Build’s Name #1: Main Server Operating System/ Storage Platform: ESXi 6.7 CPU: 2x E5-2650Lv3 (12c/24t, 1.8ghz, 65W TDP) Motherboard: Supermicro X10DRL-CT-O Chassis: Be Quiet! Silent Base 600 Drives: ADATA ISMS331 16GB sata dom (boot) (future purchase) RAM: 128GB (SK Hynix 8 x 16GB DDR4 ECC 2133mhz) Add-in Cards: Intel X520-DA2 Power Supply: EVGA 650 GQ Other Bits: Future Buys: Supermicro Supercap, 4x HGST HE10 SAS, Supermicro AOC-SLG3-2M2 with a couple of NVMEs to go with them Usage Profile: Server for all of my home services, as well as a backup storage server Other information… While I'm going away from an AIO, I'm still going to keep some elements, such as storage but I'm only using this for backup storage. Will just have an array of 4 drives for backup purposes from my storage/media box and hopefully next year, purchase an external tape drive and just send those backups to my parents house or storage. This server will be used for majority of the services that I use in my house. Since I'm separating everything out, I probably could have went with a single CPU server but I already bought the X10DRL-CT-O for CHEAP and had the CPUs laying around collecting dust, so I said screw it. Build’s Name #2: Storage/Media Operating System/ Storage Platform: ESXi 6.7 (Xpenology & Debian for Emby and Logitech Media Server) CPU: E5-2630L v4 (10c/20t, 1.8ghz, 55w TDP) Motherboard: Asrock X99 Extreme4 Chassis: Silverstone Grandia GD07B Drives: Current- Sandisk Ultra Fit 16GB (boot); Intel 520 180GB SSD (Datastore); 5x3TB WD Red; Future Buys-6xHGST He10 SATA; 2xHGST He8 SATA RAM: 64GB (SK Hynix 4 x 16GB DDR4 ECC 2133mhz) Add-in Cards: Broadcom Dual Gig Nic (forgot which one), Intel X520-DA2, LSI (Dell) 9217-8i, HD6450 Passive GPU Power Supply: EVGA 650 GQ Other Bits: Icy Dock MB453IPF (x2) Usage Profile: Storage and media Other information… After going with an AIO for a while, I really wanted to separate my storage and media to it's own server. Was really going for a Supermicro X10SRM and U-Nas 810A but decided to save a couple of hundred bucks and just use the X99 Extreme4 motherboard that wouldn't sell (LOL) since it's brand new and unused. Also went with a Silverstone Grandia since it had 4 5.25 bays. Wish I could find something in that form factor that had 6, but I digress. Build’s Name #3: Lab Server Operating System/ Storage Platform: ESXi 6.7 CPU: 2x E5-2650L v2 (10c/20t, 1.8ghz, 75w TDP) Motherboard: Supermicro X9DR7-LN4F-O Chassis: Phanteks Enthoo Pro Drives: Later RAM: 192GB DDR3 (4xHynix 32GB DDR3 ECC/4xHynix 16GB DDR3 ECC) Add-in Cards: Later Power Supply: Later Other Bits: Later Usage Profile: Lab server for various things that I'm studying and testing for work Other information… So having an all in one with your lab setup can get really messy. lol. With me needing to study and test more things, the need for a standalone server became apparent. I'm going to repurpose some of my old gear and use for this lab box. Will use this for IE and SANS studies and a test bed for work related stuff.