So basically, this desktop is basically being used as a server. It is running FreeBSD, and the monitor is pretty useless because I'm not actually going to be using it. The plan is to add all twelve 4TB drives to a RAIDZ2 pool and offer effectively 40TB (about 36.8TB usable after formatting and what not, with a 2 drive failure tolerance. It also has a UPS (Power Supply), which I had bought for my previous build, and I have a script that automatically quits all programs and shuts down when the power supply loses power. At the moment, ignore the ratings on the hard drives, I haven't had a chance to test them yet.
Part 1: Initial parts were easy to put together, consisting of the case, motherboard, ram, cpu, SSD, and power supply.
Part 2: Scythe fans are absolutely amazing, but they're SOOO LOUD! Of course, I forgot to get a controller for the fan!
Part 3: Got a controller, got the rubber gaskets, at full speed, they don't make much noise now. NOTE: add the fans and make sure everything is ready BEFORE you insert the hard drives. The fans are hard to take out if you have the hard drives in the way. Controller works great.
Part 4: First try of Silverstone mount: fail! Will retry tomorrow. Hopefully it will work out, I don't want to have to return the Silverstone mount.
Part 5: I had to take out my motherboard, but I finally managed to get in the Silverstone mount. I also had to unscrew the super small screws on the side which interfaces with the fan, but luckily, I had a friend with me that was capable of screwing them back in in the weirds ways on earth. In any case, I'm pleased to report that this case has more than enough space for this Silverstone mount and works BEAUTIFULLY with it. I haven't yet gotten the PCIe SATA cards yet, I haven't yet connected 7 of the drives yet, and I also haven't yet gotten the expansion mount for the SSD.
Part 6: I got the rest of the parts and the expansion mount for the SSD. The expansion mount is definitely well thought-out and the SSD fit smoothly into it. I needed one more part: the motherboard requires me to have the molex adapter plugged in, so it is likely to use about 40W on full load now. And I don't have enough molex connectors, so that's another thing I had to order.
Part 7: Well, got the extra molex splitter plugged in and all working. It turns out that my hard drives are getting too hot though. Perhaps I need to increase my fan speed. This case is also probably not ideal for this, especially without that bottom fan. I'll update again if I run into some issues that would make me have to change my plans.
Update: so if I leave my Scythe fans at full speed, it works fine, keeping most of the drives under 35C. Only 3 drives get hotter than this, and on average, they're 48C, 42C, and 39C. Another thing is that the Silverstone mount is not idea for this case. I will definitely be checking product compatibility more next time. At the moment, I just screwed both of the fan interface together, and just left it like that, because otherwise, the interfaces do not align and the included fan will not work. A more intelligent approach would be to get a fan connector female to female so that you can extend the fan headers, but I'm too lazy to do that right now, and I'll probably do it sometime in the future if I ever become bothered by it. Everything else is fine and working. SSD is the boot drive, running FreeBSD 10.1, the drives are in a zpool raidz2, and effectively offers about 3.3TB (but I left some extra padding on the drives, so it is actually 3.2TB), as calculated by FreeBSD (it reports with respect to 230 instead of 109).