So, let’s try this again shall we?
Hey, everyone! I’m new to this whole building a server instead of a PC thing, and I thought I would come here for some advice on which way to go. As far as being able to write to the NAS/disc farm, I’m not terribly concerned about the write speed, so long as it is not taking many, many hours, or even days for the system to update as I add data. If I understand correctly, unless I want my server to start swearing at me in multiple foreign and dead tongues, this means I need to avoid using any sort of external enclosure hooked up via USB 3.0 or e-SATA. Here’s what I am looking at needing.
The machine will be running:
Windows 8.1 (for simplicity’s sake)
- FlexRAID (f) (most likely)
- Media Browser 3 (non-negotiable)
- PowrChute (because I’m paranoid about the power in this house)
I need a machine that will hold 30 TB of data plus a parity drive from the outset and have room for relatively easy expansion down the road as my catalog is only going to grow. I’m probably going to go with either these 4 TB consumer drives from Seagate
or, if I can afford it, I might go ahead and step up a notch and pick up these 4 TB NAS drives from Seagate
. I’ll probably do 11 of them initially 1 for parity and 10 for data. Then, when it comes time to expand I will probably pick up 2 more drives, one for a second parity drive, and one for more data.
As a MB3 server, and given the size of my family, I need to make sure that the server can handle transcoding at least 2 1080p streams while also being accessed by direct play from the HTPC hooked up to my primary display. What I would like, is for it to be able to handle 3 transcode processes, just in case. 99% of the time, it won’t come to that, but I like to be prepared.
I’ll be hooking the server up via CAT-6 and my Internet gives me anywhere from 18-28 Mbps upload. I should be fine on bandwidth for streaming.
Originally, the server was going to be going in my walk-in closet in the master bedroom. If I stick with this solution, I will need to consider moving up to some decent sized fans with good control, as I’m fairly certain no one in this house wants a jet engine rumbling along in the closet while we are trying to sleep.
has quite generously volunteered to toss in his expertise in addition to the parts he is selling in the classifieds. Although I know little about the materials listed, I am rather inclined by the reaction to accept the offer. But I do need to go about selecting all the pieces/parts to be turned into a server.
I’m fairly certain that I want to go with the Norco 4220
. That should leave me with plenty of spare bays, and by being hot-swap, it means adding more drives or (if I must) removing drives will be much simpler. I’m not finding much better for anything close to the price-point.
Mfusick recommended a fan-wall for 3 120mm fans
to help cool and quiet the unit. That makes sense to me. Then I need three silent-model fans, there are plenty of options for those. No need to splurge and no need for LED lights or anything. Functional and quiet is all I am thinking here.
What else should I be considering? I’m sure Kapone knows what to do, but I just want to get an idea if there is anything obvious I am overlooking that I should be looking to purchase add, ask about, you name it.