The GD08 Project

 Here’s a look inside the Silverstone GD08 Home Theater Server Case.
GD08 Interior

Notice that three 120mm fans come pre-installed along with motherboard standoffs already in place for an ATX motherboard. There are vents where you can mount two additional 120mm fans and two additional 80mm fans as well.

The case dimensions are 6.89″ x 17.32″ x 17.13″ (HxWxD). To give you a little more perspective on those dimensions, here’s a shot of the GD08 next to the Vizio 17″ monitor and the dlink router on the assembly bench:

Parts for The Build

Parts in this build:  Asrock Extreme6/ac motherboard, Intel Core I-7 4770,  2x8GB sticks of Kingston HyperX 1600mhz DDR3, Kingston HyperX 120gb SSD, 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm SATAIII hard drive, EVGA Superclocked GTX 770 with 2GB of GDDR5, Silverstone Striker 750 watt modular power supply,  Silverston AR02 CPU heatsink/cooler, Logitech MK710 wireless keyboard/mouse, and an LG BluRay burner.

I intended to do this build on my bench and using this little Vizio monitor, and then move the box to my rec room, but some time in between the day of the build and the evening before the build, the monitor stopped working, and that meant I had no monitor.  Instead, I took an anti-static mat into the rec room in front of the Sony TV, and did the build there, all hunched over with only an anti-static mat between me and the computer-destroying carpet static (yikes!) :(

Here’s the build before inserting the drive cage.  As you can probably imagine, cable management could be made easier by removing cables you don’t need from the modular power supply.  That’s probably what somebody smarter than me would do.  I wound up stuffing them up in the drive cage where you could otherwise put three 3.5″ hard drives.

Next the SSD and Seagate hard drive were configured as being type RAID in the UEFI bios, and then once Windows 8 was loaded, the Intel Rapid Storage utility was configured so that the SSD  was being used to accelerate the mechanical drive.

It works!

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