I am in the process of arranging the parts to remove my NAS currently in my Gaming rig and move it into its own case. I have had issues with the cooling of the hard drives and had 2 failures in less than a year on WD shucked drives, fortunately, WD replaced them. The placement of the hard drives in the Corsair 1000D case just doesnt allow enough cooling. When i only had 3 drives the temps were managable in the low 40c, but after adding the 4th the temps went up to low 50c and since adding the 4th ive had 2 start to throw errors less than a year old. I was able to replace them by unbalancing everything to 2 drives and replace the failing drive without data loss.
Anyways I’m looking for an expansion card to maximize whichever case I decide to go with, so I only have to buy the stuff once and just have the availability for future expansion. I am not sure if there are cards with more ports than 4 that are reliable and quality, so wanted to get other’s opinions on this.
The current hardware I already own is as follows:
ASRock H470M-ITX/AC LGA 1200
Intel 10100 w/iGPU
2 x 8GB RAM
2 x 1TB m.2 SSD
4 x 12TB WD HHD
Corsair SFX 450watt PSU Titanium+
The mobo has a single x16 slot and i already used all the 4x Sata ports on the mobo, so if there is a decent option for 6+ expansion card i may go with that to give me potential for 10 HHDs in the future in which i would go with something like the Node 804 to maximise the case. The server only runs my NAS and Plex duties…