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Is this overkill?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2weJJ

IMO it is a little overkill with an i5 unless you plan on doing a lot of transcoding and possibly other things like VM's. Also id still consider another motherboard with more sata ports.

As for the drives, id say the RED drives are fine, they are made for NAS (or home server) use. As a whole, WD has had issues since the flooding a few years back in terms of reliability. So have most other hdd manufacturers. You could also consider Seagate drives as well, around the same price.
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IMO it is a little overkill with an i5 unless you plan on doing a lot of transcoding and possibly other things like VM's. Also id still consider another motherboard with more sata ports.

As for the drives, id say the RED drives are fine, they are made for NAS (or home server) use. As a whole, WD has had issues since the flooding a few years back in terms of reliability. So have most other hdd manufacturers. You could also consider Seagate drives as well, around the same price.

Oh yeah woops. Swapped it with this mobo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132032&clickid=Qz52-dXtywTlUqgUYqUlc1n9UkT1Uj1L0SoKTg0&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na

6 sata ports. I just like the cpu because it's a bit future proof.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2x9cU
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Oh yeah woops. Swapped it with this mobo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132032&clickid=Qz52-dXtywTlUqgUYqUlc1n9UkT1Uj1L0SoKTg0&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na

6 sata ports. I just like the cpu because it's a bit future proof.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2x9cU

Good MB choice i think. I also was considering the same PSU, but noticed it only has 4x sata power connectors, the 450 watt version has 6 and is modular. May be worth the extra 15-20 bux.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151117&clickid=w0R0zXVyF0mt0oo08e0inyNTUkT1Rd1100o0Q80&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na
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Good MB choice i think. I also was considering the same PSU, but noticed it only has 4x sata power connectors, the 450 watt version has 6 and is modular. May be worth the extra 15-20 bux.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151117&clickid=w0R0zXVyF0mt0oo08e0inyNTUkT1Rd1100o0Q80&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na

Ahh makes sense. That PSU will fit into the Node 304 right?

I always forget to check the PSU actually.

EVGA does have this new PSU out with 6 sata connectors: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438016

The problem is it's not as efficient power wise.


Trying to figure out what OS I want to go.

If I go FreeNAS I'll just get 1 stick that's 8 GB.

Not sure about the pros/cons of each yet.
Edited by exzacklyright - 1/8/14 at 6:55am
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Ahh makes sense. That PSU will fit into the Node 304 right?


Trying to figure out what OS I want to go.

If I go FreeNAS I'll just get 1 stick that's 8 GB.

Not sure about the pros/cons of each yet.

I think it should fit but I'm not 100% Tbh.

As for the OS, my understanding is with freeNAS if you use ZFS then you need a lot of RAM. The amount they recommend I think is based on how much had space you have and I think 8 is the least they recommend in general.

If cost of the OS is a concern then id go with something like Ubuntu server. You could pickup WHS 2011 pretty cheap too if you need a Windows OS. Other options would be server 2008/2012, freeNAS, windows 7/8, etc. Personally I will be going with Server 2012 Essentials but that's bc I don't have to pay $500 for it. Otherwise id have to decide between WHS and Ubuntu
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I think it should fit but I'm not 100% Tbh.

As for the OS, my understanding is with freeNAS if you use ZFS then you need a lot of RAM. The amount they recommend I think is based on how much had space you have and I think 8 is the least they recommend in general.

If cost of the OS is a concern then id go with something like Ubuntu server. You could pickup WHS 2011 pretty cheap too if you need a Windows OS. Other options would be server 2008/2012, freeNAS, windows 7/8, etc. Personally I will be going with Server 2012 Essentials but that's bc I don't have to pay $500 for it. Otherwise id have to decide between WHS and Ubuntu

Yes, for ZFS under FreeNAS the recommended is RAM GB == RAID TB. So if you have a 8TB RAID you should set aside 8GB of RAM just for the pool's overhead.
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I think I'm shying away from FreeNAS/ZFS because the Mini-ITX server boards and ECC memory is just a lot more expensive.

What OS would you recommend for a build like this?

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/exzacklyright/saved/3lCn
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I think I'm shying away from FreeNAS/ZFS because the Mini-ITX server boards and ECC memory is just a lot more expensive.

What OS would you recommend for a build like this?

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/exzacklyright/saved/3lCn

The OS choice isn't really hardware dependent, its based on your budget and needs. Ubuntu is free but has a learning curve if your not used to Linux. WHS 2011 is pretty cheap if you want Windows but don't wane shell out a lot for mainstream win server. Or you could go with Windows Server 2012 (Essentials is like the new WHS). Personally I will use 2012 Essentials in my build but that's bc I don't have to pay ~$500 for it. If I had to pasty, id probably lean towards Linux, maybe Amahi or Ubuntu...but I've used Linux before and don't mind the learning curve
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There's also unraid, which is free for up to 3 drives, it doesn't have striping but offers independent access to all of the drives as well as pooling and redundancy.
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