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Sparkie

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New System Approval
« on: January 13, 2008, 03:13:17 am »
After a few months of research and some great help from the users of this forum I have come to a conclusion for parts. I would like everyones feedback on my parts list. If everything gets approved, I will order the parts, build the systems, test everything and then update the wiki. I will also document any problems I came across. Here is the prospected system.

Core:
Case - Antec P182 ATX Black Mid Tower Case
P/S   - Corsair 620HX Modular Power supply
CPU  -   AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core
Mobo -  Gigabyte GA-M61P-S3 ATX AM2 GF6100 NF430 PCI-E16 4PCI
RAM -  Corsair 1GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 5-5-5-18 240PIN
HD -  Seagate 7200.10 250GB SATA2 8.5MS
2nd NIC -  Intel PRO/1000 Pt Desktop Gigabit Network Adapter PCI Express X1 Slot

UnRaid Storage Server

Case - Antec P182 ATX Black Mid Tower Case
P/S   - Corsair 620HX Modular Power supply
CPU  -   AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core
Mobo -  Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H 690G mATX AM2 1PCI-E16 1PCI-E4 2PCI
RAM -  Corsair 1GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 5-5-5-18 240PIN
HD -  4 X 500Gb Seagate Drives (1 drive for parity)

How does this look? How will it perform at serving media? Am I missing anything?



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Re: New System Approval
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2008, 07:44:11 am »
unraid box is overboard
CPU  -   AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core - Why?

not needed.. unraid doesn't use dual core as I recall. You could use a cheap socket 754 for that and be just fine. Get a turion 64 low wattage processor off ebay and you are golden. No way will it be stressed enough to need that kind of hardware for just a file server even if you are hammering it (unless you plan to use iSCSI then you will need that due to it's heavy processor usage but I don't think unraid supports that). If you go the 754 route, this board works great http://www.epox.com.tw/eng/products_content.php?ps=375
but I don't see it easily available.

What's the total cost of that unraid server going to be that you have planned because here is the one I would build and cost breakdown:
Socket 754 mobo + video card - $27 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813186067
Turion 64 1.8 ghz ml-32 - $20 or less off ebay
Ram - 1gb of hp ram - $7 after rebate http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=110805&t=703384
600 watt power supply - $22.50 after rebate - http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=110805&t=711333
case - whatever you want here
Due to the mobo not having gigabit - you can either add a gigabit pci card ($8 to 15) or a pci-e gigabit card for $22
Total Cost: $90 + case

Invest the extra money into Hard drives - preferably 750GB drives as they are the best price point right now. Here are some for $159.99 a piece with 5 year warranty. I have some myself and they work very well. This is the lowest price I've ever seen on 750GB seagates http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=110805&t=715973

It may be a better idea to find a better 754 motherboard with sata 2 and gigabit built in.
The MSI K8N Neo3 H nForce4 has gigabit built in, but sata 1.. shouldn't matter though it will still max out your drive transfers no problem and is available for cheap on ebay. it looks like it is a supported mobo for turion 64 from this page: http://angelfall.s39.xrea.com/area2ch/turion-e.html
« Last Edit: January 13, 2008, 08:50:45 am by blackoper »

Sparkie

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Re: New System Approval
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2008, 07:28:08 pm »
Hey Dsk! Thanks for looking over the parts, let me know how everythings works out. Could you help me out with the capture cards? My understanding is to put them in the core?

Blackoper thanks for the input. I may buy a slower CPU. A 4200+ is $80..the 5200+ is $115. I figured the $35 price difference was worth upgrading to the 5200+. (It has twice the caching).I've listed my purchase reasoning beside the parts.
I live in Canada so the selection of parts is slim on ebay and such. After cross border shipping it can get pricey.
I picked new hardware for the warranties and because people have confirmed those specific parts are compatible in the wiki's and forums. I also picked a bit beefier setup for the unRaid because I never know if I want to dump it and go hardware RAID/FreeNAS or whatever comes out in the future. I bought the "overhead" on parts for future expansion. I figured if I buy a Dual Core I am covered in case I want to change the way my storage is handled or use it as a media director. It just gives me room to change my ideas with how I use my equipment.

UnRaid Storage Server

Case - Antec P182 ATX Black Mid Tower Case (Nice looking/Quiet/good cooling/room for expansion) don't HAVE to hide it away in a closet  ;)
P/S   - Corsair 620HX Modular Power supply (modular cabling/reliable/can handle a growing system)
CPU  -   AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core (Might become a media director or Hardware RAID someday)
Mobo -  Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H 690G mATX AM2 1PCI-E16 1PCI-E4 2PCI (Has onboard HDMI/DVI/VGA) (Might become a media director someday)
RAM -  Corsair 1GB PC2-6400 DDR2-800 CL 5-5-5-18 240PIN (Cheapest I could find to match the board)

Price comes to $550 includes shipping.

Anybody have experience using unRaid? People on the AVS forums are ranting and raving about it.

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Re: New System Approval
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2008, 08:24:06 pm »
go with the HDHomeRun... 'nuff said.

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Re: New System Approval
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2008, 08:50:51 pm »
openfiler is very  nice as well. I've used it. It's basically just a custom linux/conical kernel. Does any file system

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Re: New System Approval
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2008, 06:58:31 am »
Great! I will look into HDHomerun and OpenFiler!