Originally Posted by Prophet4NO1
Originally Posted by Liranan
All AMD CPU's since the Phenom era at least support ECC, the problems are that most motherboards don't and the RAM has to be unbuffered rather than registered. I've found a lot of registered RAM for extremely cheap (12 USD for 8GB) but UDIMM's are almost thrice the price so I would rather go with a cheap Xeon system and save money in the long term than save money on the CPU and spend more because the RAM is more expensive.
The unbuffered ECC i am using is cheap. About the same as normal RAM. The regustered ECC in my game hosting server (came with it) is something like twice the price. But it is, in the end all down to usage. If i did not have plex on my freenas box, the pentium would have been fine. Never used more than 20-50% load for anyrhing. Usually sat at 0-2%. The quad core xeon is just helpfull for transcoding in plex. Thats it. What is the point of a really powerfull cpu if all the server is for is home storage? You are basically paying more for nothing. Where as spending a little extra for ECC actually is a good thing for that added data security/reliability. Or you can just go my route and do the xeon and the ECC. ECC and a lower spec server /workstation board with ECC support are a small price to pay for data integrity.
But, thats me.
8GB registered 1333MHz for 75 RMB.
8GB unregistered Hynix 1600MHz for 200:
I've given you the prices so you don't need to wait for half an hour for the pages to load. As you can see RDIMM is far cheaper than UDIMM, which is why I'm getting RDIMM instead. Potentially I could get a G6950 for 5 USD (they are that cheap) over an X3430 (about 22 USD) but then the price difference in RAM will make the G6950 more expensive, especially if I need more than 8GB. The other problem is that due to the nature of UDIMM I will be limited to 16GB maximum instead of the 32GB maximum I would have with RDIMM, so to me it's an obvious choice.
Edit: this is the board I'm intending to get. The board supports 1333MHz only and speed isn't nearly as important to me as price and amount. While I'm not sure I will using FreeNas (Win 8.1 Storage Spaces seems so easy to use), I still want to have the ability to add more RAM just in case and have flexibility in the platform.
Edited by Liranan - 6/22/16 at 8:03pm