU might fix this though.
4) This case was designed to accommodate 6x60mm fans, so yes there is enough vent holes. In my opinion, however, the 6x60mm fans do not offer sufficient airflow. This is why I ended up adding 2x80mm fans at the rear.
I didn't realize until much later that I forgot to enter my BIOS to change fan speeds. After bumping everything to max speeds the temps got better.
I did add two 80mm fans to the rear a few months ago. They made a small difference in helping to keeps the temps down.
I'm of the opinion that even though I have six 60mm fans in the bottom of the case, they just don't move enough air to properly cool the case when using non-blower GPUs at full load 24/7/365.
Thanks for checking it out!
The benefit to an M.2 drive is that there are no cables needed, you don't need to consume a drive slot in the case just to boot, and even faster speeds. I would upgrade, but it's not my build.
I am a big fan of M.2 drives, and for the difference of £20 I would go for the Samsung 960 EVO M.2 drive.
If you only plan to ever use 8GB of RAM, go with the Corsair - Vengance LPX 2x4GB. If you plan to another 8GB stick later, then you are fine.
If you are concerned about cooling the GPU, go for a full length card for the additional cooling.
Personally I would use a Noctua CPU cooler and fans, but that is a personal preference rather than performanced based.
For an extra £60 I would make those changes (plus an extra bit for a decent UPS) but every build has a purpose, and budget.
The only thing to remember is that with a GPU, the Node 202 really only has space for two 15mm thick 120mm fans, rather than the standard 25mm thick fans.
When benchmark testing I was able to get the CPU to 50°C, and the GPU to 60°C. It should be noted though that these were separate tests. I never did run simultaneous testing on both CPU and GPU to get a "worst case scenario" temperature value.
Thanks! The Node 202 is a fantastic case, I just wish it had a optical drive.
Thanks! I tried to keep things clean, but there is only so much free space.
I decided not to use a 7700K as it would mean needing a Z270 board to overclock it. Both of these upgraded components would be additional costs that would not fit into the budget. Additionally, as the individual whom I built this for is not tech-savvy, they wouldn't understand how to overclock CPU. I discussed these points with them and they agreeded that it was not needed.
As I stated above, this was a budget build meant to replace an aged, and failing system. The GPU will be upgraded as required, however, a solution was required immediatly and the 1050Ti fit the bill (literally).
As for the suggestion of Ryzen, I have never done an AMD build before, nor have I researched it enough to understand all of its pros/cons in each situation. As this is only my second full build, I decided to stick with Intel. I hope to expand in the future to include AMD in my portfolio. If I encounter a build for this application again, I will look into Ryzen.
I'm not certain about AMD's stock coolers, however, I know Intel's coolers are loud. An additional requirement of this build was that it had to be as quiet as possible. I have used Noctua products in my server build, along with replacing fans in small UPS' with Noctua products, and I knew immediatly that I would use the Noctua cooler. Except under intense GPU load, this build is incredibly quiet. The GPU is only loud at high temps due to an aggressive fan curve, which can be adjusted if requested.
I just re-read the manual to review what the HDD LED actually monitors, and it appears to monitor the SATA ports, not the M.2. There is an on board M.2 Status LED, however, that would require some case or board modding to view on the outside of the case.
That's great to hear! Any ball park guess as to when this would be implemented (i.e. 6 months - 1 year)?
I have made custom parts before, yet for some reason it never occurred to me to add my additional GPUs that way.
I purchased / installed it after I originally posted this build. I will be sure to get new pictures up soon which show the 1070.
When playing a transcoded video, I don't see any significant increase in CPU usage. Strictly watching the task manager performance graph, I cannot tell when plex is transcoding a stream.
A word of caution though: if you plan to build with a similar setup to mine, there is very poor airflow in the GD08 regardless of fans. I recently bought a Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini OC, which I run for Folding@home, and my CPU idle temps are up to 65°C. Knowing what I do now, I would get a different case.
The Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard comes with a VGA cable and plate, which I installed for the initial OS install. After the OS was installed, I installed Chrome's Remote Desktop program which I use to view my system via my phone, tablet, or other PCs which have the program as well. After the Remote Desktop program was installed, I removed the VGA monitor as this system sits on my TV stand.
Thanks! I tried to future proof the system for 4k media.
And actually, they may have! The reason I chose the case is because it was designed for 8 HDD's, could support SSI-EEB boards (technically), and even offers orientation and sizing recommendations in the manual for dual CPU boards.