16TB system for home use

Hello folks,

I'm looking at putting together a new box, mostly for storage. But it will probably run some virtual machines, and be used for some regression testing of backup software and for developing various website. The box will be sitting in my basement, not in a data center.

I've been looking at the components, I'm looking to order within the next week or two. The system will be running FreeBSD 9. The main OS will be installed on two SSDs and the main storage will be spread across 8x2T HDDs clustered together into a raidz2 ZFS array.

Here are the components I'm considering. The links below are all Newegg, and I like dealing with them.

* SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SGL-O ATX Server Motherboard : $224.99

* AMD Opteron 6128 Magny-Cours 2.0GHz 8 x 512KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache Socket G34 115W 8-Core Server : $259.99

* Kingston 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR3 1600 Server Memory : 4 x $59.99 = $239.96

* PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W power supply : $99.99

* Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB : 8 x $114.99 = $919.92

* Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR60GB 2.5″ 60GB SATA III Asynchronous MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) : $59.99

* Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F60GBGT-BK 2.5″ 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) :$89.99

* LIAN LI PC-A70F USB3.0 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case : $189.99

Not listed above is the disk controller. The controller will be used in pass-through mode (i.e. JBOD), not RAID. I've considered these cards:

* SYBA SD-PEX40054 PCI-Express 2.0 x4 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) HyperDuo 4-port RAID Controller Card $41.99

* SUPERMICRO AOC-USAS2-L8i PCI Express SATA / SAS Eight-Port Internal RAID Adapter

* HighPoint Rocket 640L PCI-Express 2.0 x4 Low Profile SATA III (6.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card : 2 x $69.99= $149.98

* Intel RAID Controller Card 6G SAS PCI-E x8 8 internal ports (RS2WC080)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816117171&Tpk=rs2wc080 $257.99

Any comments on the selection? Thanks. :)
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  1. you are one rich guy.
  2. The SYBA SD-PEX40054 PCI-Express 2.0 x4 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) HyperDuo 4-port RAID Controller Card is a solid budget-price choice. It has a true port-multiplier for attaching many drives in JBOD mode as well as a new feature called Hyper-Duo. This feature allows you to use an SSD and a HDD together with the operating system installed on an HDD and the SSD is used as a cache for all frequently accessed material including the operating system, applications and any data that's "hot". Use of a 60GB or larger SSD is ideal and will make the system faster and more responsive. All original material remains on the HDD and is, of course, saved/updated as you work.
  3. iForum33 said:
    you are one rich guy.

    No ****. I own maybe five or six hard drives, plus the one in my Lenovo Y500, and I've never even come close to requiring 16TB. I think all the ones I own add up to maybe 5 or 6 TB at the most. :lol:
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