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Newb first build - advice please!


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Thanks for reading.  This is my first build.  I am going to buy the $69 unraid software and plan to run (eventually) a 6-drive server.  I already have an antec 100 case. 

 

MB:  ASUS M4A78LT-M AM3 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131672

 

RAM:  Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model KVR1066D3/2GR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134785

 

CPU:  AMD Sempron 145 Sargas 2.8GHz Socket AM3 45W Single-Core Desktop Processor SDX145HBGMBOX

 

PS:  COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103888

 

I'm not worried about HDD's and plan to use the onboard NIC - from my reading this sounds like n.p. right?  I plan to run 6 x 2 TB, beginning with 3 or 4 (incl parity)

 

The problem with the suggested budget builds thread is the MB is no longer available :|

 

thanks!

 

kimifelipe

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Thanks for reading.  This is my first build.  I am going to buy the $69 unraid software and plan to run (eventually) a 6-drive server.  I already have an antec 100 case.  

 

MB:  ASUS M4A78LT-M AM3 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131672

 

RAM:  Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model KVR1066D3/2GR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134785

 

CPU:  AMD Sempron 145 Sargas 2.8GHz Socket AM3 45W Single-Core Desktop Processor SDX145HBGMBOX

 

PS:  COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103888

 

I'm not worried about HDD's and plan to use the onboard NIC - from my reading this sounds like n.p. right?  I plan to run 6 x 2 TB, beginning with 3 or 4 (incl parity)

 

The problem with the suggested budget builds thread is the MB is no longer available :|

 

thanks!

 

kimifelipe

 

Rajahal just did a review of a new budget board.  You can find the review on the GreenLeaf Technology Blog site.

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Thanks guys.

 

Of course, once I read Rajs review, I went to newegg to buy the mb.  Now IT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE, just like every other recommended inexpensive board.  This is so frustrating.  I spent several hours finding out that I wanted that board, and now it is gone.  

 

Any other advice?

 

How about this one: 

MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130295

 

I want 6 SATA connectors on the mb if I can get it.  It seems fast; will this wast power?

 

 

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Thanks guys.

 

Of course, once I read Rajs review, I went to newegg to buy the mb.  Now IT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE, just like every other recommended inexpensive board.  This is so frustrating.  I spent several hours finding out that I wanted that board, and now it is gone.  

 

Any other advice?

 

How about this one:  

MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130295

 

I want 6 SATA connectors on the mb if I can get it.  It seems fast; will this wast power?

 

 

 

Use Newegg's 'auto notify' feature to let you know when the board is back in stock.  Or use one of the many vendors that mbryanr suggested above.  It is possible that my review actually caused several people to buy the board and deplete Newegg's stock.  I have no way of knowing for sure, but it does seem a bit odd that the board would go out of stock the day after I posted my review.  At least it hasn't been discontinued.  I give it another 2 weeks ;D

 

The MSI board you linked has an Atheros NIC, which is pretty much a crapshoot when it comes to unRAID.  Some work, but most don't.

 

Are you trying to build a 15 drive server, or something else? 

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Thanks everyone for helping me.  I found out that my old dell xps 410 (dxp061) has been used before for unraid, and following that person's lead, I have been setting up my server on that.  Instead I bought a new mb and an i5-2300 to replace my 410 as my computer and am using the 410 as my server =).  After a long weekend, including a power loss, I am building parity and preclearing two additional drives at the moment.  Here are some notes from my weekend.

 

I cant seem to boot this computer without a video card - this is bad because the card sucks a fair amount of power.  I have to find a low power card or it will not boot/or I will just use too much power. 

 

The previous poster noted that the case it a problem - this is NOT an ATX m/b.  it is a mirror image, and cannot be used in a standard atx case - my original plan.  So you are stuck with this case and its m/b.

 

I have four drives in place right now.  There are two slots on the bottom of the case for drives.  it seems whacky but the drives in this position stay about 8 to 15 C cooler than drives placed in the top of the case near where the dvd drives are.  I have two drives below the two 5.25 bays, and need to get a 5.25 to 3.5 adaptor for the dvd bays - probably with built in fans. 

 

I was unable to use the built in nic but since this was true in windows as well I  already had a pci NIC in place.  again I would like to ditch the card to save power but will get to this later. 

 

unraid seems to run w/o a problem on this hardware combination.  I put in two hitachi 2 tb drives (new) and it took 27 hr to preclear them.  I set one as parity and the rig is building parity right now.  At the same time I shut down after preclearing and added a samsung 2 tb and 1 tb drive in place, and those are preclearing while parity is built. 

 

I have had no problems with lan connectivity or dhcp.  it all looks good.  Further comments welcome!

 

thanks everyone!

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