Ok, looking for some advice and maybe bring this thread back from the dead. First off let me state that it's been 15 years since I've built my last pc, so saying I'm out of the loop is an understatement. I would like a home media server and was planning on building one myself based off the Norco 4224 chassis. I plan on using it to store music and uncompressed Blu-ray rips. The OS will be windows based (not sure exactly which platform yet.) Pooling and redundancy will be handled by FlexRaid. It will be using Media Browser to stream to a home theater, Ipads and an Iphone. I would also like this server to be powerful enough to transcode to h.265 for streaming in the future. I've heard it's an intensive process so I'm not sure how powerful the CPU(s) need to be.
Then I stumbled across the "Cheaper alternative to Norco" thread and decided it would be easier to buy a used server. I started watching Ebay and I found this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/171528374048...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
In short it has:
1. Supermicro X8DTE-F motherboard: http://www.supermicro.com/products/m...m?IPMI=Y&SAS=N
2. 2 Xeon L5520 2.26GHZ quad core processors
3. Adaptec RAID 5805 controller http://www.adaptec.com/en-us/support...raid/sas-5805/
4. 16gb memory
To use this in a home setting the PSU would be replaced with something quieter, more efficient and the fans will be replaced to make it as silent as possible. Now, what I'm not sure a about...
Will two quad core processors be enough to transcode to H.265? I would think so. If not hex core processors would be a possibility.
Can you even use a RAID Controller with FlexRaid or should it be using a SAS controller? I have no knowledge of RAID or SAS controllers.
I would like to use 6tb hard drives so I'll have the ability to store 4k media uncompressed in the future. Does anybody know if the raid controller will support drives that big? I have contacted Adaptec customer support but have not received confirmation yet. It could always be replaced with IBM 1015s.
ANY opinions and advice are welcome. If you think it's overkill or impractical don't be afraid to tell me. I'm new to this and could use some guidance. Thanks in advance!