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shanehm2

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Ok guys I am looking at building my first unRAID Server after the new years in Jan or Feb. Now I have some parts already and know what I wanna grab for the rest of it. So please let me know what you think.

 

CPU - E6600 with stock cooling.

Motherboard - Abit AB9 QuadGT.

Case - Sharkoon T9.

Power supply - Corsair TX-650W

HDD cages - 3x 4in3 coolermaster things.

Video Card - An old S3 Verge PCI thing.

RAM - 2x 2GB DDR2 800

HDD Parity - 2TB or 3TB Samsung / Seagate/ Hitachi (Do not like Western Digital drives espcially their greens)

HDD Cache - This is where I need help

HDD Storage - 1x 1TB Hitachi, 1x 1TB Seagate, 1x 750GB Seagate, 1x 500GB Seagate.

HDD Controllers - 2x IBM BR10i

Flash Drive - ASTONE 512MB USB 2.0

 

Ok now items highlighted in green I have already and the ones in orange are the ones I intend to get unless someone can suggest otherwise.

 

My objective for this server is to have it as a media storage for any device in my home network. It will mostly have dvd, bluray, hddvd rips etc, I doubt there will be any large bluray iso rips and the front will be xbmc for most of  the devices.

 

And to help me out I am from Australia so any suggestions about newegg etc isn't really that good to me as they refuse to ship to Australia.

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I have 2 remarks.

 

HDD cache: Just use a disk that can do at least 100MByte/sec write speeds. So you can get the maximum of 1Gbit networking when copying to the server.

 

The IBM BR10i doesn't support the total capacity of 3TB drives. It uses only 2.2TB. http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=12404.0

According to here though http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=12767.msg121129#msg121129 as of 5.0beta7 it supports 3TB drives ???

 

But at the moment and in the future I don't think it will arise as an issue as I will be using 2TB drives or less for storage and a 3TB probably as the parity from the abits sata controller.

 

Does the size of the cache drive matter as I have a few WD 40gigabyte sata's lying around.

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According to here though http://lime-technology.com/forum/index.php?topic=12767.msg121129#msg121129 as of 5.0beta7 it supports 3TB drives ???

 

But at the moment and in the future I don't think it will arise as an issue as I will be using 2TB drives or less for storage and a 3TB probably as the parity from the abits sata controller.

 

Does the size of the cache drive matter as I have a few WD 40gigabyte sata's lying around.

 

OK, looks like 3TB is no problem with that card.

 

a 40GB cache drive is probably to slow. Maybe you can get speeds around 30 a 40MByte/sec max. which is not faster then writing to an protected array.

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For the cache drive, You want a fast, reliable Hard drive that is larger then what you copy in your average day to your unraid. not all sata drives are made the same. they do vary in write speed. especially older ones tend to be much slower. also, you will be trusting ALL of your data to this drive so you need to make sure it is reliable, not a 5 year old drive that in a desk drawer. with the way hard drives prices are right now, you can wait on the cache drive until priced fall again if needed.

 

 

as far as the BRI10i, it can only see 2.2TB. It looks like it will never go beyond that limit.

as of 5.0beta7, unRAID supports 3TB drives. Not the BRI10i. I would not waste money on a card that is essentially obsolete in todays technology. I would stick to a controller that is still solid in unraid and supports greater then 2.2TB.

 

 

as far as the rest of your build, I am not familiar with the motherboard, but your plan seems to be solid. i would keep an eye out for sales and pick up parts when you can. by the time you are ready for your build, you might see something better or cheaper.

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  • 3 months later...

Ok guys so I managed to get a few parts and am gonna build it up this weekend. This is the final list:

CPU - E6600 with stock cooling.

Motherboard - Abit AB9 QuadGT.

Case - Antec 300.

Power supply - Corsair CX-600W

HDD cages - Will add a 4 in 3 cage when needed.

Video Card - An old S3 Verge PCI thing.

RAM - 2x 2GB DDR2 800

HDD Parity - 2TB Seagate

HDD Storage - 1x 1TB Hitachi, 1x 1TB Seagate, 1x 750GB Seagate, 1x 500GB Seagate.

HDD Controllers - To be decided when needed

Flash Drive - ASTONE 512MB USB 2.0

 

cheers

 

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