My Almost NK5.0 Build Thread

So, my build predates NAS Killer 5.0, but it’s similar enough that I thought I would share it with the community. Built her back in 2010 as an AMD Phenom II 945 machine and then updated in 2015 with the current Intel chip & board. Over time, she evolved into a NAS. Sheer luck, I suppose, that she ended up in line with the recommendations to build a NAS Killer 5.0

The rig is used as a NAS (duh!), a Plex Media Server and runs all of the *darrs, Tautulli, SabNZBd, Deluge, etc. She also has the ability to transcode with a 1650 Super installed. Next time I upgrade CPU & motherboard, she’ll switch over to QuickSync transcoding.

Following the structure of the official NAS Killer 5.0 guide, here are the components:

  • Motherboard (LGA 1150): ASRock H97M Pro4
  • CPU: Intel i5-4690 (Haswell / 4th generation)
  • RAM: Corsair XMS3 (CMX8GX3M2A1333C9) 16 GB (4x4 GB) DDR3-1333
  • Cache Drive: SK Hynix Gold S31 SATA SSD 500 GB (currently not in use, purchased in anticipation of migration from Windows 10 Pro to UnRAID)
  • HDDs: 8x shucked WD HDDs ranging from 4 TB - 14 TB, recently ordered 2x 12 TB WD/HGST He12 drives from bitdeals.tech. Plan on makin all future HDD purchases from them. Also have 2x SATA SSDs in addition to the cache drive (128 GB currently serving as Windows OS drive & 1 TB currently serving as Plex data drive)
  • Case: Cooler Master 690. Natively supports 5x 3.5" drives and has 5x 5.25" bays which I use with 3.5 to 5.25 adapters for more HDD storage
  • PSU: Antec EarthWatts 650 which is 10+ years old. Have a Corsair RMx 750W on order which is fully modular and should help clean up the interior and further improve airflow (although my temps are pretty great already)
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 AIO
  • Other Parts: Fans - 5x 120mm, HBA - LSI 9211-8i + HP 487738 SAS expander + PCIe x1 to 16x mining riser (to power the SAS expander). Cables - SATA cables, SFF-8087 to 4x SATA forward breakout cables, SFF-8087 to 4x SFF-8482 w SATA power, SFF-8087 to SFF-8087 cables

If you’re on the Discord, you’ll have likely seen that I’m having trouble getting the rig to recognize my LSI 9211-8i. I’ve narrowed it down to a faulty card or an incompatible motherboard. In the process of getting a refund or exchange for the HBA card so I can try a different card. If the second HBA card doesn’t get recognized, I plan on replacing my motherboard.

Feel free to ask any questions or share any criticism

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It’s much more likely the card is defective than the motherboard is incompatible.

I agree and this is definitely my hope. Thanks, JDM