Happy Wife Happy Life Deadpool Build Grin
Looking to Build a Multi-Purpose HTPC that must be visually appealing, stable, durable, low maintenance and a real work horse !!
Budget: Roughly $2200 USD
Location: Central United States in my Living Room Next to the TV Stand most likely
Uses: 24x7 Operation for: Showing Off (Seriously), HTPC Functions, Seedbox functions (uTorrent Linux Server, Deluge, Transmission and Vuze running), HD Video Playback, HD Video Encoding (Rendering) 4K/1080p, HD Video Editing, Photo Editing, Browsing (Chrome Tab Abuser (Talking 2 to 4 Chrome Sessions, each with 40 to 100 or Tabs each or more), Video Streaming, File Sharing (NAS), Some Web/DNS Proxy/Cache functions, Virtual Machines (VirtualBox sessions of Solaris, Mac, Linux, and Windows), and Some Gaming from time to time...
Peripherals required: Optional Monitor(s), Option Keyboard, Optional Mouse
Operating System required: Linux Mint 64 with ZoL (ZFS on Linux)
System will be Running some Flavor of Linux for the OS (Likely Linux Mint .. No Operating System Flaming.. You can use whatever you want on your Box and I'll use what works best on mine Grin).
Looks.. The Look (Theme) of this is fairly important. This Box will likely be in our Living Room, and a Center Piece in its own way..
Storage.. Storage is a Must. I tend to Store HUGE amounts of Video/Picture Content. ZFS is the File System of Choice due to many required features for 24x7 operation such as lightning fast snapshots, ability to expand volumes on the fly, and online scrubbing to check for inconsistencies and replace faulty drives.
Reliability.. Must be Reliable.. System I'm on right now I built in FEB 2009. And I have had a NIC onboard chip burn out, lost a GPU Fan, and oddly enough have a add-in NIC Card that is intermittent. So of course, I would like to avoid any issues when possible.
Maintenance.. All Filtered Air Intakes are a Must IMHO.. Also would rather still stick with Air cooling using a Fairly Massive Heat Sink for better dissipation and higher chances of survival if a CPU Fan does give way.
System is Now Built !!!!
Machine is Now Up and Operational.. And the new goal I have is to find a work load capable of challenging the machine. Tried running 40 to 60 HD Videos at the same time and that got the chip up to about a 30 percent load across all cores, and the Graphics Card temp climbed from 38C up to 44C. But I hardly call that breaking things in Grin..
Did have to set a Max Memory Usage variable for ZFS because it defaults to eating 75 percent of the Total system memory, and that just doesn't fit well. After making sure it doesn't run past 4G I've had no issues staying within the 16G system limitation.
Future of this system..
Wife feels we should spend the cash to get the 3rd party Filter for the Bottom 140mm Fan spot and put an additional 140 down there to get some light from the bottom as well.
Myself.. I would like to Go an additional 4 x 5TB Toshiba and 32GB Ram Kit. But at this time can't Justify the Need or Price of either. Just what I would Like to do Grin..
Pictures are taken with a Cell Phone. So please don't bash their quality. I will do some with a Real Camera when the Wife points out where it is placed Grin..
Want to than Every One here in the PCPP Community that Helped with their Recommendations. As you can see some of which I followed, and some that got discarded Grin..
Your input/feedback is always appreciated !! Thanks in Advance....
Long Wordy Rant Complete
Please Check out my other Builds:
5820K .. Well .. Honestly, not sure if I have to speak on behalf of this Chip.. It speaks Volumes on its OWN. This chip Tears through Anything you can toss at it. It has had NO Issues with any true day to day work loads. And even coming up with synthetic scenarios just to attempt to challenge it has been difficult
Asus SABERTOOTH X99 Is just a Beastly Board all the Way around. It reminded me of a Cast Iron Skillet when I first went to pick it up. I would hate to get hit by one full swing that much I know for sure. It has Eleven 4 Pin PWM Fan Headers if my count is correct, so that was a pleasure. Dust proofing is what encouraged picking this board even with the price premium. After Working with the Board, and seeing the attention to detail on everything from the Mother Board header pin out connector assistant that is a true God Send, I have NO Regrets in my Purchase. Would not only highly recommend this board. I will likely look to ASUS for future builds based on this experience.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16G 4x4 DDR4-2400 CAS 14 Great Kit. Wish NewEgg Had the 32G Kit in Red when I made my Order. They of course got it back in stock a few days after. Stuck with the Low Profile Kit due to the Air Cooler. Having Seen the Layout and positioning a standard memory module would have likely been OK. BUT I do like the over all look of these Memory Modules and that they just Fill the Slot and doing go Way Over the Top like most others do. Fairly sure they are Detected at 2133 Right now Out of the Box. Good chance I can get them up to the 2400 speed by just selecting the correct XMP profile. Odds of me getting around to that soon are fairly slim though because I'm pleased with the system performance and not trying to squeeze every last drop out of it Grin..
Samsung 850 EVO Pro SSD is just FAST.. Have it split into 2 partitions. One of about 20G for Linux Mint 64 and the Rest for /home .... There's no place like /home !! Paid the Extra bit of Cash to get the Pro just to see the little "Red" Tab on the Drive to match up with the Red and Black Deadpool Theme. Honestly
Already had the 5 x 1TB WD Green from my Old Box. So dropping them into this Box for ZoL (ZFS on Linux) in a raidz configuration was a given. Did have to set a variable in /etc/modprobe.d/zfs.conf to limit ZFS to only use a Max of 4G of ram so it didn't try to use 12G. YES, honestly ZFS defaults to trying to utilize 75 percent of the over all System Memory. I LOVE me some ZFS, but even true Love has LIMITS !! These 5 drives have all been running 24x7 since FEB of 2009 !!
5TB Toshiba Seems to read about the Same speed as the 5 x 1TB WD Greens in raidz. Roughly 150MB/s reads if I recall correctly. Moves along pretty quick for a spinning disk. Makes a good place to drop whatever I'm currently tinkering on if it is a bit to big to work with on the SSD..
MSI GTX 960 4G is Overkill as mentioned prior and makes a truly awesome HTPC Card that also looks good in the process. Make no Mistakes. These Cards are NOT Small. It takes up a FULL Two Slots in the Case, and the Length extends out fairly long toward the drive bays also. BUT this is the price you pay for a Great Cooler on your Graphics Card. Just like the HUGE CPU Heat sink, if you want your GPU to be Cool, it has to have a Huge amount of Surface area to dissipate the Heat also..
Corsair 760T IS THE BUILDERS CASE.. Can honestly see why the Price on this Case keeps climbing most of the time, and places have a hard time keeping it in stock. If you want a case that you will honestly enjoy working with both inside an out, that showcases your hardware better than most any other on the market. THIS is Your Case as well. Other than one of my two cases having a little wire come loose on the Reset switch portion that hooks onto the main board the case(s) is flawless. Not a fan of the Reset button flashing as an Activity Light either, so might just unplug the Reset switch on my case as well anyway. I mean, who uses the Reset switch anyway, riiight ?? The Design, Layout, and Accessories are all Top of the Line. It does carry a bit of a sticker price, but you do get what you pay for on this one....
Both of the 760T cases I did builds in are Excellent. Had the one minor flaw in the boys where the wire for the reset switch came loose. But they don't like the reset button blinking as an Activity light anyway, so I have decided the chances of trying to repair that and hook it onto the Main board are slim..
Only other Issue with the 760T is that the Bottom Intake Fan Mount for the 140mm is not Filtered.. So you either have to leave it closed off with the plastic bracket over it despite having all the Bays pulled out; Buy a filter from a 3rd party that is extremely expensive due to shipping cost. OR, make your own filter to drop underneath to enable to use of that 140mm Fan position next to the PSU.
For right now our Builds have it blocked off with a Drive Bay until funds, resources, and patience are all in order to tackle that hot mess Grin. Truly an oversight in what is otherwise a near perfect case. Had seen mention of this in reviews prior, but for some reason had let it slip my mind until having the Cases up on the work bench and staring at the Fan mount position in awe Grin..
EVGA 1000W PS PSU is TOP NOTCH all the way, start to finish. This was the first time I had the honor of working with a Fully Modular Power Supply, and there will be NO looking back. Unless there is some major shift in what they are doing EVGA will continue to have my Business for Power Supplies in the Future, and likely other components when they fit well in the build. Not only Was this PSU a dream to install, with appealing cabling, it is Dead Silent. Can't ask for much more from a Power Supply in my Opinion.