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Hi Guys,

I've seen these sorts of threads before but thought I would do another as well, just asking for your opinions on the following.

I'm looking at upgrading from my current NAS (HP N40L w/ 5x2TB in RAIDz), to something that can handle up to 24 drives:

[1] starting off with a 8 x 2TB in RAIDz2 array initially
[2] then once that's filled, add a 8 x 4TB in RAIDz2 array
[3] then once that's filled, add a 8 x 4TB in RAIDz2 array

Obviously case wise, I'd be looking at something that can handle 24 drives and that's rack mountable. For the rest of the hardware I was thinking along the lines of, although I'm 100000% open to suggestions on what people think would work better, and save me cost, or where I need to invest more money:

CPU: AMD 8320
Memory: 16GB
Motherboard: SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0
PSU: 850 watt corsair
Expansion card: Not sure, suggestions?


Thanks for your help thumb.gif
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I've had great luck with SuperMicro server chassis' over the past 5-6 years. The challenge is finding a "cheap" motherboard that will fit properly in the chassis. Here's an example:

http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/4U/847/SC847E16-R1K28LP.cfm

That one has 24 drives in the front, and 12 drives in the back. Of course they make smaller ones too with less drives (for less money).

Greg
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Originally Posted by hammong View Post

I've had great luck with SuperMicro server chassis' over the past 5-6 years. The challenge is finding a "cheap" motherboard that will fit properly in the chassis. Here's an example:

http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/4U/847/SC847E16-R1K28LP.cfm

That one has 24 drives in the front, and 12 drives in the back. Of course they make smaller ones too with less drives (for less money).

Greg

Thanks for your suggestion I've heard great things about the supermicro kit, case wise I was thinking of going with:

http://www.xcase.co.uk/24-bay-Hotswap-rackmount-chassis-norco-RPC-4224-p/case-xcase-rm424.htm

The nice thing with it, is that it supports bog standard hardware!
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