I intend to build a file server/NAS for home. Its primary use will be DVD archiving (I have about 3 TB already archived on flimsy raid1 NAS). Recently my house had a power surge and I lost 3 computers (luckily not the data on them). (Two were custom built 64-core beasts the other was my wife's laptop). So I want to get my data all backed up. It is the media, plus all the CD-ROM/DVD ISO's from my software library (mostly locally cached MSDN ISO's and Oracle ones) and then the rest is personal. I'm a software programmer and do research in HA/cluster software and intend also to use it as a SAN for some ideas I want to tinker with.
This isn't a complete spec, just the parts that I'm unclear about.
Both the infiniband adapter and the raid require an x8 PCI slot and the chosen mobo appears to support that. Some questions I have
* whether anyone has experience with the Chenbro chassis or if there are alternate parts for the build I might consider? I'm looking for the 2u 2.5" 24-bay form factor as opposed to the 4u units but I'm flexible and had considered the Norco 24 bay 4u and the Supermicro variant. Reliability is what I want and energy efficient second.
* Does anyone know what other parts I might need to make this work (do I need the Chenbro extender or other accessories they offer)?
* Should I opt for the dual power or for home use should I be okay with just a single PSU?
This is for home use and I have not yet determined where the unit will live (office, converted hallway closet to rackspace with ventilation, or garage -- in sunny southerna calfifornia, USA).
My top budget for the unit is $3k roughly not included hard drives. this unit will serve no other purpose (I'm going to build new Opteron 32-cores to replace the other dead workstations).