No problem and good luck.
No problem. If your looking at setting up a hard drive monitoring setup with email notifications like mine, I use HD Sentinel. It has a lot of functionality for hard drives.
;) Yeah the front 3 fans are temperature controlled so as the air between the drives warms up where the sensors are, the fans speed up to compensate. Works fantastically well actually for the summer months as it can get pretty hot here.
No difference in temps when transferring large files parity checks/sync jobs. I have notifications setup to email if temps hit 40C or above and have never had them hit that high.
Sorry for the late reply. Drive temps are in the low to mid 30's. 30C to 37C depending on the drive. Image of temps here https://imgur.com/NdVnZts
No complaints. I mostly play at 1080p (65" TV that I sit 10 feet away from) but play some games at 1440p and I have not had any framerate issues on highest settings for any games yet. Their may be some titles out there that this card won't do 60+ FPS @ 1440p but everything I've thrown at it has been fine.
It's pretty simple to overclock these days. Tons of guides out there.
Yeah hard drives are still king for mass storage and probably will be for awhile.
The CPU overclock can help with some games that need the processing power. Games such as Planet Coaster, Cities Skylines, Assassin's Creed, GTA, etc. Games that track a lot of entities on the screen can be tough on the CPU so every little bit helps. If you don't play those kinds of games though, I wouldn't worry about it.
Nice. Sounds like it went together smoothly. Mine is near silent at idle as well but my Plex Server machine, which sits beside it, makes a slight fan sound (9 hard drives to keep cool). Your temps sound good and you should have a little room for overclocking if you desire to do so.
Just did a quick test with the other stock fan in the upper rear. Max temp was 2 C cooler on the CPU running Realbench for 15 mins. So that fan definitely helps. Gaming wise it's about the same but I run Asus's Fan Xpert so the fans don't run at full tilt while gaming unless it gets really warm.
Np. I'll post back here when I get the results and I'm interested in hearing yours as well. Good luck with the build!
You will definitely still have positive pressure with that setup. Two 140s upfront is definitely the best choice for this case. I may throw my other 120 in the top rear and do some testing in the next few days and see if I can actually see any difference. I just worry it will try to rob some air from the D15 and decrease it's effectiveness.
Thanks! I've done some research as to whether or not adding top fans would help but it's inconclusive. I do have a Fractal 120 that came with the case that might help if put in the top rear but to be honest, the temps are pretty good as it is. Low 60's on the CPU while gaming and low to mid 80's stress testing with Prime95 and Realbench.
The NH-U12A is a good alternative if the D15 is to big for your liking. It's a little more expensive, a few degrees warmer (D15 is still the king of air coolers), but around 3/4 the size.
Good point. I should have known better as the prices for my completed builds never reflect what I actually paid either.
I like how the title says low budget and the price says $2785.55+. haha Nice build though. Beastly workstation.
Nice setup. I'm currently in the process of redoing my Plex server with a 2650 v2 which would be about half the processing power of your dual CPU setup. haha Gotta say though, I think your pretty much picked the best of everything and this is a beastly Plex server.
Same issue here. Went to update a build and no photos will upload.
It's running Windows 10 since that's what I'm most familiar with and I can easily use remote desktop to control it from another PC.
I have 315 movies and 141 TV series stored. :D Worst part is I'm running out of space and will need some more in the near future I think.
I hate RGB but that's the only negative I can say about this build. This machine is a beast and for a first build, stellar job. Also, welcome to PC gaming on a TV. I've been gaming on a 65" LED for the past few years and love it!
I would recommend every part of this build as I have no regrets with any of them. The GPU is the weakest link, but I wasn't will to spend an additional $150 CAD plus tax to step up to a 2070 or 1080 Ti.
haha I could care less the colour since the PC sits beside my entertainment center and the inside is never seen. I do believe black fans would allow them to sell more since a lot of people do care about the colour. I will admit, the brown/beige is ugly.
I don't get it either. I find most of the time it looks tacky and the rest of the time the inside of their PC is brighter then the monitor it's sitting beside. haha
You have to set the fan a little higher on the heat sink compared to the middle fan due to the ram height. The fan still sits low enough to provide good cooling though and you can place the fan at any height so no issues there. To be honest, the fan over the ram just barely lets me put the glass side of the case on all the way. It is a very tight fit, so if you use this case your fine but I'm not sure how well it will fit in other cases.
The dream machine and no RGB. A+
Thanks! It's quite an upgrade from my 3570K machine.
Ok. Thanks for the reply.
What settings did you change in the BIOS to get the overclock? I have the same setup coming and looking into the same overclock. I know you changed the ratio to 50 and vcore to 1.3, but did you change any other settings?
I don't know the exact figure but I built it around the cheapest per power consumption cpu at the time.
Nice build. That should be plenty fast for a NAS.
I ended up going with the NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) do to it not looking to bad on its side, 8 internal drive bays, and most of all, cheap cost.
Nice build. I was looking for a case like that for my server build so I could lay it on its side but they all have barely any internal bays. Works great for your application.
Nice build! The PSU is a little overkill but other then that its perfect. And damn I want that storage space. hehe
Cool build. Nice to see parts get reused and put into something like this. Just goes to show ya that you don't need new fancy parts to run a HTPC.
Cool build! I was looking at putting one of these CPU's in my server but could't find a MOBO with the amount of SATA ports I wanted to go with it. Like seeing builds like this.
Just a follow up on the G1840. Watched a 1080 remux with no issues. The G1840 is more then capable in this regard. Task manager reported 30-35% usage on the CPU when playing the movie.
So far so good. Its only been up and running a few days and I'm still setting things up but I think it will do everything I want easily. It's running Windows 8.1 Pro for the OS. It runs Utorrent (seeding around 500 files currently) and FileZilla 24/7. Also have some other management tools running like an auto defrag, disk monitor, etc. I haven't tested it at playing 1080p since it won't really be doing such but I can do so shortly and let you know my results. Im pretty sure it will do so with ease though.
As for hard drives, I've actually never had a drive failure in my 20 yrs of PC usage. Lucky I guess. lol In fact, the Seagate 2TB hard drive in this machine has been powered on for 60,997 hours according to Crystal Disk Info and still runs perfectly! I have seen the data before though that you mentioned. Eventually I will be adding some more drives and doing a RAID setup to prevent loss in case of a failure. Not that I'm all that concerned with it but it would be nice.
Thanks. Windows 8.1 Pro with shared folders like you said. Works for my needs and I'm one of the few that likes Windows 8.1. lol Plus this allows me to use UTorrent easily with this machine and run a FTP. I just use remote desktop from my gaming rig to control it so I don't need a second keyboard or anything.
Still lovin the nine hundred myself. The case has seen a few setups in it now and I don't know if I'll ever part with it. lol
I thought I had an original one as well but I guess not. Bought it like 7 years ago but it must be a second version or something looking at pics online. It has the cut outs but no USB 3.0. They really are great cases.
Incredibly heavy is right! This case ways like 5 times as much, or more, then my server case. lol
Thanks! Ive had this case for like 7 years now and its still a great case, has great cooling and is rugged. I couldn't justify upgrading the motherboard and CPU for the money considering I wouldn't really get any gain FPS wise in gaming. This machine is strictly for gaming and as a HTPC. It did serve double duty as my server until I recently upgraded it with the video card and built a new dedicated server PC.
Thanks! My only advice would be patience and really thinking it through. That being said, it wasn't fun trying to get things to go and sit where I actually wanted them to. lol
I had a Core2Duo in this case aswell. That Duo is now powering my HTPC upstairs. Thanks for the complement on cable management. Ill tell ya it is a big PITA on these cases as im sure your brother can attest to. lol
Ive run my 212 Evo for the last 2.5 years on a i5 3570K @ 4.7GHZ and its been up to the task.
Go big or go home as they say. Nice build.
Your welcome. Im doing a server build with the elite version of that case. My pics wont look nearly as good though. lol
Pictures look very professional. You sure do have some skill with a camera.
Wow. Now thats some abstract wiring. Props for even getting it to run while trying to properly hook things up. LOL Seriously though, you really should tidy that up some. Not only will it look better but it will increase airflow.