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My dad has finally severed all ties to his Vista desktop. I volunteered to take it. He accepted. It's an old Gateway GT5694. Specs, best I can tell:

CPU: AMD Phenom x4 9100e
GPU: Integrated Radeon 3200 series
HDD: 640GB WD Black (SE16, I think their predecessors?)
ODD: Yes, but I'm probably stealing it despite having no use
Motherboard: AM2+ mATX w/ PCIe x16-PCIe x1-PCI-PCI (I think both are 3.3V), 6 SATA ports, and one PATA port
RAM: 2x2GB DDR2, frequency unknown
Case: Gateway OEM thing w/ 2x5.25" bays and 2x3.5" bays (pictures when I get around to it, hopefully tomorrow at the latest)
PSU: Piece of crap that has been replaced with a Corsair CX500
OS: Vista 64-bit (*shudders*)

That's the stock OEM system. My budget is as low as possible. My goal is to have a NAS box housing a sizable movie library. Now, some questions:


-For HDDs, I am leaning towards WD Reds. Are these worth the premium for RAID arrays or would Greens be sufficient? I assume this motherboard supports RAID but I am not 100% certain.

-RAID 0 or RAID 5? All of the data is easily accessible should the array die, so having 100% the drives combined capacity with RAID 0 seems like an advantage. However, if a drive DOES die, then RAID 5 would allow a quick restore without much hassle or downtime.

-Is a 32GB SSD for a page file and OS worth it? I'm looking at a SanDisk ReadyCache since they're cheap and I don't need too much space. If you can convince me to spend more on a 64GiB drive then by all means do so, but I'm not expecting much of a benefit past the SSD existing in the build.

-Is four cores running at 1.8GHz acceptable for a server? I doubt clock speed is an issue - look at Xeons and Opterons - but I fear a lack of cores could be a limitation.

-Is 4GB of RAM acceptable? This won't be doing anything too intensive. Basically, I'm going to set up FreeNAS (probably), unplug it from a monitor, and move it to its permanent location. I doubt I need more RAM for that.


Thanks in advance!

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-For HDDs, I am leaning towards WD Reds. Are these worth the premium for RAID arrays or would Greens be sufficient? I assume this motherboard supports RAID but I am not 100% certain.

Greens should suffice, Reds if you have the $$

-RAID 0 or RAID 5? All of the data is easily accessible should the array die, so having 100% the drives combined capacity with RAID 0 seems like an advantage. However, if a drive DOES die, then RAID 5 would allow a quick restore without much hassle or downtime.

RAID 0 is for performance (2 disks minimum), RAID 5 for availability (3 disks minimum).

-Is a 32GB SSD for a page file and OS worth it? I'm looking at a SanDisk ReadyCache since they're cheap and I don't need too much space. If you can convince me to spend more on a 64GiB drive then by all means do so, but I'm not expecting much of a benefit past the SSD existing in the build.

no. i would say for what you're doing it's not.

-Is four cores running at 1.8GHz acceptable for a server? I doubt clock speed is an issue - look at Xeons and Opterons - but I fear a lack of cores could be a limitation.

yes, it is. if it's going to be a file server only it is plenty.

-Is 4GB of RAM acceptable? This won't be doing anything too intensive. Basically, I'm going to set up FreeNAS (probably), unplug it from a monitor, and move it to its permanent location. I doubt I need more RAM for that.

depends on which of freenas' features you're planning to use. for zfs with nothing fancy (dedup, indexing) should be fine I believe. bump it to 6 or 8 if possible.
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-For HDDs, I am leaning towards WD Reds. Are these worth the premium for RAID arrays or would Greens be sufficient? I assume this motherboard supports RAID but I am not 100% certain.

I have used greens in the past for hardware based RAID arrays, and they worked just fine. However you would need to run the wdidle3 tool from WD and set the idle timer to 5mins to reduce the load cycle count. Some advise against this, some support it. It's up to you really. Read around about it. As for Reds, if you have the money then get them instead. I just got a 3TB Red the other day with another one on the way soon.
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-RAID 0 or RAID 5? All of the data is easily accessible should the array die, so having 100% the drives combined capacity with RAID 0 seems like an advantage. However, if a drive DOES die, then RAID 5 would allow a quick restore without much hassle or downtime.

RAID 0 should only be used if you want pure performance out of your drives. I'm currently running RAID 0 on my two 128GB SSD's because I want insane speeds lol. If one of them dies, then I lose everything. With RAID 5, as you already know, you don't have this problem since one drive is used for parity. RAID 5/6 will give you the best performance:redundancy ratio. With RAID 5 you can only survive 1 drive failure. RAID 6 I believe you can survive 2 drive failure. I spent many weeks going over many different types of RAID and storage pools before I finally made my decision. In the end I finally went with Stablebit Drive Pool for my storage needs. If you would like more information on this, just shoot me a message and we can talk about it more! I see you're thinking of going with FreeNAS below, and I don't really have much experience with it. I'm sure someone else can chime in here about it though.
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-Is a 32GB SSD for a page file and OS worth it? I'm looking at a SanDisk ReadyCache since they're cheap and I don't need too much space. If you can convince me to spend more on a 64GiB drive then by all means do so, but I'm not expecting much of a benefit past the SSD existing in the build.

For my OS drive in my Home Server, I have a refurb 60GB Corsair SSD that is serving my needs pretty well so far. Although I will be looking at getting another 30-40GB SSD to use strictly as a cache/database/transcode drive for Plex. So yes for a 60-64GB SSD. Check the refurb section on Newegg. They have quite a few good deals.
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-Is four cores running at 1.8GHz acceptable for a server? I doubt clock speed is an issue - look at Xeons and Opterons - but I fear a lack of cores could be a limitation.

It all depends on what you want to do with your server. For me I need to transcode media in real time with Plex, so I need fast, and multiple cores. For reference I'm using a Phenom II 955BE that has been serving me well so far. If all you need is a NAS box, then that quad will do you fine for awhile.
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-Is 4GB of RAM acceptable? This won't be doing anything too intensive. Basically, I'm going to set up FreeNAS (probably), unplug it from a monitor, and move it to its permanent location. I doubt I need more RAM for that.

4GB now a days should be the minimum I think. 8GB+ the better. Again it depends on what you're doing.
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Thank you gentlemen. Drive performance is not too big a priority, so I'll probably go with RAID 5. I think the network is more likely to be a bottleneck. I do need to get into BIOS and figure out what my options are though. I have several potential paths to choose if it turns out I do need a new motherboard:

-AM3+ with my current 6300 and replace the CPU in my rig with an 8320, plus a cheap GPU if needed
-Cheap used AM2(+) motherboard that supports the RAID I need, plus potentially a cheap GPU
-H#7 or Z#7 so I can try out SRT down the road and an i3 or better
-FM platform with an APU, hopefully an A8 for the extra cores

So Greens are okay if you tweak them a bit? Which ones are the good ones? I think it's the EZRX models that don't fail horribly. I'll look more into SSDs. Used is fine as long as the seller can get me a CrystalDisk screenshot, and refurbed is okay if the return policy/warranty is good. Heck, if I can get a cheapish 180+GB drive then I can shuffle around my SSDs yet again and end up with a 120GB 840 in the server. RAM? Ugh, that's gonna suck! Mixing RAM tends to be hit-or-miss from what I've seen, especially with a locked down BIOS.
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Good news and bad news. The good news is that, at the expense of a USB 2.0 header, the mini PCIe WiFi card salvaged from this thing is fully functional in Linux. Two free PCI slots mean that I can replace it for $10 and two-day Prime shipping. The bad news is that the motherboard's BIOS does not mention (much less support) RAID. So... Software level RAID? New motherboard? What would be the best option? The other bad news is that I'm too lazy to post pictures. They're on my phone and that's just too much effort.

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Actually, they embed fine. I'm using a third-party browser that is not allowed to access my photos. Sigh...
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Triple posting! drunken.gif I've got a $50 (after rebate) H87 motherboard, Celeron G1620, A-DATA SSD, 2x4GB of RAM, and a 2x5.25" to 3x3.5" HDD adapter on the way. One RAM module goes into my rig, the other in the server. Now all I need are drives and I'm only $250 in the hole! With the rebate, that brings it down to $225. Now all I need are $300+ of hard disks and an SSD for SRT. Why? It seems like fun.
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Why not use software raid, you said you were not after pure speed. Unraid you can mix drive sizes, flexraid runs on top of the OS, freenas likes RAM from what i hear.
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I can get a cheapish 180+GB drive then I can shuffle around my SSDs yet again and end up with a 120GB 840 in the server. RAM? Ugh, that's gonna suck! Mixing RAM tends to be hit-or-miss from what I've seen, especially with a locked down BIOS.tc1yGG
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Why not use software raid, you said you were not after pure speed. Unraid you can mix drive sizes, flexraid runs on top of the OS, freenas likes RAM from what i hear.

Oh. My. God. doh.gif I am a MORON! Software RAID is an option. Welp. doh.gif A little late for that. blushsmiley.gif


SO how is everybody doing tonight? I don't have any parts but the CPU here yet, because Newegg's 3-day free shipping is more accurately called "3 days at best, but really it's whenever the hell we get around to it." I'm not happy right now, especially since the package was in my city last night... and is now in another city 80 miles east. Sigh. Well, whatever, I can still get some stuff prepped tonight, which means the case and cable management.


First of all, here's the finalized guts of the build. Drives come later when I get the cash, so right now I'm going to run the stock 640GB drive and a 64GB SRT drive.

CPU: Celeron G1610 - NOT 1620 as I may have mistakenly said earlier.
Motherboard: ASUS PH77 - Cheapest SRT capable motherboard I could find.
RAM: 2x4GB, 1600MHz - I actually forgot the exact brand. Oops.
SSD: 64GB ADATA Premier Pro SP900 - Best deal I could find on an SSD that size, and I refuse to support Kingston by buying a V300 since they switched to asynchronous NAND with no warning whatsoever. SKETCHY.
PSU: Corsair CX500 - Had this lying around, might as well put it to good use.

Apparently, since FreeNAS only needs 128MB of space, I think I can get a low-profile USB 3.0 flash drive to use. Something like this. The case has a single external 3.5" drive bay. I didn't include it in the OP because I thought it was shared with the drive cage. Apparently not. So, I took the USB 3.0 + 2.5" SSD bracket that came with my Extreme4 and slid it in there. The case has a small door that slides into place to block off a single FireWire port, front panel audio, and the external 3.5" bay, meaning I can glue it shut if I need to. In any case, that is a 64GB SRT drive + 6TB, 8TB, or 9TB RAID 5 array available.


Now the pretty pictures.



This case is crap when it comes to cable management, but when I gutted it, I did learn something. There is a small cavity on top. Stock, the WiFi antennae fit there. Serverfied, I can stick the two PCIe plugs and all but one Molex plug in there. I highly doubt I'm going to need a GPU in here past the Celeron's iGPU



HOWEVER, there's a problem. The hole the cables are routed through is used for a small latch, circled in red. I don't actually know how to get the thing to latch actually, so I have two reasons to...



...murder the poop out of it with a Dremel. Boom. Problem solved. Slide that back into place and...



...it looks quite nice, I think. Everything is ready to go once the rest of the parts get here.
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