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Hello guys,

 

I'm planning an upgrade for my home server with the following specs:

 

CPU: Intel G630

MOBO: H61M-S2H - Rev.1

RAM: 2x2GB Corsair Dominator 1333Mhz

OS HDD: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB

OS: Windows Server 2012 R2

HDD Raid 1: Samsung 500GB 7.2k RPM Drives / Via Sil3132 Raid Card (PCIe 1x)

HDD Media Server 1: 1TB Seagate 7.2K RPM Drive (95% Full)

HDD Media Server 2: 1TB Seagate 7.2K RPM Drive

HDD Media Server 3: Samsung 320GB File Dump Drive

PSU: OCZ StealthXtreme 500w PSU

Case: CM Elite 370

 

I've got several concerns as regards to upgrading right now. First off HDDs, it's been a while since I read up on HDD reliability and so far from a consumer standpoint and for my purposes WD Blues are by far the best HDDs in terms of speed, LP-consumption and price. I'd like to steer clear from Seagate as data drives but I got the 1TB HDDs at a discount price pre-flood @ $50/ea. But ever since Samsung sold their HDD dept. to Seagate I'm thinking they already have implemented the Samsung tech on the new Seagate HDDs with 1TB platters. In terms of reliability, I'm going with Samsung drives because my 80GB IDE Samsung HDDs (40gbx2 Raid0) have been with me for about close to 12 years and still going strong.

 

So HDDs concerns are done, next is expansion for storage. I've got 2 more PCIe 1x slots and 1 PCIe 16x slot for expansion cards, I was wondering with Windows Server 2012 R2 having drive pool I can just plug in a new HDD and expand the storage as needed. Looking for a good SATA3 port expansion card/s that I can just plug and play.

 

I guess those are the only concerns I have right now, I know the PSU can handle an additional 10 to 12 HDDs more but it all depends if my case can accommodate all the new drives.

 

Cheers,

Cram

Intel System 2011
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II X4 630 Propus @ 3.5Ghz Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H Rev.1 ASUS EAH5450 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) 4x2GB G.Skill NQ DDR3 PC 1600 
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Seagate Momentus XT LG GSA-H30N Scythe Samurai ZZ Rev.B Win7 x64 Ultimate 
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Intel System 2011
(18 items)
 
AMD System 2009
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II X4 630 Propus @ 3.5Ghz Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H Rev.1 ASUS EAH5450 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) 4x2GB G.Skill NQ DDR3 PC 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Momentus XT LG GSA-H30N Scythe Samurai ZZ Rev.B Win7 x64 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG CS 460 - 32" LCD TV Microsoft Reclusa Gaming Keyboard Thermaltake TR2 750w Fractal Design Core 1000 
Mouse
Microsoft Comfort Mouse 6000 
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