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  1. JinTexas

    JinTexas Notebook Consultant

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    When I built this system from scratch I painstakingly created everything from each and every power cable, lighting configuration, and every aspect of cooling which involved countless hours getting every bend and angle of the tubing exactly right. From start to finish I spent nearly a year planning and building. Total cost was between 20-30K and several months spent overclocking to get the best possible performance. Specifications are as follows.
    Build log
    https://www.overclock.net/threads/my-new-sth10-build.1595092/

    Chassis: Case Labs STH10
    OS: Win 10 pro
    Motherboard: Asus X99-E WS/USB 3.1
    CPU: Intel Core i7 6950X (Overclocked by 43%)
    GPU:2 NVIDIA TITAN X (Pascal) SLI config
    Memory: 64gb G.skill TridentZ Series DDR4 3200 CL14
    Storage: One 1TB Samsung 960 pro NVMe, two 512GB Samsung SM951 NVMe, four Western Digital Red 4GB Hard Disk Drive ( RAID 10 ). two Western Digital Red 6GB Hard Disk Drive ( RAID 0 )
    Cooling: Aqua Computer aquaero 6 XT blue USB fan controller, graphic LCD, touch control, IR remote control, 3 Aqua Computer D5 pump motor with USB and aquabus interface, 3 EK-CoolStream XE 480, 1 EK CoolStream XE 360, EKWB Compression and angled fittings, 32 Noctua NF-F12 PWM fans, Aqua Computer aqualis base for pump adapters 880 ml with fountain effect and nano coating, 2 EK-FC Titan X Pascal Backplate - Nickel. Aqua Computer High flow USB, 2 EK-FC Titan X Pascal - Nickel, Bitspower None Chamfer PETG 16mm OD Tube Length 1000mm
    Lighting: 2 Aqua Computer farbwerk, Aqua Computer IP65 LED strips, Luminous panel
    Other: HighPoint SSD7101A NVMe RAID controller card
    Power: EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2 Power Supply
    Monitors: One 31" LG 31MU97-B true 4K 4096X2160, two 28" Samsung S27D850T 2560X1440, One 28" Acer K272HUL 2560X1440
    Audio: Audioengine N22 Desktop Audio Amplifier

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    And last ones. When Nvidia released the 1080 GPU's I broke the system down and sold ,uch of the system. The Titans that cost me $2400 I sold for less then half to include the water blocks. The CPU that I bought at Silicon lottery for $1600 I sold for $800. The Motherboard cost me $525 but I sold for $400, Ram which cost $670 I sold for $300. The only thing I didn't sell was the case, monitors, storage, power supply, lighting, and none of the water cooling equipment. Hindsight is a ***** because if I knew then what I know now I could have easily sold for what I paid or even more. Especially the titans. I invite anyone interested to check out the link to my build log. In it I described every aspect of my learning process with hundreds of pics every step of the way.

    That link again is
    https://www.overclock.net/threads/my-new-sth10-build.1595092/



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    Looks cool but, it's like buying a car sometimes with technology when it comes to resale.

    50% out the door and off the lot. Being creative in how you part thigs out is the key to recouping the capital. Keeping your costs down from the beginning is key to not losing your ass on resale. Splurging for top of the line components isn't a good idea when it comes to these things if you don't hold onto them for a couple of years.

    I went through a similar process over a couple of years putting together a system that replaced 5-6 separate devices i.e. NAS, DVR, Router, WIFI, etc. and the system expanded beyond initial ideas more as a challenge than need. I got things put together for the NAS/DVR function pretty easily and on a modest budget considering I went with a 8700K / 16GB RAM. NVME primary / 8TB Red for storage. Once I had that going I deviated a bit and added a couple of 4-port 1GE cards to make it the central hub/switch for everything. Worked fine and then started playing around trying to make it into a "router" to knock out additional pieces of power grubbing equipment. It threw me for a bit of a curveball tying the pieces of software into a working direct connect to the Cable Modem and actually being able to get clients out to the internet but, it works 1000% better than anything off the shelf. Pondering things again and changing specs I opted to go R10 with 4x8TB Red's instead of a single storage drive and that was a cake walk compared to other things. Speed came to mind on the internal LAN moving data around and started looking into yet another change moving to 5GE card / adapters to speed things up a bit more.

    In the end I went through 3 different cases / 3 different MOBO's to my end result housing everything in a Node 804 which is compact yet highly efficient in cooling / space for tons of data as it has 8 3.5" bays + 2 3.5" mounting points + 2 2.5" drive slots on the front grille. Mounts for 10 fans front/back/top/bottom which keeps it hovering around ~100F I definitely didn't have your budget but, I'm sitting around 3500-4K and if I don't think of anything else to do with it I should be set for many years as I don't use it as a "desktop" to use programs on it's running Linux and doesn't have a monitor hooked up to it except when troubleshooting things occasionally. It has the horsepower though to run any app if needed to be a primary workstation.

    Selling off parts of the project though didn't hit 50% in losses due to being patient waiting for the right buyers but, still at 20-30% it's a hit to the pocket for changing your mind.
     
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    Not what the point of this thread is...
     
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    Then what is your point?
     
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    Exactly that, for one, the title doesnt point towards anything in particular which is actually frowned on by the mods. Had done it once before and didnt know it was a rule some number of years ago.

    Is this meant to be an upgrade thread? Meant to divert traffic to OCN? reflective on selling parts at actual used pricing instead of inflation prices?

    It is criticism but honestly dont know what the purpose of the thread is for, hence why I asked.

    Ahh I see I missed a word in there, my bad.

    Not sure what the point of the thread is*
     
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    Makes a big difference but, sure the title could use some more words to it.... maybe it's a work in progress?
     
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    OCN knows how to label build logs unless all matters of decorum vanished from that space

    @Mr. Fox might get a kick out of the pc though. Beyond that not sure what the thread is for...
     
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    Mr. Fox BGA Filth-Hating Elitist

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    I like it. A lot.
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