First: Thanks to this community for the knowledge base that allowed me to take the plunge.
Please don’t let my wife see how much this cost. I went a bit above what my original budget ($550) was, but with the drives it really was much more than I anticipated. I started buying parts last year (2019) so I could spread out the financial impact. But with COVID and having more time at home to mess around with stuff while I was working, I decided to go ahead and finish the build buying and putting it together.
Now I’ve built two PCs in my life, the last one being around 8 years ago, so venturing into server parts was an education. I’m also very unfamiliar with any other OS’s besides Windows, but I wanted to learn and hands on is always the best way for me. Okay, enough talk, here’s the build.
- Media server: Calibre, Plex, Subsonic/Airsonic
- Network: Unifi controller, VPN, Pi-Hole
- Long term: I’m hoping to learn VMs, pfSense, Linux, etc.
- Home automation in the future
With a toddler in the home, I want to try to stay 1.5 steps ahead of her with technology, so I gotta start now. I hope to dabble in the Discord to tap into the knowledge that exists there as I learn unRaid and everything else.
|CPU||2x XEON E5-2630V2 (x2)||$88|
|RAM||Samsung 16GB 1600 ddr3 rdimm ecc (x4)||$98|
|SSD||Adata SU800 512GB||$60|
|SSD||Adata SU630 480GB||$58|
|HDD||WD Shucked “White” 8TB (had 2 bought 2)||$280|
|HDD||HGST 8TB Ultrastar He8 SAS3/SAS2 (x2)||$190|
|HDD||WD Green 3TB x1||$0|
|HDD||WD Green 2TB x1||$0|
|SASExt||LSI SAS 9211-8i (x2)||$79|
|Fans||Arctic 120mm fans (x6)||$34|
|Fans||Arctic 80mm fans (x2)||$17|
|Heatsink||Supermicro SNK-P0050AP4 (x2)||$82|
|PSU||EVGA SuperNOVA 80+ GOLD 650W||$109|
|Total without disks||$706|
|Total with disks||$1294|
**Edit to insert images.