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post #1 of 11
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Well Guys, I've moved on to a laptop as my main rig, so i've got about 8 or 9 drives that need a home.

I currently have:
7x 1tb
1x 1.5tb
1x 640gb

Im going to use the storage space for 1:1 .iso DVD Rips.


I'd like to keep this build as cheap as possible (~$500-600) if possible.

I also want to use WHS as the operating system.

Have at it OCN.

Thanks Guys

-B
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prolly get a i5 750 and a mobo, and then just stick a copy of home server on it...
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post #3 of 11
Eight HDDS? How many SATA ports do you want total for the future?

Cheaper to get a mobo with extra SATA controllers.


An i5 is overkill for a media/file/backup server. A dual-core Athlon II is more than enough.
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Eight HDDS? How many SATA ports do you want total for the future?

Cheaper to get a mobo with extra SATA controllers.


An i5 is overkill for a media/file/backup server. A dual-core Athlon II is more than enough.
Probably 10. At that point I'd be using 2-3tb drives... and who knows by then the'll have 5tb drives for 50 bucks a pop
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post #5 of 11
Athlon II X2, 2GB DDR3, 760G mATX board, any decent 430W+ PSU, any mATX case with 3 5.25" bays & 6/7 3.5" bays, SM AOC-SASLP-MV8 HBA.

Make sure you get a board with 6+ SATA ports, onboard graphics and (if possible) a reasonable NIC. If you don't need all the drives hooked up right from the start then just use the onboard ports until you need the extra ports on the HBA (it's around $100+cables).

If you don't mind eBay then there are a number of alternative HBAs that might be cheaper to get hold of that are just as good. You can even go the multiple smaller controller route (a couple of PCIe x1 Sil controllers maybe) but that gives less upgrade path, and they're slightly slower also.

All in should be around $350-400 and should expand to allow ~12 drives or so in a nice compact mATX form factor (any more drives and you'll need to go to a larger case and possibly bigger PSU).
post #6 of 11
As mentioned above, but might be worth considering one of the mATX e-350 boards, cheap as chips, fanless, and more than powerful enough!
Then another half decent NIC and then a HBA for the extra sata ports.
Edited by Skaterboydale - 5/17/11 at 11:14am
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I'd find the cheapest most energy efficient home for those drives.
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As mentioned above, but might be worth considering one of the mATX e-350 boards, cheap as chips, fanless, and more than powerful enough!
Then another half decent NIC and then a HBA for the extra sata ports.


If you live near a Microcenter, you can't beat their CPU + mobo deals: http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...ndlePROMO.html
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If you live near a Microcenter, you can't beat their CPU + mobo deals: http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...ndlePROMO.html
Not gifted with such deals over here in the UK!
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As mentioned above, but might be worth considering one of the mATX e-350 boards, cheap as chips, fanless, and more than powerful enough!
Then another half decent NIC and then a HBA for the extra sata ports.
agreed. fusion can handle such load flawlessly. athlon is a bit overkill here. (from consumption point of view)
i installed similar one this week (itx, +cheapo sata) , satisfied
    
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