Currently I have a NK1.0 in Cooler Master CMP-350 case and with Xeon X3470. It’s a beast compared to what I use it for - just unraid storage. No containers, no VMs. So my needs are very small.
I also realize that I’ll never need more than my current HDD capacity - 6 bays (3.5"). So I’m looking to downsize.
The CMP-350 is a ~33 liter case. So I’m shooting for something half that size. Node 304 comes in at ~19L, so close enough. I haven’t really been able to find any other case that that’s small, but still has room for 5-6 HDDs.
Then I found this build which seems pretty decent for me: [BUILD] Node 304 "el noderino" SFF Poverty Build
Here are the parts I’m thinking of buying:
|Case||Fractal Design Node 304 Black Aluminum/Steel Mini-ITX Small Form Factor Computer||1||$86||6 3.5" hdd capacity|
|Motherboard||Aaeon Mini ITX Motherboard EMB-B75A Includes i3-3220 I/O 4GB RAM Heatsink||1||$64.99||Includes CPU, CPU cooler, and 4GB of RAM|
|LSI Card||IBM M5110 = LSI 9207-8i it w/ LSI P20 IT Mode ZFS FreeNAS||1||$42.99|
|SFF 8087 Breakout Cable||2Pcs Mini SAS SFF-8087 36Pin to 4 SATA 7Pin HD Splitter Breakout Cable 50cm Blue||1||$10.99|
|Power Supply||Corsair CX Series 450 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Modular Power Supply (CP-9020101-NA)||1||$59.00|
I already have drives and SATA cables. The case comes with fans.
So now my questions:
- How good is this for unraid? Will it just work?
- Are there any other cases <19L with 5-6 HDD bays I should look at (budget <$150)?
- I don’t think I’ll need >350W PSU (maybe even $300?). I don’t game so there’s not going to be a GPU. What’s a good inexpensive PSU I can use instead?
In all, I think this build should not exceed $250 with OBO or better deals I can find.