I’m in the planning stages on a new build. Ultimately, this will be able to house something like 18 HDDs and 5 SSDs (probably more). Raw HDD capacity of up to 324 TB.
Currently running a 75TB JBOD attached as DAS to an iMac. I’m looking to get some redundancy and eventually offload some of the compute (Plex, arr services, bittorrent, etc.) to a dedicated server. Likely will run Unraid.
I’ve gone through the NAS Killer threads, but used hardware is crazy expensive currently. So much so that it seems to make more sense to get mostly new hardware primarily. I’d like the server to be relatively quiet and low power (in x86 terms, anyway).
I was originally looking at an ASUS WS C246 Pro ATX board ($260) and Xeon E-2124G ($227) with 32GB RAM, but an 11th gen i5 seems like a better deal, no?
Here’s what I have so far:
Case: Fractal Design Meshify 2 XL - $205
PSU: Corsair HX750 80 Plus Platinum Modular - $155
Mobo: Gigabyte Z590 AORUS Ultra - $240
Alt Mobo: MSI MPG Z590 Gaming Carbon Wifi - $270
CPU: Intel Core i5-11400 6C 2.6GHz 65W - $220
Alt CPU: i3-10100 4C 3.6Ghz 65W for $130
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB DDR4 3200 - $115
CPU Cooler: Stock Boot Drive: SanDisk 32GB Ultra Flair CZ73 USB 3.0 - $7 M.2 Drive (Write Cache): Samsung 970 EVO Plus Gen 3.0 x4 NVME - $140
HBA: LSI 9207-8i - PCIe 3.0 x8 - $65 on eBay
Alt HBA: LSA SAS 9201-16i - $200
SAS Expander: Intel 36-Port RES2CV360 - $180
Alt SAS Exp: Intel 24-Port RES2SV240 - $100 OR HP 468406-B21 - $95 (3gb SATA only)
10Gbe NIC: Intel X540-T2 - $85
I’d be grateful for any feedback or suggestions.