After a long and succefull use of my good old HP Gen8 XPEnology box I’ve decided to build a new and DIY XPEnology machine with more HDD bays and more processing power. I want to host on it not only a file server and personal cloud solution but also to use it for PhotoStation, Survellance Station and Plex server to say the least. I’m gonna go with Intel since I want QuickSync Video.
I want it build as cheap as possible so I need some advice in order to not make a noob mistakes and waste money.
CPU >> i3-10100
At the moment for XPEnology I’m stuck with Intel Gen 8,9 or 10 processors and since i3-10100 costs as much or less as 9th gen where I live - about 100 euro - I prefer to go this route. In addition it seems to me more future proof with LGA1200 socket except it’s cheaper.
The other thing is the MoBo itself.
Should I go with some cheap motherboard like
which is ~65 euro here or should I buy something pricier like
which will cost me something ~110 euro?
Or even something more expensive?
What are your thoughts on that one?
Will be there any additional benefits of a more costly MoBo in such a project?
My plan is to stick some LSI based SAS controler in IT/HBA mode into one of the PCIe slots of the MoBo in order to provide 8 SATA ports for the HDDs. These LSI’s are easily found in eBay for 20-30-40 euros each. A SAS’ 8 SATA ports combined with the 4 to 6 on the MoBo itself will be more than enough even in the long run I think.
Most of the MoBo’s that will fit my need support 64GB = 2 x 32GB RAM. Althogh I’m pretty sure it’s an overkill I want to populate one of the two slots to capacity. So I’ll buy 32GB RAM module. It’s not so pricey anyway. Some 50 euros or so.
I have an old PC in a ATX case wich will be my donor for a case and a PSU.
May be at a later moment I’ll buy some new and pretty mATX case - a Fractal Design Node 804 or alike - and will transplant everything in it.
That’s all that comes to my mind at the moment.
Please give me a hand here since it’s my first PC build ever.
Any input will be greatly appreciated!