The old Windows Server 2003 AD DC / DHCP / DNS Server start failing recently. Instead of spending the extra cash on a Rack server we decided to go ahead and custom build something with enough power and speed to handle multiple network functions here for the company.

Note: The i7 was a sort-of-mistake. The i7 was purchased for a separate rig but due to the degrading state of the old Server and shipping issues with the i5 we had ordered for this machine we substituted as the Mother Board and i7 were compatible. It ended up costing a little more but we are happy with the results.

Part Reviews


Great Benchmark. Performance is better than expected. Great tech.

CPU Cooler

You are paying for the low-profile of this Cooler. Cheaper Coolers perform better. Under bench mark testing CPU is pushing 82 degrees C.

Otherwise, easy install. Profile is great. Looks good. Performs well for the machine we have put it in. I doubt its performance in a Gaming rig.

We don't plan on purchasing again unless our needs require a cooler with this specific profile.


Excellent BIOS. Great on-board RAID control. Good BIOS boot time. Very easy to install. No complaints. Gigabyte has yet to disappoint.


Perfect for the environment we are placing it in. We have the whole company mirrored to the File Server in real-time, accessing and saving documents / images / small video clips etc. Latency is very low, great response time. I was expecting long boot times, especially putting Windows Server 2012 R2 on these with no Performance RAID (we are using RAID 1 currently for Redundancy), but even boot times with these drives are in no way bad.


Excellent room to work. Air flow is great (better be with the name!). Case is appealing to look at. Only down side is the amount of 3.5" storage it is capable of holding. Currently only 3.5" x4. If I find an easy inexpensive solution to this problem I will amend my rating.

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  • 15 months ago
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That benchmark score is misleading because you didn't run the 3D mark.

  • 15 months ago
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There is no GPU, the 3d benchmark cannot run. We received errors when the 3d Benchmark was attempted.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a GPU, Intel UHD Graphics 630. It doesn't make sense why it wouldn't work.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesn't explain how your computer is working. Your cpu has a gpu built into it. If it didn't you wouldn't even have anything coming on the display. if you have issues with 3d mark, that shouldn't be happening.