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I'm thinking about either building a mini file server and using the RAID5 on the motherboard(listed here) or buying a QNAP TS-419PII-US. The building of the server option is cheaper and something I want to really do. The NAS is something to just throw together because a little bit of me doesn't care to fuss with a server. It's something I don't really want to do though.

Now for the questions.... is the RAID5 on motherboards any good? Or is it pretty comparable to the HighPoint RocketRaid cards I see on Newegg? I understand really it's a poor mans RAID setup but I'm not spending the cash on a real RAID card. If the RAID5 is generally lousy I'll just stick with a NAS. But would a NAS have better performance than a server or is it sort of a draw? Any advice will help. thumb.gif
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What are you building server for? I have a windows machine serving up media for 10+ devices around here, and i don't need RAID for speeds, and i backup everything once a month or so. Green drives too (5400rpm). Never had an issue with anything stuttering.
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Mostly for file serving, iTunes, and virtual machines.
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Looks like I'm just going the NAS route. I've done some research and it looks like onboard raid just isn't reliable and possibly has very slow write speeds. Granted I'm not going to be doing a lot of writes, I don't want it to take 4 hours to write 5GB worth of data. I really wanted to run virtual machines but I guess it won't happen for now. Low write speeds and VMs probably don't go well either.
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You could always just buy a Perc 5i card. Really cheap too but they are hardware raid and are decent for performance.
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Looks like I'm just going the NAS route. I've done some research and it looks like onboard raid just isn't reliable and possibly has very slow write speeds. Granted I'm not going to be doing a lot of writes, I don't want it to take 4 hours to write 5GB worth of data. I really wanted to run virtual machines but I guess it won't happen for now. Low write speeds and VMs probably don't go well either.

NASs are just pre-built file servers..... very expensive for what you get. They use host-based RAID just the same as a custom-built server. The hardware is just some low-power dual-core CPU with a 1-2GB RAM... hardware that you can buy for $100 (i.e. a mITX E-350).

You are worried about performance... NASes are NOT the way to go if that is your concern.
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You could always just buy a Perc 5i card. Really cheap too but they are hardware raid and are decent for performance.
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+1 for the Perc 5i. Look at my sig rig @ freenasty. I've got my home server for NAS and remote access/streaming. You don't need much for a household load worth of server.
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I changed my mind yet again. I'm going to build an ESXi box and host a few VMs. I'm not sure if I'm going to raid it or just have good backups though.
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You could always just buy a Perc 5i card. Really cheap too but they are hardware raid and are decent for performance.
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Should I get one with a battery?
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I changed my mind yet again. I'm going to build an ESXi box and host a few VMs. I'm not sure if I'm going to raid it or just have good backups though.
Should I get one with a battery?

You have to have a battery or you get really annoying boot up messages. And it also stores info.
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I changed my mind yet again. I'm going to build an ESXi box and host a few VMs. I'm not sure if I'm going to raid it or just have good backups though.
Should I get one with a battery?

Yes, the battery allows the RAM to maintain a charge in case of sudden power loss. This helps prevents corruption but assumes your system will come back online after a certain amount of time.
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