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Offline stepmback

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Server Build, Feedback
« on: May 15, 2012, 03:50:54 pm »
I will be building a WHS 2011 server with FlexRaid Snapshot using a two parity drive setup. I currently have 12 Hitachi 2TB Dekstar 5400rpm green drives in WHSv1 machine that I will be canibializing, and will be expanding as drive prices come down. This will be a 24/7 server that I want to be stable but fast enough to allow for multiple Bluray streams at once over CAT6 into a Gigabit switch.

My needs are as follows
1. Speed, transfering and streaming video
2. Low power consumption
3. Solid no hassel build and stable

Cost is a concern but I am willing to pay for speed and stability.

This is what I am thinking of buying, in addition to an SAS Card or two and SAS cables. What do you think?

Intel Core i3-2120T Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 35W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120T
Item #: N82E16819115094

NORCO RPC-4220 4U Rackmount Server Chassis w/ 20 Hot-Swappable SATA/SAS 6G Drive Bays (Mini SAS Connector)
Item #: N82E16811219033

SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C204 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813182253

CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139010

Kingston ValueRAM 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ECC Unbuffered Server Memory Model KVR1333D3E9S/4G
Item #: N82E16820139077

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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Sv: Server Build, Feedback
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2012, 01:01:03 am »
Looks like a nice build have also got.my server is on a SSD from ocz. I do not think you need to have a 750 watt PSU, already 550 could be enough.
Server HW: Chenbro RM41416 case | Supermicro X10SLM-F + LSI SAS 9305-16i | Xeon E3-1231 v3 | 16 GB DDR3 ECC Ram
Server OS:   Windows Server 2016 (UEFI) on 250 GB Samsung 850 Evo ssd
Transparent RAID 1.1.0 2017.02.11
Backupserver: Supermicro X9SCM-F UEFI + LSI SAS9211-8i IT FW
Server OS: Win 2016

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Re: Server Build, Feedback
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2012, 06:34:13 am »
I use a amd 990FX chipset on the motherboard it uses more power then the i3 CPU. In my server there are 10 drives and one SSD. in operation the Server does not draw more than 180 Watts and at startup, I think all drives start at the same time it does not exeed 290 Watt. I will also be buying the same motherboard in a few month when I get time for the change of hardware and setup.
Server HW: Chenbro RM41416 case | Supermicro X10SLM-F + LSI SAS 9305-16i | Xeon E3-1231 v3 | 16 GB DDR3 ECC Ram
Server OS:   Windows Server 2016 (UEFI) on 250 GB Samsung 850 Evo ssd
Transparent RAID 1.1.0 2017.02.11
Backupserver: Supermicro X9SCM-F UEFI + LSI SAS9211-8i IT FW
Server OS: Win 2016

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Re: Sv: Server Build, Feedback
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2012, 06:56:49 am »
Looks like a nice build have also got.my server is on a SSD from ocz. I do not think you need to have a 750 watt PSU, already 550 could be enough.

I dont know how to do the calculation for max power given CPU and drives, but figured that 750 watt PSU would be more than enough, do you think it is way overkill (never get used)? Consider that eventually I will go to to 20 HD, CPU and 1 SSD drive. I already have 12 green 5400rpm drives and plan on buying additional green drives in the future, but I was scared that if I bought an additional 8 non green drives I would not have enough power at full load. Is that not the case?

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Re: Server Build, Feedback
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2012, 07:14:21 am »
I use the PSU calculator from
http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine
I use the lite version for free just click on "Lite Version"
I now entered the config you told here and then I got about  347 Watt. So even if you add all the 20 drives it should have enough safety if you buy an 550 Watt PSU. I looked now and if a 550 Watt be quiet Dark Power cost ca. 120 Euros then the 750 Watt cost ca. 155 Euros. That would be 35 Euros extra for Power not really needed. with the PSU calculator it tells me that I could have 24 drives and an AMD CPU with a need to change my 550 Watt PSU. I have in my system 7x 7200rpm drives and 3x 5400rpm and I use at startup 290 Watt. I wouls day that should be no problem.
Server HW: Chenbro RM41416 case | Supermicro X10SLM-F + LSI SAS 9305-16i | Xeon E3-1231 v3 | 16 GB DDR3 ECC Ram
Server OS:   Windows Server 2016 (UEFI) on 250 GB Samsung 850 Evo ssd
Transparent RAID 1.1.0 2017.02.11
Backupserver: Supermicro X9SCM-F UEFI + LSI SAS9211-8i IT FW
Server OS: Win 2016