Originally Posted by Jackal55
I'm planning a small server to start. It's based off of a server project from a Maximum PC project. I plan to use the Fractal Design Node 304
case. I would like to use a Mini-itx board with onboard video and two PCIe slots but I think they all have only one. I would have place my two Duet cards into it and then build a new smaller streaming box.
The case hold 6 hdds so I was considering 5x 3tb drives in some sort of RAID and a small drive for the OS which will probably just be Windows 7 and apps. I guess an i5 CPU should be more than enough. I want it to be as cool and quite as it can be. So I'm going to put together a wish list on Newegg and welcome some mobo suggestions.
The Node 304 is not well suited to hold this many mechanical drives. I had a look at one up close and the U-Shaped mounts have too much side to side play and is not secured at the bottom and will transmit vibration across the entire PC chassis ( I have a Define XL).
Each drive will have its own vibration to deal with as well as the ones for the other 4 drives. The track spacing on a 3Tb drive is extremely close, the positioning servos on the drive will have a tough time keeping the read/write heads pointed in the right direction. Net effect is a reduced performance from your drive array as each track may need to be read and re-read.
I suggest you look at an ARC mini or Define Mini which have proper drive mounting trays.
If you want to use the Node 304, choose a drive with vibration tolerant firmware like the WD Red or an enterprise drive like the WD-RE series or the Hitachi Ultrastar.Edited by Tong Chia - 1/8/13 at 9:45pm