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A plan for an ASUS WS C246 PRO build

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Hi all, first post. :)

 

I want to offload my Plex server and nzb solution from my Win box onto unraid. 

I'm planning a build with the following components:

  • MB ASUS WS C246 PRO
  • CPU Intel Core i7 9700
  • RAM 2 x 16 GB 2666 DDR4 Non-ECC
  • SSD SAMSUNG 1 TB 970 EVO Plus MZ-V7S1T0BW for cache
  • HDD 4 x 8TB Western DigitalRed WD80EFAX
  • CASE SilverStone CS380 
  • POWER LC Power Super Silent Series LC6650

 

Three questions:

  • Is there anything here that is out of place?
  • Would you recommend an LSI controller card instead or is the C246's included 8 port solution enough?
  • How about a 10GbE card?

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44 minutes ago, Forty Two said:

Is there anything here that is out of place?

No, looks good.  I have a very similar build with the same case, a C246 motherboard, 8TB WD Red/White disks, etc (details in my signature)

 

44 minutes ago, Forty Two said:

Would you recommend an LSI controller card instead or is the C246's included 8 port solution enough?

Until you have a need for more than 8 SATA ports, the MB ports are great.  In fact, they are better for SSDs than most LSI HBAs as they support TRIM on SSDs where many LSI (or other chipset) based solutions do not.

 

44 minutes ago, Forty Two said:

How about a 10GbE card?

Do you have a 10Gb switch or are you just planning on direct connecting a desktop machine to the server each with a 10Gb card?  The truth is that unless you are transferring between fast/NVMe SSDs, you are really not going to see much of a speed benefit from 10Gb Ethernet.  Any reads/writes to the spinner-based array are not going to come anywhere close to 10Gb speeds.

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FYI - you might want to consider some of the CS380 case mods documented in this thread.

 

They really improved case airflow and drive cooling.

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On the switch, maybe, a CRS305-1G-4S+IN down the line. Although I don't really think I would need one in my usage scenario.

Thanks for the CS380 tips. Throwing in a couple of Noctua fans etc is not a problem. 

 

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I have the same motherboard, except for mine is the Pro/SE version, which has an IPMI interface with the BMC ASPEED AST2500 chip for remote monitoring and KVM. Pretty neat feature for a server as it allows you to run 100% without a monitor and a keyboard attached to it.

 

Oh, and I run an i3 9100 so that I can use 2x8GB ECC DDR4 2400 ;)

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I can only find the /SE version on ASUS's website for the micro ATX (C246M).
Can you send me the link for the /SE version for the full ATX one? 

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Mine is mATX infact. I'm not an expert on ASUS WS mobos, but maybe it's true that /SE variants come only in mATX form factor.

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