I’ve spent the last few months reading ServerBuilds.net + lots of Reddit stuff and here we are. Some quick background:
I have a Mac Mini 2012 (M2012) that is primarily a torrent server (listed this on Craigslist today, though, to help fund the NK4.0). The M2012 then is Thunderbolt bridged to a M2018 that runs Plex Media Server + backups (Arq+Duplicacy) + quite a few other services. The M2018 has a 4-bay mediasonic USB 3.0 DAS with a 12TB, 2x 8TB, and a 2TB SSD. JBOD. I have another mediasonic 4 bay with a similar setup that is plugged in. Alas, it’s time for an upgrade and reboot on all of this junk. I had a lot of fun learning about a lot of things with my Frankenstein.
My goal for the NK4.0 is to run my qBittorent client and unRAID OS. I may install a Docker container for backup, but the best backup tool I have found is Arq and it supports NAS so I may let that keep running on my M2018 that I’m keeping.
As far as drives on hand, here’s what I got:
- 3x 12TB EasyStores WD White Labels
- 2x 8TB WD Red
- 1x 4TB WD Red
- 2x 2TB Samsung EVO 860 SSD
- 1x 1TB Samsung EVO 860 SSD
I was planning on using the 2 Samsung 2TBs as dual-cache for unRAID and then a 12TB for parity with the remainder of hard drives in the cluster. The 1 TB SSD I plan on using for a swap drive / unassigned drive for qBittorent.
Today (12-2-2019) in the Discord channel I became inspired enough to finally act. I purchased this “Chenbro NR12000 1U 1x 8m QUAD CORE E3-1220 3.1GHz 32GB RAM NO HDD” via
for $193 shipped (did the OBO thing for a discount).
Here’s my parts list. I’d love feedback.
|CPU||Xeon E3-1220 V1||Included in 1U|
|RAM||32GB ECC||Included in 1U|
|PSU||EVGA 700 BR, 80+ BRONZE 700W||$45|
|CPU Cooler||Arctic Freezer 12||$24|
|SSD for unRAID Cache||Pioneer 3D NAND Internal SSD 480 GB||$45|
|SATA Cables||6-pack SATA cable||2x $10|
|SATA Power Splitter Cables||2-pack SATA to 4xSATA power splitter||2x $12|
|Case Fans||Arctic P12 120mm 5 Pack||$28|
|Case Fans||Arctic F8 80mm 5 Pack||$24|
|10gbe||10GB MELLANOX CONNECTX-2 PCI-E 10G SFP+ NETWORK CARD||$25|
Nothing I say is set in stone. Critque away. This is just what I’ve got and have been planning. I’m here because I want to learn and adapt.
Thanks JDM and Etumos so far!