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2 systems in 1 case (Evolv X) - Build suggestions

I picked up the new Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X case (http://www.phanteks.com/Enthoo-Evolv-X.html). One of the new features is that you can have dual systems. I also picked up the Revolt X 1200w PSU. That PSU was designed to run 2 systems.

Side note: I bought this case directly from Phanteks on the first shipment. This case in Canada is only on pre-order at Newegg where I think only the silver one is not sold out and will ship out Oct 5. But for those interested, I would keep an eye out at various PC shops and amazon. It should come out as early as today to next week. For now I can gloat at one of the very few Canadians to have this case... and possibly a fraction of that who also has the PSU as well. :P

Current main rig: i7-6700k, 16GB RAM, GTX 1080, 500GB NVMe, 3 TB HDD, 240mm AIO cooler, 850W PSU (was planning of getting another GTX 1080, but never did).

The second PC will be a Plex server, streaming, and a general PC to screw around on when main rig is rendering. For a Plex server I read you need an i7 to transcode 4K. Is that really necessary? I'm thinking of something along the lines of an i5, 16GB RAM from my main rig and buy a couple of high capacity HDD, 140mm AIO cooler (venting out the top) with no GPU.

Upgrades to my main rig, get 32 GB RAM. But if I want to go big, I could put my 6700K in the second PC and get a new CPU (and mobo) for my main rig. Something like the up coming i9-9900k. My main system is good enough for my needs. Outside of a little more RAM, I don't feel the need to upgrade much.

Any thoughts/suggestions on specs?
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Just out of curiousity, why bother with two systems in one case? Why not just use virtualization and make one powerful system.
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eblend wrote: Just out of curiousity, why bother with two systems in one case? Why not just use virtualization and make one powerful system.
I get that there are cheaper ways to do things. I could have just bought a Nvidia Shield or something similar, if I really wanted 2 systems to not impact each other. I could have even just built a SFF PC if I wanted to build something. Even getting this particular case. Why did I buy the Evolv X case when I already own an Evolv ATX case? What kind of madness is this?

I can give various reasons, but it just comes down to because I want to. I haven't done this before and want to try this out. This is just the beginning of much larger things. Like I plan to build a custom loop with the main system. Completely unnecessary, as my temps are decent in the Evolv ATX and should be even better in the Evolv X given the larger cutouts for airflow. ... also I'm a phanteks fanboy. I really love the look of this case and seeing that the new version really put an emphasis on fixing the problems it had as well as introduce new features. I had to have it.
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I'd vote for going all out! i9 9XXX for main rig and put your current setup in the #2 spot of the case. Or get an 8th gen i7.... Even spice it up and go threadripper?

or you can go cheap and do a proof of concept build first. keep your current i7 as main.. and slap in a 2/3rd gen i5 and play around with the setup to make sure you like having a 2 in 1comp before you fully commit.. by that time i9 dust would've settled and you can decide if you want to go that route.
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joeyjoejoe wrote: I picked up the new Phanteks Enthoo Evolv X case (http://www.phanteks.com/Enthoo-Evolv-X.html). One of the new features is that you can have dual systems. I also picked up the Revolt X 1200w PSU. That PSU was designed to run 2 systems.

Side note: I bought this case directly from Phanteks on the first shipment. This case in Canada is only on pre-order at Newegg where I think only the silver one is not sold out and will ship out Oct 5. But for those interested, I would keep an eye out at various PC shops and amazon. It should come out as early as today to next week. For now I can gloat at one of the very few Canadians to have this case... and possibly a fraction of that who also has the PSU as well. :P

Current main rig: i7-6700k, 16GB RAM, GTX 1080, 500GB NVMe, 3 TB HDD, 240mm AIO cooler, 850W PSU (was planning of getting another GTX 1080, but never did).

The second PC will be a Plex server, streaming, and a general PC to screw around on when main rig is rendering. For a Plex server I read you need an i7 to transcode 4K. Is that really necessary? I'm thinking of something along the lines of an i5, 16GB RAM from my main rig and buy a couple of high capacity HDD, 140mm AIO cooler (venting out the top) with no GPU.

Upgrades to my main rig, get 32 GB RAM. But if I want to go big, I could put my 6700K in the second PC and get a new CPU (and mobo) for my main rig. Something like the up coming i9-9900k. My main system is good enough for my needs. Outside of a little more RAM, I don't feel the need to upgrade much.

Any thoughts/suggestions on specs?
I would do 1 side a gaming pc and the other a NAS setup I think. Interesting concept
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joeyjoejoe wrote: I get that there are cheaper ways to do things. I could have just bought a Nvidia Shield or something similar, if I really wanted 2 systems to not impact each other. I could have even just built a SFF PC if I wanted to build something. Even getting this particular case. Why did I buy the Evolv X case when I already own an Evolv ATX case? What kind of madness is this?

I can give various reasons, but it just comes down to because I want to. I haven't done this before and want to try this out. This is just the beginning of much larger things. Like I plan to build a custom loop with the main system. Completely unnecessary, as my temps are decent in the Evolv ATX and should be even better in the Evolv X given the larger cutouts for airflow. ... also I'm a phanteks fanboy. I really love the look of this case and seeing that the new version really put an emphasis on fixing the problems it had as well as introduce new features. I had to have it.
Cool enough. I have a single server doing everything for me, with like 6 VMs running, Plex being one of em, and it's more than enough, so was just curious.
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XtremeModder wrote: I would do 1 side a gaming pc and the other a NAS setup I think. Interesting concept
I don't think you'd want to put a NAS where you do your main work. Imagine all those spinning noises. Unless you are planning to do SSD NAS.

On the other hand, I don't get Plex server anymore, kind of useless for me. What devices nowadays cannot decode 4k?
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for me plex is outdated to me. I run HTPCs, much more robust. 2nd, just build a dual Xeon system, like buy a used system. that would be more then enough for a plex coding, and alot of VM's
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The case was shipped from Europe or USA to Canada? Did you have to pay import duty? Thanks.
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why don’t you use the money to buy a nice desk with two drawers...plenty space to accommodate two systems.
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nbdrdwg18 wrote: The case was shipped from Europe or USA to Canada? Did you have to pay import duty? Thanks.
I bought directly from Phanteks USA on their first shipment order back at the end of August. I shipped it to Buffalo and picked it up there. The reason being their shipper was UPS. I wouldn't recommend going my route as availability shouldn't be an issue in a few weeks. I bought the case with the PSU, so there was no avoiding taxes. There's no duty on PC parts.

If you missed out on the newegg.ca pre-order, then probably give Canada Computers or Memory Express a call. They might have stock seeing that they are the official Phanteks Canadian suppliers. Amazon and Newegg were both mentioned in getting stock. Newegg when ahead with a preorder while Amazon didn't. That pre-order ships out on Oct 5th. Could be when more stock comes in?
ZoomZoom2006 wrote: why don’t you use the money to buy a nice desk with two drawers...plenty space to accommodate two systems.
Why do you think that desk space is the issue?

I currently have a custom made L-shaped desk and I'm planning to add to that a sit/stand desk. But even without the sit/stand desk, I have plenty of room for multiple PCs. The sit/stand desk was meant more for me building and modding PCs... and other art projects.
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joeyjoejoe wrote: I bought directly from Phanteks USA on their first shipment order back at the end of August. I shipped it to Buffalo and picked it up there. The reason being their shipper was UPS. I wouldn't recommend going my route as availability shouldn't be an issue in a few weeks. I bought the case with the PSU, so there was no avoiding taxes. There's no duty on PC parts.

If you missed out on the newegg.ca pre-order, then probably give Canada Computers or Memory Express a call. They might have stock seeing that they are the official Phanteks Canadian suppliers. Amazon and Newegg were both mentioned in getting stock. Newegg when ahead with a preorder while Amazon didn't. That pre-order ships out on Oct 5th. Could be when more stock comes in?
Thanks a lot for the valuable info. I'm afraid it's out of my budget. With the current state of Intel's 9th gen CPUs, I might have to wait till next year before buying any new case. I really appreciate your help.
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Are you happy with the case? I am stuck on a system build because I just cannot decide whether to pay so much and best alternate. Best "deal" for it now is with Newegg's black friday 20 off 200. I love the look of this case though.

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