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Hey guys and welcome to my first ever build log. This is my first attempt at building my very own home media server. I have for the past year been using a Qnap TS-453 Pro and it has worked great. Main reason for the upgrade is that I just had the itch to build something new and have a better understanding of networks. So I did my research on FreeNas, ordered my parts and now waiting on their arrival. My hope with this log is to further learn networking from others input, and to be a resource for others that are wanting to build a similar set up.


The Parts

HDD: Toshiba 5TB 7200RPM x4 used in Qnap build
Intake Fans: Noctua NF-S12A PWMx4
Exhaust Fan: Noctua NF-S12A
Exhaust Fan: Nocuta NF-A14 PWM
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S Already owned

Everything should be delivered today, once I get everything I'll add the pictures and photos of the process!! cheers.gif
Edited by DrockinWV - 5/4/16 at 1:43pm
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Everything has arrived, let the building begin!!


Edited by DrockinWV - 5/5/16 at 5:39am
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Here is the Supermicro motherboard in all of it's glory. I'm excited to test it out, main reason I wanted this board was for the quad intel Lan ports and 6 sata ports.



Here we go, have the E3 1231 v3 installed along with 32GB of 1600mhz DDR3 ECC ram!!


Edited by DrockinWV - 5/9/16 at 12:11pm
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Another shot of the 4 sticks of ECC Ram



The Node 804, ready to accept it's new hardware. It does seem quite spacious for as small footprint that it has. I really do like the ascetics and clean looks of the Node 804, I thought it would be just perfect for a NAS box.



Here is the rear of the case with the included fans, they will all be replaced with Noctua fans. I really like the 2 sections of the case, it really seems to make the small case fit a lot more than it should. Also you wont have all the HDD wires handing out around the motherboard. Just gives the HDDs their own air cooled chamber.

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Motherboard is now installed with the new Noctua NF-S12A exhaust fan.



Added all the new fans to the front of the case. This should keep everything nice and cool, even under heavy loads. Also as a bonus should run nice and quiet. I have used different types of Nocuta fans in all of my builds and have been very happy with all of them. I know some people don't care for the color of these particular fans, but I like them. You instantly know what they are as soon as you see them, and know that it's a quality fan made by an awesome company.



Here is just a shot of the back side of the intake fans.



This is what I figured would be the best layout for airflow over the HDDs. The section on the left will house 2 drives on the ends of the mount right in front of the intake fans, just to let as much air as possible flow through to the back drives.

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I figured it would be easier to wire all the HDDs up outside the case before trying to fit my hands inside to hook it all up. It was a pretty tight squeeze on the second bay of drives just sitting on top of the PSU.



Here you can see just how close the fitting is of these drives.





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Here is about the best I could do (with out spending too much time) with cable management. If anyone has any suggestions to make it look cleaner I'm all ears. My main concern was just making sure that most the wires were out of the way of the fans.



Here is the other side with all the HDDs, and PSU. The velcro straps on the bottom of the case did help out a lot with holding the motherboard power cables down.



This is where the first problem arose, the fan to the Noctua cooler I had laying around was just a tad bit too tall and would hit the side panel. It is a 140mm fan, so I will order the 120mm fan and it should work just fine. But still I think that big air cooler looks great!!



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Here is the finish project as far as the build it concerned (also the easiest part).





So what do you guys think?

Now that the building is over, it's time to get started with the install of FreeNas 9.10. Anyone with tips, pointers, etc would be wonderful! Once it is up and running I will get some more pictures up of how it is running and also some read/write speeds to check the performance.
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Here is the replacement fan I went with for the CPU cooler (Noctua F12).



Everything is up and working as far as the hardware. I have been on the FreeNas software trying to figure everything out and going by the 9.10 manual step by step. But so far everything is way over my head lol, it was really what I was expecting and then some. Hopefully shouldn't be too much longer and I will have my NAS doing everything it was intended to do.
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