Thank you for this guide. I used it to build a monster in my basement and learn a ton! Which has helped me tremendously professionally. I have referred so many people to this site and these guides it’s a huge help. Also the comment section on this post and the community is very helpful. If you want to learn how to build your own server and want to source powerful parts and don’t want to buy off the rack - this is your guide. The best part is, the hardware is just the start. Once you stand up your machine, there is so much you can do with it. I went unraid and I’m having a blast moving to the self hosted web. Thank you everyone for the help
Prize package #1 please, I would not have use for 2
Honestly, there isn’t much there yet, but it was super helpful in directing me toward finding details on getting these cards up and running in Unraid. I haven’t gotten it all set up just yet, but at the very least I know it’s doable. @Juchong on the Unraid forums is making awesome headway, and hopefully, someone can create a plugin similar to the Nvidia/DVB one for the drivers.
learning about DAS to cheaply and efficiently expand my local storage has been amazing. the efficient part of the equation is where it gets interesting because you can tailor things to your needs instead of throwing everything at a problem. thanks for the advice!
I wanted 10g in my house mostly between my computer and my unraid server. I did not want to pay $1000+ just for two computers connected. Additionally, I have the 10g ethernet cable ran up in the attic and I have ethernet ports installed in the wall. I liked how this switch also was capable of PoE for future PoE cameras and Ubiquiti AP. I learned that the Aruba switch did not like RJ45 10G modules. So I picked up the recommended meroik 10g switch as well.
This guide was extremely helpful for me to help get my appdata onto a separate SSD, and Mthrboard has supported the thread on the forum and Discord with any questions. Now my cache is strictly for files to pass through and I have no slowdowns on any Docker containers.
I loved this guide as it taught me what to put in my first Unraid build. Dual xeon e5-2650 v2, 48Gb ram, and a total of 66Tb or HDDs. This guide lead me to Unraid which has been the best server OS i have ever used.
Honestly, I’m still a bit of a server noob, so the NAS killer guide is good for me to see what a “standard” build looks like, and to give me some ideas for my server. Although, I’m constantly bouncing between potential future projects.
Prize preference: definitely Package 1. The HP 290 would be great for transcoding - right now, my server uses an Athlon X2 245, so transcodes are unbearably slow.
While there been so many helpful threads including this one (pointing out threads i have missed), and many already been posted i wanted to share something a popular. i am grateful for this thread on the right rails needed for my rosewill case. i had bought a rack locally and been waiting to get everything set up right. no clue on rails before i got the rack. i am glad i havent had to buy a bunch of wrong items before i found what would work. i point this thread out because while popular threads like the hp 290 are great, guides and helpful posts for less known things have been very help.
Just recently signed up but have been reading the forums for a while.
My Favourite guide has to be [Guide] Remote Gaming on Unraid
This is one of the most compete and well thought out guides I’ve ever followed and really takes away the guess work when setting up. I appreciate the time and effort you all put in to help the others better understand.
Would be amazing to win the pfsense prize as that’s always something I’ve wanted to tackle but do not currently have the hardware for the project.
I used a lot of guides over the past month but this one saved my ass. The first time I built and unraid machine, I changed the appdata default folder before doing anything else so I didn’t have to follow this guide. When my unraid thumb drive died I forgot to do this initial step so I relied on this guide to help me. You guys always have guides for stuff I’m looking for and I’m so thankful for all the help from the community.
I’m actually new to the forum but I’ve been hanging out in the discord server for a couple of years. The discord has helped out in the past with some technical issues I had the past. Sorry I don’t have any comment on any particular post here. I’m sure I’ve used some article on here as a reference for my current build and I’ll be back here when I feel like upgrading my server.
If I did win, I’d settle for package 2. I am still happy with my current server build. I could use some better hardware for my music production ultra mini desktop (a Chuwi Larkbox).
This really is the definitive guide to Quicksync transcoding. Great writeup with full in depth explanations and examples. I forward friends and users to this guide whenever hardware transcoding comes up!
That being said preference for Package 1 for a nice pfsense/quicksync box.
I learned on #non-tech-deals-chat that Jaywire is a god of questionable photography.
Jokes aside, I learned a lot. Especially on #builds:unraid-gaming from @Riggi and @JDM_WAAAT that helped guide me to getting the right stuff for my server build, which is my first computer build ever. It feels like there’s such little meaningful content out there on simplifying server builds for useful applications for the everyman. And there’s just not a comparison when it comes to the responsiveness, accuracy, and enthusiasm in this community.
I’ve been out of the forum for a while, but I always enjoyed looking through the builds. It looks like I’ll be looking through the Plex Transcoding Builds because my current setup isn’t running as it should. On the discord I’ll ask questions about hardware and have gotten great responses in the #technology:hardware channel.
If I get a preference I’d prefer Package 2
Thanks JDM for this amazing giveaway and all of the great content.
While I was building my replacement NAS/Plex server, I learned a fair bit of good information from the #builds:anniversary-nsfw forums along with the associated Discord channels.
The guides on the site (particularly the SNAFU guide) provided a lot of good information all in a single place and really introduced me to the serverbuilds.net community. Now it’s one of my goto Discord servers.
JDM’s thorough guide inspired me to quickly grab one of these eBay U-NAS cases while available. Over the holiday I built the system (forum thread soon!) and I couldn’t be happier! JDM did an amazing job explaining the build and how to avoid pitfalls before they happen.