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Hi there. New user here, I want to convert my gaming rig to Unraid.



  • NAS for storing media (3-6 clients running Kodi, network shares for personal usage)
  • docker (home assistant, duck dns, mqtt, pi-hole, open vpn, jdownloader, torrenting. I might try in the future Plex, Radarr, Sonarr and so on)
  • VMs: I'll need a Win10 VM only for gaming with GPU passthrough, which will be off most of the time. In the future I plan to add a second video card for dual desktop at the same time (no gaming on second system). Might use other VMs as well for general purpose.


Things I have:

  • msi krait z170 (apparently no problem with IOMMU groups)
  • i7 6700k
  • 2x 4GB RAM (Corsair Vengeance DDR4 2400)
  • 2x 250GB Samsung 850 EVO (which will be used for cache)
  • 2TB hard drive (data)
  • Nvidia 980Ti


Things I want to buy:

  • Unraid license + usb flash drive (any suggestion is welcome)
  • RAM: can I mix 2x 4GB + 2x 8GB sticks? (same brand, same speed, same C) to have 24GB total? Mine are CMK8GX4M2A2400C14; I could buy CMK16GX4M2A2400C14
  • Hard Disk: I'm planning to buy a WD red 8TB (WD80EFAX with 256MB cache) for parity, and start using my 2TB as data. I'll expand later with another 8TB drive when needed. 
  • UPS: I guess I'll stick with a APC Back-UPS BX - BX1400UI 
  • (another SSD for VMs through Unassigned Devices?)


I'm new to all of this, so pardon me for any inaccuracy. Please feel free to post any major problem with my rig, I'm here to learn :)


Thanks everybody for you patience!




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