mr-hexen Posted September 10, 2014 Share Posted September 10, 2014 UPDATED: So I just finished assembling and setting up my new server using the following components: MB: Asus H87i-PLUS CPU: Celeron G1840 i5-4460 (2016-04-15) RAM: 2GB Crucial 2x4GB HyperX Fury (2016-04-15) CASE: Lian-Li PC-Q25B PSU: Silverstone SST-ST45SF (SFX, 450w, non-modular) HDD: Carry-over (Various WD 2TB and 3TB drives) GPU: HD5450 Passive (2016-04-15) My goal was simple. Reduce the footprint of my existing server (CoolerMaster CM 810) while maintaining the current array setup all the while allowing for slow future growth. Items before unpacking: Motherboard installed on removable tray: Motherboard tray installed in the case (the 2 black SATA cables would be swapped out later): While not pictured, I used 4 right-angled to right-angled SATA cables for the 4 ports on the edge of the motherboard. The ports were the proper direction and the backplane had adequate space for the downward turns. The more interior ports used straight to straight cables because the store I got my cables from was sold out of straight to right-angle, otherwise I would have got two of those. A parity check is currently going as a full bore test of the I/O and stability. it is at 7% at the time of writing and the hard drives are 35-37c. The top most slot contains my cache drive (which will be converted to a 2.5" drive that I already have, and moved to the bottom plate) and it is currently spun down, but temps were about 36c. This is an older 160GB drive though, so higher temps are expected. I set the USB mode to Hard Drive, and unraid boots in seconds (no joke), and this is on a USB 2.0 card reader to boot. Lessons Learned: Get the SFX PSU. I did right off the bat (while I seriously contemplated not doing so) based on the advice of Gary (garycase) and boy was he right! Even with the SFX PSU space was tight!! With this case/motherboard combination, get 2 RA to ST SATA cables (12") and 4 RA to RA SATA cables (9"). I might still pick up the RA to ST cables if I find some. Quote Link to comment
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