Home server build

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 :)


CPU: Intel E3-1240 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115082
Mobo: Asus P8B-E/4L http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131723&Tpk=p8b%20e%2f4l
Controller: LSI Megaraid 9260-8i http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816118105
RAM: Kingstone Valueram 8GB ECC DDR3 1333 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139262&Tpk=kvr1333d3e9sk2%2f8g
Drives: Western Digital RE4 1TB http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136798
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  1. 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.
  2. That's a heavy duty server!
  3. 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.
  4. You could also probably save money by looking at a regular i7 and an ASUS Z68 chipset board, non-ECC memory depending on criticality of the system.
  5. Lol I like the sound of heavy-duty. The controller is probably overkill, but anyhow I've read horror stories about some other ones out there. I don't mind the quality and flexibility though.

    I won't be the only one using the server, I have family member(s) who will also use. I'm going to run 4 drives to start and add to the family shortly after.

    I originally plan to run it in RAID5, but when or if should I move to 6?
  6. 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
  7. think the SATA III/ SAS card you have picked is a little over kill especially with the drives that you have picked out only being SATA II. have you looked at something like this:
    HighPoint RocketRAID 2680 SGL PCI-Express x4 SATA / SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) Controller Card
    and
    NORCO C-SFF8087-4S Discrete to SFF-8087 (Reverse breakout) Cable - OEM
  8. thats like 1000 times overkill. really? that server is for a Medium to large buisness.. all that matter for file hosting is network speed. and for hosting. what do you want to host at your home?
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