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!
I dove into by first server build this year with this guide. My build was a fantastic success thanks to all the great knowledge shared here and I’m now running it as my main home file server and media storage, as well as starting to dive into the world of Unraid, Docker, and VMs. It’s now running my Unifi controller, Emby server, a host of other Docker services, and a couple VMs… not to mention sending me down a rabbit hole of other builds (a new pfSense box, a new cold storage backup server, and more).
Any of the NAS Killer guides could have been my top choice, but the NAS Killer 4.0 is the one I ended up following along to and building my home server. Works great and so low power I haven’t noticed a difference in power costs.
I eventually plan on upgrading and giving this to a friend who couldn’t seem to get unraid running, but thank you so much for all the guides on this site.
This was the post that got me into the community. I had been eyeing a NAS for a while, but didn’t want to drop $500 before even thinking about drives.
Seeing everything laid out and proof of others having success, it made me way less nervous to buy used enterprise gear on ebay. So between that and another deal found via the forums, I ended up with all of the hardware I needed, plus 30TB of storage for less than the cost of an empty pre-built. I just need to get around to putting together my post for the completed builds section.
I’ve enjoyed reading and been inspired by so many threads in this forum, but the original HP 290 thread really captivated my interest. This is such a versatile machine, and the thread opened my eyes to all that could be done with it. I’m currently using a 290 as my firewall/router, and have been seriously considering buying more for other projects.
Given that, I would love to receive Package #1, but really either would be a fantastic end to this crazy year! Thanks and looking forward to more building in 2021.
I had been running a rudimentary home lab since 2011 with a single-core 8TB UNRAID server and a couple of wireless access points. When our first lockdown hit in March I started looking at options to upgrade my home server and stumbled across serverbuilds. The first thing that occured to me was that it was going to take some time and effort to source the parts for the UNRAID server I wanted but I was intrigued to some quick-start options with the HP290.
Being Canadian the VIPOutlet deals were not really deals but I found a cross-border shipper that still made it more attractive than anything local. I was fortunate to snag 2 HP290s in May but then found out my order was being split in 2 so I had to pay the cross-border fees twice!
Anyway, I now have my 2 HP290s that have been running well for 6 months:
pfSense router with a 4-port NIC and 16GB Intel Optane memory
Plex server running Ubuntu with 12GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD
Since my early start with the 290s I’ve also added 3 Aruba IAP207, an Aruba S1500 24-port POE switch and built my UNRAID server (and still plan to post the build info as well!) Next up, security cameras.
It’s been a long time lurking on the forum. Never started yet my NAS and plex server projects because of personal reason and budget but hoping next year it will be done. I learn a lot from this forum. I love most of the people are sharing their projects and experience here. I hope I can get the package 1 to start my plex and nas/das.
This post was a life saver! Right has COVID was keeping everyone home my server was getting much more use and I only had an old i7-2600 trying to stream to my family. It tried valiantly but couldn’t keep up. So I was looking for an alternative and then this was posted. My server has been able to keep up with everything I’ve needed it to do since and I’m extremely grateful for this group helping me find the deal, but also the motherboard, fan, and ram info I needed as well. Thank you!
This post finally had me bite the bullet to build a server and migrate to unraid! Once this deal popped up, I said “screw it, its $60. I spend more time agonizing over $5 purchases at a fast food joint”.
So I ordered, arrived today. The rest of the pieces to arrive over the next week. Looking forward to making the jump!
Would prefer Prize 1, but will glady accept either if lucky enough to win!
I am on mobile so linking to a specific forum post is kind of tedious but I will talk about it. I love your anniversary build. I have been using my old pc running windows as a plex server but once I found out about this forum it elevated my system. I converted my old windows box to a unraid server running all of my apps in docker and got a hp290 to offload my plex viewing. Love the hardware offloading transcoding. With the help of this forum I was able to add a hba card and add a number of sas drives to expand my unraid server. Next is to upgrade my mb and cpu to more of server hardware.
Earlier this year my 5 bay Drobo was reaching max capacity. I was ready to spend money on the 8 bay, but somehow I found a link to this site and man am I glad I did. After a bunch of research and videos, I put together this post and the community was fantastic in helping me come to the best decision. While I still have yet to migrate plex from my Mac Mini to the HP 290, I was able to migrate all of my data to the new NAS and it has been amazing! Thanks everyone!