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Hi all. Been using the Synology stuff for a few years but I'm ready to move on to my first unraid build.


The system will mainly be used as a media file server. Possibly playing no more than a couple of 4k video streams and hires music at any time but decoding will mostly be done on the client end. No VMs for the moment but who knows. So this will mainly be a file storage box. Looking to run up to 8 x 12tb drives with 2 drive redundancy, will possibly add more drives in the future.


Can you folks recommend a CPU/mobo combo? Looking to go with a Xeon E, ECC ram (how much will I need?) and prefer a mobo with 10GB connection. I'm guessing based on my use case I don't need to much processing power, so power efficiency is also a consideration. I prefer to buy new, but am also open to used options.


Can you also recommend a good SAS card for hooking up the various drives?



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