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I've been told by a few people I should put up some of my work on OCN. It just so happens I'm currently working on three different rigs at the moment. A home server, a small LAN machine, and a rebuild/update of my main gaming monster. So this is the perfect time to start a worklog or three. I hope someone can get a kick out of my process.

Welcome to EMPIRE.

Goal: To re-purpose my old gaming hardware into a small home server, and package it into something a bit more pleasant to look at than a nondescript black box.

Background: I've been wanting a home server for a few years now and due to some good fortune at a PAX Prime raffle (won a mobo/ram/gpu (that was actually the third mobo I've won throughout the years at PAX, and second from MSI, thank you MSI booth)) I now have some extra gear that should work great. In fact the mobo I'm using here is the first one I won many years ago. This may or may not turn into a light Star Wars theme build. I've never done a theme build before and I'm not entirely sure I want to do one here, but the new movie is arriving soon and my excitement may get the better of me. Or not. I'm kind of lazy. OK, I'm very lazy.

What to expect: This will be light in the mods department. I'm not looking to go crazy with this machine. Plan to keep it clean and crisp. Slow updates, this is not my day job, plus I am lazy after all.

Parts pile:

Chassis:
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe
Seasonic Snow Silent 750W
Platform:
MSI XPower X58 mobo (my old gaming board)
Intel Xeon W3520 2.66GHz (found for $5)
Crucial 24GB (3x8GB) DDR3 1600(PC3 12800) ECC unbuffered
XFX Radeon HD 6970 (an old gaming card I wasn't using, plus I already have a waterblock for it)
Storage:
old 64GB SSD for system drive
various storage drives 3TBx2, 6TBx2 (in RAID)
old optical BDR
Cooling:
XSPC Raystorm cpu block
EK GPU block for 6970
EK XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM pump/res
EK CoolStream XE 360 rad
EK Vardar F4 rad fans
EK PETG tube 12/16mm
Bitspower Enhance fittings black sparkle
ModMyToys RAM heat spreaders
Mayhems X1 UV blue
Aquacomputer Aquaero 6 XT

I was originally planning on FreeNAS for the OS (why I splurged on ECC RAM) but now I'm thinking OpenMediaVault will suit my needs better. I have not used either before so I expect a learning curve no matter what direction I choose.
post #2 of 10
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reserved for pics
post #3 of 10
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OK, so I think I've solved the first issue that popped up. The Enthoo Luxe case arrived and the mobo tray was a bit warped and noodley. Instead of wasting time and money shipping it back to the Egg, I figured I would just fix it.




Some aluminum angle, some paint, some rivets,...



... and now its flat and sturdy.


Also, 2 of the standoffs appear to be defective. Good thing it came with a couple spares.


And a vid illustrating the problem.
https://youtu.be/pgzfhIIdTio
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by screaminglemon View Post

Also, 2 of the standoffs appear to be defective. Good thing it came with a couple spares.

The sleeve at the end of those two standoffs slide into the holes on the motherboard to get and keep the motherboard positioned better. Silly tongue.gif
So Quiet
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Router
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
5820K X99-A EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SSC GSkill Ripjaw V 4x8GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB Noctua NH-D15S 10 EDU 2x Dell U2715H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Storm gunmetal and browns Cooler Master V850 Cooler Master XB EVO Logitech G403 
Mouse PadAudioAudioOther
TECKNET Fluance SX6  S.M.S.L SA-60 Intel PRO/1000 PT Quad Port 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel Xeon E3-1225 V3 Gigabyte H81M-DS2V Crucial Ballistix Sport 2X2GB  Hitachi Deskstar 320GB 
CoolingOSPowerCase
Cryorig M9i pfSense Capstone 450W Rosewill RSV-L4500 
OtherOther
Intel 9301CT Intel 9301CT 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon E3-1225 V3 Asrock Rack C226 WS HD P4600 Crucial 16GB ECC  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial MX100  4 WD Red 2TB RAID 0+1 HGST Deskstar NAS 4TB Yep 
CoolingOSPowerCase
Stock Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Seasonic 450RM Rosewill RSV-L4500 
Other
Intel PRO/1000 PT Quad Port 
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So Quiet
(16 items)
 
Router
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
5820K X99-A EVGA GTX 1060 6GB SSC GSkill Ripjaw V 4x8GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 950 Pro 512GB Noctua NH-D15S 10 EDU 2x Dell U2715H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CM Storm gunmetal and browns Cooler Master V850 Cooler Master XB EVO Logitech G403 
Mouse PadAudioAudioOther
TECKNET Fluance SX6  S.M.S.L SA-60 Intel PRO/1000 PT Quad Port 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel Xeon E3-1225 V3 Gigabyte H81M-DS2V Crucial Ballistix Sport 2X2GB  Hitachi Deskstar 320GB 
CoolingOSPowerCase
Cryorig M9i pfSense Capstone 450W Rosewill RSV-L4500 
OtherOther
Intel 9301CT Intel 9301CT 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon E3-1225 V3 Asrock Rack C226 WS HD P4600 Crucial 16GB ECC  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial MX100  4 WD Red 2TB RAID 0+1 HGST Deskstar NAS 4TB Yep 
CoolingOSPowerCase
Stock Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Seasonic 450RM Rosewill RSV-L4500 
Other
Intel PRO/1000 PT Quad Port 
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post #5 of 10
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For a very short time, I toyed with the idea of a push/pull layout that sticks out the top panel. Luckily, I came to my senses.




Even with white fans, it's no bueno.



One advantage of this config is the extra space you recieve above the mobo.


Back to stock.



But as you can see, stock config with single push(in) crowds the top of the mobo.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Trogdor View Post

The sleeve at the end of those two standoffs slide into the holes on the motherboard to get and keep the motherboard positioned better. Silly tongue.gif

HaHa I had no idea. Never encountered those before. Thanks.
post #7 of 10
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Exploring nearly every option on where to place the pump/res.








We have a winner. I'll just need to fabricate a pump mount and cut the PSU shroud a bit.
post #8 of 10
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Pump mount, version 1 had too much flex.


Version 2 is much more stable.



It 'just' fits.

post #9 of 10
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Into my super high-tech paint booth.


Kids, always remember, Safety First!


Before


After. Still has the masking tape.
post #10 of 10
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It was having some northbridge temp issues in it's last setup so I thought I would replace the TIM to see if that helps. Prolimatech PK-3.



The obligatory 'fittings porn' shot. No build thread is complete without one.thumb.gif
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