Like most - if not all of us - I have a lot of digital media. It’s like being at a strange AA meeting with data instead of booze; hello everyone, I’m a data hoarder. I have a collection of hard drives filled to capacity with photos, videos, and whatever shiny objects that catch my eye like old Linux distros. I started seeking help, not to overcome this problem, but to instead help make it easier. Now I have a pile of parts lying here, next to a pile of hard drives, next to a new case.
What have I done?
First to arrive was the Cooler Master N400
This was quickly followed by an ASUS Prime Z390-A
Two sticks of 16GB Crucial DDR4 RAM were next to arrive on my doorstep.
An Arctic Alpine 12 CPU cooler was tossed into the same box along with some smashed air pillows. I am not sure why the packer thought this would protect anything.
Today Brown Santa is to deliver a 5-pack of Arctic F12 fans as well as the Intel Core i5-9600K CPU.
For storage I have a new Crucial BX300 SSD with a whopping 240GB. I suppose this will be the cache drive. Additionally there are three 8TB WD drives I will be shucking.
I also ordered a SanDisk 128GB low-profile flash drive that should arrive before the end of the year. Since Unraid allows me to kick things off with one drive, then swap it to a new drive without penalty, I can at least get the ball rolling without waiting for it to show up.
What do I plan to do with this stuff? Obviously Unraid for starters, and Plex is also a must. Beyond that, I am not really sure. I have some online server space where I have Nextcloud running, which hosts Joplin for me. I may see about moving that onto my OTiS.
I moved this year, my previous home had an amazing fiber connection that never dropped out on me, the new home has cable and it can be sketchy sometimes. That’s been the kick in the pants I needed to actually start building this thing. At least now when it dies there will be some form of entertainment available. Then there’s the joy of having everything in one place for the first time in years. No more playing musical hard drives!
Anyways, bear with me. I will try to remember and get some photos as I start moving things along. For some it will be like watching paint dry, for others maybe they will find it interesting. Another random fact before I wrap this post up, I am not an IT professional, I know enough about this to be dangerous. I’ve built computers, hardware I am okay with, it’s software where I tend to get lost in the sauce. If I am lucky then I won’t be letting the magic smoke out of anything and we end up with something useful!