I have nearly collected all the parts for my first server build. Outside of the motherboard and sas controller the parts are from an unbelievable deal on a 3900x gaming pc and old drives I have used for manual backups. The general plan was to run some sort of nas software with plex on top of proxmox. I have been leaning toward this plan for the last 48 hours due to the vm/tinkering advantage proxmox appears to have over running containers in a baremetal unraid install for example. If this isn’t a good idea or there are better solutions I am all ears!
ASRock X470D4U (I wanted full remote access because I am away from home frequently)
32 gb non-ecc memory
LSI SAS 9211-8i
650 watt platinum psu
Collection of drives in varying sizes.
I have been in tutorial/build guide hell for over a week now haha so please excuse me if these questions are redundant.
A couple of questions:
Do I go for the rack mount or tower case?
Backplane or does it matter since I already have an LSI SAS controller?
Any general advice on backplanes/controllers and best practices I am probably ignorant to?
If you think I should go for a rack mound case, would this be a good buy considering the motherboard wouldn’t be used immediately? → Supermicro 2U 8 bay server - X9DRi-F E5 V1/V2, dual 80+ Platinum PSUs, sliding rails - $200 free shipping
I am open to any general advice as well!