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For the past while I've been using a low end Athlon X2 205e 2.7GHz with a low end MSI 870 C45 board as media server and I'd like to get something better.

 

I haven't decided which OS I'll use but it will either be FreeNas or Windows 8.1 (Storage Spaces with Parity) but I intend to use at least 6 3TB HD's.

 

So, after looking for hardware to use and reading the FreeNas recommended hardware specs I've come to the conclusion (entirely based on price) to use the following hardware:

Xeon X3430 2.4GHz quad core (no HT) http://ark.intel.com/products/42927/Intel-Xeon-Processor-X3430-8M-Cache-2_40-GHz

Xeon X3440 2.53 GHz 4C/8T http://ark.intel.com/products/42928/Intel-Xeon-Processor-X3440-8M-Cache-2_53-GHz

Super Micro X8SIL-F http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Xeon3000/3400/X8SIL.cfm?IPMI=Y

2 x 8GB Samsung DDR3 Registered ECC

Super Flower 450W PSU

Total cost: less than 800 RMB or 150 USD. With the X3440 it'll be a 20 USD more expensive.

 

I haven't decided on which HD's to get but that doesn't matter as much right now as getting the basic hardware.

 

The server will be used mostly to store media and act as download server so it will be on 24/7, so I am not that bothered by power consumption.

 

What I am bothered about is the performance of the CPU. It's a six year old chip from the Nehalem era (reason why it's so cheap) and I don't know how well it will do when it needs to rebuild the array in case of a failure. Originally I looking at getting an i3-560 (3.33GHz) but due to requiring Udimm, which is several times more expensive than registered RAM, I decided to get a Xeon instead.

 

I will use www.Taobao.com to order my parts. While it's Chinese it's very easy to find things, just type in the name of what you're after and it will produce results.

 

I would like to spend as little as possible on this machine.

 

Thanks for the help and advice.


Edited by Liranan - 6/19/16 at 12:32am
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I personally have both X3430 and X3440 machines in my house, and they are quite powerful chips.
My friend has an X3430 that I put in her machine, and it does very well playing games and streaming to twitch.

So I don't believe horsepower will be a problem with either of those chips.

Also for an OS, I would highly recommend Unraid.
It is far easier to setup then freenas, and in my experience has far less headaches when setting up then freenas.

I configured my unraid server, and I haven't had to do anything to it since configuring everything.
Configuring took me like 20 minutes, which is far better then any experience I have ever had with freenas (which I end up messing with for days normally)

https://lime-technology.com/what-is-unraid/
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Thanks for the recommendation but as Unraid isn't free I'd rather use Windows Storage Spaces with parity (Raid5) or double parity (Raid 6) instead as I already have a few licenses of Win 8.1.

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