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Shub0xx
post May 15 2013, 05:05 PM
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Hey everyone,

It's been a crazy time since I was here last, with so much stuff going on in my personal life.. It's not all sorted out yet, but I'm getting there..

I need some help.. I'm looking at downsizing my main rig, and transferring all of my file sharing tasks to a separate machine. I'm looking at possibly building a server (or buying an off the shelf option) and running that for file sharing and streaming to tv devices..

Now... Do I go out and custom build myself a system, or do I go find myself a cheap NAS and run that? I'm currently operating on a limited budget of about $600. Because it will be "always-on" I want a low power system.

Any suggestions?


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yoshiyoshi
post Sep 16 2013, 04:53 PM
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I know it's late, but I have a server I can pass on to you for $200... An HP Proliant Microserver no less.

Not the quietest, or most power efficient (Pentium D 820), but mega-cheap to start with.

Otherwise, I can help out with putting together a good pseudo-server that is power-efficient and has lots of room for hard-drives at Respawn v28. I'll be volunteering, the little guy with long blonde hair ;-)

Just grab me and we can discuss a way forward for you that suits you and your needs. I reckon we can beat $600 with ease!
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Jen
post Sep 17 2013, 09:52 PM
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QUOTE (Shub0xx @ May 15 2013, 05:05 PM) *
Hey everyone,

It's been a crazy time since I was here last, with so much stuff going on in my personal life.. It's not all sorted out yet, but I'm getting there..

I need some help.. I'm looking at downsizing my main rig, and transferring all of my file sharing tasks to a separate machine. I'm looking at possibly building a server (or buying an off the shelf option) and running that for file sharing and streaming to tv devices..

Now... Do I go out and custom build myself a system, or do I go find myself a cheap NAS and run that? I'm currently operating on a limited budget of about $600. Because it will be "always-on" I want a low power system.

Any suggestions?


What I have currently is the following:

Dell Optiplex 760 that I upgraded the chip to a 64bit capable chip
Added 8GB of DDR2 ram
Put a 1TB HDD in it.

Then I virtualised a tonne of my normal "Desktop operations" into virtual machines.

The virtual machines do the work, and pump the output of the work into a Buffalo 4 bay NAS running RAID 5 with 4 x 4TB disks.


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Intel i7-3770K Ivy Bridge, 16GB DDR3 RAM, 120G Intel 330SSD, Asus GTX760 and Asus P8Z-77V-Pro
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post Sep 18 2013, 12:31 AM
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I took the Build it yourself approach for my server. The full spec list is in the signature but it runs damn well (50w idle, 80w under 100% gigabit network utilization). And is expandable.

The reason I'm running a smaller 160GB drive in there is for persistent plugins like a web server and various downloaders. Means I can spin down the array for most of the time and only load it when I am downloading or accessing it.

A few people have told me RAID-Z1 (and RAID 5) is pointless because of the chance of a drive dying during recovery, so just to be on the safe side I would go RAID-Z2 (RAID 6) but it requires 6 drives to be effective in Z-RAID.

I can provide more info as well as all resources I read and learned from if you want, as well as budget although that will have changed because of the RAM prices alone. I think overall I spent $1300 for a 15TB 50w 'Server'/NAS.


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'Enforcer' Main PC: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz | ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 | Coolermaster CM Storm Enforcer | 8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz | 2x 2GB Sapphire AMD HD6950 | 128GB Samsung 840 Pro | 2TB Hitachi HDS723020BLA642 | Silverstone ST75F-P 750W Silver | Windows 8 Pro.
'Retina' Laptop: Mid 2012 15" Retina Macbook Pro | Intel Core i7 @ 2.3GHz | 8GB DDR3 | 256GB SSD | OS X 10.9 Mavericks
'Trinity' File Server: AMD A6-5400K APU | ASRock FM2A85X-Extreme4-M | Fractal Design Define R4 (3x 140mm Fractal Case Fans) | 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz LP | 5x 3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300 RAID-Z1 Pool | Seasonic G-550 550W Gold | FreeNAS 8.3.1.
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