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    unRAID 6.8.3 - Plus • SupermicroGS5A-753B case • Supermicro X11SCA-F w/IPMI • Intel Xeon E-2276G CPU • Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler (single fan) • 64GB (2x32GB) Samsung DDR4 ECC Unbuffered RAM • 8TB IronwolfNAS Parity • 2x8TB Ironwolf Data • 2x Crucial MX500

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  1. So, my server has been up and running for about a week now. Since I have installed it in my attic, the IPMI feature of the Supermicro motherboard comes in handy. Quick tip, the password for the IPMI is on a sticker on the motherboard. Thus far thanks to @SpaceInvaderOne tutorials I have able to configure various dockers: DuckDNS Krusader Sonarr / Radarr / Jacket / Deluge VPN I am working now on installing and configuring: Plex (I want to use my CPU iGPU for transcoding, I have tested a software transcode but it eats up all the CPU) Nexcloud Minecraft server for the kids (turns out it is way more complicated than I anticipated because they are playing on a Nintendo switch) All in all, I have very happy with my setup. I have ordered a third drive and will migrate my data out of my Synology once it will be installed. I have not tried the French interface yet, I stick to English for now but might give it a try later on. I also plan to install a GPU and run a gaming VM on the server, but I might be a project for after the vacations.
  2. I was hopping that the night would be enough but I just checked and after 7 hours I am only at 70% of the Pre-Read phase. On the bright side, both 8TB drives are being pre cleared at the same time so I "should" be able to move data around tomorrow evening.
  3. At long last, the beast is up and running. Turns out I was overthinking the CPU cooler choice way to much. For now I did not do any cable management, just power it up and start the Pre Clear of the 2 8TB drives. This will take the better part of the day. Once done, I plan to use Krusader to move my date from the old Synology to Unraid.
  4. Quick update. I have put together the motherboard, the CPU and the RAM on made so measurements inside and outside the case to try to find a compatible CPU cooler. I have settled of a Noctua NH-D15S even if I am not 100% it will work. Did not foreseen that the CPU cooler choice would be such a pain.
  5. Hi, At long last, the components have been delivered today. I'll do a proper unboxing later. Regards
  6. WIth a lot less drives / SSDs. Have you also switch to bigger disks and no cache?
  7. Update on the BOM: Motherboard: Supermicro X11SCA-F 320€ CPU: Intel Xeon E-2278G 650€ RAM: MicronMTA18ADF2G72AZ-2G6E1 200€*2 = 400€ Case: SupermicroGS5A-753B 240€ HDD: Ironwolf 8TBST8000VN004 255€*3 = 765€ SSD: CrucialCrucial MX500 2.5" 1To 133€*2 = 266€ USB: keySandiskSDCZ33-032G-G35 17€ CPU Cooler : no idea at this point, I might have to order everything in order to measure the clearance since I was not able to find any details Total: 2770€ This is way more than I planed to spend on this project, but if I compare it a o close pre-built competitor, the Synology SA3400 cost above 6000€ so the DIY price is not that bad.
  8. I am still putting my BOM together but from what i've looked at 8TB drives seems to be the sweet post on price vs capacity ratio. I've looked at your link, and it seems that the configuration I am working on based on Xeon E-22xx is a bit cheaper. Take since with a grain of salt since I live in europe thus the prices might not be complexly comparable.
  9. Do you mean that Plex and MariaDB (somehow) share the NVMe drive or do you have one drive for each?
  10. Thanks for the feedback, I might have misread, will look into it again. This beging said, for NAS usage my crappy home network will never deliver this kind of creasy speeds. My last test in the garage with the pc hooked to the same switch as the NAS picked at 270Mbps. I am sure that it would be great for thinks happening inside the NAS itself, this is why I want to have the option of using the 4x M.2 slot for a NVMe SSD for a windows VM. What kind of other applications would benefit of such high speeds for cache drives.
  11. Hi, The more I read the forum, the more it is complicated to fix my BOM, so many possibilities with Unraid 🙂 I have dug a bit the storage options and came to the following conclusion. Well before conclusions, first my findings. According to what I have read in several threats, it seems that the performance gain is quite minimum between a SATA SSD and NVMe SSD when it comes to cache. With this in mind, I ran some tests in my home. My synology NAS is currently seating in the garage and even though is it connected by RJ45 cables, the cabling is a far from perfect. When using the "LAN Speed Test" tool, I've got around 55Mbps in writing and reading speeds over wifi and around 250Mbps in writing and reading speed over Ethernet. With this in mind and the fact that the motherboard I chooses has 8 sata ports my conclusion is: 5 HDD for the array, might start with "only" 3x 8TB HDD (one for parity and two for data), I'll upgrade with additional HDD when needed 2x SATA SSD for Cache This leaves me room for future upgrades: 1x M.2 NVMe SSD for the windows Virtual Machine 1x SATA SSD for Plex data if i want to use Plex one day By using only one M.2 slot, it frees up the PCIe 4X slot to I would be able to use it in the future for a LSI card. Regards PS: I use this thread both for keeping track of the build process and in the (unlikely) even that someone else would consider a similar built.
  12. Thanks to both of you for your feedback, I'll have a look at both options.
  13. Update on the part list thus far with prices: Motherboard: Supermicro X11SCA-F - 320€ CPU: Intel Xeon E-2176G - 470€ (the 2288G and 2278G are way to much expensive for two additional cores) RAM: I know I want to go for 2x 32GB but since the recommended SKU on the supermicro site is nowhere to be found I wonder if I case go for anything (let me know if someone has a clue) Case: Supermicro GS5A-753B - 240€ , I figure that it is as good as any case and will not have any "bad surprise" with the compatibility with the motherboard. Since the MB "only" has 8 SATA ports, there is more than enough room in this case Cache drives: as for the RAM, I wonder if I should stick to supermicro recommendation since the Intel M.2 SSD is almost twice the price compared to other brands. Again, if anyone has an advice. Hard drives: I plan to start with 2x 8TB or 10TB drives (one for parity and one for data) and add more disks when required. For the sake of comparison, my initial plan was to purchase a Synology 1019+ that has 5 bays and can also host cache SSDs. It can run docker and (in theory) VMs. It costs around 800€. My build (missing the RAM) is 320+470+240=1030€, I think it will go up to 1300€ with the RAM. So around 60% more expensive but it does not compare in terms of horse power.
  14. Hi, I am in the same situation as you but I plan on going down the Intel Xeon road. If i may ask some questions: Do you plan to use you NAS with a screen attached all the time or will it be "stored" somewhere? I guess that the M.2 drive is for cache, why did you choose to have only one? What kind of hard drives are you considering? Why the P2000 over a "standard" GPU card? Anyways, looks like a cool build. I do not know about you but a plan to recycle my old synology as a remote backup devices hosted at another location. Regards
  15. Thanks for your feedback. In the mean time, I have red the motherboard manual and found out that one of the M.2 slots share it PCIe lanes with the PCIe x4 slot that I was planning to use for LSI extension card to add more drives in the (distant) future. Thus I might need to fallback to two sata SSDs for cache drives. Still looking into this, any thoughts are welcome. I also looked into the cases. I was planning to use a "nas friendly" case, but since this built will be into the garage I do not really care about the esthetic. The supermicro GS5A-753B is growing on me. It lacks the "hot swap" feature that would be very handy for a NAS build but will accomodate a full size GPU card and is compatible with the motherboard. The price is not that bad neither. I wonder if i could repurpose the dual 5.25" bay to hot swap 3.5" drives bay. Regards