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Hi,


I was looking for a while to add a drive case to my old server PC which acts as a gateway PC and file server.

There are no some interesting products like the:
http://www.rosewill.com/products/1189/productDetail.htm

or:
http://www.sansdigital.com/towerraid/tr8mb.html


Does anyone here use something like this or has an opinion?


The problem is that the Sata controller is a PCIx. My old server PC only has PCI. So, I'm thinking about upgrading to:
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...poweredge-t100


Seems like a good deal. But I have no experience with the low end Dell servers. Anyone here using it?


It seems that this way I could have a server PC with 8 bay RAI for under 1k. Could I do better?
 

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I can list you the parts to build an 8 drive server for ~$400 if you are OK with screwing your hard drives in instead of having the cages. If not, then ~$600 for a 8-drive capable server with a server case. PM me and I'll get you the parts list.


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Hey, thanks for the offer. So you are saying for a comparable DIY equivalent (8 bays + server) it would come to about $600.-?

I guess buying the Dell and Rosewill comes then rather close.

The Dell server is $329.-

The Rosewill with card: $350.- or a Sansdigital $320.-

Total: $679.-


So, it gets close... or would I get better performance?
 

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I can do even better. Here's my list;


motherboard and CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128342 - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103188 - $40


Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820134635 - $23


Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811219021 - $290


Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005 - $70 after MIR


4-port SATA card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816103058 - $99


There you go, the hardware to support up to 10 drives for $577.


You never asked about the OS but I would suggest you think about unRAID www.unraid.com for $120 you get 15 data drives plus parity and cache.



That case has lots more slots but to support them at the fast SATA2 speeds (basically meaning no PCI to SATA cards) requires a lot more cash.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813182142 - $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815121009 - $99 x 2


You will probably need a bigger power supply sized to be around 1000W with a single 12V rail if that is possible. I'll leave you to find a suitable processor too.


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Thanks for putting this together. I didn't think I wnated to go for that many drives - but I don't have to. It is tempting. Is this what most people are doing here? Anyone here using what I initially tried to do?
 

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I have the supermicro board 2 supermicro 8 port cards in a norco, and I have a 750W corsair in it. Running unRaid. Currently populated with 15 drives and my kill a watt has max draw on startup at less than 400W. It's close to that when I'm doing a parity check. Corsair just released their 850W PSU though, get that if you want to err on the side of safety. Either way should be fine though.


Coming from someone whose built their server 3 times and am finally happy with my build, go with what Josh suggested and get the supermicro boards and sata. If going with the Norco case, I'd suggest getting some molex power extensions. Also, switch the two outermost fans to the other side.
 
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