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#1 mjbcomputers

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 03:17 PM

Alright guys, looking for some input here. I want to build myself a freenas server. In the same hand i want it to be a display piece for the front of my shop, People can come in and just look at something that is alittle over the top and get them talking. So i will do a custom water loop. 

The reason for the Custom water loop isn't for increase performance or overclocking since this is a NAS server, its just, i need storage, to store clients acronis image backups and play with some Virtualization and cloud based technologies, and a display piece would be a good idea. 

 

Basic specs i am wanting to run

MSI workstation mobo

32gb of ECC ram

Five 6tb IronWolf Drives

500gb Samsung SSD 850 Evo for caching 

Intel Dual add on Network Card

 

Some cases i was considering

Cooler Masters Master Case 5 Pro <--- I use this on my personal Workstation

Fractal Design R5 Windowed 

.... I don't know what else.

I really which cooler master made the Master Case 5 Pro in a full tower - I think it will be difficult if not impossible to fit 5 drives plus an ssd, custom loop with Res, rad and pump and still make it look clean and open.

w/e i Decide on, the side panel will more then likely be switched to tempered glass.

 



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#2 Gorbulan

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 03:27 PM

Why bother with ECC ram if it is a NAS? Why with the "workstation mobo"? NAS builds usually involve much cheaper and smaller parts.



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Posted 22 November 2016 - 03:35 PM

its recommended to use ECC ram with Freenas, actually 8gb is the minimum. FreeNas does ALOT more then just act as a storage device. 

 

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Hardware Requirements

On the FreeNAS website the minimum hardware requirements are listed as:

  • Multicore 64-bit processor (Recommended Intel)
  • 8GB boot drive
  • 8GB of RAM
  • A physical network port

And the recommended hardware is listed as:

  • Multicore 64-bit processor (Recommended Intel)
  • 16GB boot drive
  • 16GB of ECC RAM
  • Two directly attached discs (non-hardware RAID)
  • A physical network port"

Edited by mjbcomputers, 22 November 2016 - 03:36 PM.


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Posted 22 November 2016 - 04:12 PM

Looks nice so far for a build... do you have questions on it, or what's your plan? It seems very interesting... B)



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Posted 22 November 2016 - 04:35 PM

If your NAS does not need ECC then why do you? The goal of this devices is to show off to customers, you don't need to spend a boatload on RAM to do that. For display purposes, non-ECC RAM should be just fine. Unless, of course, you are demoing something that can only be done with ECC RAM.



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Posted 22 November 2016 - 04:53 PM

Every system i work on i backup. So i boot into Acronis true image and backup the systems via the network to a storage device. I honestly don't understand how and why you wouldn't want to run ECC ram on something that is going to store important information. I am not looking to put together this "low end" "git er done" system. The price of a good qnap with drives can be over 2 grand.  I want this build to fully serve its purpose and be scalable, while also benefiting from people going "look how pretty"   Then i sell more system builds then i currently do. I can display it up front on a nice self and run cat 6 cables to it and leave it running. 

 

My only concern is what case to use?  Its a hard choice because i don't want this bare metal box with stuff slammed in it

But it needs to be large enough to accommodate the drive bays Plus all the liquid cooling



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Posted 22 November 2016 - 04:59 PM

I honestly don't understand how and why you wouldn't want to run ECC ram on something that is going to store important information.

Agreed here, mate! :thumbup2:






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