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Okay hopefully there's somebody here from the UK that knows his stuff, I've tried following the uk build in the wiki for 12 drive server, however All the links seem to be dead and I can't find any of the stuff in uk sites!

 

The parts I've managed to grab are:

 

Antec 300: http://www.dabs.com/products/antec-three-hundred-case-black-6252.html?refs=50882

RAM 2GB: http://www.dabs.com/products/kingston-valueram-2gb-240-pin-ddr2-800mhz-cl6-5JWS.html?q=ddr2%20gb%202%20kingston

 

 

However none of the other parts I've been able to find! I also plan to use subsonic on the server so would a better processor (I3?) be a wise decision?

 

I love the amount of guides and help you guys give out, but for us across the pond it seems we have a very limited amount of hardware to choose from! And finding the parts that go together seems almost impossible!

 

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I love the amount of guides and help you guys give out, but for us across the pond it seems we have a very limited amount of hardware to choose from! And finding the parts that go together seems almost impossible!

 

Hey, believe me - you have it easy in UK ... DABS, Scan and loads of other online retailers, and if you get stuck for an urgent requirement, there's usually a PC World not too far away.  I left UK in 2007, to live in Philippines - obtaining the parts you want here is almost impossible, for the most part you just have to accept what is available (which is very limited).

 

For anything other than a simple unRAID server, I would recommend using an i3 which will provide adequate processing power for most purposes, yet be reasonably energy efficient.

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I think my biggest fear is not being able to follow a known working setup, as i know unraid has some issues with certain motherboards/setups and i'm not that experienced at putting systems together so my worry is that i'd buy the stuff and then run into problems when setting it up! The lack of a 'build that works in UK' with links that work is troublesome! But hey, gotta start somewhere.

 

I've been looking at

 

Intel Core i3 540 Dual Core Processor - CPU: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i3-540-dual-core-clarkdale-32nm-306ghz-4mb-cache-73w-integrated-gpu-733mhz-retail

 

 

and Motherboard as Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2V, Intel H55 Express Motherboard: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-h55m-s2v-intel-h55-express-pci-e-(x16)-ddr3-6-sata-3gb-s-micro-atx

 

 

This is the main thing that troubles me about buying. Would this provide any downsides to my system? I want to be able to expand the system for more drives in the future up to as many as i can get without replacing the mobo (Within reason of course), so should i get a different mobo or is this one sufficient?

 

 

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I think my biggest fear is not being able to follow a known working setup, as i know unraid has some issues with certain motherboards/setups and i'm not that experienced at putting systems together so my worry is that i'd buy the stuff and then run into problems when setting it up! The lack of a 'build that works in UK' with links that work is troublesome! But hey, gotta start somewhere.

 

Look at my configuration in my signature.  The i3 is no problem, nor is an H55 based mobo - the only caution I would give is to avoid Realtek network chipsets if at all possible.

 

Can you find anyone selling the Intel DH55TC or DH55HC boards in UK?

 

Hmmm ... DABS has them marked as 'ordered upon request'.  Scan says 'pre-order'.  I guess that means the same thing - they're no normally in stock! :(

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I've managed to find the SUPERMICRO MBD-X8SIL-F-O same HD quoted in the 20 drive beast

http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?origin=gbase17.5&prodID=B443720

 

Also got the Supermicro AOC-SASLP-MV8, 8-Port SAS/SATA 300MB/s PCI-e Controller Card

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/supermicro-aoc-saslp-mv8-8-port-sas-sata-300mb-s-pci-e-controller-card

 

 

And then two Inter-Tech SNT-3141 5.25" 4 Bay Hot Swap Rack 4x 3.5" SAS/SATA HDD inc Dual Port Connection Aluminium inc Lockable Trays

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/inter-tech-snt-3141-525-4-bay-hot-swap-rack-4x-35-sas-sata-hdd-inc-dual-port-connection-aluminium-in

 

Also the PSU with the CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/650w-psu-corsair-enthusiast-series-650txv2uk-85-eff-80-plus-bronze-sli-crossfire-eps-12v-quiet-fan-a?utm_source=google+shopping&utm_medium=google+shopping

 

 

Can anybody spot anything wrong with how its going so far? I'm trying to build it up so that i can just change the case in future when the need to expand further arrises, without having to completely rebuild the system

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Looking like a nice system so far.

 

That is 100% the wrong RAM for that supermicro board (and any I3 board)

If I recall correctly, you will need 1333mhz DDR3 Unbuffered EEC ram .. UDIMMs

and it has to be an X8 not an X4 chip...

 

i dont have a part number. off the top of my head, I recall the kingston should be any KVR1333D39Sxxx ? to get that correct formula for what to order. the XXX are the kit or not kit values and total size. I'll look it up later

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I think i've found some better RAM to use

 

 

Kingston ValueRAM KVR1333D3E9SK2/4G RAM Module - 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) - DDR3 SDRAM (1333 MHz DDR3-1333/PC3-10700 - ECC240-pin DIMM)

http://www.box.co.uk/Kingston_ValueRAM_KVR1333D3E9SK24G_RAM__901845.ht

 

However i'm not 100%, RAM has always confused me a bit as to what the best to pick is! However it seems like this ram above has been used with the same mobo on other forums (so hopefully they got it right!)

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Sorry, I forgot to check lastnight.

 

Yes that the correct number for 4Gigs of ram for that board.

KVR1333D3E9SK2/4G 2x2gig stick in a matched pair kit.

KVR1333D3E9S/2G for a single 2Gig stick.

 

It comes in single 1Gig, 2Gig and 4Gig sticks and  2Gig, 4Gig and 8Gig Kits.

 

Crucial should have similar Kits, the last I checked the crucial cost quite a bit more. that might be different in the UK though.

It all works the same. just get the best deal you can.

 

Supermicro boards are awesome, but they are picky on ram.

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