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Which AMD Ryzen is suitable?

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Hello,

 

So I have been viewing various youtubes, including Linus obviously lol, on making my own NAS at home. It seems fairly simple but the one thing that is a bit new to me is ZFS. I keep reading it is resource intensive and needs decent hardware, but I am having a hard time determining what that actually means in terms of appropriate hardware.

I am definitely wanting to go AMD. I was thinking of a Ryzen 3900x but I am worried that is going to be a complete overkill. Would Ryzen 7 3800X or even 3700X perform the same? All of this would be going on an ASUS microATX board with the max memory it can support, 64gb of ECC.

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I dont think a home server needs a lot of power. No more than half a dozen devices connecting right? Im using an intel nuc to run nextcloud for all our phones, pictures, documents. ZFS features for enterprise do ask for expensive enterprise quality hardware. I wouldn't go into that expense for a private cloud. I'd rather put my money into low power/power efficient hardware and quality drives.

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I bought an old used xeon and it works great (see my signature). A 3700x is definitely overkill though.


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If your NAS is doing the bare minimum of acting as a simple network storage device then you do not need much under the hood. I'm re-purposing an old AM3 socket (pretty sure it's an Athlon of some sort in there, haven't actually checked yet) and starting off with 4GB of RAM for mine. If you have been watching the NAS videos on LTT that I have been watching then the reference is totally overkill for most simple applications. Virtualization would end up requiring more but as you step up the list of things your server can do then the hardware recommendations gets too long to list here.

 

Keep in mind I am building a basic home-based NAS that will not get stressed too bad. If you are talking about an enterprise-grade server then yes, the hardware requirements are technically higher than what has been mentioned here. What exactly are the requirements for your server? If you have the budget to go with a 3900X then I figure you could probably rearrange funds to better optimize other aspects of the build (the actual storage, for example).

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That really depends on what you want to do with it?

 

If you give us more information, we might be able to point you in the right direction :)

 

Do you just want a local place to store and read files, watch videos etc,  so a fileserver basically?

Or do you want to have a media server that does transcoding, like plex?

Or something else, a combination of the above, and more? like a virtualized server that can do so much more?


Please quote my post, or put @paddy-stone if you want me to respond to you, I may not see your post otherwise.

 

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12 hours ago, paddy-stone said:

That really depends on what you want to do with it?

 

If you give us more information, we might be able to point you in the right direction :)

 

Do you just want a local place to store and read files, watch videos etc,  so a fileserver basically?

Or do you want to have a media server that does transcoding, like plex?

Or something else, a combination of the above, and more? like a virtualized server that can do so much more?

^This.

 

It might very well be that all you do is store files which would mean an Athlon 3000G is plenty. If you want software transcoding and VM's, going with a 3700X might be the best option. It all depends on the use case and your requirements. 64GB of RAM will also need a use case as it's not cheap to buy speedy ECC UDIMMs.


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