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Old Z97-HD3 system for Unraid (or similar)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So with my main rig getting soon replaced with a x570 Zen2 based system (most likely), I'm contemplating what to do with my existing system. I would love to turn it into an unraid storage or other VM hypervisor capable setup.

CPU: i7-4790k (or i5-4690T)

RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz

MOBO: Gigabyte Z97-HD3

Storage Drives: many 1,2, and 3 TB drives, likely using about 6 total HDD/SSD if I can get away with it.


I also have an old mini HP workstation sitting on the shelf with the i5-4690T CPU available to use with the Z97 board if I want to keep the power draw lower (if I'm mostly using this for storage). Would the 4790k be complete overkill and not worth the extra energy cost? Would the 4690T be suitable? Added bonus of using the 4690T would be the ability to sell the 4790k for a decent value.


Primary goal of the server would be for file storage. I have a 2-bay QNAP NAS that I would like to migrate away from.

Secondary would be to run 1-2 VM's for gaming servers, and any tinkering / learning I want to do on new platforms.


Any thoughts on this setup? 

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Strict storage servers don't really need CPU power. You need RAM and Storage (duh).


If you even think about gaming servers, cores become key. Both chips mentioned are 4 cores IIRC, neither will be amazing but the i7 would be better.

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