TamezPhoto Posted January 16 Share Posted January 16 Hi. I am new to the forum. Considering using Unraid because of it's ease of expandability vs the competitors. I am pretty proficient with computer hardware in general. I do my own repairs and have been building my own PCs since I was 15, but when it comes to networking I know very little except what I can absorb from watching LTT videos. I am a photographer so storage and redundancy are important to me and the main purpose of this build. I'd also like to use this as a Plex server. Aside from my friends accessing the Plex server, I will be the only user accessing my photography archive. Right now my archive solution is just external USB drives and my Plex server is a Windows PC that is always on. Here are the spare parts I already have: Intel i7 9700K 64GB G.SKILL TridentZ RGB (4 x 16GB) DDR4 3200 RAM AMD RX 5700 XT 8GB GPU (liquid cooled) MSI Mortar Titanium B360M Motherboard 256GB NVMe PCI-e Gen 3 (for cache) I have this 2.5G ethernet card from Amazon that claims to work with Unraid. If it doesn't I'll be using the onboard gigabit Ethernet port for now https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08V1HG47H?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details --------------------------------------------- My Mobo only has 4 SATA ports so I will be purchasing one of these HBA cards https://www.ebay.com/itm/133481123885 I also have a 1TB NVMe SSD, but most of my photo sessions range in the 30-60GB each and I don't see myself uploading more than 3 at a time. I'd like to keep this drive for on-site backup when I'm traveling or shooting on location unless it is recommended otherwise here. I'll be purchasing 4 8TB drives with the option to expand to another 4 drives in the Fractal Design Node 804 case. If it fits the case with all the drive bays populated, I'd be liquid cooling the cpu mostly because I already have a 280mm AIO and don't have any air coolers to spare. The core of my question is, I suppose, if my CPU, GPU and RAM are going to be used to their full potential? Right now my Plex "server" has an i3 8100 and an nVidia GT 1030 Quote Link to comment
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