My take on Johnm's Atlas

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OS at time of building: v5.0-beta12a

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1240 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 80W Quad-Core

Motherboard: Tyan S5512WGM2NR

RAM: 2x Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Server Memory Total: 16GB

Case: NORCO RPC-4224 4U Rackmount Chassis

Power Supply: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

SATA Expansion Card(s): None yet

Cables: 2x NORCO C-SFF8087-4S Discrete to SFF-8087 (Reverse breakout)

Fans: Stock


Parity Drive: WD 3TB 5400 RPM SATA 64MB Cache

Data Drives: 1 3TB, 2 2TB, 3 1.5TB More to come

Cache Drive: 1TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache

Total Drive Capacity: 9.5TB


Esxi 5 running with Unraid virtual, and Windows 2008 R2 server


I absolutely love this server especially coming from the Frankenstein I had.  I had an old pc P4 1GB with poor cooling.  This is a phenomenal server.  I plan to add/replace to 3TB or 4TB as time and funds allow. 

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I should add that flashing the onboard SAS to IT mode was very simple and painless.  I got this MoBo for the same price as the model without the SAS onboard, so that is why I went this direction.  Price truly was the winning factor for me.  I couldn't be happier with this setup.

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