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New home server build, need raid card advice!

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March 15, 2014 5:17:20 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/gog3/saved/434P

Will be used for hd video transcoding to multiple remote sources and a game server or two for friends.

I need a raid card compatible with ubuntu server, supports at least 6 drives, and has raid 5 capabilities. Also, any changes to make the server more efficient/ cost less I'd appreciate it!
March 15, 2014 6:04:55 PM

1) I assume you've investigated the UPLOAD bandwidth requirement and have a suitable plan to support this.

Not sure of what Ethernet solution you'd need but it's possible a good PCIe card might be required rather than onboard.

2) Also, have you looked at using SHADOWPLAY for any of your HD streaming?

3) It's also difficult to give better advice as you don't specify how MANY PEOPLE will be using this system at a time.

If it's only a few people this system might be complete overkill.

4) It's also not clear exactly HOW you are using all the drives. I get it's in RAID, but specifically WHAT are you doing in terms of HD transcoding etc? Again, it may be complete overkill but it's not clear what exactly you're doing so it's hard to comment.
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March 15, 2014 6:32:46 PM

Thank for the reply!

1. I'm good there. I'll look into a pcie card.
2. Never heard of it, I'll google it.
3. Up to 4 remote clients. Ill be running a few game servers with 4 clients. I'll want the extra power for any future services i may run.
4. I'll be using the drives in raid 5(still need to find a good raid card). Most of my media is 720p.
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March 15, 2014 7:20:44 PM

I'd personally recommend swapping the i7-4770K for this processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (just make sure your motherboard supports it)

Basically an i7 without integrated graphics, and is designed for servers/workstations and is cheaper than the i7-4770K.
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