Originally Posted by mike10778
Im not overly adept at building computers - but not completely without knowledge. I built my current HTPC from scratch (well, thanks to Assassin's help!), so that can be a good starting point.
I would like to build something - but need to research more as to types of Mobos/processors to get. I did some looking around at the Lime forums at some of Raj's prototype builds - and it looks like an easy/great way to go, plus adds more flexibility.
I know there are tons of how-to guides on building an UnRAID box, but is there anything as comprehensive as some of the guides on here? Thanks for all the help so far!
Mike, to whatever extent it might help...or help you make a decision...here is my first build thread http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1215580
. Lots of dumb questions (but then the answers), and some pics of the process...but I would think there are some that are better.
FWIW...I started off with a fairly "small" case; the ARK 4U-500. Then...with BIG, BIG storage available (keep in mind...this is when HDDs were as cheap as fast food...lol), I started ripping every BD I could get my hands on.
My thoughts were "OMG...I'm gonna rip 1,000 movies, and need 20T"...lol. I swapped out my ARK for a Norco 20-bay deal. I moved all my parts (another nice thing about unRAID...you just take it out of one box, move it to another...and you're up and running again), and started at about 10 1/1.5T drives. The Norco boxes are great...lots of bang for the buck...but noisy (you can do things to quiet them down...change fans, get a custom back-plane, etc); and what I found is that I didn't end up ripping nearly as much as I first thought.
As HDD prices continued to drop (again, that was then), and 1Ts turned into 1.5Ts, and 1.5Ts turned into 2Ts...I realized that I could probably make due with MUCH less; that 20 x 2T was 40T, and I wasn't getting anywhere near
I went back to my ~$75 ARK, and have been running 6 x 2T ever since. YMMV; just food for thought.