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Hello all, Actually building this same rig twice. One is for the old man and the other is for me at college. Here's what I have:

Case: LIAN LI PC-Q08R Red Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer

Mobo: ASRock H67M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC PSU

RAID Card: SYBA SY-PCX40009 PCI-X SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Raid Controller Card

Disc Drive: Some Blu-ray drive for ripping any movies. Suggestions?

HDD's: 4X 1 TB Something... Need help on which HD's will be the most reliable and still fast enough.

I'll be running RAID-10 for it's redundancy. I'm completely open for suggestions on anything except the case cause it's SWEET. If I can cut cost anywhere I would like to

Thanks!
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post #2 of 11
I built a file server using that same case a while back. A PAIN to work in but I like the result.

I would suggest a modular PSU. You don't have a lot of space for cabling.
Also the PSU must go in last when working with the Q08 meaning you will be tucking away cables as you slide the PSU in. With modular you can do the cabling first then attach the cable ends to the PSU last.

Also I used something similar to this:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...tl=g2c473s1229
and it helped immensely.

Edit: Also you picked a PCI-X card for a PCIe slot.
Edited by evermooingcow - 6/18/11 at 6:17pm
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i'd go with 2TB drives myself (which i did do in my file servers), they work out more bang per buck well......space per buck that is
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Go for this board instead - more expensive, but no SATA card needed (6 onboard ports) so it works out similar price overall.
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I'd recommend either the Samsung Spinpoint F3R or the Western Digital RE4 drives for storage. Samsung's are cheaper by about $30-$40 but I believe the WDs have a better warranty (off the top of my head, not 100% sure on that).

I personally recommend against most 2TB drives (exception being the ones above) for RAID arrays in general because you have a much higher failure rate with the larger capacity drives - 1TB drives have been the sweet spot for me. Whatever you do stay away from eco/green drives. The drives that spin down to save power blow up RAID arrays like NATO blows up Libya.
    
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Whatever you do stay away from eco/green drives. The drives that spin down to save power blow up RAID arrays like NATO blows up Libya.
7KRPM drives do this also and have done for years; you can control it via the BIOS. A RAID controller should be able to disable this feature. Anyway, there are people running Samsung F4EGs and Hitachi 5K3000s successfully on hardware RAID controllers such as Areca 1680s and 1880s.
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7KRPM drives do this also and have done for years; you can control it via the BIOS. A RAID controller should be able to disable this feature. Anyway, there are people running Samsung F4EGs and Hitachi 5K3000s successfully on hardware RAID controllers such as Areca 1680s and 1880s.
Went for 4 WD Black drives. 1TB each still. Is it worth the lost memory to go with the redundancy of RAID-10 over say RAID-5?
Edited by Doodlebro - 6/22/11 at 2:00am
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RAID 10 doesn't calculate parity and should be easier on the CPU/controller. Writes should also be faster in general.
    
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RAID 10 doesn't calculate parity and should be easier on the CPU/controller. Writes should also be faster in general.
Agreed, and if you do lose a drive, rebuild times are much faster than RAID 5 or 6.
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That's a PCI-X RAID controller. You want a PCIe controller.

For a fileserver, go with RAID5.

I would not waste money on WD Blacks since your network would bottleneck.
Edited by DuckieHo - 6/22/11 at 10:07am
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