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"Romulus & Remus" (Dual System Build)

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The Plan:

A dual system build in the one case – a gaming/office PC ("Romulus") and a FreeNAS / Media streaming system ("Remus").

Why a dual system build? Because they are fairly rare, and why the heck not !

My synology thing crapped out and I got sick of the whole lack of support / interest from them. The people over on the FreeNAS forum are very helpful so I decided to go that way.

After much deliberation and mind-changing these are the specs I finally went with...

So, to keep everything together - these are the specs I am running with.


CASE: Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL


"Romulus" (Gaming/Office system)

MOBO: Asus Z170I Pro Gaming LGA 1151 Mini ITX
RAM: G.Skill 32G (2x16G)F4-3200C15D-32GTZKW PC4-25600 DDR4 3200 Mhz
CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K Quad Core LGA 1151 4GHz
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360mm AIO
SSD1: Samsung 950 Pro Series 512GB M.2 SSD (boot/system/office)
SSD2: Samsung 840Evo 500Gb (game library)
HDD1: WD Blue 6TB
Optical: LG 16x BluRay R/W & DVD R/W (LG-BH16NS40)
OS: Windows 10 Home

"Remus" (FreeNAS system)

Mobo: Supermicro X11SSL-F
CPU: Intel i3-6100
RAM: 32Gb Samsung ECC unbuffered RAM
Boot / System drive: Kingston V400 120Gb SSD
NAS drives: 6 x WD Red NAS 3TB in Raid Z2 (2 drive failure tolerance)

UPS: Cyberpower CP1500EPFCLCD
      https://www.cyberpower.com/au/product/sku/CP1500EPFCLCD (Australian version thereof)



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This isn't a case mod thread as such (in essence that case is 'modded' from the factory!) but I thought it would be of interest for anyone else silly enthusiastic enough to do something similar themselves.

There are pitfalls along the way which I discovered through trial and error, and there are very few dual system builds to be found via the Google Monster. Hopefully others can go into such a project "eyes open" and avoid making some of these same mistakes.  To that end I am quite happy to field enquiries people may have. Ideally by PM to keep this thread clean ( yes, I've read the forum rules :)  ) and I'll incorporate the Question and any answer into this thread if it will be helpful generally.


One of the challenges in a dual system build is powering both systems.  The Mini-XL case is theoretically capable of running one full size PSU and one small form factor PSU but for various reasons (not the least of which was tidyness) I elected to use a Phanteks Power splitter, designed for just such occasions. (http://www.phanteks.com/PH-PWSPR.html).

Cable management was a bit of a nightmare, so I got some customised cables made up to suit, which worked out OK  (I still have a bunch of pics to download from my camera and will post those in due course).


Getting back to the nomenclature for my system.... A dual (or twin) system build deserved a worthy name and, as an Ancient History enthusiast, what better than the twin founders of Rome - Romulus & Remus.

I continued the theme for my other devices too. 

My UPS is named "Juno". As well as the Queen of the Gods she was the Protector of Rome. So Juno protects Romulus and Remus... smile.gif

My LAN/WLAN is "Mercury" (messenger of the gods)

My chromecast device is called "SQPR" (the people and Senate of Rome) because it's the recipient of the benefits provided by Romulus and Remus.....

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