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Hi Everyone,

I'm building a NAS for database backups and photos. I'll be transferring and deleting roughly 60GB of data daily. Around 55GB will be files larger then 500MB. The remaining 5GB will be images.

Configuration:
FreeNAS installed on thumb drive
Array 1: 4 x 3TB WD Reds in software Raid 10 configuration for data that changes daily
Array 2: 4 x 2TB WD Greens in software Raid 10 configuration for more static data

Hardware:
Case: Norco RP-4020 (already own)
Motherbaord: ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0
CPU: FX 4100 Black Edition 3.6GHz Quad-Core
Memory: Hyper X Red 16GB DDR3-1600
HDD: 4 x 3TB WD Red
HDD 4 x 2TB WD Green (already own)
PS: SMART Series 750 Watt ATX Modular
Network Card: Intel PRO/1000 GT
SAS to Sata Cables

Couple Questions
Is there a better option for CPU/MB? Only reason I went with the Sabertooth was the 8 sata ports.
I've read the more memory the better for FreeNAS. Should I bump it up to 32GB?
Should I use ECC memory? I'm not sold it's worth the premium for ECC.

Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
Edited by FeistyMonkey - 11/10/12 at 3:28pm
post #2 of 20

I don't consider me being very nolegable of this subject but that motherboard does not support 2x raid 10- The gray sata ports cannot be used in a raid with the other ports due to them being hooked up to an external controller. (not southbridge) Even if the motherboard supported 2x raid10 it would be hideously slow.

 

Go with a cheaper motherboard or a real server motherboard and buy a raid controller pcie card so at least one of your two raid 10s is hooked up to it. You can go with the gigabyte ga-970a-ds3 motherboard which also supports raid 10.

post #3 of 20
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Sorry, I wasn't very clear. The arrays would be created via software within FreeNAS. Would it still be extremely slow with software raid?
post #4 of 20
Oh pardon me I kind of derped out there. It would proabably be fast enough since the cpu won't be doing much other tasks. But like I said, I don't know much when it comes to NAS.
post #5 of 20
Get a good SATA card or a cheaper RAID controller and run it in JBOD mode. Use that as the interface for all your drives then build the arrays in FreeNAS. You'll likely need 2 fanout cables too (SAS to SATA)

The chipset SATA ports will have inferior performance (due to a lesser controller and other factors) and the bus between the southbridge and the CPU can get saturated with that many drives.

PS: Chipset RAID is lousy, but you aren't gonna be using it so that's irrelevant.

You only need a lot of memory if you're doing ZRAID
And ECC memory won't work in that board.

And I highly suggest a PCIe NIC, a PCI one will almost totally saturate the southbridge, which is even worse if you run your drives off the southbridge SATA controller.

Everything else is more or less ok.
Edited by dushan24 - 11/10/12 at 5:07pm
    
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Do you have any suggests for a good sata card or cheaper Raid controller? If I do a card or controller then I could do pretty much any CPU/MB combo.

I found this network card IntelGigabit PCIe X1 Adapter that is PCIe.
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Originally Posted by FeistyMonkey View Post

Do you have any suggests for a good sata card or cheaper Raid controller? If I do a card or controller then I could do pretty much any CPU/MB combo.
I found this network card IntelGigabit PCIe X1 Adapter that is PCIe.

I have that NIC in my Xen box (see sig), good NIC.

Regarding the controller, how much do you have to spend.

As for the MB/CPU combo, basically anything will do provided it has enough power. Buy high quality, for me that means Intel CPU and ASUS/Gigabyte Motherboard, don't buy the cheap boards either, get mid range ~$150-$200.

But you're right, things like on-board SATA don't matter, just make sure it has enough RAM slots and enough PCIe slots.
    
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I would like to keep the price under $200 for the controller. Any suggestions?

Thanks
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The CPU/Mobo is a little overkill for a NAS, You can probably cheap out with a little single/dual core CPU, If this is only a file server, you can probably step down even further to a AMD E-240 or something. No need for more than 2-4GB of RAM either, unless you are doing something other than a file server.
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I've been digging around the forums looking for controller advice and found SUPERMICRO AOC-SAT2-MV8 64-bit PCI-X133MHz SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card or HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL PCI-Express 2.0.

Which one is better?
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