Description

I use this build as a Plex Server and sometimes for games. I was worried that the H500i wouldn't fit this massive board but I wanted a small case that looked good. Turns out you can completely remove the cable cover and without that, the case has plenty of room for wide motherboards.

I will udpate when I receive my PCI-e extension cable and vertically mount the gpu as well as when I get some AIO liquid coolers for the CPUS.

Part Reviews

CPU

2x E5-2670 is a great deal and from the CPU Mark scores (Single: 1776, Multi: 19593) seems to perform around the level of a ThreadRipper 1920x. The Single Core score may be a bit low, but for under $85 each these are a steal!

Motherboard

This board is really big and pretty finnicky . It doesn't always boot up right away and may require a few reboots. There are guides online that can help you set the bios up a bit better (https://github.com/bravegag/z9pe-d8_ws-optimization-guide). I am happy though that the board can support the V2 Xeons, so that leaves me with a bit of an upgrade path for the future.

Memory

Works at 1600MHZ as advertised. The heatspreaders are a nice metallic blue color. It's not DDR4 but I don't know how much of a difference that would really make.

Storage

I had this lying around from my last Plex Server so I tossed it in this one. I've had it for 2 years and it stil works great. It may not be NVMe but it's fast enough for the OS to feel responsive.

Storage

Stores files. Have had no issues with it. Have had it for 2-3 years.

Storage

Stores files. Have had it for 6-7 years. No issues at all. I keep my least important data on this drive because it is getting older and I do worry it may one day fail.

Storage

This is my newest drive and it has been working well for about a year. No issues with it.

Video Card

Had this thing lying around and love the way it looks. I ordered a PCI-e extension cable to vertically mount this. WIll update when it arrives. It's about as fast as a GTX 1060 in most games.

Case

This case is an incredible value. Only $129 and it comes with 2 RGB LED strips, a smart hub / fan controller thing, room for 3x 3.5" drives and 2x 2.5" drives (though you could fit 4x if you has 2 more of the little drive caddies it comes with) and it looks really good. It was a joy to build in and it will even fit my massive SSI EEB motherboard with minimal modifications (only 5/9 screw holes matched up). I wanted the white one but it was not in stock anywhere, overall though I am happy with the black. Either way it is a great looking case

Power Supply

Had this lying around. Semi modular and has 2x 8 pin cpu connectors. Works really well with this build. I'll take off one star because the 24 pin and one of the 8pin connectors have exposed colored wires and are not especially nice to look at, but that is pretty minor.

Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh hell yeah!! One type of build I just wanna do sometime! Looks amazing too! +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

What os are you using just out of curiosity?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It was fun to build. I am using Windows 10 Pro currently.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to do any case mods because otherwise I feel like that would have been somewhat difficult getting the board in. Very innovative btw

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't both doing any modifications to the case, minus removing the cable channel thing but I don't think that counts as a mod because it is only held in with screws. 5/9 screws holds the board in place pretty well. If I was going to use heavy CPU coolers I would probably want to drill a hole for the top right screw on the motherboard.

It is a bit of a pain to fit the board in there because it is so damn big but it does fit.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

THICC! Love the concept, two aios would look really cool. Maybe Deepcool captains? :o

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea i'm thinking of maybe the RGB Cooler Master ones. Honestly just whatever is the best deal since I have to get 2 of them.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

what is the purpose of this build? I have been thinking of building a small home server, but have only been building pcs for a year or so.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

It's mainly my Plex Server. I host content for family and friends. I haven't played any games on it yet but it is capable of that as well. I mostly put the GTX 690 in there because I like the way it looks and it's just been sitting on a shelf for a long time now.

This is really above and beyond what you would need for a small home server, I just always wanted to build a dual CPU rig so I went for it.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build man, I’m looking to buy the H500, I also got 3x3.5” drives and I’m worried about that drive cage and the noise, I’m going to house my gaming/workstation/plex pc inside of it, do I go for it or look for something else?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't had any issue with noise at all. The 3 drives fit no problem into the drive cage. It's a great case for a great price!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot