Ive been reading through the forum for the past few weeks after learning about unraid from the xbmc forums. I am far from fully knowledgeable about it but I believe I have a basic understanding, enough that is to put my money where my mouth is
The fact that my 2tb NAS is full is also a big reason.
I've decided to go for a 12 HDD Capable unRAID Server as 3 x 4-in-3 Drive Cages will keep things nice and neat and easily up-gradable if needs be. All it will be used for is storage for my media and running a few scripts - sick,sab,couch
Below is my proposed list of parts, please critique and scream at me if there rubbish or overkill!CPU: AMD A6-3500Motherboard: ASUS F1A75-V, FM1, ATXRAM: 4GB-Kit Kingston ValueRAM PC3-10667U CL9Case: Revoltec Fifty 3, ATXDrive Cage(s): ICY BOX IB-554SK for 4 HDD's
they are pretty expensive though, im considering Cooler Master 4 in 3 HDD Module Device
The ICY Box is 110 euro where as the Cooler Master is only 28 euro. Nearly 1/4 of the price. But is the difference worth it?Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CX430 V2, 430 WattSATA Expansion Card(s):
I dont have a clue which one to get. Im ordering from hereCables: Good Connections® SATA 6Gb/s
Will these do?Fans:
I dont think I need anymore do I?
For HDD im going to get 4 first. 4 x 2tb. 1 for parity, 1 for cache, 2 for storage.
Ive read not to buy HDD together as they could be a bad batch but what about buying 2 at a time. Is that considered safe/unsafe. As I was going to get 2 EARS and 2 EARX.
Also between these two is there any in particular that would be better for cache and parity or are they all the same?
To complete the build (12 HDDs in place) I was told I would need 11 x SATA-II cables, a Molex To 2-Molex Power Connector Cables, 2 x Molex To 4-SATA Power Connector cables, 2 x 2 Port PCI-Express x1 Sata-II Cards and a 2 Port PCI Sata Card.
I am really lost about the cables,connectors and sata card. I dont know what ones to get. Any help in this area is greatly appreciated. Keeping in mind that if possible I want to order from here
So my biggest concern is the 4-in-3 Drive Cages, as the price difference between the two is HUGE.
Overall without the drive cages it comes to $632. Pricey enough already and that's without HDDs.
With the 3 ICY BOX cages it would add another $360 to it and it I got the Cooler Master it would add another $90. Its hard to justify that kind of difference.
This being my first time building anything cpu related and Im a bit worried about the level of skill required to complete the build
so please bear with my with my n00b questions.
Im giving 2 hours a day to studying the hardware and software so hopefully I wont be dumb for long.
Again thanks for reading and all help is greatly appreciated