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Frankensteined Media Server

by st3



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This is my media server I put together from various parts left over from my old LGA1366 gaming build, and a few things I found laying around. So a lot of this will not make sense for a new media server :)

CPU - Yeah I know, 'an i7 in a file/media server?' Overkill, but its doing the job. I left it at stock speed and undervolted it to 1.0125V to lower the power/heat. Cooled with a Hyper 212+ with a fan from a Corsair H100i

RAM - Also underclocked and undervolted for same reason. The LGA1366 platform defaults to 1066MHz so I left it at that and lowered to 1.4V.

Storage - Found an old Seagate HDD at work that I slapped in just to run Windows. The main storage is a mix of WD Green and Red drives which total 11TB with 3TB reserved for parity data, so 8TB usable. Plenty of space for now, but if I add more, I plan to go with 3TB Reds.

PSU - Just looked for an affordable good quality PSU with enough SATA connectors. This fit the bill.

Instead of a true RAID5 solution, I'm running a free little program called DisParity. There are a few reasons I went with it over RAID and it was very simple and just what I wanted. The main benefits I liked are 1) all disks don't have to be the same size, and 2) its easy to add disks to the array at any time.

Hopefully this build lasts for years to come!

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LookTopHats 2 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Good use of old parts my friend! :D +1

sqielyr 1 point 49 months ago


Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

hey: some of the best builds, in my opinion, are ones made from recycled parts, because that just means they're good for more than being scrap... and what better use for a three-year-old system like that than to use it in something simple like a media server?

you have my +1, good sir :)

Dah_Falcon 1 point 49 months ago

Like that the price came to $666 :p

Starlana 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

It's nice.

lt-smith 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

the motherboard in the picture seems to be different than the motherboard in the list. :P

st3 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Wow, good catch dude, I didnt even notice that. Similar part numbers. Fixed, but not in PCPartPicker's database.

lt-smith 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

why did you mount the heatsink so it's facing towards the PCI lanes instead of towards the 5"25 bays?

st3 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

The top fan is exhaust, so heat from the CPU will blow right out the top as opposed to staying in the case.

LeMonarque 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

How are those Red HDDs doing? I'm nervous about getting them for a NAS build I'm thinking of.

st3 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I haven't had any problems so far. They've been running 24/7 for about 4 months now.

LeMonarque 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Good to hear! Did you test the drives when you got them? And if so how?

Newegg reviews are pretty nightmarish for them, while Amazon is pretty rosy, which is why I'm on the fence about buying them.

st3 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I just did a quick benchmark when I got them to make sure they worked, but no in depth testing. I find most hard drives have mediocre feedback on shopping sites. It seems like its only the people that have problems post a review, while people who are happy with them dont bother. I've always had good luck with Western Digital.