We want to replace the GROWING external HDD collection we have with a proper FreeNAS setup. We also have a 5 bay drobo we’d like to replace with this NAS.
Fractal Define 7 - ~$200
520W PSU (reused) - FREE
SSD BOOT DRIVES - ~$50
HDDs 5x6TB - FREE
Asus X9PAD8 (dual LGA2011) - $150
2X: E5-2643v2 - $180
E5-2640v2 - $100
RAM 32GB - $???
The machine would be primarily in charge of NAS with 1-2 users and automated backup responsibilities, but should also be able serve as an FTP server.
The motherboard includes an HBA adapter which is preferred for FreeNAS, and also has room for a GPU or video capture card.
The prices are approximate, for used CPU and motherboard. I have to research RAM compatibility though. Where do people generally get their used server RAM? or should I buy new?
Did you mean Z9PA-D8? Its the same Motherboard I have. Prices seem reasonable. As for RAM used ECC memory is fine. I bought 32GB for $24 on Ebay. Just get the fastest speed the Board can handle (1600Mhz) If your just using it as a NAS you could save some money and get a pair of E5-2690v1 more cores but slightly less base clock speed.
Yes, I meant the Z9PA-D8! I guess I’ll just grab some used ebay RDIMMs and try it out.
For the CPU, I wasn’t sure if FreeNAS/ZFS would prefer more cores or higher clocks. We might just get a cheaper pair of CPUs to start and upgrade later.
Thanks for your help
There’s a good list of RAM in this guide:
Unraid is going to be the most common choice for OS. In that case, it makes sense to have a decent size SSD to store your appdata and to be used as a write cache. This improves file transfer speed to your server immensely. Typically these files will be moved off of the cache drive and onto the array daily (at minimum), so keep that in mind when selecting a size. Smaller SSDs can be used as “unassigned” drives, which are neither part of the array or part of the cache. Unassigned dr…