One guide I found helpful was something small, but still taught me a lot. It was the heatsink information guide and explanation of different types of M.2 connectors. I ended up buying one of the heatsinks from the guide and have been happy with it! But of course now I want to buy another NVME drive for my server, and I’m gonna have to get another one, same color to coordinate of course…or I could wait for the next 14TB Easystore sale…these are hard decisions!
This is the thread that got me looking at moving my plex server off of my main desktop. I’ve only been looking around here this past week, but it looks like I still have so much to learn that I never even thought of.
This was my first small project once I got Unraid up and stable that wasn’t just a simple click and confirm configuration. It was the gateway to other items like cloud backups for config. Details and support on the questions I had were great.
After discussing the pihole build I was considering and the cost for the hardware to make it happen, a few other users suggested skipping all of that and investing in a pfsense build. For that reason, my preference is package #1.
Thanks for a great SB year in 2020. Looking forward to 2021 projects.
I heard about serverbuilds.net on the self-hosted podcast awhile back but dismissed it as something that would be too advanced and too expensive for me (never built any sort of machine before). Came across another reference and decided to check it out. The price, information, and community support around the hp290 has been a real eye-opener! Thank you for everything you do and the community you have created!
Throwing MBP some love here. Obviously some great posts by JDM and others that were already mentioned and that I use frequently, but its the little posts like these that showcase the character of the community and its members. Secondary shout out to mthrboard’s post here that got me out of a jam.
This is my favorite thread (and discord channel) on the site. There is so much cool hardware out there that people are practically giving away and it’s awesome to see folks think outside of the box to put it to use in their rack. That thread has also caused my crippling addiction to searching ebay for weird old network/server gear.
This post caused me to really dig into the power of Quicksync and was a complete game changer in my system strategies this year. I had previously always used software transcoding. With increased “covid load” on the server, I was hitting the hardware limits of a Plex + Gaming + PVR stack + home assistant + other VMs all in one build. Plex was struggling leading to poor WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor). It’s now on a separate micro Optiplex Quicksync box that I got for a song on eBay, and the whole stack is working better than ever! I later got one of the cheap HP Prodesk boxes to put in place at my parent’s place to handle cable video transcodes and it’s been wonderful too. Thanks so much for this site!
I never intentionally wanted to build a server, but my “trusty” HP EX490 crapped out on me and my cheapass didn’t want to spend that much on a Synology with limited drives. I stumbled on the reddit JDM WAAT forums and read more about these builds and eventually made a Discord account.
Started with a LEGO build for my first setup with an e5620 to replace the HP server, beginning of this year bought the HP 290 intentionally for Blue Iris but replaced that with older G1 i7. Built my first plex box, using access points instead of built in wifi/router combo, and am now in the process of updating the LEGO with a hybrid OTIS build. Not sure if this is the right move instead of a nas killer 4, but this seemed like a decent path.
So far the hardware portions have been the easy fun parts, the software and linux has been the most infuriating since i’m nowhere familiar with any of these things. Using OMV instead of UNRAID as well, which may be compounding my headaches but it hasn’t been terrible.
@JDM_WAAAT and everyone else in the community, just wanted to say thank you for all your help!
I absolutely love my SNAFU build. Only running 2x E5 2620 v2 CPUs because that’s what was bundled with the board. Figured I’d upgrade them once it was running, but honestly it’s taken everything I’ve thrown at it as is. Would have been stuck still using mobo SATA ports instead of SAS HBAs if it wasn’t for JDM and ServerBuilds. I love this community.
Whenever I am down or feeling blue after being a dumb mistake, I sometimes revisit this post to remind myself that everyone makes mistakes. I appreciate a community that’s forthcoming in helping newcomers and veterans alike, and it’s a great sign that the folks on the top can admit their faults, too.
This was my first foray into server hardware and inspired me to retire my old i7-2700k that was functioning as a NAS/server/HTPC and move to some enterprise-class (also old) gear and it has been fun and a learning experience since then. I’ve asked a lot of dumb questions but this community has been great and with a little patience and digging there aren’t many problems that can’t be solved.
Either package is groovy but I guess I have more use for #2.
Cheers and I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!
This post really intrigued me. I didn’t purchase one, but linked a friend to it. He had never heard of serverbuilds.net before but was looking for an affordable DAS that was small form factor. This was perfect for him and I got to help him with the build, which is always fun. I had never touched a DAS before and so it was a learning experience for both of us, but turned out to be extremely simple in fact. I had always wondered how a DAS communicated without a motherboard and such installed. WOW, the HBA LSI card is all you need it seems to be the brains of the outfit. We followed the steps in the guide and with a few small hurdles and user error, we overcame and he now has a little DAS that I am envious of and regretted not purchasing one as well. By far, the most fun build project I was involved in for 2020. Simple, affordable and it taught me something hands on that I had never had the opportunity to work with before!
I do over the phone support day in and day out and love helping people, but helping someone I know personally with something we were both somewhat new to was really great.
I have to add, this was my favorite post of the year, but he Intel CPU transcoding thread was a close second. Super informative and helpful for my Unraid build!