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Hiya guys now that main Rig is up running I need to rework my Home Network. Im looking to Centralize my Network Storage and tie in Transcoding into this Server.

Roles this server will need to Perform.
1.File Server (8 Nas Drives)
2.Transcode 1080p Blueray (May Have this covered more on this)
3.24/7 Operation with Wireless Ac onboard.

Right now I was looking at few cases from Enermax and cooler master but I need it to be something I can put in a corner or basement.

I will have a Evga 680Gtx Classified 4Gb as my Transcoder in this server. What I was wondering is which boards would suite my needs atm. Im looking for boards that have hdd boosts like some I seen.

As for cpu wasnt sure which will be better for everyday file serving
This rig should be mid tower if possible with enough drive cages for least 8 Hard Drives. Wont be needing using dvd Burner.

Features im looking for in this build.
1.Usb 3.0
2.Least 8 Hdd drive cages.
3.32gb ram capable
4.Mid Tower If possible
5.good raid card for 8 Hdds.

Thank you guys for all tips suggestions on last rig. Now its time to clean up network section.

Parts I have set for rig.
1.Evga 680GTX Classified 4Gb
2.Samsung 840Pro 256Gb (Boot/Os)
3. Corsair 1200i Psu
4.Zalman Clc Cooler
5.6 Noctua NF-F12 Fans
6.8 Wd 4TB Red Nas hdds
post #2 of 27
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Here is the Raid card I am considering. I want to know if its possible to add say a 256Gb Samsung 840Pro as a Cache in this raid array even if I only have 7 Hdds 1 ssd.

MegaRAID SAS 9361-8i
Edited by Shadowarez - 3/23/14 at 5:02am
post #3 of 27
Here is a list for an option that might get you started.

Case: Fractal Define R4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352021

MB: Supermicro (server board)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182717

Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139979

CPU: Intel E3-1275v2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117282

SAS/SATA Card: 4i, instead of 8i. $200 cheaper and you won't any difference for the system
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816118228


Okay so my thoughts here. The LSI card you listed is fine but extreme overkill for the system. I listed a different LSI card with the same basic specs that is $200 cheaper and should still get you the same performance. Really you could go with a standard 8 port SATA RAID card for under $200, instead of the $600 you've got listed, and run just fine for a standard file server, or you could even go with an onboard raid if get one with enough ports.

I love Fractal cases so I use them whenever I can. This one has 8 x 3.5" slots and 2 x 2.5" slots, so you can fit all 8 of the HDD's you have without a problem. The case is also well designed for cable management and useability for a build with lots of drives, so if you ever have to remove any of the drives it will be nice and easy.

The MB/CPU combo will really be up to you. You can use a base Intel i3 or AMD A4 and it will run just fine for a file server. They won't have the capacity for heavy transcoding but as long as you have software that can utilize the GPU for transcoding instead of the CPU, they should still run okay.



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Here is the Raid card I am considering. I want to know if its possible to add say a 256Gb Samsung 840Pro as a Cache in this raid array even if I only have 7 Hdds 1 ssd.

From what you had listed, you will be using the SSD for the OS?

If this is the case then you don't really want in built into the RAID. Putting it in the RAID will be a pain for most OS's to boot from, some don't support RAID booting at all. This will also limit the RAID. If you have an actual RAID setup, not a JBOD, the system will partition each drive to the lowest useable volume. So if the SSD is a 256GB, the rest of the drives will be limited to 256GB per drive, leaving you with a max volume of 2.3TB if put into a RAID 0. You will also not be able to get the benefits of the SSD speed for booting and system processing.
post #4 of 27
I've been through this exercise a few times, and here are my observations:

First, Otitis gives excellent recommendations for CPU, motherboard, and RAM. You absolutely should consider ECC memory for your build, and that requires a CPU and motherboard that support ECC. Any Xeon processor will do (they do have cheaper processors that the E-1275v3 -- e.g., the E3-1220v3 will do for transcoding and parity calculations and only costs about $210. The E3-1275v3 is pretty nice if you have the additional funds.

You might consider something like FreeNAS 9.2 as your server platform. With ZFS integrated, it can do software "RAID" better than any mid to mid-high end hardware RAID solution can, with the added benefit of being completely and totally FREE. FreeNAS also has built-in support for most popular protocols, including CIFS/Samba (Windows Shares), AFS for Macs, NFS, iSCSI, etc. Finally, it has a Plex Media Server plug-in that is well maintained, and does a great job for a media server w/transcoding capabilities.

Corsair AX1200i PSU for a system that requires about 350W max running? A little overkill, but if you have it on hand, it's free and therefore not a bad choice. LOL.

If you get the right motherboard, you won't even need a RAID/storage adapter. Several of the Supermicro server motherboard have 8, 10, or 12 SATA ports on-board. Check this bad boy out - has 14 SATA ports on board! Added bonus is the thing also has IPMI 2.0 with KVM over LAN, so you have full hardware monitoring and remote accessibility in the event the system crashes. Very handy. Also has integrated video, so you don't need a VGA card in there making heat and taking up space. Dual server-grade Intel I210-AT gigabit Ethernet too.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182821

Why the GTX 680? No need at all for that - even a low end quad core CPU can do real-time transcoding of HD Blu-ray rips to any device in the house and not break 25-40% CPU. If you have a crap ton of devices transcoding at once, then get a bigger processor. CUDA transcoding "on the fly" requires specialized software you're not likely to come across.

Greg

p.s. Minor note here, if you do go with FreeNAS, keep in mind it runs as a "RAM image" from a USB memory stick, CF card, etc. It doesn't get installed on a HDD, so you dedicate 100% of your storage to the media array.
Edited by hammong - 3/23/14 at 9:44pm
post #5 of 27
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yes i have a 64 gb Corsair usb 3.0 Drive, the 680 is Free as well when Maxwell Octa Core Soc gpu Comes out.and iv run it on 25% fan and its dead silent.
post #6 of 27
I second the recommendation for FreeNAS as the OS to run on your server. I have a FreeNAS 9.2.1 box running on my network and having support for the built in plugins makes things so much easier.

My FreeNAS box currently runs as my Plex Media server, my OwnCloud server, I have a few CIFS shares and also running an iSCSI portal that serves my desktop, Hyper-V and ESXi hosts. I'm doing all this with an AMD A10 and 8GB of RAM, 8 2TB WD in RAID 10 (ZFS software raid) and two SSDs running as cache drives. This thing hasn't missed a beat and it was pretty simple to set up.

Going with the supermicro board is also a good move. If I could go back I would rebuild this system using a server board with DRAC or IPMI support. Headless setup is so much easier than having to find a monitor and keyboard to plug into it whenever I need to troubleshoot things.
post #7 of 27
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Ahh I use tight vnc for my server once it was setup up. Now I can use my cellphone and tablet to control the pc. With remote ripple. Works well enough.
post #8 of 27
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Ahh I use tight vnc for my server once it was setup up. Now I can use my cellphone and tablet to control the pc. With remote ripple. Works well enough.

Be careful with VNC, by default it's easily cracked.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Network_Computing#Security
    
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post #9 of 27
Or u could buy a old IBM zpro desttop for 100$ buy a raid card had and some hardeives.
post #10 of 27
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Yeah basicly I wanna toss in enough storage for least a few years give it hardware raid reliability and speed. And maybe setup a dedicated server here there for certain games.
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