Description

This machine is only going to be used for ripping, compressing, and hosting my bluray backups. I'm running Ubuntu 13.10 for now using MakeMKV and Handbrake.

CPU: Overkill? Maybe, but this will be transcoding on the fly for anyone who is playing movies via plex. Also, when I get board in a couple years this will have plenty of room for overclocking. I also wanted something that wouldn't have issues with integrated graphics.

Cooler: Pretty standard cooler. I'm still running a little hotter than I would have expected, so I may need to reseat the cooler.

MB: I'm a fan of ASRock and this makes overclocking super easy.

Memory: I don't ever plan on upgrading this so I went for a long term solution. Lots of RAM and reasonably fast. Currently have it overclocked to 2400MHz

Storage: Ubuntu is running off the mSATA card making the machine feel very quick. Raid5 mdadm array with the other four drives.

Case: Love the case. It fits very well into my home theater and the flat front makes for a non-obtrusive addition to the living room. It came with a couple fans that I will probably be replacing soon for something quieter, but the included damping material makes for fairly silent operation.

PSU: On the off chance that I put in a video card I have room to grow with the PSU. Runs silently, I'm not sure the fan has ever needed to turn on, but I like that the fan is there if it's needed.

Optical: Nothing fancy, plays blurays well on VLC with the required libraries.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty overkill for a server...

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

He might be able to use all that storage

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I have no idea what I would fill 16 TB's with....

Solid build for what you need it for.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

lmao

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL :P

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Go big or go home. I hope to not run out of space, but a couple weeks in and 1.5TBs are gone. With the mdadm raid I ended up with ~12TB to work with.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your input. Anything constructive you have to say would be great.

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm not saying it's bad, it's just that it's not all needed for a server. Should last you a while, I guess. It's great.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

What settings are you using in handbrake? Just curious since I currently just keep the full mkv file, and I need to create some more space by shrinking my files.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build