I'm about to build a Linux File/Media Server running Plex Media Server.
The goal is to keep it small, silent and enough power to transcode and stream video to 1 or more users in Plex.
Only needs in the graphics department is that it can actually output video, so that I can connect a screen to it in case network issues stops me from accessing it (will run headless).
I've tried to keep it cost-effective, but as I'm Norwegian it's a little difficult to tell you a budget in $.
The value differences should be comparable though, so views from a US standpoint should still be valid
As such the prices I put up are from Newegg, where applicable.
- The Asus motherboard has 2x SATA 6Gb/s and 4x 3Gb/s, anyone know if running a raid 5 across all 6 will be a problem?
- The Scythe SAMURAI-ZZ is listed as being LGA1156 compatible, but should also work with LGA1155, right?
Can't edit that first post it seems, but found out that the cooler should be ok.
A flaw I found in my setup though is that I calculated with 7 drives (including the SSD), which will be impossible. Not sure what to do about that yet.
But then you run into the problem of only having one PCI slot, so with this card you cant put in a GPU. This is practically unavoidable since your after a mini-ITX form factor. Only thing I can suggest is getting a mini-ATX board and case, or getting fewer 3TB drives so the RAID card is unnecessary.
The PSU seems to be a bit weak to me, 7 drives, Ivy Bridge CPU, a GPU on 400W is cutting it fine. A 550W unit should be perfect. This also solves the problem of not enough power SATA cables (that one only had 5). Its also modular which will be essential in a Mini-ITX case. Unfortunately it isnt 80+ Gold, but around this wattage you cant get much better than Bronze.
Thanks for the reply and the very constructive input, very helpful
I'm still thinking about what to do about the HDD situation... Might just go for a 5x 2TB setup (8TB should be plenty for now anyway). 2TB would be a lot cheaper since I already own two of them.
Will take your advice on the PSU, thanks.
As for the SSD, the Vertex 3 was the cheapest I could find. Not really sure if I will benefit much from a SSD in a Linux server setup though?
Maybe a solution would be to just install the 6 WD greens and install the OS directly on the raid drives?
I do prefer a seperate drive for OS, but might have to do a compromise.
from what i understand the WD greens arent typically great performers in a server setting. i would go with either the Seagate drives manofchalk recommended or if you like WD, Tom's just did a review of their new Red series drives specifically for NAS/Server settings. If you don't like those particular drives the article still has some useful charts to compare your drives to others that would work in your setting.
::EDIT:: Ended up upping my budget and buy 6x Seagate 2TB The PSU I ended up with was Seasonic's X-560, which is also gold rated. Now looking forward to getting all the parts and putting them together
Thanks for all the help and advice!
Ok, think I might take your advice and buy 4 Seagates with an OS partition.
I heard bad things about WD Greens in Raid as well, so I guess it might be a good idea.
If/when the WDG's fail I can just swap them for more Seagates.
Checked the pricing for the Barracudas, they actually cost a little more than the WDG's here, but less than $5 difference, so no problem really.
Thanks for the link carowden, will read it when I get home from work
By the way, Raid 5 across the two 6Gb/s and four 3Gb/s should be no problem, right?
Never owned a SATA3 mobo before.