Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Grand Junction, CO:USA
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I thought I would chime in here...
I actually have the same case, my build is as follows:
4GB Mushkin SO-DIMM DDR3 1333
Corsair TX650 PSU
3x Datoptic SPM94 Port Multiplier
5x Samsung F4 2TB in RAID5 on one SPM394
5x Seagate XT 3TB in RAID5 on one SPM394
5x Western Digital Green 3TB in RAID5 on one SPM394 (Just added these a few weeks ago).
I originally built mine with FreeNAS, and I have been unhappy with the latest version. Version 7 had all the fun stuff that is good for a Home Media Server, while Version 8 has it all stripped out and is certainly more geared towards Enterprise use.
I have been unhappy with the performance I've gotten from the storage pool. It's common for my wife to be playing a 1080p MKV on the big TV using a WDTV player, my son to be playing a SD AVI file on his old CRT on his WDTV, and for me to watch a 720p MKV from my desktop. When we do that, we often experience stuttering. And if we add in ANY kind of other HD usage (downloading torrents, unarchiving the torrent, moving it, etc), then it is pretty much unwatchable. We have wired Cat6 throughout the house, and the two Gigabit ports on the Mobo are bound, and we have a nice 24port Gigabit Switch, so it is clear the hangup is the storage pool.
I am looking to move to WHS right now (if I can figure out where to get a copy), and I am thinking I will use FlexRaid. The port multipliers are great, but I have to add 5 drives at a time, which is like $1k to do so. So, I can add a drive here and there until I get to that point, then I can get another multiplier and reconfigure the storage pool.
Denon 3808ci | PS3 80Gb | Harmony One | Toshiba XA2 | Samsung 61" PN60E6500EF | HTPC with HDMI