I primarily use this system for local testing of any programming projects I do, however due to the amount of harddrives inside, I also use it as a media server for storing films and tv shows. Although initially I did have an issue with the motherboard I had originally purchased (Gigabyte GA-Z97M-DS3H), and also the graphics card I was planning to use did not work, the build runs rather smoothly now. After the first few issues with the build, it has given me a wonderfully stable system to develop on. It has no trouble running 24/7 as my media server either, even when it is running Mac OS :3

I installed various different operating systems on the drives; 320GB - Ubuntu 250GB - Drive used by ESXi 6.0, booting off a USB stick 500GB - Mac OS

The other 2x 500GB drives run in RAID 0 for storing media on.

The only issue I have come into since finishing the build is the CPU usage when running Plex, which rockets up to around 600% on over all 8 cores, however I believe this to be an issue with Plex, not an issue with my build.

I should also note I didn't go with the Arctic White case mentioned in the list. I actually went for the 'Yin' version, from Overclockers.

EDIT: Upgraded RAM from 2x 4GB (1600MHz) to 2x4GB (1600MHz) with 2x4GB (1866MHz, it was cheaper than 1600MHz).

EDIT 2: Upgraded RAM from to above mentioned to 4x8GB (1866MHz)

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting build. I'm not very familiar with Plex, but doesn't that type of software attempt to use ALL of the available processing cores? So, what you describe sounds normal to me, but again not overly familiar with it.

I'm in the midst of upgrading hardware on my gaming PC to a hybrid gaming/workstation machine with multiboot of Windows 7 Pro and Fedora Workstation 21. I was going to do a linux VM through a Windows client, but don't want to limit my resources when the VM is fired up. My storage array is nearly as complicated as yours lol.. 3 SSDs, of which 2 are RAID0, a 4TB HDD, and 3x80GB HDDs in RAID0. I guess that's what happens when you recycle PC parts for fun.

I'm a little confused on what OS's you installed on which drives. You're booting ESXi on a USB stick? Please clarify.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

To use ESXi you can either boot it off a USB stick or off a Hard Drive. Since you can only use that medium as the boot point for ESXi, it seemed unreasonable to waste a 250GB HDD on a OS that is only around 150MB. I'd recommend either going for a large case, or using a separate case for your drives, since I've been having a few issues with accessing the internals of my system due to the large white panel that covers the motherboard. Although it is detachable, it takes some time to reorganise the cables so that they actually allow me to maximise the available drive spaces.

As for Plex, that does sound like it would be reasonable, as I have not really noticed any performance drops while using it, but I sure have noticed my fans having a fit when that does happen...