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Everything posted by tdallen

  1. unRAID will work with either consumer or server grade (Xeon) hardware. You can base your choice on cost and features.
  2. Don't buy 1155 hardware at this point. Virtually any modern setup can run unRAID, and would be much more future proof.
  3. Since unRAID provides a hypervisor it usually runs on bare metal. Plex usually runs best as a Docker but can run in a VM.
  4. Can you still find the PC-Q25b? I haven't seen it for sale recently in the US... I'd go with at least 8GB.
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    new intel cpu

    Hi - You'd be moving from 4 cores to 6 cores, so that would be somewhat better. It seems like you are pushing things pretty hard, though - you might want to consider the Core i7.
  6. While you could certainly optimize hardware and OS options to extract the nth degree of performance, over the long term I think the cost of maintain two technology stacks would outweigh any benefits.
  7. Hi - If you want to reuse that memory, you'll have to stay with Haswell (LGA 1150) era hardware, i.e. a Core i5, Core i7, or equivalent Xeon (I'm not sure if your current setup has or supports ECC). At this point you'll have go to with whatever you can find available as Haswell (LGA 1150) is several generations old. Both ASRock and Supermicro motherboards have been used extensively with unRaid.
  8. I'm a little underwhelmed by the specs, but I need to do a build soon. How has this new family of CPUs (and their associated motherboards) worked out for you?
  9. I typically (not all the time but typically) saturate a 1 Gb/s link (i.e. write at 112 MB/s) when writing to unRAID, under the following conditions: Server isn't busy doing lots of stuff I'm writing one (or a couple) of large files rather than lots of small ones My array generally has larger, high density drives I'm bypassing cache, writing directly to the array Must use TurboWrite! I spend more on Starbucks K-cups than I spent on my unRAID license.
  10. Hi, some random thoughts: - The motherboard appears expensive? - The G4560 is suitable for a low end file server. - 8GB is suitable for a low end file server. - I'd imagine Kaby Lake hardware is nearing the end of its sales cycle. You'd want to be sure of the specs since in-place upgrades of CPU or memory will get harder, or require going to eBay.
  11. That's a fair amount of work. I'd try for 6 cores or better. There are several ways to do that these days, including both consumer and enterprise CPU's.
  12. I'd upgrade your drives, think about the space you'd have if you had 8TB drives...
  13. Thanks, this was a life-saver. I wasn't aware of the whole Sickrage issue until I found today that the UI had completely stopped working - so no way to backup and restore. At least this gets me to my library.
  14. Hi - You'd need at least one HD to assign to the array - unRAID fundamentally has its roots in being a NAS. Also you'd need more RAM - lots more RAM. unRAID and some Dockers can run in 8GB but you need more memory for VM overhead and your Windows VM. I'd suggest 16GB as a starting point.
  15. You've already switched power supplies, but here's the thinking. If you have two rails coming off your power supply, you need to manually balance what you connect to each rail - i.e., drives 1, 2, and 3 on the first rail, drives 4, 5, and 6 on the second rail, etc. Each rail has a maximum power draw. In your case this isn't very relevant - you're only planning on a couple of drives and an SSD. But you can see that in a larger system it would be nice not to worry about that.
  16. I'd love to see a feature under Activity Streams that allowed me to see posts that no one has answered. Invision knows this - it represents those threads with a larger font. But we can't access that to create an Activity Stream ourselves :(.
  17. Hi - Given your desire for this box to do multiple things at the same time, you'd probably benefit from the hyperthreaded Core i7. be quiet power supplies aren't known for having a single 12v rail, but I can't tell what this model has. A single 12v rail is preferred but not strictly required.
  18. Hi - most upgrade options will require RDIMMs...
  19. My 6TB WD Red's have done quite well. I had some odd issues, though, that may be unique to my configuration. I resolved the issues by having the 6TB Reds spin all the time (I don't have to do that with my 3TB Reds). While I'm philosophically opposed to that, in practice it's been fine.
  20. Unfortunately you'll probably need to drop IPMI from your wishlist, and probably the on-board USB slot. Those are "server class" features (i.e. Xeon) and the 8th gen chips have only been released as consumer class chips (i.e. Core iX). Is there any required form factor for the mb?
  21. Hi - Since you seem to have Windows clients, SMB will be the preferred protocol. There are some tricks and things to be aware of if you run into trouble, though.
  22. Hello and welcome. unRAID makes a great NAS. It can also run applications via Docker or VMs, many of the things you mention above could run on an unRAID server. Supermicro makes good components, many people use them in unRAID setups.
  23. Hello - I would run the parity check now. It's a good idea to know the array is healthy before making changes.