Anniversary 2.0 "SNAFU" Build

First: Thanks to this community for the knowledge base that allowed me to take the plunge.

Please don’t let my wife see how much this cost. I went a bit above what my original budget ($550) was, but with the drives it really was much more than I anticipated. I started buying parts last year (2019) so I could spread out the financial impact. But with COVID and having more time at home to mess around with stuff while I was working, I decided to go ahead and finish the build buying and putting it together.

Now I’ve built two PCs in my life, the last one being around 8 years ago, so venturing into server parts was an education. I’m also very unfamiliar with any other OS’s besides Windows, but I wanted to learn and hands on is always the best way for me. Okay, enough talk, here’s the build.


  • Media server: Calibre, Plex, Subsonic/Airsonic
  • Network: Unifi controller, VPN, Pi-Hole
  • Long term: I’m hoping to learn VMs, pfSense, Linux, etc.
  • Home automation in the future

With a toddler in the home, I want to try to stay 1.5 steps ahead of her with technology, so I gotta start now. I hope to dabble in the Discord to tap into the knowledge that exists there as I learn unRaid and everything else.


Part Model Price
CPU 2x XEON E5-2630V2 (x2) $88
MoBo Supermicro X9DRi-F $119
Case Rosewill RSV-4500 $80
RAM Samsung 16GB 1600 ddr3 rdimm ecc (x4) $98
SSD Adata SU800 512GB $60
SSD Adata SU630 480GB $58
HDD WD Shucked “White” 8TB (had 2 bought 2) $280
HDD HGST 8TB Ultrastar He8 SAS3/SAS2 (x2) $190
HDD WD Green 3TB x1 $0
HDD WD Green 2TB x1 $0
SASExt LSI SAS 9211-8i (x2) $79
Fans Arctic 120mm fans (x6) $34
Fans Arctic 80mm fans (x2) $17
Heatsink Supermicro SNK-P0050AP4 (x2) $82
PSU EVGA SuperNOVA 80+ GOLD 650W $109
Total without disks $706
Total with disks $1294

**Edit to insert images.


Wow! The only thing I have to say is… flip your fan wall! It’ll be quieter and more efficient.

Grats on the new build, looks sweet.