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Currently I have a Dell C1100 with 72GB of RAM with an HP StorageWorks 60 that is connected to an internal LSI 9261 VIA SAS. The StorageWorks server has a RAID 6 array made up of 6 Seagate 3 TB Drives.

The problem that has arisen is that it is just too loud and large. Also I am going to be moving out of the house soon and going to University so I want to be able to have someone somewhat portable, smaller, quiet, and cool.

What I was thinking of doing was building a server in a Corsair 900D and moving over the drives and RAID card into that computer then selling my existing hardware.

The largest problem that I can think of will be moving the RAID array over, since it is using the SAS Expander in the HP Storageworks server. Is this going to be as large an issue as I think it will be? Also I cannot quite think of what kind of hardware to put into the system that will be in the 900D.

Currently the C1100 is running a few VMs and a windows backup server.
The VMs are as follows:
- A plex server with around 3 TB of movies, TV shows, and Home Photos.
- A VM dedicated to TC Admin.
- A VM Dedicated to Minecraft McMyAdmin servers and other servers that do not intigrate nicely with TC Admin
- A torrenting VM
- And Finally a VM that has CAD and most autodesk applications that I used for FIRST Robotics.

The C1100 very rarely uses more than 5% CPU usage but all of the VMs use alot of the RAM.

I have a boot drive, the storage drives, the raid card, and the chassis already picked out.

What I need to get is a motherboard, CPU, CPU Cooler, 4 Port Gigabit LAN Card, RAM, and PSU.
If you guys could recommend some of the things that I have listed above I would greatly appreciate it.
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Sounds like your environment is overkill for your applications. Can you not just use a 2011 desktop with 64GB of RAM, running as an ESX/HyperV host?
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Originally Posted by Dyson Poindexter View Post

Sounds like your environment is overkill for your applications. Can you not just use a 2011 desktop with 64GB of RAM, running as an ESX/HyperV host?

I want to run the system on Server 2012 R2 because I have abunch of licenses for it.
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Don't know but it seems likes an I7 or and 8350/20 with lots of RAM would work. Looks like plex if you are transcoding, minecraft, and the autodesk and CAD would need the most resources.
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Sorry for the long wait on a reply.

I was thinking of going with a Dual socket xeon or something down that alley.
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[Asus] BD Drive [Corsair] H80 [Windows] 7 Ultimate [ASUS] VS24AH 
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[Samsung] 40 Inch LED TV [Corsair] K90 [Enermax] Maxrevo 1350 Watt [Corsair] C70 Arctic White 
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