OK some updates:
ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
I ended up getting this motherboard on Black Friday Special. It was $99 with free shipping and came with 8GB of Gskill Ripjaws DDR3 1600mhz memory. I assumed the 8GB was worth at least $25 which made the Z77 motherboard about $75 in my head. Seemed like a fair price for an Asrock Z77. It had x8 slot for my SATA card and 8 SATA ports. If I use one for SSD and OS drive that leaves me 15 HDD's so I won't even bother adding another card yet. I plan to use 13 HDD's to start out. 8 3TB drives and 4 2TB drives plus my OS SSD.
My initial board will be this cheap Z77 Asrock, 8GB of DDR3 and a G860 CPU with HD graphics.
Big Thanks for this. I ended up getting the IBM simply because I could not find the SAS2LP anywhere. I ordered it from two places and it was backordered at both.
Originally Posted by renethx
All cards I mentioned are PCIe 2.0 x8, that works in any PCIe 2.0/3.0 x8/x16 slot that is electrically x8/x16.
These cards use 2 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS connector (wiki
), each of which supports 4 SATA hard disk drives. The other end connector depends on your case/back plate/cage. For example, Norco RPC-4224/RPC-4220 uses 6/5 x SFF-8087 (= 24/20 SATA drives). Or you connect to individual HDDs. Choose:
- SFF-8087 to SFF-8087 cable in the first case, e.g. 3ware CBL-SFF8087-05M or Norco C-SFF8087-D
- SFF-8087 to four SATA "forward" breakout cable in the latter case, e.g. 3ware CBL-SFF8087OCF-05M (there is also a "reverse" cable, that connects 4 SATA connectors on a HBA to a mni-SAS connector, e.g. connect AOC-SAT-MV8 to RPC-4224; choose "forward" here)
Thanks for this great post. I ended up getting the cables on Ebay. It was Intel/Foxcon branded and model numbered stuff and it was cheap so I assumed it would be a good choice. I bought two cables that fan to 4 SATA ports.
I hope that is what I needed. I guess one end to the card... the four ends to four HDD's.
I ended up getting the one you linked for $79 and the full size slot bracket.
Now I just have to figure out cross flashing.
Originally Posted by Mfusick
FLASHING IBM M1015 ?????
OK... Another update.
After buying the SAS2LP twice- with it being back ordered I have cancelled both orders and purchased the IBM card on ebay for $80 with the full slot bracket.
I'll flash it to a pure HBA non RAID card. It was about $70 more to get the SAS2LP that was in stock. For that price it's worth the hassle to me.
Anyone ever flashed an IBM M1015 BEFORE ???
Originally Posted by Andy_Steb
Did you flash from Windows or DOS?
I could be wrong, It been I while since I flashed. But I remember flashing from DOS from USB stick and using the SAS address on a sticker on the card.
So basically the same link you provided but a couple of lines down. LSI MegaRAID to SAS2008(P11).rar
P11 is older firmware I believe P14 is the newest.
Here is another link. It doesn't have batch files, you'll have to type the commands in yourself.http://forums.laptopvideo2go.com/topic/29059-sas2008-lsi92409211-firmware-files/
Should I be doing it this way or the other way that was linked?
Originally Posted by BruceD
Below is a link to the re-flashing of the IBM M1015 card, thanks to user madburg at lime-technology's unraid forum:
I followed his instructions and used the bat files in the listed downloaded zip file "LSI MegaRAID SAS2008 Controller.zip - 5.32 MB (Windows)"
I used an older ASUS 8n-CM AMD based MB with a usb stick following the instructions in the zip file to flash mine successfully.Flashing M1015
Lots of good info there for unraid and ESXi installs as well.
I am still reading up on this stuff and I want to learn as much as I can so again- thanks to both Bruce and Andy for the insight and help. Keep it coming.
My last issue is my PSU. I should replace it with something better.
I am pretty much sure I will end up with a NORCO 4224 case at some point. This whole server thing just seems to snowball pretty easy on me.
So for a PSU now..
Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer
I don't really think you need that much PSU unless you're adding a beefy graphics card
The 16x20W isn't really accurate, it's more like 16x10W. The 200W for an i7, z77, ddr3, optical, ssd, and fans is pretty high on the estimate as well. Were you doubling everything to shoot for 50%?
I think you're looking at a system that's never going to idle higher than 100W and only pull 200W at full load.
Lot's of people around the web say that startup current with HDDs is the determining factor for PSU sizing, but if you take a look at your UEFI settings in the Asrock extreme4 you will notice that "Staggered HDD Start" is one of the options.
I can understand you wanting to get the PSU now and keeping room for the future.
I say go with the current deal on the MKIII 600W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703036
Or go with the Corsair HX650 (little more expensive, but it's one of their Seasonic units) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012
Also for Sata power, just grab a few of these and you'll be set http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812162011
Thanks on this. I am in line with your thinking but basically just looking for a good deal on the right PSU now. I would like to spend under $100. The other option is to use my current Desktop PSU and use a smaller one on that. If someone knows a good 600+ watt PSU under a $100 with good amount of SATA power let me know please.
Thanks again for this intelligent post.
I'm still debating. I think this server will run 24/7 for years in my home. $.75 a month could add up to the difference of a good PSU and a mediocre PSU so I want to get it right the first time. I cut corners on it last time so this is the time to take my time and make a good choice.
I'd love to hear more opinions on the proper balance between gold, bronze, platinum or whatever... vs the price differences in PSU sales prices.
Keep in mind I might grow to 24 HDD's at some point in next couple years...