Hello there, I used this forum as a guide for my first build and now I am itching for more, and I have a few on-hand parts to make things work.
So first off, my current server is only being utilized as storage and running a pihole docker. I would like to expand its capabilities as economically as possible to handle multiple Plex 1080p transcodes off a ram drive(4 simultaneous at peak, 2 concurrent happens frequently). 10gb transfer speed, Pfsense, radar, sonarr and some light remote gaming. I anticipate mainly roms (SNES/PS1/N64) for the next few years. There are probably many other useful things I am unaware of.
I am not opposed to leaving one tower as is, and making another piggy back, but it is not ideal
I have a gaming PC already with a 9600K and a 3080ti that also handles my plex, but id prefer to keep this PC powered down more.
For the remote gaming client I am planning on an Nvidia Shield for ease of use (6 year old will be playing the games). I had batocera on a tower and ultimately shut it down because it was a bit buggy and was a semi-headache. AFAIK the shield OS can’t be flashed onto PC.
Case - HAF-912 (missing removable hdd cage)
Mobo - X9SCL-F
CPU - E3 - 1230
Cooler - CM hyper 212 evo
RAM - 16gb 1333 ECC
Array Drives - 2x10TB + 2x8TB WD white label drives.
Cache - OCZ vertex 460 SSD (I think this drive is obsolete, I am getting checksum errors with media files that are transferred over).
Spare parts/towers (whatever is not used here will be sold):
Dell 5810 Tower with an E5 2687w V4. 64gb 2400 ECC ram.
64gb 2133 ECC ram
X58 Pro motherboard with an i7 970 extreme, 12gb 256mx64 ddr3 ram
GTX 1050 2gb
Samsung 870 evo 500gb SSD
Buy an X10 SRL-F, use 64gb ram, and transfer over the drives. Then set up a VM to run plex/games off of the 1050. I understand it will be running off an x8 lane, which I don’t think will matter too much for me. Other option is the X10-SRA, but from searches it looks like that mobo is more prone to failure.
Upgrade the ram on the X9SCL-F to 32GB, and set up a VM with the 1050 and just give it a go to see what it will be able to handle. Sell the rest of the gear to upgrade case/drives. (11.7TB free with 1 parity drive currently) Possibly upgrade to E3-1275 v2? Seems like I would be in the land of diminishing returns here though.
Turn the 5810 into a secondary Semi-server to run plex/games off of, and leave the current build as the storage center.
I am leaning option 1 because I don’t know if my current setup will have the power to handle everything, and it should leave me in a really good place to not have to touch the server (outside of drives/case) for the next 5-10 years. Is there anything I’m not taking into account that i should be?