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An event I help run moved to 4K video on the A cam this year, causing us to rethink our storage. To this point, we'd been offloading to a 3TB external hard drive, which has worked just fine thus far. It comfortably held four events' worth of footage, but it wasn't being backed up, and 4K would eat the remaining capacity quickly. Thus was an idea born.

Earlier in the year, Craigslist had struck again, and I scored an ugly tower built around an i7-980 and Radeon 6870 for twenty whole dollars. I was just supposed to come home with a keyboard... But back to the build. To keep write speeds up for bulk transfers, we decided on a 4x2TB RAID10. Bought three refurb Ultrastars from Newegg to supplement the single WD Green on hand and lassoed them together via X58's onboard RAID. Yes, that's mismatching drives. No, I don't care. Previous owner had installed Win10, but didn't leave me with a key. Thus, the 500GB 2.5" drive that it came with stays.

Discovery 1: Don't mess with the Marvell RAID. Only two ports doesn't give you many options. Discovery 2: Ultrastars run warm. Like warning temp within 2 hours warm. At idle. And this case has no front intake fan. Therefore, after far too long messing around with fan configs, I decide on transplant. Into a terrible freebie case that is one of the few in my collection that will accept EIGHT drives. Oh yes, did I mention the 4TB backup drive for the RAID and the 3TB to mirror the external drive? Plus the obligatory optical drive. I'm obtuse like that.

Discovery 3: Chosen case has a front fan mount. Discovery 4: It's a b%$&#-and-a-half to get a fan in there. I don't think this variant of the chassis was meant to have one. But it does now, and the Ultrafurnaces are much happier. Discovery 5: Motherboard extends behind the drive cage, making SATA routing a right PITA. Luckily, the PSU the donor came with was modular, so cable routing was much less terrible than it could have been.

To wrap the whole thing up, I yanked the completely unnecessary 6870, replacing it with a spare 5450. You know, despite being old as the hills, those things make great "I just need video output" cards.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad to see I'm not the only one still using Intel's first generation of i series CPU's. I have the 920 and it's still going strong after 10 years.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Lots of folks still swear by Sandy Bridge. I leapt straight from Wolfdale/Harpertown to Skylake, so my experience with the generations in between is limited. But so far, the jump in usability between Core 2 and Gulftown (granted, one of the faster Gulftown chips) is startling.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually mine is a Bloomfield 920. The one you have a Gulftown, I didn't notice that info until now. Gulftown released a year later and was like 50% faster compared to Bloomfield. It's still a solid CPU, as long as it's taken care of.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Atleast you got a Video Reposifurnace that can store 4k video, nice thus i feel u when it comes to motherboard extending behind the drive cage, been to that issue before and its fustrating to work on it

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I have to confess to a bit of an inadvertent untruth. I stuck my head back in this thing for reasons, and realized that the board doesn't go behind the cage, just behind the installed drives. The net effect is largely the same, tho.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

thats really hard, OOF

At least you build the PC For your 4k videos ;)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice adventure!! With bonus cat+dog pic. So you're telling you can get some air coming in somewhere from the 4 holes in the front?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Surprisingly enough, yeah. It's naturally not much, but enough that it keeps the drives within safe operating temps. Definitely scouting for a new home. This is actually a transplant case; the original, though much nicer to work in, had no front intake at all. I'd experimented with setting all fan positions in that one to exhaust, but HDD temps weren't much better than this config. And it was bigger and noisier.