Specifications

  • Case, motherboard and power supply:
  • Shuttle SH67H3 v2.0
  • 4 in 1 SATA hot swap backplane RAID cage:
  • Icy Dock MB994SP-4SB-1
  • SATA Mobile Rack For 3.5” Device Bay
  • 4-Port PCI-Express 2.0 x4 SATA 6Gb/s RAID Controller
  • HighPoint Rocket 640L
  • Processor:
  • Intel Core i7-3770S 3.14 GHz Ivy Bridge with HD Graphics 4000
  • Memory:
  • 32 GB RAM
  • Solid State Drives:
  • OCZ Technology 60 GB Vertex 3
  • OCZ Technology 128 GB Vertex 4
  • Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
  • Operating Systems:
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
  • Ubuntu Linux 16.04.1

My Computer Needs

I wanted a small, quiet and presentable case for my multi-os computer. The Shuttle SH67H3 barebones filled the bill at a relatively inexpensive price. The Shuttle SFF (Small Form Factor) barebones are the BMW's of small computers. I was familiar with these Shuttle barebones computers having in the past building desktop and server computers using them.

Build Notes

The Shuttle SH67H3 v2.0 allows up to 32 GB of RAM (v1.0 was16 GB) and supports up to Intel Ivy Bridge CPU's (v1.0 supported up to Sandy Bridge).

My choice of using the Icy Dock backplane RAID cage was for convenience and not for RAID capabilities.

Putting in ALL SSD's (NO HDD's) into the RAID cage allowed me to switch off the two 40mm fans. It's just one more step in a quieter computer.

I added a HighPoint Rocket 640L Lite Version 4-Port PCI-Express 2.0 x4 SATA 6Gb/s RAID Controller to expand the number of 6 Gb/s ports. This allowed me to use 6 SSD's with  SATA 6Gb/s speed; two supplied on the motherboard and four additional by this add-in card. This motherboard still has two additional SATA 3Gb/s speed ports available to add two more SSD's or HDD's. In my use case I will probably never use these ports.

WEI (Windows Experience Index)

My choice of the Intel Core i7-3770S was based on a variety of factors... power, low power, price, etc.

32 GB of RAM... What can I say...RAM is cheap.

I just have a few programs installed in my base Windows 10 Pro configuration. This allows me to install additional software for testing and be able to restore from a "clean backup system image."

Base Installed Software

Backing Up the Computer

All my operating systems and data are backed up using Acronis True Image to the internal Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB SSD. The backup files on the Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB SSD are then backed up to Windows 10 Home Server via Ethernet.

Closing Comments

The Shuttle SH67H3 was my old main computer and now has been repurposed for running Ubuntu Linux with a Dell 24" monitor. It will also be used as a Windows bench and testing computer.