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K these are the specs that i've decided on for my Freenas with ZFS build. I posted these on the freenas forum asking if there was anything that wouldn't work or cause problems but no one has bothered to respond so i thought i'd post it here to see if anyone can offer any suggestions.

2X Xeon E5-2620
SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-3F-O
Kingston 64GB (4 x 16GB)
12 x Western Digital Red HDD's
2X SUPERMICRO AOC-USAS2-L8i
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk III Series 850W
Case = Caselabs M8

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I can't really comment on what you intend to use it for but looks like a pretty damn fine rig to me!

Which Red drives are you going for? 2,3,4TB?

What case are you going to use to fit that lot in?
 

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Looking at the 3tb drives
The case might be the Caselabs M8, not sure yet
 

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Might be quite a bit overkill for only a file server, but I'm a firm believer that you can never have a powerful enough pc.

Unless I'm mistaken, which I could be since I just started to look at recent server parts to buy mine, that raid card doesn't seem to support JBOD which I'm pretty sure you need(unless it's a simple sata/sas controller without raid) to configure your array with ZFS.
 

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It has an IT mode that isn't RAID
I also chose it based on this list
http://blog.zorinaq.com/?e=10

But if you can suggest another card please go ahead, that's why i posted the specs so the smart people can tell me what i've done wrong
 

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My bad then, it's a perfectly good choice from what I can see.

I could suggest the one I picked and am going to start using only friday when I get my MB, but I'm not that familiar with today's tech other than the research I recently did so I don't feel too good recommending something I don't have a lot of experience with and it's way pricier(around 300$ x 2) and filling it with ssd wouldn't use all the bandwidth so it's way too much for only hdd's: LSI SAS 9207-8i
 

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Yeah i'm just learning all this new tech as well, and server tech as well so it's been a learning experiance.
Just learning software raid has been a test in itself, but i've had some nice help so hopfully it'll work great.

Thanks for the suggestions
 

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Originally Posted by Shawnb99 View Post

K these are the specs that i've decided on for my Freenas with ZFS build. I posted these on the freenas forum asking if there was anything that wouldn't work or cause problems but no one has bothered to respond so i thought i'd post it here to see if anyone can offer any suggestions.

2X Xeon E5-2620
SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-3F-O
Kingston 64GB (4 x 16GB)
12 x Western Digital Red HDD's
2X SUPERMICRO AOC-USAS2-L8i
PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk III Series 850W
Case = Caselabs M8

Thanks
For a FreeNAS file server, this is very excessive specs.

If you plan to run ESXi and run FreeNAS as a virtual machine along with other VMs, then this is fine. If not, there is going to be a lot of wasted computing power.
 

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Yeah Freenas will be run from a VM, not sure what other uses i'll use the server for. I know it's extreme overkill for just the media server so i'll be finding other uses for it as well.
Maybe run a private server for Star Citizen when it comes out or something else.
 
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