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post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Gibs;12540302 
So to make it simpler Ill just get a small HDD or SSD for the OS;)

Up to you, but it would have to be an SSD. The reason I suggested a RAID-10 virtual disk for boot is that you would be able to benefit a bit by booting from a RAID-10 array. Single mechanical HDD isn't going to do anything... typer.gif
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post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by ComGuards;12540016 
Actually, RAID-5 requires a minimum of 3-drives, not 4. RAID-6, 10, and 0+1 have a 4-drive minimum requirement.

while this may be true, the array starts crippled, and cannot survive even a single drive failure, making the raid array a waste.


file sharing via linux isn't that hard. Personally, I run arch on my server and I've learned things as I go by reading the wiki pages and googling everything that isn't on them.
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Originally Posted by ZHoob2004;12542836 
while this may be true, the array starts crippled, and cannot survive even a single drive failure, making the raid array a waste.
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True and false. Yes the array starts crippled, but you'd have to be damned desperate if you REALLY cannot wait until the array has resynched, before you format it and start throwing data onto it.


@OP

Here's a possible parts list:

$85 ASUS P7H55-M
$130 Intel Core i3 530
$24 Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
$43 Samsung F4 320GB
$240 ($80 x 3) Hitachi 5K3000 2TB
$60 Antec EarthWatts 500W PSU
$0 Amahi Home Server

Total: $582

All you need to do now is pick a case. smile.gif I recommend the Lian-Li PC-A04 if you can get it - 15" high and supports 7 drives. Needless to say, I have one. biggrin.gif

Personally, I'd go with a separate HD for the OS, it just makes things easier to manage. You don't really need an SSD - the advantage of SSDs is speed (especially on boot, but servers don't get booted very often, unless there's something wrong with them).

Another important point to note is that the on-board RAID 5 implementation (ICHxR) needs hard drives which support TLER (or equivalent), otherwise the RAID controller will kick the drive(s) out of the array if they do not respond in time, hence the Western Digital Caviar Green is not recommended.
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You could also use this as a HTPC setup, motherboard has HDMI...
Edited by ttaylor0024 - 2/28/11 at 5:47pm
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post #15 of 19
Couple of points:

A 3-drive RAID5 is not crippled in any way (other than having low spindle counts make it slower than, say, a 15 drive RAID5...). 3 drives is the minimum, and it doesn't affect the parity protection at all to have 3 drives instead of 4. In fact (because of the lower number of mechanical parts) a 3 drive array is less likely to fail.

From the above build:

I wouldn't go i3 - the cost is much higher than an Athlon II X2 + AMD 740G, the power consumption is much higher, and the performance boost is a waste.

I wouldn't use 4 x 1TB drives. 3 x 2TB drives is cheaper but nets more space, uses less power and gives a much better upgrade path for the future.

I wouldn't use onboard RAID5 at all (and that includes the crappy fakeRAID controller on the Newegg list above). The data security just isn't there. Either run WHS and use mirroring, or run Linux and use software RAID.

WHS v1 doesn't like RAID arrays, because it's not all that easy to get it to work with anything 2TB+.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by the_beast;12565040 
Couple of points:

A 3-drive RAID5 is not crippled in any way (other than having low spindle counts make it slower than, say, a 15 drive RAID5...).


From the above build:

I wouldn't go i3 - the cost is much higher than an Athlon II X2 + AMD 740G, the power consumption is much higher, and the performance boost is a waste.

I don't know much about AMD processors & motherboards, and the i3 is the smallest modern desktop processor I know. smile.gif
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I wouldn't use onboard RAID5 at all (and that includes the crappy fakeRAID controller on the Newegg list above). The data security just isn't there. Either run WHS and use mirroring, or run Linux and use software RAID.

WHS v1 doesn't like RAID arrays, because it's not all that easy to get it to work with anything 2TB+.

Or use Amahi and Greyhole. wink.gif
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post #17 of 19
Ive built file server with Sempron 140 (unlocked to dual core) and an ASUS M4A78LT-M LE runs quickly and with 2 2TB Samsung F4 drives will saturate its gbps connection and 2GB of ram (2GB stick, yes i know i should've gotten 2x1GB)
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If you don't need transcoding to xbox360, you could go for the "HP Microserver" and just add three more drives...complete...finished...just add FreeNAS...wink.gif

Just my quick solution to you, should be about $4-500

If you need transcoding, its a whole new ballgame...Then you need a decent CPU...
    
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