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Ok so thank you for viewing my thread, i want to build a new computer soon just for the sake of having a huge storage device i can access anywhere is the world,

Programs ive wanted to use so far are

TrueCrypt

and Filezilla (for setting up the server)

i havent really decided on what size to go with 2tb 3tb or 4tb

i have 6 drives that can be used in my case of choice, i already have a 2tb drive, but the 3tb is only 28 dollars more for a TB

I'm planning on running a raid 5,6,10 but have only ever messed with 0, so I do not know which seperate raid controller i will have to acquire, I will also be planning on running 3 DVD drives, for the sake of ripping my home library fast, and im not sure if i should put as SSD as the OS

as im really just planning on encrypting the whole system incuding the OS, but i would hate to encrypt an SSD, as when im finally done with this system it will be on 24/7/365, the 3.5hdd i want to use will have to be low power drives, and id say it'd be worth getting a platinum PSU? but i heard these pay themselves back more slowly


PHEW!, i am going to run AES-Twofish-Serpent on my Raid setup and the seperate HDD probably just a 250GB will run the same but just be out of the raid config.

the CPU i plan for this config is an 8350, or when steamroller comes out there idk 8550? or whatever the new ones are.

i will plan on using 8GB of 2133mhz ram, at least 1866mhz
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ive never done this before, i just had an idea of making a huge encrypted server, the drives will be encrypted and files on the drive to will be. that i will be able to access from anywhere in the world with a hugh storage capacity, also serving as a home NAS center, and Media storage.

i chose the 8350 because it benched right next the the 3930x, and it has the 8 cores and since truecrypt uses lots of cores the more the better.

will 8GB be enough, and would going with faster memory benefit more or is it like gaming where it would make a marginal difference.

Guess what im making is my "personal cloud"

i have never messed with raid controllers but can learn to use them.

which motherboard for a AM3+ would do this, 990fx/970? stuff like that

and also which raid config would work the best 5,6 or 10
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1. have you looked into freeNAS? it provides lots of features that are important when running a NAS(snapshots, ZFS and multiple protocols). I think freeNAS is a better solution.

2. Raid controllers tend to die.
3. I think that CPU is way overkill. If this is just a dedicated NAS box then you can just us a dual core or maybe quad core.
4. why encrypt the drives? are you afraid that someone will steal a drive and try to access the data? I would be more concerned with encrypting your network traffic(ssh, scp, https, sftp, vpn).
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Well not afraid more of a precaution, im not storing illegal/ pirated files as i have moved away from doing that along time ago, actually like supporting companies, but besides the point i will encrypt the traffic but if what im encrypting is already encrypted then i see more security the 8350 is for fast otf encryption , so im planning on 3 levels of encryption, one will be used in both scenarios, the Drives will be, then the actual files and trafficing, so the files will be always encrypted in both ways,

ive never heard of it, and i was just planning using onboard raid, but i kept reading around and heard that it sucked or if you want real raid use a controller? i dont know, i want this to be secure as i will making this cloud for my family and can never be to cautious in today's world.

reason for the 8350, which im now considering just an array of maybe 4 2tb or 4 3tb, mainly since 24tb would be cool but the $$ isnt here atm, besides i will barely fill up 2tb in the next year, and am also considering the 8320 cuz i can just oc it

http://us.hardware.info/reviews/3314/20/amd-fx-8350--8320--6300-vishera-review-finally-good-enough-benchmarks-cpu-truecrypt-aes-encryptie

im also planning on doing an HTPC soon with a A10-6800k, would u think i should just merge them together?, would save money but im just so, wanting to make a server and the htpc would be ideal but just wanting the 8350 for the fastest encryption

maybe this would be more prudent
http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=ShellShocker-_-22-136-880-_-07242013_2

guess i just wanna access all my info all the time over the web

and im gonna have to agree with you, on the free nas, but is it an OS or a program looks like an OS
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it is an OS that is based off of FreeBSD and has the ZFS filesystem with it. ZFS is a filesystem that provides data redundancy, better caching and data reliability. These are things that most serious people look for out of a NAS.

Your HTPC and your NAS should be separate boxes. If you combine them you no longer have a HTPC or a NAS you just have a big computer.
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Rep'd! and thank you! I will post details on my build in the coming months!
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And i just found a link to raspberry pi, said it would cost around 5 dollars a year to run an NAS, so im going for that its simple small and affordable. Will just use an older desktop with IDE drives to make an online RAID like i spoke of above, but i will still use Freenas so again thank you smile.gif
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