[Guide] NAS Killer 4.1 supplemental + deals

Hey everyone, found some really good deals on ebay and thought I would throw something together for ya’ll.

This guide will outline the deals that I found. For the rest of the parts and information, please refer to the main build guide.

MAKE SURE TO USE THE “BEST OFFER” FEATURE BEFORE PURCHASING

[Option 1] - Combos

Combo 1 - $135.00 OBO + free shipping (NOW OUT OF STOCK 4/14/2020)

($167.00 value not including shipping)

Combo 2 - $163.00 OBO + free shipping (NOW $133 OBO 4/14/2020)

($197.00 value not including shipping)

Combo 3 - $192.00 OBO + free shipping

($232.00 value not including shipping)

Combos include:

  • Motherboard - S5512WGM2NR-B-CGN Socket LGA1155
    • Normal price $45.00
    • ATX
    • 2xSATA 3, 4xSATA 2
    • LSI SAS2008 onboard ($25.00 value)
    • Supports 6 + 8 SATA devices
    • 4 PCI-e, 1 PCI
    • 2 NIC, IPMI
  • CPU - E3-1220 v1
    • Normal price $17.00
    • 4C/4T (Core i5 equivalent)
    • 3.10GHz base / 3.40GHz turbo
    • AES-NI support
    • 80W TDP
    • 6250 Passmark
  • 8GB/16GB/32GB DDR3 ECC UDIMM
    • Normal price $30.00 per 8GB ($30.00/$60.00/$120.00)
  • Chenbro 1U rackmount chassis
    • Normal price $50.00+ expensive shipping
    • 12 3.5" bay
    • 1 2.5" bay
    • 300W+ Flex ATX PSU

Combo 4 - $193.00 OBO free shipping (NOW OUT OF STOCK 4/14/2020)

($233.00 value not including shipping)

Combo Includes:
(rest of components same as above)

  • CPU - E3-1230 v2
    • Normal price $53.00
    • 4C/8T (Core i7 equivalent)
    • 3.30GHz base / 3.70GHz turbo
    • AES-NI support
    • 69W TDP
    • 8868 Passmark

4/14/2020

More combos available:

  1. Chenbro NR12000 1U 1x 8m QUAD CORE E3-1220 3.1GHz 16GB RAM NO HDD - $133 OBO
  2. Chenbro NR12000 1U 1x 8m QUAD CORE E3-1240 3.3GHz 8GB RAM NO HDD - $147 OBO
  3. Chenbro NR12000 1U 1x 8m QUAD CORE E3-1230v2 3.3GHz 8GB RAM NO HDD - $153 OBO
  4. Chenbro NR12000 1U 1x 8m QUAD CORE E3-1220 3.1GHz 8GB RAM NO HDD - $153 OBO
  5. Chenbro NR12000 1U 1x 8m QUAD CORE E3-1240 3.3GHz 16GB RAM NO HDD - $157 OBO
  6. Chenbro NR12000 1U 1x 8m QUAD CORE E3-1230v2 3.3GHz 32GB RAM NO HDD - $192 OBO
  7. Chenbro NR12000 1U 1x 8m QUAD CORE E3-1240 3.3GHz 64GB RAM NO HDD - $234 OBO
  8. Chenbro NR12000 1U 1x 8m QUAD CORE E3-1230v2 3.3GHz 64GB RAM NO HDD - $240 OBO


Advice:
Unless you really do not care about noise, I’d ditch the chassis. The combo is still a pretty good price especially if you use the “OBO” function. This would make a great pfSense build or NAS Killer 4.0 build. Find an ATX case for the motherboard, buy a CPU cooler, PSU, and you’re good to go. The LSI SAS2008 onboard uses physical SATA ports - no expensive SAS cables needed. If you do decide to use SAS drives, you will need some of these.

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[Option 2] - Motherboard Only

Seller is asking $50.00 OBO + free shipping

  • Motherboard - Tyan S5512WGM2NR-B-CGN Socket LGA1155
    • Normal price $50.00
    • ATX
    • 2xSATA 3, 4xSATA 2
    • LSI SAS2008 onboard ($25.00 value)
    • Supports 6 + 8 SATA devices
    • 4 PCI-e, 1 PCI
    • 2 NIC, IPMI

Advice:
Same as above, but you’ll have to source the RAM and CPU yourself. Make sure to take a look at Tyan’s specification sheet to determine CPU and RAM support.

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[Sample Builds]

ATX tower (using Combo 1, but you can use any of the 4 Combo deals)

Type Part (link) Expected Price
Combo Motherboard/CPU/RAM $135.00 OBO
Case Cooler Master Elite 350 $85.00
Motherboard Tyan S5512 (Combo 1) Included
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1220 (Combo 1) Included
RAM 8GB DDR3 ECC UDIMM (Combo 1) Included
SAS Controller LSI SAS2008 onboard (Combo1) Included
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Gravity i2 $9.00
Power Supply 500W included with case Included
Sata Cable 6 Pack SATA cable $8.00
Total ----- $237.00 OBO

Hardware specs:

  • 4C / 4T, 3.40GHz Turbo, 6250 passmark
    • Upgradable up to 4C / 8T, 9476 passmark with E3-1270V2
  • 8GB DDR3 ECC RAM
    • Expandable up to 32GB
  • 6 3.5" bays native
    • Add 4 3.5" later via bay conversion
  • LSI SAS2008 onboard
  • Options to expand via DAS additions (16 bays per LSI 9201-16e)
    • Connect 2 x LSI 9201-16e via 2 x PCI-E
  • Add 10GbE via Mellanox or Intel X520/X540

Rackmount (using Combo 4, but you can use any of the 4 Combo deals)

Type Part (link) Expected Price
Combo Motherboard/CPU/RAM $193.00 OBO
Case Rosewill RSV-L4500 (refurb) $100.00
Motherboard Tyan S5512 (Combo 4) Included
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 (Combo 4) Included
RAM 16GB DDR3 ECC UDIMM (Combo 4) Included
SAS Controller LSI SAS2008 onboard (Combo 4) Included
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Gravity i2 $9.00
Power Supply EVGA 600BR 600W $55.00
Sata Cable 2 x 6 Pack SATA cable $16.00
Total ----- $373.00 OBO

Hardware specs:

  • 4C / 8T, 3.70GHz Turbo, 8868 passmark
    • Upgradable up to 4C / 8T, 9476 passmark with E3-1270V2
  • 16GB DDR3 ECC RAM
    • Expandable up to 32GB
  • 15 3.5" bays native
  • LSI SAS2008 onboard
  • Options to expand via DAS additions (16 bays per LSI 9201-16e)
    • Connect 2 x LSI 9201-16e via 2 x PCI-E
  • Add 10GbE via Mellanox or Intel X520/X540
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Total noob here and this feels like a stupid question: Can I just use the rack mount as is and say figure out a way to mount it under my desk, thinking of Combo 1. Would I need to get anything other than drives? I haven open space under my desk and this seems like a logical way around buying a case and such.

Yes you do not need a “real” rack you can mount it to a wall or desk. The only thing I would advise against is just keeping it off things like carpet which can have issues with static buildup. Combo 1 only needs drives and drive trays. Be aware that items that are that slim need to move a lot of air with those small fans so they are high rpm which makes them very loud in most cases. Probably not ideal for a desk.

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Couldn’t you switch out those small fans with Noctua 40mm fans to decrease the noise? Not sure what you could do about the power supply’s fan noise.

Sure, but are you willing to pay $15+ / fan for 40mm fans that don’t provide enough airflow to adequately cool the system and drives?

They’re loud because they push the appropriate amount of air for the system. Anything less unfortunately is pretty inadequate, unless you make serious concessions to your hardware selections.

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Ah fair point. Are there any fans that would provide the necessary cooling while not being ear bleeding loud? I’d love to use one of these in it’s original case, but I couldn’t handle the crazy fan noise.

I’m not aware of any currently, but we may or may not be trying to work with a company…

If you’re on the fence about the server just because of that, you could see how loud it is, and if it’s bad enough swap it to a 2U rosewill or something.

Haha sounds interesting.

Ya that’s what I was thinking too after looking at your rackmount build up above. I’d probably just play it safe and move all of one of the combos into a Rosewill case to save on fan noise.

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Is getting the Rosewill 4U with hot swap bays worth the price? I’m assuming it’s worth it only if you are planning on switching out drives a lot.

IMO, no. It’s super easy to swap drives in the 15 bay, and you can get those for around 50% of the cost of the 12 bay.

Roger that. Ya it is significantly cheaper without hot swap bays and also looks like just another piece of the server that could fail. I doubt it’d be easy to replace one of them.

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My server arrive yesterday and it’s up and running. Took me a few goes to get IT mode flashed. At first I could get the system to recognize/boot from my USB flash drive but it worked once I figured out I should use the internal USB port rather than the external ports.

Which of the combos did you go with?

Kinda Combo 4, but chose a listing with 32GB of memory.

Where did you find it? I can add it as another combo.

Same seller. I did not pay the asking price.

I’m tempted to stick with this case for now. I need to find some mounting screws/grommets that will work.

Someone on reddit asked the same question. Someone else posted actual screws they received with their system

and these were some options

https://www.frozencpu.com/products/8159/scr-133/Hard_Disk_Drive_Anti-Vibration_Screws_-_System_Builders_100_Screw_Pack.html

I’d need enough for 12 drives, which comes out close to $55, that’s a fair chunk of change I could put toward nice Roswell case.