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Spare parts Server build (with no purpose yet)

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gsrcrxsi

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After building my new plex server I had some leftover stuff, and combined with some other leftover parts i was able to put together a decent server.

Not sure what i'll do with it yet. maybe use is for some video encoding (after a CPU upgrade) or temporarily donate it to my dad's SETI farm until i find something to do with it.

Specs:

Best Buy Rocketfish (Lian Li rebadge) case that i've had for years collecting dust from an old watercooled build.
leftover Supermicro X9DRi-LN4F+ motherboard (it only takes a V1 chips and i wanted to use V2s for my plex server)
2x Xeon E5-2650L 1.8GHz 8-core (came with the plex server that i swapped out)
2x CoolerMaster Hyper 212 evo (leftover from old mining rigs)
32GB Samsung DDR3-1333 (pulled from backup plex server)
160GB Intel 320 SSD (from backup plex server)
WD 1TB Black HDD
PCP&C Silencer MKIII 1200w (dad had lying around from troubleshooting some server issues)
2x Scythe 120x38mm 2000rpm fans for intake
4x 120x25mm fans on exhaust

To fit the motherboard, i had to re-drill some standoffs. the board is listed by Supermicro as "Enhanced E-ATX". luckily the case has plenty of room to fit the taller MB. The bottom 6 standoffs lined up, but i had to redrill the upper 6 ones. luckily it was pretty easy, and the lower 6 helped me line it all up perfectly. I had also already cut the holes in the front and top for the additional fans.

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when i was swapping the MB in the plex server, i wasnt careful enough and slightly bent a CPU pin. i VERY careful tried to bend it back, but i was too scared to break it so its still a little bent. I was worried that it wouldnt work, but i fired it up last night and its working! woohoo!
 

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Nice backup system you have there.

One of these days I really need to replace my super old Naas server (a64 x2 with 2g ddr1). So maybe I can get the Plex server off my main box.

You should run cinebench r15 to see what it scores.
 
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gsrcrxsi

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I ran it, need to double check the score. It didn’t do that great. Similar to the single 10-core 2680v2. But they are low power so... lol

I also ran P95 on it. These chips make like no heat lol. Small FFT with AVX and the hottest core was like 42C
 
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gsrcrxsi

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yup. just ran it.

single E5-2680v2 (all 10 cores @3.1GHz w/turbo) scores about 1380
dual E5-2650L (all 16 cores @2.0GHz w turbo) scores about 1360
 

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Do you feed alot of devices with Plex ?
Didn't think you needed that much umph =)
Most I ever feed is two Chromecast's.
 
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gsrcrxsi

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what is this "need" talk? ;)

but my plex server/NAS definitely has more power than it needs right now. I don't serve many users mainly just me and like 1 other friend right now. but i'm starting to include 4k content in my library, so transcoding that to 1080p TVs and mobile devices uses quite a bit of power. my 2x 2680v2 setup in my current plex server can see up to about 40% CPU load just transcoding a single 4k stream.
 
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gsrcrxsi

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well, just won an auction on ebay for 2x E5-2690s (2.9GHz 8-core). these will replace the low power chips. and ill toss the rig to my dad for his SETI stuff for now.
 

custom90gt

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Lol that's an awesome christmas present. You've gone a long way from your initial plex project, lol...
 
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gsrcrxsi

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stole the PSU and SSD out of this to use in my mining rig. lol.

replaced the PSU with a spare corsair 750W i had.

it's good to use all these extra parts to good use.