Hi, I'm looking to put together a general server for the home (hosting, file storage, etc). After a bit of reading I have decided on considering these parts for the build. This is for home use and I hope it's quite expandable enough. If anyone has any input on the quality of the parts, or even cheaper and more effective parts please let me know. Much appreciated
Excellent choices, but I can't recommend any changes to save money. I don't know how many boxes you want to use, and don't know much about the controller card you selected. Computer geeks sometimes has closeout server boards for around $50 that may do all you need, but I don't see any right now.
How many 1TB drives are you planning on running and in what level of RAID? Thats a heavy-duty RAID controller. If you're not planning on running a parity RAID (5, 6, 50, 60) it may make sense to look at a lower-end RAID controller. If you were going to run RAID 5/6 you might be able to reduce the money spent on the RAID controller to buy extra drives for RAID 10.
The controller is a good controller, it just seems to be a disproportionate amount of the money for the build IMO.
RAID 6 offers a higher degree of protection and things continue to preform at full speed with the loss of a single drive, of course you lose another drive worth of capacity. If you do 4 drives in RAID 6 you might as well do 4 drives in RAID 10 get better performance IMO. 4 drives in RAID 5 will give you 50% more capacity than RAID 10 or 6