Ahh ... I see. So the left channel is (sort of) your reservoir.
And YES PLS re pics.
Nice build and I like the custom water channels. Am I right in thinking that your flow goes from your CPU, to the channel at the front only to pop out the back almost straight away ... through your pump (we need pictures!) and then back into your front water channel on the opposite side of your drain port?
I've been looking at this case as well as the in-win BL631 and the Silverstone ML04B for a HTPC. I like the look of this case but note that it has no air intake grills that I can see.
How is the air flow in these things?
I do. I am running FreeNAS. I have the 8 HDDs in RAIDZ3 (software raid). This effectively means I have 3 HDDs for parity and 5 HDDs for data.
Sorry for the delay in responding. This thing has just been sitting under the TV, recording shows, playing shows and chugging along. No problems at all.
SATA Cables - I was lucky to find 4 different colors ... all 6" long (according to newegg) ... and the connectors are all just in the right place for 6" to be just the right length ... I think they make a great cover photo for this build.
GPU - The motherboard I have has integrated graphics. But I only really need it for setting up the NAS as I run it all headless (remote into the PC via IPMI or the FreeNAS GUI).
Asrock Motherboard - I liked it well enough while it was up and running. I don't think that my set up will tax the NAS too much and I would much prefer something simple, functional and reliable. That is not the case for my personal desktop build that I have been thinking about and working on for 18 months.
Very nice ... small builds that work are special.
lol - perfect!
What does 'quk' mean? I looked it up and this site said it mean 'current sea conditions'.
If so ... currently snowing with a tendency towards sleet. Expect about an inch or two.
Edit: Oh ... wait ... quk is your handle. I thought it was your comment. Sorry.
It has only been up for a day or two ... but my server does have PLEX on it. I don't think I tax it too much ... max concurrent streaming would be to three (3) screens. So far, so good.
I like the tub runs ... especially with the bends from the GPU so that they all line up. The sleeving combo looks very nice and ties in with the liquid color. I would love to see a short from 'behind' to see where all of those tubing runs end up.
Really? CaseLabs says that the BH2 has a cooler clearance of 143mm. Cryorig says the M9 needs a clearance of 124.6mm. That is over 20mm. Seems that it will fit if you lose the top fans.
Cryorig have an origami cooler height tester that you can d/l and use to see what will fit and what won't. http://www.cryorig.com/news.php?id=58&page=1
Nicely done - good to see someone put the Bullet under air and not try and squeeze in a loop. I would have ditched the top fans and gone with a M9 Cryorig cooler ... but, ok ... fine.
Where are you using the Silverstone fans? I have 2 x Kingwin KF-4001-BK racks that come with a 120mm fan ... and I wanted to get a fan that pulls more air. Will these fans do that? Noise is relatively unimportant as the NAS is in the basement.
Thx for the comment. This build has morphed a number of times since the 915. I should post another completed build with the new details. Maybe next weekend. Maybe not :).
Very nice and congratulations on being featured. Got to love the parts selections from MMRS, Barrow fittings, BlackIce rads ... all of these will also pop up in my build shortly.
I am going to see if I can track down your build log ... I am pretty sure I know where it is.
I ended up moving this build into a CaseLabs Nova X2M. It is sitting in the basement providing server support to the house. All of my music, DVD, recorded TV and data is now on the NAS. Plex is being used to push the DVDs and recorded TV to the various TVs.
All working very nicely!
Media Portal says it supports Ceton cards. I haven't tried it yet ... but I will early next year.
Fitting the C1 was a pain. The thing is so big there is no way you can look around it to see if you have the screws in the right place. Once you do, it is easy ... a few twists of the screwdriver and you are good.
I would strongly recommend that you do a dry fit and place (pencil?) marks on the plastic schroud and your case so that you can tell when you have the alignment correct when fitting with TIM applied.
Also, the C1 should be the last thing that you need to do as you won't have access to the mobo to fit sata cables, fan cables, power cables, etc ... do all of that and then fit the C1.
Nicely done - it looks very nice from the outside.
For your next case, you might want to consider slipping in an internal (wooden!) panel so that you can tuck your cables behind it.
Wait a minute, building a wooden case means that you don't have to be limited by what the current cases look like. You could do anything you like ... say ... have the motherboard more centrally located with the case having no I/O cutout ... but having a hole (or holes) for the cables. Then build in a section of the case that just lifts off to reveal the I/O board ... oohh the options.
If you get this case, don't forget to flip the power supply switch like I did.
If you get this case, don't forget to flip the power supply switch like I did.
That is exactly what I did too ... I couldn't get it to turn on and tried a bunch of other things because I didn't want to have to unpack everything out of the box just to flip the power switch.
Very nice. How part(s) did you include to make your HDDs hot swappable? The 4th shot shows some sort of bolted on control board.
I also notice you put in lots of foam .. is that standard in the R4? If it isn't, why did you put it in? Noise? What are the implications of using that foam re airflow and temperatures?
I hadn't rated anything. Added some stars to some items. Other items remain outstanding while I form an opinion.
Nice build and I certainly agree with your comments about planning ahead and the like. I just completed my ML07B build and ran into the PSU in-take issue, the screw issue and the fat finger issue. I appreciated the tool kit picture at the end ... a touch is critical as is something to pick up the screws when they drop. I believe I have the same 4x pliers set that you have.
Thanks for the comment.
Do I come across as displeased with the SFX-L? I wasn't at all (I'll go back and edit my PSU comment). In fact, I was and am very pleased with the SFX-L ... it is quiet! That is probably my #1 requirement for this build.
See my reply above re case mods.
I picked up the ML07B late summer last year ... before the SFX-L had come out ... hence its smaller in-take grill. I wanted a quiet PSU and the new SFX-L fitted that requirement. However, I ended up with a mis-fit between the PSU and the case (as I understand it, new ML07Bs have a bigger PSU in-take grill).
If I was going to return one of the PSU or case, it would have been the case ... but I had already started my modification process (sleeved front cables, etc) and I couldn't return it.
Hence the dremel action.
Two reasons ...
1) it was dirt cheap. I googled 'cheap GPU htpc' and found a few top-5 lists. This one was mentioned a few times.
2) I was a little nervous re running HDMI off the motherboard ... with reason as it turned out. Last night my GPU wasn't working and I had to run the TV off the motherboard ... picture was fine but there was no sound. I trouble-shot the GPU today and now picture and sound is running to the TV via the HDMI off the GPU.
Fascinating. I hadn't heard about the M1 NCase before ... looks really interesting. If it was a little taller and you could fit 3 x 3 HDD cages in the bottom, this would make a really good NAS case.
BTW - what is that black think just to the right of the CPU cooler in picture #4 ... it looks like some sort of fan central power controller ???
Excellent! Nice touch with the screenshot of PCPartPicker.
Yes, I spent $1k. No, it isn't just a netflix box. It'll do a lot more than that for me. I am sure there are things that I will end up doing with this box that I haven't even thought of yet.
Thanks for your comment.
Of the mobo and cooler?
I found a layout picture of the motherboard (usually from the manual) or an overhead picture (amazon or newegg) and pulled that into GIMP. I then resized it so that 1 pixel represented 1mm (or 0.1 of an inch). I then did the same with the pictures (or diagram) of the C1 from cryorig web site ... but on different layers. I then made the cooler layer transparent and moved it around until the CPU slot on the cooler diagram lined up with the CPU slot on the motherboard.
Started to read up on plex server ... definitely going to add this. The house is currently being wired for Ethernet so this should be all up and running in about two weeks.
Added some post-cable management pictures.
I ended up not going with an Ensourced cable. I have another build (HTPC) on the go that is using the short, flat cables from Silverstonetek. That PCs PSU arrived and I 'borrowed' the 24-pin cable from it. You can see the difference in the latter pictures.
Very nice. Both of my builds at the moment are air cooled. I don't need to overclock so I didn't even think of liquid cooling.
There is a very similar build at overclock.net using the same case as yours and air cooled with a James Bond GoldenEye theme.
The NAS will be on my wired (ethernet) home network ... as will my PC, HTPC and (maybe) some TVs. The speed should be excellent (Cat6 will run up to 10 Gbps which is stupidly fast). Once I get it all hocked up, I'll move some large files around and time it.
Yeah. $60 is 3 DS fans.
This will be a NAS (network attached storage) that I will be used as a storage vehicle for my pictures, videos, recorded TV, movies, music, etc. It spreads the risk of PC failure removing my ability to use these files. It will also be run using a RAID disk structure which will spread the risk of HDD failure.
Excellent. Thanks. Some (more) reading and research topics for me.
What is a Plex server? I've been seeing that mentioned a number of times and have meant to do some google-inspired research. Any useful links to get me started?
My other build project is a HTPC in an even smaller case using a Silverstone STX PSU. I must remember to check if Ensourced makes cables for them ... the HTPC build could do with a 8" 24pin cable.
Yeah ... 12TBs might be a tad much. I might only use 3 of the disks and keep one for spare ... or not. Not sure yet.
We have tons of DVDs and I am tossing up putting them on the NAS so that we have instant access to our movies. That would be a ton of work and lots of space. I would not include those in any daily backup.
Right. But did you paint it attached to the other parts ... or take if off? If you took it off - how did you get it off?
The thing I want to know is ... how did you get the stacker grill red?
Thanks for the write up about your 915s. There aren't many builds featuring the 915F or R so it is good to see them.
With regards to cooling, the buzz I am currently reading about for low profile air coolers is the Cryorig C1 ($62 on newegg). It has a fairly big footprint and does a pretty good job cooling. You might still have the issue with it not being able to get clean, cool air.
Maybe another 915 to house your liquid cooling gear?
Thanks for posting your build write up. There aren't many builds featuring the 915F or R so it is good to see them. I have a 915R that I will be putting together over the next month or so (NAS) and I too am not looking forward to the cable management issues that this case will throw up.
I had the same question. Thanks for the answer. Now I just need to find out how to import the pictures. I can't see an import button.
Edit: Ahh - there it is. It gets added once you have added some text or saved the build description. You might want to consider adding the import pictures button to the same screen where you give a general description of the build and the parts review.
Nice build. Thanks for the write up. I especially like the fan caddy on the back ... very nice! And the PSU gave you some good, stealthly black cables so you can hardly see them.
Very nice temps ... and I have been drooling over an R5 for ages. I was really close to putting a NAS into one of those until I changed to a HAF Stacker 915R. I am actually buying someone's discarded 5 x HDD cage from their R5 to insert into the 915 ... so I will end up with some R5 goodness in there.
Thanks for the update. The slider one improvement will be very useful. I was going to suggest that you look into your slider using the log scale. That would increase the ability to select lower price ranges. Your solution of manually typing them in works too.