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[Build Log] NASty Nova

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Motherboard - ASRock Rack EPC612D4I Mini ITX
CPU – Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3
RAM – 4 x Crucial 16GB DDR4-2400 ECC SODIMM (64GB total)
SAS Card - LSI MegaRAID SAS 9361-8i
OS Drives – 2 x 512GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD (RAID 1)
Data Drives – 8 x 3TB Western Digital Red Drives (RAID 10)
Power Supply – Corsair HX 750i
Fans – 3 x Corsair AF120 Case Fans

CaseLabs X2M Nova (Inverted)

Water Cooling:
EK-XLC Predator 240mm (Super clean and compact loop)
EK-Supremacy MX CPU Block w/Narrow ILM Conversion Kit
Liquid Extasy LSI RAID Card Waterblock
EKWB Fittings, Hose, and Fluid

Edited by K-Dubuntu - 4/10/17 at 1:19pm
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Very interesting. As I am looking to refashion my S5 into a Xeon-D based NAS, I will be watching this with interest. For a NAS, you obviously don't mind water-cooling. But for something on 24/7 do you think that makes sense? (Not to criticise, just surprised).
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Seems like I lost a few progress pics installing a new ROM on my phone, but here are a few of the end result. The EKWB Predator AIO's are great for continuous running, so I'm not at all concerned with one in my NAS, but temp and noise levels were my top priority. I'll try to take less blurry photos and post them as well.

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sick build. Was it difficult to bleed the loop?
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It wasn't difficult at all to bleed the loop. I assembled the loop in the case, and then removed it entirely prior to filling it. I filled the loop outside the case, which made it incredibly easy to bleed and test for leaks. Reinstalling the loop like this was a little more difficult, and everything had to go back in a certain order, but it really paid off in the end.

The run from RAID card back to the rad has only an inch of hose in between fittings, so that was the hardest part to manipulate. I had considered using an extender instead, but I couldn't find one that fit perfectly.
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Here's the Nova in between my S5 on the left and my S8 on the right. These were obviously taken before I received the extended top cover to hide the radiator fans. I had to do some minor trimming to get the case to fit in between the radiator and fans on the EKWB Predator AIO.

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