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RETIRED BUILD 4/4/2016

Haven't built a computer in a few years and the building bug bit. Decided to split my current setup in two: 1) a file/media server and 2) a gaming/editing rig. I will be reusing all components from my current setup in one build or the other and buying additional parts as needed.

This is the file/media server build and it upcycles some previously owned parts.


While cleaning, I realized just how many random hard drives with files and media I had just laying around. Condensed all the smaller drives to two 1TB drives so the information is a bit more collected. I finally decided enough was enough and that it was time to make myself a nice little NAS setup so I can actually access all my files and even stream media to my various devices. Right now, the disks will be just a bunch of disks in a case. I have debated some kind of RAID array but until I read and learn more about it, not happening.

Waiting on some SATA cables to arrive (ordered a bunch in the same style so they will all match) so I can hook up the remaining drives then I need to seriously look at cable management. It's not bad right now, one of my neater jobs, but still not as nice as I would like. I know I want to sleeve all the cables so perhaps I can make some custom cables that have the connectors where and spaced as I need to reduce the clutter.

Testing out a few different OS options: ClearOS, Debian and OpenMediaVault are the top three. Recommendations (other than Windows) welcome.

Will upload better pictures once I put on some finishing touches. Ya its overkill for a server but I'm putting all this time and money into setting it up, you best bet I'm going to show it off instead of hiding it in a corner!

Future Upgrades

  • 3x Fractal Design Silent Series 120mm fans
  • 3x 3TB WD Red HDD
  • Custom cabling and sleeving
  • Side window with nautilus etching and LEDs
  • Carbon fiber covering for PSU and front door
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  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Cable Management!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Stick around...planning on custom cables and sleeving. Hoping to clean up the backside so it looks as nice as the front :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That Will Look Nice.Looking Forward To Seeing It!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh, pretty. =) ...I really like the Zalman coolers.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I love them too, such a unique shape and the copper really pops against the blue/black color theme.

And it's dead silent. I've been marveling at that for the past hour.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Neat! I'll have to consider getting one for my next build. =)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to hear! Let the building commence! :) LOL

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I am also in the process of getting a nas together. I was wondering if you could help me. I am trying to see if it is possible for me to have a 500g ssd that will keep all the data from a certain amount of time ago and then have the information go to some long term hard drives after a certain amount of time on the ssd. This way I can have fast easy access to the data I need without using all ssds.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Sounds like you're after SSD caching or perhaps storage tiering.

If you have an intel chipset from the z68 onwards, and a spare SSD, you can set it up - Intel call it Smart Response Technology. It's limited to a max SSD size of 64GB but provides a useful boost, especially if you have it as a write cache in front of a RAID5 array.

If you chose FreeNAS for your NAS's OS there are options to set an SSD to cache reads and writes for ZFS.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok, Thanks. I've decided to just use hard drives

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure what you're asking...sounds like you want advice for automated backups? If you're just talking about accessing files quickly, the biggest factor will be the speed of your network.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, its kind of confusing. I just want an automated backup that will automatically move data through an ssd to hard drives. For example if I saved a document to the NAS on Monday then I want to have a system that will keep it on the ssd till Friday before moving it to the hard drives. I hope this helps in explaining.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah ok I understand now. My question would be why do you want it to move through the SSD? Sounds like an unnecessary step. I also don't have any suggestions to do what you are asking either unfortunately.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to move it through the ssd because I do a lot of Microsoft office work and stuff on different computers and I wanted fast access to my most recent documents.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks though

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome. Wish I could be more help. I don't know if there's a program that can do what you want but I have a feeling you're going to have to get real friendly with writing scripts and establishing some kind of parameter that will tell the OS to move the files from the SSD to the HDD after the file hasn't been edited for X amount of time.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that processor enough?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Should be more than enough for my needs. Worst case I upgrade. Best case, I was able to reuse a component that woukd otherwise sit around.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That cooler though. The symmetry. The beauty. The curves. The colour... +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Ugh, right??! I couldn't say no to it...the perfection was overwhelming.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the name after the League champ?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Named after the animal nautilus.

Also used to be the name of the GNOME file explorer and I remember that from my early Linux adventures through Ubuntu and now that I'm going back to Linux, thought it a funny easter egg for a storage box.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It is the name of the GNOME file explorer today

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Is it still? Awesome...I thought they renamed it or used a different one.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

it looks so clean, even from the back.

it's a file server! Or course the CPU is more than enougfh.

I love that you are adding pci cards for more storage expansion, great way to put the slots to good use! Couldn't see which one you have, 2 ports or 4 ports? (sil3112 vs sil3114)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

There are 2, 2 port PCI cards. Sil3512. I need to find the base BIOS for them so they'll stop asking to set up a hardware RAID. Very good use for the old PCI slots...eager to see how they will perform.

  • 59 months ago
  • -2 points

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hzv8kL

Something like this might have been a better way to go if you wanted to do ANY gaming or video editing what so ever, that CPU without a GPU is never gonna be able to do any gaming.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

If you read the description you would see this isn't meant for gaming. It's a server. I took my old build, took some parts for my new gaming build (not built yet, still buying parts) and the rest became this server. No gaming is going to happen on this pc.

I know that CPU will do nothing without a graphics card....I previously had it paired wth a GT 640 that worked wondefully. That GT 640 will go into a new, separate gaming rig.