Beastly overkill server. This is my second build. I am 14. My uncle owns a moderately large small business. (If that makes any sense) They have been using a really old IBM rack server for quite some time now and a few months ago it gave out on them. I looked at it and tried to fix it, but the motherboard, RAID card, and the RAM all gave out, so after consulting with my uncle, I was put up to the task of building them a suitable replacement to (hopefully) get them by for 5 years or so. He gave me a budget of $2k, but after insurance, tax, and the OS (Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2), the total cost was $2800.
It will mainly be used as a file server, but it will also manage the print servers, the network switches, get backups of the security DVRs, and probably more.
CPU: I chose this CPU due to it having a very high clock speed for the money and the 8 threads. So far it is working flawlessly, and I haven't has any problems so far. CPU Cooler: There are several reasons I chose this over a water-cooling setup. First off, with water-cooling, if the pump fails you're screwed. With this cooler, even if both of the fans simultaneously die, there is a gigantic hunk of metal there to still dissipate the heat. Secondly, water-cooling setups need to be cleaned relatively often to avoid gunk buildup whereas with this it will still work fine while only getting cleaned maybe once a year. lastly, it looks absolutely fantastic! (Even though I accidentally installed it with the logo upside down) One con though: it is such a pain to install. I thought I was going to break the motherboard trying to screw it on.
Motherboard: Its worked well so far. Made by Asus. BIOS is great. Like having the built on fans on the motherboard as well as the option for quite a few fans. My only gripe is that there are only 2 SATA 6 ports.
RAM: No problems so far. I have it overclocked to 1600. Works well, and wasn't in the way of the CPU cooler. I opted for 16 GB to be sufficient for all of the data traffic.
SSD: Very quick. No complaints here. Mounted it on top of the PSU with some Velcro to hide the ugly label on the bottom of it.
HDDs: I chose the Velociraptors to be the main drives that everyone at the office location has access to. There will always be data traffic so I chose these since they are super quick. i have them on a RAID 1 for redundancy. For the Reds, I got them due to the power efficiency and price. These will be used for several non intensive tasks and backups so I didn't feel the need for faster drives. They are also in a RAID 1 configuration.
GPU: Got the cheapest one at the time. It is passively cooled, which is nice since it helps keep the temps down.
Case: Chose this case for the looks and the airflow. Plenty of room for expansions. It looks fantastic and I like the sound dampening inside of it which helps keep it quiet. Only gripe is I wish there were more places to attach zip ties behind the motherboard.
PSU: Love having a modular one. Works well so far. Very quiet. Like the power efficiency which will save on the power bill.
NIC: Wanted an external for more bandwidth and less stress on the motherboard. Didn't get a 10 Gigabit one due to the insane prices. No gripes so far.
Fans: These are amazing. They push a lot of air and they are insanely quiet. I live in southern Texas so heat can be a big issue, but having these should keep the heat at bay.
So there's the build! Feel free to leave any criticism or advice! I know my cable isn't the best, but if you have any suggestions, fell free to let me know! Thanks for reading