No problem. Just to clarify, my tolerance for noise is extremely low because the PC is in my living room. I wanted it to be completely inaudible from 10 ft away. Now if only I could make the HDs in my NAS quieter....
Even on the lowest speed it was too loud, so I actually put the low noise adapter inline with each fan. I have 10 fans total:
2 CPU0 (push/pull) - controlled by motherboard
2 CPU1 (push/pull) - controlled by motherboard
3 intake - controlled by fan controller
3 exhaust - controlled by fan controller
Also, I had to purchase a fan controller not shown in the pictures. Motherboard has a firmware issue. Check the description I wrote. Not sure if it has been fixed as it was a while ago but just wanted to warn you.
If I recall correctly, there were no RAM clearance issues.
Yes, I purchased additional NF-F12s. I used a Y adapter to connect them to the same plug on the motherboard. So 4 fans but only 2 connections to the motherboard, connected to CPU0 fan and CPU1 fan. I looked up the amperages at the time and determined this wouldn't be an issue.
It is a very, very tight fit. You must put the fans on before you mount the cooler because there is not enough clearance for the fan clamp to be pulled over the fan once the cooler is mounted. Doing one push fan and one pull fan (so they stagger for clearance) would have been much easier.
Update added! :)
My previous server had both plex and media acquirement on the bare metal and it worked fine. But separating them helps with a few things:
1) Memory leaks!! A few times I have had a memory leak (in Ombi) make the media acquirement VM slow to a crawl. Plex never missed a beat! I have thought about separating all of the media acquirement software into separate VMs for this very reason but it would be too much work.
2) Limiting access to processor cores. Same as above but with CPU instead of memory. Less of a problem but it can be.
3) I like to minimize Plex down time because I have lot's of family/friends using it constantly. I can restart the media acquirement VM without affecting Plex which is really nice. No one would notice if the media acquirement VM was down for a few hours maybe even a day.
Exactly. The NAS is mounted on the VM server using NFS. It is hilarious how much the files move around, but it works extremely well.
Once done downloading, it is transferred over the dedicated network to the NAS and deleted off the temporary drive
Then it goes back over the dedicated network to the Plex VM so that Plex can transcode it to generate thumbnails (only the thumbnails are saved on the Plex VM)
Then when I go to watch something, the file goes over the dedicated network from the NAS to the Plex VM where it is either transcoded or just passed as is
So, my VM server sees the video file at least 3 times...... Once for download, once for thumbnail generation, and once each time it is watched. Crazy when you think about it!
I was worried. Installed the OS and booted from it just like any internal drive. Couldn't have been easier.
Thanks! If you have space for a tower, I think it is a better option. The Intel Xeon E5-2670 is probably one of the best values (if bought used) for ripping DVDs/Blu-rays or transcoding.
Yeah, I like it because it is a minimal design but the middle section makes it not boring. It's not that far, only 1750 miles... I'll be waiting for pictures of your server and stand!!
Wish I had the time to build a custom TV stand! Took a few months to find that one. Woodstock Furniture Outlet in Georgia, their website appears to be down :/
I should have explained my VM server storage:
The Plex metadata, thumbnails, etc. is stored on the Samsung 950 Pro to keep the interface fast. Both the Plex and media acquiring container use the Samsung 950 Pro for the OS.
One of the HDDs is for temporary storage for downloading media before it is copied onto the NAS.
One of the HDDs is for storing daily backups of the containers (NAS stores weekly backups). This was probably a waste, should have just done daily backups on the NAS.
So I had the file server (Synology DS1815+, 40 TB raw, RAID 5) setup and running well before I built this so that drove a lot of my decisions. The file server contains all my movies and tv shows for Plex plus computer backups and other files. I used to use an Intel NUC as a Plex server. It worked great for 1-2 streams. I highly recommend because of the low power consumption. But I wanted more streams and server grade hardware (like more than 1 NIC!). So I built this :)
I have a Ubuntu 16.04 container (LXC) that runs my Plex server. I have another Ubuntu 16.04 container for acquiring media (NZBGet, Deluge, Jackett, Sonarr, CouchPotato). I have other containers and VMs for other stuff as needed.
My file server and VM server (this box) are both on my network. But I created a direct connection between them with 2 gigabit links bonded using balance-rr (mode 0). They talk on this bond instead of through my main network. I can transfer files between them at 2 Gbps :)
So if I had to do it from scratch I might just make a single machine. But it is kinda nice to have them separate, they each backup eachothers config, hardware failures take down less, the Synology interface is way nicer than FreeNas or unRAID in my opinion, etc.
Interest: YES! Need: no. I've had a EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW in my Amazon cart since I built this server....
Only 5. Way more power then I need just for Plex, but the CPUs were cheap and I run a few VMs.