This is my first build that I made to use as a Plex server running Unraid. The only parts that I purchased used are the CPUs and the RAM, everything else is new.
I went with a dual Xeon E5-2690 system because I have 4k movies that I play on Plex, so I wanted to make sure the server would be powerful enough.
There were really good reviews on the Hyper 212 EVO and they were a good price, so I figured I would try them out. When I built the server, the heatsink fans rattled whenever there was movement around the server, so I purchased the Noctua NF-F12 fans to replace and that solved my problem.
The EP2C602-4L/D16 motherboard is one of the only dual socket motherboards that you can still get for LGA2011. It was a tight fit in the case, but it fits.
I decided to go with 64 GB of ECC RAM for the server to make sure I would have enough RAM. I will probably use some of this for RAM transcoding in Plex. If need be, I can upgrade to 128 GB.
I went with the 860 Evo because I wanted a reliable SSD to use as the cache drive.
The WD Reds are made for NAS storage, so I ended up going with four 4 TB drives, using one as a parity drive and the other three in the main array.
I bought the GT 1030 strictly because the Xeons do not have iGPU. I do not plan on using a GPU for hardware transcoding and I just needed to view the bios during the initial start up and if I ever need to connect to the server directly. However, if I end up needing to transcode more, I will upgrade to a Quadro. I will not be doing any gaming on this server as I have an older computer that I am using now and will eventually build a new gaming computer once I have the money for it. Additionally, this card is passive, so I didn't need a PCI-E cable to power it.
Unfortunately I do not have a rack for a rack mountable case as I live in an apartment, so I went with the Enthoo Pro as it is one of the only cases with support for a SSI EEB motherboard.
I decided to go with the P2 750W PSU since I will be running this server 24/7 and I wanted better power efficiency. The 24 pin motherboard cable and one of the 8 pin EPS cables were too short, so I had to buy some extensions.
I rip all of my Blu-Rays for Plex and supposedly the Asus disc drive is 4k friendly. I have not verified this yet.
I added the Inateck USB 3.0 PCI-E card as there is no USB 3 header on the motherboard. Unfortunately the case's front header USB 3 cable did not reach the expansion card
Unraid OS uses a flash drive for boot up and then loads the OS into the RAM so I needed a flash drive for the system to work.
I have been researching building computers for a while now (I was waiting until I had enough money) so the build went very quickly. I am extremely pleased with this server so far and I look forward to doing more things with it.
A beast of a CPU
Stock fan rattles so I replaced it with a Noctua NF-F12 and now the heatsink works great.
Works as intended. The card is passively powered so you don't need a PCI-E cable to power it. Leads to a very clean look!
Great case to work in. Good cable management options. SSI EEB is tight in this case, but it will work.
Great PSU. Cables that come with might not be long enough, depending on your use, so you might need to by extensions.
Great fan. Purchased to replace the Hyper 212 Evo fan.