the design and work on the hardline is amazing - you got my +1
I like seeing NAS builds - could you provide some more detail? That case has an integrated backplane, right? How did you provision the drives - is FreeNAS on one of those 8 drives, or all of them one big ZFS pool? Did you create a SLOG?
I am looking to build a machine to support both massive storage and a few VMs. I was going to use a hypervisor like VMware, and then pass through some of the hardware to FreeNAS (as a VM). I've been looking at picking up an older server case with backplane, but maybe that Silverstone might serve... the problem is I think I need a processor and mobo that support vt-d to pass through hardware to a VM like that, nor do I think the Atom has enough oomph for a few VMs.
Colours aren't my cup of tea, but +1 for your very logical process and a great build and better write up.
You have my +1 - beautiful. For your first wc rig, your bends look awesome...great work.
Good looking build, good parts...GOOD JOB!
In the spirit of continuous improvement, I would make the following suggestions:
1) Doesn't the R4 support psu intake from down below? Unless you plan to put this on a carpet (which you really probably shouldn't), I would invert the PSU so that it intakes from the bottom and exhausts out the back.
2) You clean up the wire that I believe is for a fan, and is in front of the RAM sticks in the 2nd picture. It looks like you did some good cable management otherwise, so fix that one straggler up to reflect the overall quality of the build.
You have a really nice setup! But I want to see more pictures of the computer!
You could also try Sophos UTM - home versions are free, and similar to pfsense, you're basically getting a fully equipped software firewall. Sophos is debian based though, to pfsense's BSD.
the 80mms are black and gray
Nice build...and nice rack! What do you do for work that you're using a lot of hashcat, and need that much storage?!
Nice job. Would love to see a pick of the back too - did you use fittings or small sections of soft tube to connect all those through pieces?
You really showcased the hardline tubing. There is some nice equipment there too, so I personally would have done 2 less runs back to the through fittings and instead connected GPU and CPU, in my opinion reducing the emphasis on the water cooling a bit to showcase more of MB and the like, but that's just personal preference.
You got my +1
+1 for your build!
I love this case - have built two computers for family in it now. Obviously you were working with what you had, but for anyone else out there, I HIGHLY recommend a modular (at least semi) PSU, especially if you plan on using the DVD tray (where the OP stashed all the extra cables). This is also personal preference, but I like the hard drive on the stand thing on the mobo side of the case vs under the DVD - think it gets better airflow from any 80mm fans you install on that right side (as you're looking at it). PS while the case is asewsome, it doesn't come with any fans, so pick up some 80mm nocturas so you have fans like the OP has in his pics.
How's that work? Didn't register until a commenter down below pointed out the vapor tubes or whatever normally associated with air coolers... So you took off the fans, but mount the GPU block to this air cooler underneath?
Wow - beautiful. Mind walking us through the custom loop? GPUs go to CPU go to MoBo cooling go to...where? And how do I get back to GPU (starting point of what I can see)? 3 rads? Top, front and back of down below? What's up with that res setup and pump - it looks cool! But how does it work? It looks like two cylinder res on top of a bay res? driven by one pump? I also thought I saw a pump top down below.... VERY good looking - want to know more. Great detail!
Yes, I used the backplate that came with the rest, and the foam pads they suggest you put between the backplate and whatever you mount to in the case. At my last "maintenance" for my rig, I actually took the entire thing off, and used an old rubber mouse paid as refreshed padding between the backplate and the back of the case.
I've been talking with XSPC - who has been providing great customer service - and sent them a video: they confirmed the noise I am getting recently is not vibration, its the impeller being unbalanced and hitting stuff (possibly something stuck in the pump). Since its under warranty, they are sending me a new impeller. PITA to drain loop to replace, but happy to solve this noise issue:)
Do you like the photon? How's the noise? I love mine, but the way its assembled, the pump at the bottom causes vibrations which travel up the tube, and the tube rattles in the top bracket, creates an annoying hum. Filling the res is a lot easier if you tilt the case just like 10 degrees - it prevents that bubble of water at the top.
Nice job on the build!
I woulda used FreeNAS. And you don't need hardware controllers with ZFS. The old adage hardware raid controllers are better is a fallacy now.
GREAT JOB. I love the Haf912, but it was not pretty on the inside (not painted black). Love the black inside, the custom PSU shroud, and the external paint is AWESOME. GREAT WORK.
How'd you get a free copy of Server 2012? Dreamspark?
I built a UTM in this case - its a sexy case. But annoying how you have to pull out the pedestal to screw on the spinning platter drive. Nice job on the build - its overkill, but you build what the client wanted...
I like that desk - can you share a link?
+1 for the build too!
Good colour matching, good lighting. Props for saying "I want to do that" and DOING IT. I'm terrible at naming...sorry. Think something "cool" (temperature wise) and with a nod to the great lighting is in order, but I can't come up with it. +1. Now go conquer hard tubing!
I can only dream until fiber comes to me. I use Sophos' UTM (home license is free) - sorts wanna play around with pfsense to experience it, but honestly Sophos has made it so easy haven't been tempted to experiment. Kudos to you for taking infosec seriously.
Entertaining write up. Looks like a very good build - need more pics.
You some kind of network architect/developer? What's up with what looks like diagrams for card processing flows behind you.
I'd call that a super wide...a fisheye. You can get wide angle lenses that keep parallel lines parallel...10-20mm full format. Good for emphasizing near ground. I personally love fisheyes under water...but I think in this application it took away.
Well, it certainly doesn't show (that it was your first attempt at water) - great job.
Beautiful build - +1. My two comments for continuous improvement are: 1) put combs on the power cables, and 2) tell the photographer not to take shots at funny rotations - I'm all for the tight shot of the CPU water block, but since it was rotated, I naturally turned my head. Get in there and be artistic, but don't rotate the camera...
Wow. Great colour scheme. AWESOME job on the custom loop. Your bends are beautiful. My acrylic bends = not so hot.
Thanks for the additional pic! As you contemplate improving this one or your next build (the bug hits most people!), consider 1) trying to plan your cable routing so you hide them behind the mobo tray and improve case airflow, 2) upgrade to an SSD (makes boot times so fast and OS more responsive), and 3) doing some more robust stress testing to make sure you know the chips limits.
Good job! Nitpicking, but the OCD part of me wants to know if its possible to rotate the cpu water block, so you don't cross the tubes. I envy your installation of a fill port! Very nice.
Good job on the build! I would try and clean up the cabling though - can you route a lot of that behind the motherboard, and along common paths, so you getter better breathing (and easier cleaning)?
Good job on a first build! Can you give us a "straight on" shot to the motherboard tray, so we can see more of the inside? Also, what are your temps on that overclock under load? You moved the external fan to up front (so there are two), and put the Corsair in the back as exhaust? Looks like a good selection of parts to me.
Haha, guess your old build's pic snuck in there. I was about to give you the obligatory hard time for the CX-430. Good looking build, and really dig the touches you added (plasti-dipped graphics) - wish I was that creative/talented.
Beautiful build, but why stock cooling on K chip? Your overclock is mild, but still probably a worthwhile investment to spend $25 bucks on a 212 evo or something.
Done - she is now "B3" (Big Blue Beast). Sorry about that.
Appreciate the tip. Honestly, got my 5820k for $299, and that is the most I think I will every pay for a processor - $550k takes some doing. Glad its the same chipset (and thus same RAM), so I guess its an easy upgrade, but is it really worth almost doubling down to go Broadwell E?
Sure - soon as I think of a replacement...
Ugh - sorry. It's another 5820k too! I swear I didn't see yours and take the name - just arrived at the same thing. Nice build though!!
Great detail (vinyl, matching colours, clean looking). +1
Huh, thanks for that info. I remember taking into account FPI when I did my cooling calculations, but I honestly didn't realize it would matter that much for sound. That said, its not a "roar" - my computer is not taking off or anything. But its also not quite - just kinda a drone. I'll probably get a fan controller at some point so I can make it silent when I am just browsing pcpartpicker. And really appreciate the kind words!
Then it shall be "BLUE STEEL" - thanks!
The last pic is a speedfan screenshot, so you can see the temps. I kicked off an encode in the middle, so you can see the CPU shoot from idle to 100% usage. In short, 15-20 idle (depending on core) and 45-50 at load. The pump is whisper quiet, but the fans for the radiators make a kinda dull roar. This being my first water cool build, I now understand why most people hook up all the rad fans to a fan controller! I bought two of the cougars originally, and even running all the time at full power as case fans, they were inaudible. But when you put them up against a buncha fins, you hear it.
Thanks for the feedback on both the build and the name - I'll see what I can come up, but I'm not the most creative of people... "Blue Steel" keeps popping into my head - I blame the Zoolander 2 adds.
Thank you! It definitely took some time, but the journey was part of the fun. Really feels good for others in this community to say it came out well.
How'd you mount the Photon?
Get a cooler master 915, and add another HDD rack. You can fit a mitx board, and six drives in it. Smaller and cheaper than buying a tower big enough for all those drives, and then wasting the rest of the space.