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Jarvis the DIY NAS/Home Server

by benleow



Date Published

Sept. 26, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 3, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

2.9 GHz


To achieve the optimal balance between performance, power consumption, temperature and noise, I must choose the hardwares carefully. I want the whole system to perform admirably well with minimal operating cost, long lasting and stealthily (without any noise).

To cut down cost, the power consumption must be low and the limit I set for this build is 50W.

In order to have a long lasting machine, the casing must be well ventilated to keep the temperature low, dust intake must be minimal and electric current must be regulated.

Since fan is the main culprit of noises, I must minimize the number of fans without sacrificing the ventilation too much.

You can read the complete guide to build Jarvis in the link.

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DDT2005 3 Builds 3 points 54 months ago

The stock Intel heatsink would have been quite sufficient for cooling IMHO; as for noise I can barely hear the stock cooler for my Celeron Dual Core. Put that Noctua on an i5 or i7 in another build.

Eschaton 6 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Great job on this build, though I got to say it's highly unlikely this rig measures under 50W at the wall.

What does it serve?

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Eschaton 6 Builds 0 points 54 months ago

Yeah thanks, that confirms it. Still very good job though! And what does it serve? I couldn't find that on your nifty site.

benleow submitter 2 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

thanks. it's a NAS. I use it mainly for backup, Plex media server, XBMC and cloud storage. I'm still exploring what other functions can the DSM do.

Toukassay 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Very nice cable managment.

monkeybars 2 points 53 months ago

Why a 650W PSU for a build where you're shooting for under 50W?

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Cables actually look kinda organized in there. Nice build. +1

bee7695 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Nice build. Why the low profile CPU cooler tho? Node 304 can fit a decent sized CPU coolers.

benleow submitter 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

yes, you are right. but my cpu has really low TDP and this cooler is more than sufficient and i didn't want to take any risk coz i ordered my parts online.

guitargod1174 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

is it strange that im kind of attracted to this build?

sassas1 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago


That's pretty badass.

aymanshaikh 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Great job on the cable management! The case looks so sleek and nice.

sajiin 1 point 54 months ago

Seeing your site for your build is awesome. Never seen anyone do something like that before. Pretty good overall I think.

brelovix 1 point 54 months ago

mini fridge hype

codeunshackled 1 point 20 months ago

What other MOBO would you recommend that fits the same CPU ?.

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benleow submitter 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

The Red WD HDD is made for NAS.