I have a fairly low-power home server with these specs:
2x4GB SODIMM RAM
1 x 2.5" Samsung 850 EVO SSD system disk
2 x 3.5" 8TB WD White HDD
1 x 3.5" 3TB WD Red HDD
HDPlex 200W NanoATX PSU
Fractal Design Node 304
I have Debian 11 on it. I use MergerFs plus Snapraid for the NAS function. I also have it running Plex Media Server (native Linux install) and a couple of docker containers for (pihole, arrs, download clients, etc.). The CPU is having a hard time transcoding HEVC10 and I feel that it’s time for an upgrade anyways. For the upgrade, this is what I’m thinking:
- Keep the case, PSU, and SSD/HDD’s (still not sure if it makes sense to upgrade to an nVME drive)
- Intel Pentium Gold G6400 10th Gen
- ASRock 410M/510M/470M/570M-itx/ac (depending on the availability here and what is cheapest)
- I would probably need to switch to using regular DDR4 RAM modules too. What is the recommended size that I get? Is it wise to stay at 8GB (2x4GB)? And would it be OK if I just get those Value RAM’s without heatsinks?
- Since the motherboard only has 4 SATA3 ports and I would need to add more drives, I would need to use an HBA card. Should I go with an LSI SAS2308 or SAS3008? I feel that the 2308 would be plenty for my use case. I’ve never used an HBA card but I know that you would need to flash an IT firmware. Which between HP, Dell, and IBM is the cheapest?
I’m also thinking of going with an i3-10100. Or would it make more sense to go with an i5-11400 since it has a UHD 730 iGPU?
Any other suggestions you can think of? Thanks for the help!