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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi there,

 

I currently have a HP MicroServer (N54L) setup.

Optical Bay has been swapped out for an SSD (OS) and in total there are 5 Standard 2TB Data Drives.

 

I have Windows Server 2016 installed on the SSD and just used Windows Storage Spaces to mirror my data over 4 of the Data Drives.

The other (fifth) Data Drive is used by Veeam Backup Free Edition.

 

The system is getting old and the new MicroServers are not value for money like the N54L was.

 

What are my upgrade options?

 

I was thinking of just building a new PC but struggling to find a decent ITX / mATX that supports a large number of SATA Drives.

Want to keep costs below £600, I already have the data drives and a GPU.

 

Any suggestion are welcomed.


Current Step:

Motherboard:    Gigabyte Z97M-D3H
CPU:            i7-4790k @4.8GHz
RAM:            32GB DDR3 2400mhz (4x 8GB)
GPU:            8GB Gigabyte RX Vega 64 8GB OC
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Cooler:         Corsair H115i Liquid Cooler
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What about looking at a PCIe SATA card and a mATX board? There are quite a few with 2 x16 slots, so you could have a GPU and a SATA expansion card.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
15 minutes ago, Fixinit1 said:

What about looking at a PCIe SATA card and a mATX board? There are quite a few with 2 x16 slots, so you could have a GPU and a SATA expansion card.

A very valid point and certain something I'll look into...

Do you know if it needs to be RAID compatible or is Windows Storage Space a 'virtual' RAID?

 

I know when I have had to rebuild my OS drive, the storage space was not affected, Windows detected all the settings from the Data drives.

 

Thanks


Current Step:

Motherboard:    Gigabyte Z97M-D3H
CPU:            i7-4790k @4.8GHz
RAM:            32GB DDR3 2400mhz (4x 8GB)
GPU:            8GB Gigabyte RX Vega 64 8GB OC
Case:           Fractal Design Define Mini C
Cooler:         Corsair H115i Liquid Cooler
PSU:            Corsair CS850M

 

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I'm going to be honest, RAID isn't exactly my area of expertise, so I'm not 100% sure. I would do a little research, and maybe just get a RAID compatible card anyway. Just in case.


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Gosh, I hate it when people forget. Anyway, check out my PC below, and there's a PCPartPicker link on my profile, If you wanna see what I'm planning.

Spoiler

SYSTEM SPECS: Finally ditched the Pentium N3540, now I've got the following:

 

CPU - Ryzen 5 2400G

GPU - Vega 11 GPU(Soon to be GTX 1070 on Black Friday!)

RAM - 8GB DDR4 3000mhz Geil Super Luce RGB Sync

MOTHERBOARD - MSI B350 Tomahawk

PSU - EVGA 450BT

CASE - PHANTEKS  P350X

 

 

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1 hour ago, mehtaman said:

I was thinking of just building a new PC but struggling to find a decent ITX / mATX that supports a large number of SATA Drives.

Good mini ITX motherboards are super expensive. Why don't you get a standard ATX motherboard and a new case to house your new system. With 600 pounds you can set up a new system for your needs.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I guess I got wrapped up with the term MircoServer and went down the like for like route when in reality an mATX or ATX will certainly have 6+ SATA Ports along with 2-4 PCIe Slots (For Future Expansion)... back to the drawing board I think.

 

 


Current Step:

Motherboard:    Gigabyte Z97M-D3H
CPU:            i7-4790k @4.8GHz
RAM:            32GB DDR3 2400mhz (4x 8GB)
GPU:            8GB Gigabyte RX Vega 64 8GB OC
Case:           Fractal Design Define Mini C
Cooler:         Corsair H115i Liquid Cooler
PSU:            Corsair CS850M

 

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The Microserver G8 was particularly good value I think. Full iLO4, huge pro, upgradable CPU, built-in SAS support (just add a RAID card or HBA and boom) the lot.

 

I run a G10 now because it's super power efficient and performs well enough.

 

The pro to entry level servers is that they were designed to be a server 24/7 and off the shelf consumer hardware is not. I'm not saying it won't work, but there's a chance. Also remember Windows Server 2016 is quite picky on hardware. W10 drivers aren't guaranteed to work.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

hmmm maybe I would be better off with the Gen10 (4 core version) as its just over £500 in the UK:

https://www.ebuyer.com/854984

 

Looking cheaper than a custom build, supports 5 of my 6 drives and I can stick my backup drive into a USB caddy 

Just the RAM to upgrade (as I plan to create a VM or two).


Current Step:

Motherboard:    Gigabyte Z97M-D3H
CPU:            i7-4790k @4.8GHz
RAM:            32GB DDR3 2400mhz (4x 8GB)
GPU:            8GB Gigabyte RX Vega 64 8GB OC
Case:           Fractal Design Define Mini C
Cooler:         Corsair H115i Liquid Cooler
PSU:            Corsair CS850M

 

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