Hi. I want some help in designing a more poweful Unraid server.
Things that need to remain constant:
Existing Fractal Design Node 804
My existing Unraid server has 11 drives. 10 of which are 3.5" HDDs, and 1 2.5" SSD for cache. I have a Supermicro X9scm-F server board with Xeon E3-1240 v2 processor. It has an Nvidia GTX1070 8 GB GPU, that takes up 2.5 PCIe slots. I have a Dell Perc H310 in IT mode for all the drives. So this case that your seeing above, is literally packed, and no more room for expansion. There's a 1/2 PCIe slot of space, if you consider that a space It is very compact, and I love it.
Reason for upgrade: My processor is quite old. Would like to have more cores, and a bit more power to play some games (Fortnite for the kids, Cities Skylines for me). I suspect the processor is not that powerful enough for my Cities Skylines. As for the Fortnite experience for my kid, I am not sure. Possibly because of moonlight streaming from the Unraid box? Using Wired Gigabit. But still laggy.
Area to place all these equipment is the bookshelf. 19" depth
Want to have:
1. Neat (cool looking)
2. It has to be quiet
3. Powerful enough, requires GPU
My considerations so far:
Seemingly, to have multiple 1U or at most, short depth 2U servers stacked up look somewhat cool, and can be camouflaged in the bookshelf if it's silent enough. Well not really camouflaged, but you get the idea. Currently, I have a modem, a 24 port switch, and a 1U short depth rackmount Supermicro (my firewall) stacked 1 on top of the other. This looks clean. So to add to this stacked up look, am looking at 1U or 2U at most. Has to be short depth. Has to be quiet, but has to be able to take a GPU that occupies 2.5 slots of PCIe. Looking at something like this:
It takes E-ATX motherboards, so pretty much anything. It's 17" in depth. But it's 1U, so it won't take my GPU. Being 1U, it's also not quiet. But I hope people see why I want this form factor, to add to the stack of 1Us mentioned above. Maybe add a card to connect to my Fractal Box that contains all the drives. If I need to replace GPU, I hope it's at least the same power as the GTX1070. I believe the Quadro P4000 is about as powerful, that occupies only 1 PCIe slot (from the pictures I see). But it's expensive. Planning to use at least a Xeon E5-2600 V2 series processor, to give me enough cores, and some power. Prices are quite cheap now. Intend to use eBay as my supplier I mean I have a shoestring budget. The GPU is something I cannot figure out. How to get this setup up.