Custom Meshlicious 9x HDD Plex NAS unRAID Server

by Stoph C Posted on: 1/27/2022

Build Description

Started using Plex for streaming personal media a year ago and filled up the 8TB external HDD pretty quick! Figured this was the perfect opportunity to get into the world of servers. I wanted something that was SFF, dead silent, had plenty of HDD bays, and still looked good to set on my desk. Didn't like the look of the Node 304 or NR200 but when the SSUPD Meshlicious came out, I knew I could make it unique and exactly what I wanted. Decided to upgrade my gaming rig (2020 Build) during this process and use those parts for the server or buy used. Server GPU was omitted since I have my own gaming rig which can handle heavy duties if necessary. Check out both rigs in the last photo!
Using unRAID has been a great choice of server OS and an amazing learning tool to get into servers! Since it's used primarily for Plex by my family, drives are spun down most of the time. Plex libraries are split up into different drives allowing for a single HDD spin up at a time depending on the movie/show. The system remains dead silent, even when 1 or 2 drives are in use. Thermals are a non-issue. Even during 24-hour data transfer to all drives at once, HDDs never hit above 38 degrees. Plex use is 30 degrees. Incredibly happy with the way it came out and couldn't recommend the SSUPD Meshlicious enough as an insanely versatile and beautiful SFF case.

Favorite Feature

Showcase of the HDD sleds.

Parts contained in build

Intel Core i5-8600K
Qty: 1 $0.00
ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-I GAMING
Qty: 1 $0.00
TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 3000MHz
Qty: 1 $0.00
SSUPD Meshlicious Mini-ITX
Qty: 1 $0.00
Corsair SF600 600 Watt Gold
Qty: 1 $0.00
Thermalright AXP-90I
Qty: 1 $0.00
Seagate Ironwolf 6TB 5400RPM
Qty: 9 $0.00
Samsung 960 EVO 500GB M.2 NVME
Qty: 1 $0.00
SK Hynix 1TB M.2 NVME
Qty: 1 $0.00
Arctic P14 PWM PST CO 140mm
Qty: 2 $0.00
Arctic P8 PWM PST CO 80mm
Qty: 4 $0.00
Noctua NF-A12x15 Chromax
Qty: 1 $0.00
Phanteks NEON 400mm RGB Strip
Qty: 2 $0.00