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March 2019 planned updates
When funds permit, I plan to get a larger SSD for Virtual Machines, upgrade the Ram to all black either 48 or 64G total, and possibly swap in a couple Sapphire Nitro+ cards and run with a Black and Blue theme instead. Quit Mining on this rig and started Folding on the 2nd GPU.
December 2018 Update
Now have a 10c Xeon ES Chip, have Moved the 2nd GPU to the last slot to give more air flow on both cards, and dropped in a 120GB SSD to run Virtual Machines off of. Moved Original Noctua NF-A15 to the top of the case out of sight, and swapped in another Chromax one at the bottom to match the theme of the build.
December 2017 Update
Finally got around to putting the outside Dust Covers on from my Motherboard pack, only took me a couple years to accomplish that..
Got the Corners put on for my Chromax Fans. So far still rocking the one Poop Brown bottom Fan, I guess at least it matches the Noctua Case Badge...
Moved a Drive cage from in front of the Power Supply to the top of the stack up front. Those drives were getting really hot prior, and putting them up front with an Intake Fan directly on the Bay cooled them down.
Also dropped a Noctua NF-A15 PWM on the bottom between the Cages and the Power Supply to intake more cool air and shove it toward the GPU's. It is the Poop Brown one off my NH-U14S that I hoped to Never Use, but it will serve its purpose down there well until I get a Chromax one to replace it matching the rest of the build color scheme.
Just conducted some cable management. Still not perfect, but looking a lot better back there. Starting to become a bit of a challenge with this much stuff hooked up.
All part prices are zeroed out because I did not record the original purchases prices and they have either fluctuated greatly or become unavailable over time.
Went all Noctua for Christmas, doubled up on my MSI GTX 960 4G Cards, and just got another 6TB Drive put in place.
Switched back to the Logitech G303 Mouse. The Corsair Harpoon had a mouse button click sound that annoyed the wife..
After doing Silent Profile Custom Fan Curves in the UEFI this Rig is now Deal Silent..
I have now introduced Mining to my list of tasks. Currently doing Monero on the GPU's and AEON on the CPU's.
Original 2015 Build Information..
Looking to Build a Multi-Purpose HTPC that must be visually appealing, stable, durable, low maintenance and a real work horse !!
Budget: Roughly $2200 USD
Location: Central United States in my Living Room Next to the TV Stand most likely
Uses: 24x7 Operation for: Showing Off (Seriously), HTPC Functions, Seedbox functions (uTorrent Linux Server, Deluge, Transmission and Vuze running), HD Video Playback, HD Video Encoding (Rendering) 4K/1080p, HD Video Editing, Photo Editing, Browsing (Chrome Tab Abuser (Talking 2 to 4 Chrome Sessions, each with 40 to 100 or Tabs each or more), Video Streaming, File Sharing (NAS), Some Web/DNS Proxy/Cache functions, Virtual Machines (VirtualBox sessions of Solaris, Mac, Linux, and Windows), and Some Gaming from time to time...
Peripherals required: Optional Monitor(s), Option Keyboard, Optional Mouse
Operating System required: Linux Mint 64 with ZoL (ZFS on Linux)
System will be Running some Flavor of Linux for the OS (Likely Linux Mint .. No Operating System Flaming.. You can use whatever you want on your Box and I'll use what works best on mine Grin).
Looks.. The Look (Theme) of this is fairly important. This Box will likely be in our Living Room, and a Center Piece in its own way..
Storage.. Storage is a Must. I tend to Store HUGE amounts of Video/Picture Content. ZFS is the File System of Choice due to many required features for 24x7 operation such as lightning fast snapshots, ability to expand volumes on the fly, and online scrubbing to check for inconsistencies and being able to replace faulty drives.
Reliability.. Must be Reliable.. System I'm on right now I built in FEB 2009. And I have had a NIC onboard chip burn out, lost a GPU Fan, and oddly enough have a add-in NIC Card that is intermittent. So of course, I would like to avoid any issues when possible.
Maintenance.. All Filtered Air Intakes are a Must IMHO.. Also would rather still stick with Air cooling using a Fairly Massive Heat Sink for better dissipation and higher chances of survival if a CPU Fan does give way.
System is Now Built !!!!
Machine is Now Up and Operational.. And the new goal I have is to find a work load capable of challenging the machine. Tried running 40 to 60 HD Videos at the same time and that got the chip up to about a 30 percent load across all cores, and the Graphics Card temp climbed from 38C up to 44C. But I hardly call that breaking things in Grin..
Did have to set a Max Memory Usage variable for ZFS because it defaults to eating 75 percent of the Total system memory, and that just doesn't fit well. After making sure it doesn't run past 4G I've had no issues staying within the 16G system limitation.
Future of this system..
Wife feels we should spend the cash to get the 3rd party Filter for the Bottom 140mm Fan spot and put an additional 140 down there to get some light from the bottom as well.
Myself.. I would like to Go an additional 4 x 5TB Toshiba and 32GB Ram Kit. But at this time can't Justify the Need or Price of either. Just what I would Like to do Grin..
Pictures are taken with a Cell Phone. So please don't bash their quality. I will do some with a Real Camera when the Wife points out where it is placed Grin..
Want to than Every One here in the PCPP Community that Helped with their Recommendations. As you can see some of which I followed, and some that got discarded Grin..
Your input/feedback is always appreciated !! Thanks in Advance....
Long Wordy Rant Complete
Please Check out my other Builds:
5820K .. Well .. Honestly, not sure if I have to speak on behalf of this Chip.. It speaks Volumes on its OWN. This chip Tears through Anything you can toss at it. It has had NO Issues with any true day to day work loads. And even coming up with synthetic scenarios just to attempt to challenge it has been difficult
Noctua NH-U14S PWM CPU Cooler Got rid of the poop brown Stock Noctua Fan, and dropped on two Noctua NF-A15 PWM 140mm Chromax Fans to make things look Much Better.. Now this cooler is not only Deal Silent, but down right sexy also Grin
Asus SABERTOOTH X99 Is just a Beastly Board all the Way around. It reminded me of a Cast Iron Skillet when I first went to pick it up. I would hate to get hit by one full swing that much I know for sure. It has Eleven 4 Pin PWM Fan Headers if my count is correct, so that was a pleasure. Dust proofing is what encouraged picking this board even with the price premium. After Working with the Board, and seeing the attention to detail on everything from the Mother Board header pin out connector assistant that is a true God Send, I have NO Regrets in my Purchase. Would not only highly recommend this board. I will likely look to ASUS for future builds based on this experience. I now have all 10 SATA ports in use. Guess it is time for an expansion card..
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16G 4x4 DDR4-2400 CAS 14 Great Kit. Wish NewEgg Had the 32G Kit in Red when I made my Order. They of course got it back in stock a few days after. Stuck with the Low Profile Kit due to the Air Cooler. Having Seen the Layout and positioning a standard memory module would have likely been OK. BUT I do like the over all look of these Memory Modules and that they just Fill the Slot and doing go Way Over the Top like most others do. Fairly sure they are Detected at 2133 Right now Out of the Box. Good chance I can get them up to the 2400 speed by just selecting the correct XMP profile. Odds of me getting around to that soon are fairly slim though because I'm pleased with the system performance and not trying to squeeze every last drop out of it Grin..
[Corsair Vengeance LPX 16G 4x4 DDR4-2400 CAS 14] Great Kit. Wish NewEgg Had the 32G Kit in Red when I made my Order. They of course got it back in stock a few days after. Stuck with the Low Profile Kit due to the Air Cooler. Having Seen the Layout and positioning a standard memory module would have likely been OK. BUT I do like the over all look of these Memory Modules and that they just Fill the Slot and doing go Way Over the Top like most others do. Fairly sure they are Detected at 2133 Right now Out of the Box. Good chance I can get them up to the 2400 speed by just selecting the correct XMP profile. Odds of me getting around to that soon are fairly slim though because I'm pleased with the system performance and not trying to squeeze every last drop out of it Grin..
Samsung 850 EVO Pro SSD is just FAST.. Have it split into 2 partitions. One of about 20G for Linux Mint 64 and the Rest for /home .... There's no place like /home !! Paid the Extra bit of Cash to get the Pro just to see the little "Red" Tab on the Drive to match up with the Red and Black Deadpool Theme. Honestly
Already had the 5 x 1TB WD Green from my Old Box. So dropping them into this Box for ZoL (ZFS on Linux) in a raidz configuration was a given. Did have to set a variable in /etc/modprobe.d/zfs.conf to limit ZFS to only use a Max of 4G of ram so it didn't try to use 12G. YES, honestly ZFS defaults to trying to utilize 75 percent of the over all System Memory. I LOVE me some ZFS, but even true Love has LIMITS !! These 5 drives have all been running 24x7 since FEB of 2009 !!
5TB Toshiba Seems to read about the Same speed as the 5 x 1TB WD Greens in raidz. Roughly 150MB/s reads if I recall correctly. Moves along pretty quick for a spinning disk. Makes a good place to drop whatever I'm currently tinkering on if it is a bit to big to work with on the SSD..
6TB Toshiba Seems to read about the Same speed as the 5 x 1TB WD Greens in raidz. Roughly 150MB/s reads if I recall correctly. Moves along pretty quick for a spinning disk. Makes a good place to drop whatever I'm currently tinkering on if it is a bit to big to work with on the SSD..
MSI GTX 960 4G is Overkill as mentioned prior and makes a truly awesome HTPC Card that also looks good in the process. Make no Mistakes. These Cards are NOT Small. It takes up a FULL Two Slots in the Case, and the Length extends out fairly long toward the drive bays also. BUT this is the price you pay for a Great Cooler on your Graphics Card. Just like the HUGE CPU Heat sink, if you want your GPU to be Cool, it has to have a Huge amount of Surface area to dissipate the Heat also.. These Cards Mine Monero at roughly 250 H/s each with stock BIOS and No Over Clocking. When Mining they run at roughly 50C with the Fans set at 60% speed while drawing only 52 Watts of Power.. Plays back two 4K Videos, or 4 1080p with no issues. Also games fairly well at 1080p.
Corsair 760T IS THE BUILDERS CASE.. Can honestly see why the Price on this Case keeps climbing most of the time, and places have a hard time keeping it in stock. If you want a case that you will honestly enjoy working with both inside an out, that showcases your hardware better than most any other on the market. THIS is Your Case as well. Other than one of my two cases having a little wire come loose on the Reset switch portion that hooks onto the main board the case(s) is flawless. Not a fan of the Reset button flashing as an Activity Light either, so might just unplug the Reset switch on my case as well anyway. I mean, who uses the Reset switch anyway, riiight ?? The Design, Layout, and Accessories are all Top of the Line. It does carry a bit of a sticker price, but you do get what you pay for on this one....
Both of the 760T cases I did builds in are Excellent. Had the one minor flaw in the boys where the wire for the reset switch came loose. But they don't like the reset button blinking as an Activity light anyway, so I have decided the chances of trying to repair that and hook it onto the Main board are slim..
Only other Issue with the 760T is that the Bottom Intake Fan Mount for the 140mm is not Filtered.. So you either have to leave it closed off with the plastic bracket over it despite having all the Bays pulled out; Buy a filter from a 3rd party that is extremely expensive due to shipping cost. OR, make your own filter to drop underneath to enable to use of that 140mm Fan position next to the PSU.
For right now our Builds have it blocked off with a Drive Bay until funds, resources, and patience are all in order to tackle that hot mess Grin. Truly an oversight in what is otherwise a near perfect case. Had seen mention of this in reviews prior, but for some reason had let it slip my mind until having the Cases up on the work bench and staring at the Fan mount position in awe Grin..
EVGA 1000W PS PSU is TOP NOTCH all the way, start to finish. This was the first time I had the honor of working with a Fully Modular Power Supply, and there will be NO looking back. Unless there is some major shift in what they are doing EVGA will continue to have my Business for Power Supplies in the Future, and likely other components when they fit well in the build. Not only Was this PSU a dream to install, with appealing cabling, it is Dead Silent. Can't ask for much more from a Power Supply in my Opinion. This Power Supply is now covering my 5820K, 2 x MSI GTX 960's, 8 x Spinning Drives, a Samsung 850 EVO SSD, an Asus DVD Burner, and 5 140mm Noctua Fans with no issues whatsoever. And is doing all that without the Fan even needing to kick on while CPU and GPU Mining full boar. Would Highly Recommend. Also look at the EVGA G3 750 they are nothing short of Amazing when it comes to Stable Power and a TON of Great Cabling to hook up loads of stuff..
Noctua NF-A15 PWM 140mm Chromax Works great on the Noctua NH-U14S. Dropped 2 of them on there and they idle at around 600rpm and are Dead Silent..
Noctua NF-A14 PWM 140mm Chromas Dropped 3 of these in to replace Corsair stock Case Fans and at first I had a howling wind tunnel. But after going into the UEFI and setting up a Silent Profile to slow them down a bit they are now running around 600 to 800rpm and are Dead Silent.
Asus MX279H 27 inch 1080p Monitor Menu Buttons on this one are so sensitive you just place your finger on them without a press and they trigger. I have a 25 inch of the same model and the buttons on it are firm with a tactile click. I like that much better. So I have docked this one star because the initial setup is a pain trying to navigate the On Screen Menu with this control panel. Display itself is absolutely wonderful. Very bright, full of color, great viewing angles, and no back light bleed that I can notice.
Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum This Keyboard gets bumped one start for 2 things. The Software Support in Linux is a real pain, having to compile from source to set the colors on your keys is a bit ridiculous in this day in age IMHO. And the WASD and Arrow keys have an annoying texture on them that will bother you if you concentrate on it a bit.. Outside of that it is a pretty amazing keyboard. As I use it to write this review I can't help but be pleased over all. Especially since I got it for roughly $90.
Logitech G303 Wired Mouse with RGB Switched to this mouse because the Corsair Harpoon had a mouse click sound that annoyed my wife terribly. The G303 performs well and has a lower pitched softer click sound on its buttons. Braided cable is wearing a bit where it has been rubbing on the desk. But over all a very solid choice. Would recommend. Software support for Linux is such a mess I ended up hooking it to a Windows 10 Machine, setting the color to static red as desired, and then put it back on my Linux box where it retains the color profile in the mouse just fine.
Corsair VOID PRO RGB (White/Black) 7.1 Channel USB Wired Headphones. Knocking off a several Stars. With Linux, they don't get very loud and cycle the Rainbow for the RGB coloring by default. They also required a small xorg configuration hack to get the mute button to stop it from killing the USB Mouse's ability to click (Yes weird I know). The headset is fairly comfortable but HEAVY on the head. Microphone arm is rubbery and a bit limp. Over all feel that I should have went with another Kingston - HyperX Cloud Core Headset like I got my oldest son recently. It is a much better headset from top to bottom. Experience might be completely different on Windows 10 though, but for a Linux user I would not recommend. Will post feedback about it on Windows if I ever hook it to one of their Rigs to try it that way.