After lurking for a while, I'm going to jump in and build my first unRaid server. I'm going to base it on the UK Budget Box
but with some changes because some of the recommended components aren't available. I wanted to run the build past you experts to see if you had any helpful comments for a noob...
The primary use for the box will be to hold MP3s which I can then stream across my home network (hopefully to a Raspberry Pi
). Secondary use would be for networked file storage. Initial storage requirements are very low (<100GB) but I'm sure that will ramp up soon enough. I'm not expecting to put any video on it any time soon though. Want to start with just 2 drives (data+parity) but would want to be able to go up to 6 drives with minimal fuss. I want to keep set-up costs low, while allowing for possible later expansion. I expect this to be always-on, so I also want to keep running costs down and it does need to be quiet. It will be in the same room as the TV so I don't want the fans active when they don't need to be.Motherboard:
Couldn't find the recommended Biostar TA785GE or Asus M4A78L-M. Dabs have the Asus M5A78L-M pretty cheap. There's three versions, M5A78L-M LX
, M5A78L-M LX V2
. Other than support for more memory and faster USB, I don't think there's any difference so will go with the cheaper £36 LX model. They all use the Realtek RTL8111E network controller, but I understand this is ok with v5.0?CPU: 2.8 GHz AMD Sempron 145 (SDX145HBGMBOX)
2 x Kingston ValueRAM 1GB DDR3 1333MHz / PC3-10600 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM (KVR1333D3N9/1G)
, £12Power Supply: Corsair 430 Watt CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2UK)
, £35Case: Antec Three Hundred (0761345-08300-3)
Total cost before drives: £157Drives:
I have a couple of Seagate Barracuda 7200 500GB (ST3500630A) drives that I was hoping to use initially. These are UATA/IDE drives and I have now realised that the M5A78L-M doesn't have IDE ports. So I have three options (a) bite the bullett and buy new SATA drives straight away (£200-£250), (b) use a add-on card like the StarTech.com 1 Port PCIe IDE Adapter Card (PEX2IDE)
(£17), (c) Pick a different motherboard that supports IDE natively (£??). Any thoughts on this?Cooling:
Ok, total noob question: Do I need anything else for cooling? I've never built a system before so I don't know what's needed. Does the processor come with the required heatsink etc or do I need to get that separately?
Thanks in advance for any advice...