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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.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Stock fan rattles so I replaced it with a Noctua NF-F12 and now the heatsink works great.

Video Card

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!

Case

Great case to work in. Good cable management options. SSI EEB is tight in this case, but it will work.

Power Supply

Great PSU. Cables that come with might not be long enough, depending on your use, so you might need to by extensions.

Case Fan

Great fan. Purchased to replace the Hyper 212 Evo fan.

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Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 3 points

can we talk about how great plex is? I lobe it so much +1 haha

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

It is beautiful!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! It has been working fabulously so far and I don’t think I could be any happier.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

nice rig, i will follow your guide to make one

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I am still extremely happy with the server, it's a beast!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly.. I just might copy everything you have done for my own build.

Have you ran into any issues yet with Unraid?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, I have been out of town for a while and I haven't gone online. No, I have not had any problems with Unraid, it has been excellent!

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Not gonna lie.. pretty much copied your whole build haha.

Only disappointing thing for me is no S3 sleep setting int he BIOS for the mobo :( So when it goes to sleep the fans still blast.. Definitely not a deal breaker though!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Do I spy a Technivorm in your build photo? How do you like it and do you think it's worth the money? Oh, and is the server still working out for you?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahahaha, the Technivorm is fabulous! I'm impressed that you spotted it. Makes incredible coffee and it is definitely worth the money! The server is also a beast! Could not be any happier with either of them.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

That CPU real price is $2400 holy ****

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

the reason its so high is because They're super outdated, (personally i don't get why companies overprice old tech, i would have though they would want to have sold it)

  • 12 months ago
  • 0 points

But kind of a disappointment with the GT 1030. No offense.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

No offense taken. As I mentioned in my post, I don't have need for anything more powerful than the GT 1030 currently. If I find myself needing a more powerful GPU later down the road, I will upgrade it then.