I'm new to the Unraid scene. I jumped on the Black Friday deal and decided it's finally time to get serious about actually storing my data instead of using Windows to do it. Thank you for looking at my request and I hope to hear from you all soon!
Drives supported: 10-12 (6 SSds included in that count as cache) I need about 10-15 Terabytes of space and room for expansion
Apps looking to run: VM of Windows 10 capable of doing Photoshop, Premier, and Illustrator. Currently my Windows 10 JBOD/Raid5 storage space is struggling to run Photoshop 2022 (I'll link the Specs to that at the end of this post) and I want to be able to run this smoothly. Secondly I want to store my photos/PSDs/movies and have them backup to my Dropbox/Amazon Glacier. Thirdly I want to run some dockers like raspberry pi running HOOBS/PiHole, PLEX, NextCloud, BitWarden etc. I do want this to run quickly/smoothly over the 10GB backbone of CAT6 in the House. Right now my hard drives seem to run slowly when accessing photos over the network, or when copying to them. I'd like for that process to be sped up quite a bit.
I currently run WD Red Drives, and am open to anything that will run faster but are solid long term drives.
My Current hardware:
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Intel Core i5 3570 @ 3.40GHz 49 °C
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
24.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz (9-9-9-24)
ASRock Z77 Professional (CPUSocket) 31 °C
DELL U2520D (2560x1440@59Hz)
Intel HD Graphics (ASRock)
1023MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 (MSI) 28 °C
223GB INTEL SSDSC2CT240A3 (OS)
1863GB Western Digital WDC WD20EARS-00MVWB0 (SATA ) 26 °C
11162GB Microsoft Storage Space Device (made up of 4x 6TB Red WDC WD60EFRX-68L0BN1) 3 for data and 1 parity.
My current case is a Fractal Define R6.
I want to continue using my same case and the same 4x RED drives as well as the 6x 2TB Samsung SSDs as cache drives (with parity or raid? not sure which).
Basically my questions are these:
What motherboard would be good to get for my purposes?
Do I get a a SAS card or a motherboard that has enough SATA ports?
What graphics card would be good for my VM of Windows 10 that can do Photoshop/premiere/illustrator and PLEX encoding?
How much ram would be recommended to run a VM like this as well as by my main storage?
What CPU would be best to handle this load?
Given the hardware I want plus the potential for more drives/potentially more dockers/VMS what PSU would be advised?
Thank you again. I will try to answer any other questions I may have missed!