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This is an update on my previous two posts






Synology 1815+ and Synology DX413 Expansion Unit

HDD 1: 4TB Seagate ST4000DM000

HDD 2: 4TB Seagate ST4000DX000

HDD 3: 4TB Western Digital WD40EZRZ

HDD 4: 4TB Seagate ST4000DX000

HDD 5: 4TB Seagate ST4000DM000

HDD 6: 4TB Seagate ST4000DM000

HDD 7: 4TB Western Digital WD40EZRX

HDD 8: 4TB Seagate ST4000DM000

HDD 9: 256GB Drevo X1 Pro

HDD 10: 3TB Western Digital WD30PURX

HDD 11: 3TB Western Digital WD30PURX

HDD 12: 3TB Toshiba DT01ABA300

HDD 13: 2TB Seagate ST2000VX000


Software and Configuration:

Running Synology DSM front end GUI, the 8 x 4TB drives in the main unit are running SHR2 (equivalent to RAID6 so that's 32TB (29.12TB RAW/21.81TB after redundancy) the other 4 drives are running SHR (RAID5) 11TB (10.01TB RAW/7.26TB after redundancy) finally the SSD contains all my Docker containers and any native Synology apps the SSD works really well for this usage and is much quicker than using it as an SSD read cache which I found had a negative performance impact on the unit.


I upgraded from my 412+ around a year ago picking up an 1815+ for around £600 on eBay, about 6 months ago it was warranty replaced due to suffering from the Intel C2000 bug. It runs 24/7 and has been upgraded with 16GB of Crucial RAM, I use it as my main storage server, I make very good use of Docker as all my most useful applications for obtaining Linux ISO's are Dockerised (see my website for guides) It also runs a Minecraft server which is open for anyone to use.


I rarely pick up brand new retail drives (as I am cheap) all the drives currently in use have been either shucked from second hand external drives picked up from eBay or other sites. If you bargain hunt this keeps costs much lower but obviously has inherent risks with not knowing the drives history.



My 412+ is has been effectively retired and now is used for backing up important data, I also keep archives of my photos offsite at work. The 412+ has 6TB of space as I tend to use smaller retired drives in it. I also have a HP Microserver which I just have to play around with, that has a real mish mash of ancient drives from 250GB to 320GB.








| Intel Core i7 7600K | ASRock H170M ITX | 16GB DDR4 | OCZ GTX1060 6GB  |
| Crucial M4 256GB | Samsung 850 EVO 250GB  | Antec True Power 650 | Fractal Design Node 304 | Coolermaster 212+ |

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On 1/17/2019 at 6:51 PM, MediaMan said:

I know Externals do not count, but I prefer them tbh.  Never had a single problem with any of my externals, whereas ive had some problems with Internals.  All in all, while I don't expect to be counted, am at 231TB.

How do you have the externals hooked up?  You're not running 231TB of USB drives are you?

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  • Motherboard: ASRock - Z77 Pro4-M
  • CPU: Intel® Xeon® CPU E31245 @ 3.30GHz
  • CPU cooler: Intel Stock
  • GPU: None
  • RAM: 24GB Random DDR3 1066MHz
  • PSU: Unknown 750W Gold
  • Boot drive: Random 16gb Flash Drive
  • Storage drives: 2x4TB Seagate NAS
  • Storage drives: 10x8TB WD Easystores
  • Storage drive: 1x10TB WD Easystores
  • Cache drive: 1x512TB Crucial SSD
  • Case: Rosewell 12 bay hot swap + Unknown Max ATX Case

Total capacity: 98TB (raw), 80TB useable, Score: 80 * ln (13) = 205.195948597


Software and Configuration:

Running unRAID for 4 years now. Moved from ubtuntu RAID 5 and never looked back (only x3 4TB drives then). WD drives are in a rosewell 4U case with the rest of the main hardware, then using external SAS expansion cables and card to extend to a case I got in trade for light IT work that has 10 front 5.25" bays which I put hot swap bays in. Makes me a little nervous but for now it will work.



Personal/Friends NAS, web server, Media Storage, PLEX, Docker Host.

8382 Movies, 56345 Episodes

It is an addiction, and I need to find a cheaper source of drives (best buy easystores so far).

Sits in my server room (read: laundry room) on a spare bar stool which has my linux sandbox and router (thinkpad T60) on the lower foot stools.



Backing up to GDrive, 12/80TB so far. Maybe in a few years it will be done.







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Update; Changed out my whole build with a SuuperMicro one;


Running Ubuntu.

2xE5-2620 v2




6x8TB Seagate NAS in Raid 6



6x4TB HGST and 4x6TB IronWolf NAS in JBOD


Total raw storage is 88TB with 16 drives



Old post here



Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

1800x, 32GB RAM, 2x1080Ti, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 3x2560x1440 and 1x1920x1200 monitor

My website: http://mariusjs.me/

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CASE: Fractal Design Node 804

PSU: Antec Earthwatts EA-380D

MB: SuperMicro MBD-X11SSH-F-O

CPU: Intel Core i3 6100T

HS: Stock

RAM: 1x16gb Kingston ValueRAM 2133mhz DDR ECC

O/S Drive: 2x 64gb Sandisk Cruzer Ultra Fit 64gb (Mirrored)

HDD 1: 7x Seagate IronWolf 2TB

HDD 2: 1x WD Red 2TB

FANS: 6x Corsair ML120 + Swiftech 8-way PWM splitter.

UPS: CyberPower CST1300ALU

Software and Configuration:

My NAS is running Freenas 11.2-U3. The drives are configured as a single RaidZ3 pool, so I can suffer up to three HDD failures. I have two jails set up. The first is Plex, which serves all my movies and shows. The second is a Transmission, which runs Transmission, OpenVPN, as well as IPFW rules to only allow Transmission to send and receive data via the tun0 device.


I have a fan control script which is setup as a post-init script that controls all six fans via a single header. I also have a script that runs every ten minutes to check whether the tun0 device exists inside the Transmission jail. If it doesn't, it restarts OpenVPN.


Media, general file server.


I have no backups set up. Shame on me.

Additional info:

I intentionally built this NAS to sip as little power as possible. I probably could have used fewer drives, but I wanted the redundancy. Th 8th Seagate Ironwolf is currently being RMA'd.


(Most pictures are from 2017 when I built this)






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  • Fractal Design Meshify C Mini Dark TG
  • BFG EX-1200 Power Supply (Engineering Sample)
  • ASUS Maximus V Gene
  • Core i5 3570K w/ Noctua NH-D9L + 2nd fan @4.3ghz
  • 16gb Samsung DDR3
  • Gigabyte RX 580 8gb
  • STORAGE: Samsung 860 Evo • Hitachi UltraStar 3tb • WD Red 2TB • MyDigitalSSD BP4 250gb
  • W10H
  • AOC C24G1 + Dell S2415H (Portrait)
  • Corsair Strafe RGB
  • Razer Deathadder Chroma
  • FX Audio Dac-X6 + Superlux 668B + ModMic 4
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On 4/17/2019 at 10:38 PM, timdine said:

Updated the repo with systems up to now.  I'll generate some new lists from that.

Wanna update again? 👼

Network/Homelab build log Main PC: "Aqua Blue"  Server: 15TB+ "Blue Lightning"

1800x, 32GB RAM, 2x1080Ti, 2.5TB+ SSD Storage, 3x2560x1440 and 1x1920x1200 monitor

My website: http://mariusjs.me/

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My system:
MB: Supermicro X9SRL-F
CPU: Intel Xeon E5-2670 V2 2.50GHz 10C/20T
HSF: Noctua NH-D9D i4 3U
Memory: Samsung 64GB (4x16GB) 1600MHz ECC DDR3 1.35V
HBA: Dell H310 6Gb/s SAS LSI 9211-8i P20 (IT mode)
PSU: Seasonic Focus Plus 750 Platinum 750w 80+ platinum
Boot Drives: 2 - Intel 320 series 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD (mirrored)
Jail Drive: 1 - Crucial MX500 500GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5" Internal SSD
Storage Drives: 4- WD Red 6TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch (in Raidz2)
Case: Fractal Design R6 black 
OS Version: FreeNAS-11.2-U4



"A promise is a promise"

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On 4/18/2019 at 2:34 AM, jonesbooned said:

Cache drive: 1x512TB Crucial SSD

WOW - that is one big ass cache drive  /s 😜

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


  • PCs:-
  • AM4 1700 build https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/paddy.stone/saved/XyXyXL
  • ASUS x53e  - i7 2670QM / Sony BD writer x8 / Win 10, Elemetary OS, Ubuntu/ Samsung 830 SSD
  • Lenovo G50 - 8Gb RAM - Samsung 860 Evo 250GB SSD - DVD writer
  • Displays:-
  • Panasonic 55" 4k TV
  • LG 29" Ultrawide
  • Storage/NAS/Servers:-
  • Main Server - ASrock AB350M Pro 4 - AMD Athlon 200GE - 16GB DDR4 2133Mhz RAM - 240GB Crucial M500 SSD Boot Drive, running Windows 10, plex server - 4x 4TB Seagate Ironwolf HDDs.
  • Backup server - HP Proliant Gen 8 4 bay NAS running FreeNAS ZFS striped 3x3TiB WD reds
  • HP ProLiant G6 Server SE316M1 Twin Hex Core Intel Xeon E5645 2.40GHz 48GB RAM
  • Gaming/Tablets etc:-
  • Xbox One S 500GB + 2TB HDD
  • PS4
  • Nvidia Shield TV
  • Xiaomi/Pocaphone F1 128GB 6GB RAM
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
  • Lenovo k3 note
  • Windows tablet
  • Unused Hardware currently :-
  • i7 6700K  b250 mobo - Thermaltake Core V21-  EVGA Supernova G2 650W Gold PSU
  • AMD phenom II 1055t / 8GB RAM / DVD writer
  • Zotac GTX 1060 6GB Amp! edition x2
  • Zotac GTX 1050 mini
  • Nvidia Shield K1 tablet



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On 6/21/2019 at 1:01 AM, paddy-stone said:

WOW - that is one big ass cache drive  /s 😜

If it's legit I want one!

i7-4770k @4.2GHz w/1.24v, Noctua NH-U14S, Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87, 32GB DDR3 1600MHz w/1.56v, NVLink RTX2080Ti FE , RAID0 Samsung 840 Pro 256GB, RAID1 Samsung 850 Pro 512GB, Corsair RM650 PSU, Fractal Define R4

3x ASUS ROG PG279Q 144hz @7680x1440, Razer DeathAdder RGB Chroma, SteelSeries Apex M800 KB
Xeon E5-1650 v4 3.6GHz, Noctua U12DX i4, Crucial 32GB DDR4 2400MHz ECC Registered, Supermicro X10-SRi-F, IBM M1015 xF IT Mode, 12x WD Red Pro 8TB, 2x Samsung 960 Pro M.2 512GB, Corsair RM850 PSU, Corsair 900D, 3x Noctua NF-F12 PWM, 8x Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000, 1x NF-A14 PWM

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SERVER: IBM System x3650 M4 v2
CPU: 2 x Intel Xeon CPU E5-2680 @ 2.70GHz
RAM: 384GB
NIC: 3 x Intel X540-T2 10GB Dual Port Ethernet Adapter
RAID CARD 01: LSI SAS9207-8e 8-Port External HBA with "IT" firmware
RAID CARD 02: LSI SAS9207-8e 8-Port External HBA with "IT" firmware
RAID CARD 03: IBM M1015 with "IT" firmware
STORAGE: 3 x 36 Bay SuperMicro CSE-847E26-R1400LPB
SSD 01: 2 x 960GB ScanDisk Ultra II (SDSSDHI-960G)
SSD 02: 6 x 1TB Samsung SSD 860 EVO (MZ-76E1T0B/AM)
HHD 01: 66 x 5TB Toshiba X300 (HDWE150XZSTA)
HHD 02: 18 x 8TB WD 8TB My Book (WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN) shucked Ultrastar He10-8 SATA (WD80EZAZ)

SSD total capacity: 7.920TB (raw)
HHD total capacity: 474TB (raw)


Software and Configurations:
My IBM server is running FreeNAS 11.1-U7, the IBM backplane is connected to the internal IBM M1015 with the six SSD drives. In freenas it's setup with four vdevs (mirrored) with two drives per vdev, which is used for the virtual machines.


Next I have two LSI SAS9207-8e cards that connect externally with three SAS cables to the three 36 Bay SuperMicro CSE-847E26-R1400LPB which have a total of 84 drives. The 84 drives are setup in RAID-Z2, with 14 vdev's with six drives per vdev.


I present both zpools to vmware using iscsi, and the RAID-Z2 pool is setup for SMB.


I use the storage to run all my virtual machines in vmware and to hold my large media, basically I run my own personal dropbox (seafile), email, game servers etc.

I backup all the virtual machines to my RAID-Z2 pool, external qnap device, gdrive and LTO-6 tape drive.


Additonal info:
I currently have three esxi hosts connected to this storage, each esxi hosts has two Intel X540-T2 10GB cards to give me 40GB throughput for each hosts. My ISP provides 10G internet connect to the house.


Photo's/FreeNAS Info:

  pool: Raidz_2_SATA
 state: ONLINE
  scan: scrub repaired 0 in 1 days 19:02:24 with 0 errors on Tue Jul 16 19:02:30 2019

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  pool: Raidz_VMware_SSD
 state: ONLINE
  scan: resilvered 467G in 0 days 00:24:06 with 0 errors on Fri Jul 19 19:45:32 2019

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22 minutes ago, ITGuy1024 said:

Do we have to post our home / personal storage or can we post storage systems from our jobs. Asking for a friend...

Kind of cheating to post work systems. I don’t remember if the rules for this specifically prevent it, I know the Network Layout Showoff thread does.

Looking to buy GTX690, other multi-GPU cards, or single-slot graphics cards: 


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14 hours ago, ITGuy1024 said:

Do we have to post our home / personal storage or can we post storage systems from our jobs. Asking for a friend...

On first page, first post:

  • Do not post your company server (except the ones from Linus Media Group ;)), this is for private systems.

But I would like to see enterprise stuff from companies here on forums, maybe you can start new thread like "Company infra showcase" and if someone would pin it? it would be awesome.

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I believe this particular thread is to see what sort of crazy contraptions people come up with for home storage.  


While the massive rack mounts are impressive and I'm totally jealous of them, I personally like to flip through and examine a lot of the odd ones where people come up with unique solutions to stretch what is possible.

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  • Motherboard: Supermicro X9DRi-F
  • Backplane: BPN-SAS2-846EL1 24-port 4U SAS2 6Gbps single-expander backplane
  • HBA: LSI 9211-8i (IT Mode)
  • CPU: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2630L V2 (Low Power) Hex (6) Core 2.4Ghz
  • CPU coolers: Supermicro stock
  • Network: Mellanox MNPH29D-XTR ConnectX Dual Port SFP+ 10Gb
  • GPU: None
  • RAM: 64GB DDR3 (8 x 8GB - DDR3 - REG PC3-10600R (1333MHZ))
  • PSU: 2x 920Watt Power Supply PWS-920P-SQ Platinum
  • Boot drive: Samsung MUF-32AB/AM FIT Plus 32GB
  • Parity drives: 2x 10TB WD Gold
  • Storage drives: 5x 8TB HGST Ultrastar HE8
  • Storage drives: 1x 10TB WD Gold
  • Cache drives: 2x 240GB Intel S3520 SSD
  • Unassigned Devices drives: 2x 1TB Seagate Constellation.2 2.5" SAS (VM's) in RAID 1 using BTRFS
  • Case: Supermicro CSE-846

Total capacity: 70TB (raw), 50TB useable, Score: 50 * ln (6) = 89.5879734614


Software and Configuration:

UnRAID for about 2 months now which I moved to from a ReadyNAS RN516.  Nextcloud, Emby, LetsEncrypt w/ NGINX reverse proxy, and a couple of VM's.



Personal/Family/Friends NAS, Media Storage, Emby, Docker Host.



Backing up to the RN516 that was replaced.  RN516 is in JBOD mode with 3x10TB Easystore and 3x12TB Easystore drives.  I also backup offsite to work and have 3x8TB WD Red's for the important data.  Having 1000/250 FTTH internet helps with the offsite backups.


I also have a spare 12TB Easystore, 10TB Easystore, and 10TB WD UltraStar in case of drive failures that are cleared and ready to go.





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On 11/9/2014 at 7:06 PM, Danny91 said:

33  Danny91           22.0 TB Logic Case SC-4324 


Just an update i'm up to 26 TB now





7 x 3 TB

2 x 2 TB

1 x 1 TB

A quick question. I'm considering this case. How much clearence for coolers are there when things are mounted? The case claims to be 17.5cm in height and the be quiet pure rock I currently have are 15.5cm, so feels close. But even close could work :)

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On 12/9/2019 at 7:24 AM, inquam said:

A quick question. I'm considering this case. How much clearence for coolers are there when things are mounted? The case claims to be 17.5cm in height and the be quiet pure rock I currently have are 15.5cm, so feels close. But even close could work :)

the dude hasn't posted in 4 years. he isn't going to get back to you

Good luck, Have fun, Build PC, and have a last gen console for use once a year. I should answer most of the time between 9 to 3 PST

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Skunkworks: R5 3500U, 16gb, 250 intel 750, 500gb Adata XPG 6000 lite, Vega 8. HP probook G455R G6

Condor (MC server): 6600K, z170m plus, 16gb corsair vengeance LPX, samsung 750 evo, EVGA BR 450.

Compute server Rappter(remember to add link) HP DL380G6 2xE5520 24GB ram with 4x146gb 10k drives and 4x300gb 10K drives, running NOTHING can't get anything to work

WIP NAS Spirt Cisco Security Multiservices Platform server e5420 12gb ram, 1x6 1tb raid 6 for plex + Need funding 16+1 2tb raid 6 for mass storage.

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Didn't even realize this thread existed, but I figured I'd throw my hat in the ring! :D 



CASE: Rosewill RSV-L4412

PSU: Corsair RM1000i

MB: Supermicro X10SRL-F

CPU: Intel Xeon E5-2670 v3

HS: Noctua L9i

RAM: 48GB of Kingston 2666MHz DDR4 ECC

RAID CARD 1: none yet 😧

SSD: 1x 512GB Samsung 850 Evo

HDD 1: 4x 12TB Seagate Ironwolf Pro (ST12000NE0007)

HDD 2: 2x 8TB Seagate Barracuda (ST8000DM004)

HDD 3: 2x 4TB Seagate Barracuda (ST4000DM004)

HDD 4: 1x 4TB WD Black (WD4003FZEX)


This results in 76TB of raw capacity, and ~64TB of usable when configured with a single 12TB parity drive in Unraid.


Software and Configuration:

The server is running Unraid because of it's flexibility in terms of the drives installed and excellent data resilience. 

I have the array configured with 1 of the 12TB drives as parity, giving me ~64 TB of usable capacity.



- Backup server for all the devices in my house, and for some friends.

- Runs VMs for Hass.io, Unifi Controller, and some Linux test environments.

- Media (Plex server)



The entire array is backed up to Google drive weekly via rclone (I have a gigabit connection)


Additional info:





adding soon tm


Gaming Rig3900X, 32GB 3600MHz TridentZ, ROG 2080 Ti, 2*4TB Black, 1TB MP600

NAS: E5-2670v3, 48GB ECC, 76TB of HDD's: 3*4TB + 2*8TB + 4*12TB, 500GB 850 Evo Cache


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I should really update my storage server as well!



  • Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3950x
  • Cooling: Fractal Design Celsius S36 Triple AIO, 7 x Fractal Design Silent Series 120mm fans. 
  • Case: Fractal Design Define R6
  • Network: Built in NIC
  • RAM: 64GB DDR3 (4 x 16GB DDR4-3000 Corsair Vengeance LPX)
  • PSU: Corsair RM750x v2
  • HBA: LSI 9211-8i (IT Mode)
  • Boot drive: Kingston 32GB USB DataTraveler SE9
  • Storage drives: 8 x 8TB HGST Ultrastar HE10
  • Parity drives: 2 x 8TB HGST Ultrastar HE10
  • Cache drives: 1 x 500GB Gigabyte Aorus 500GB NVMe Gen4 SSD
  • VM Datastore drives: 2 x 1TB Crucial P1 1TB NVMe Gen3 SSD

Total capacity: 82.5TB (raw), 64TB useable space


Software and Configuration:

UnRAID for primary storage

ZFS installed for VM drives in a mirror raid which hold Dockers & VM's

Ubuntu 19.04 VM with Docker running Portainer, Plex, qBitTorrent, NZBGet, Sonarr, Radarr, Jackett, FileBot, Ombi, & Organizr v2

Ubuntu 18.04 VM as an Nginx Reverse Proxy for various services

Windows Server 2019 VM running various automation scripts i've created over time and as an RDP jumphost (via SSH tunnel) into my network for management. 



Media storage, Plex server, Download automation, Machine backup & VM testlab. 


This replaced my other 4 server machines which have been powered off.

Compute VM Servers were 2 x Dell R710 & 1 x Dell R610 w/ 2xXeon X5650, 64GB ECC DDR3 Ram & 5 x 500GB Samsung 850 EVOs each.

Storage Server was Asus Z8NA-D6C motherboard, 2 x Xeon X5650, 48GB ECC DDR3, 2 x 500GB Samsung 850 EVO's, 5 x 8TB Seagate Archives, 10 x 3TB WD Red, LSI 9271-8i Raid card w Intel RES240SV SAS expander, Corsair 400R case, Seasonic Focus Plus PSU & IcyDock hotswap bays. 













Desktop: Ryzen 7 2700x | Aorus X470 Gaming Ultra | EVGA RTX2080 Super | 32GB (4x8GB) Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 3200Mhz | Corsair H105 AIO, NZXT Sentry 3 | Corsair SP120's | 1TB Crucial P1 NVMe, 4TB WD Black | Phanteks Enthoo Pro | Corsair RM650v2 PSU | LG 32" 32GK850G Monitor | Ducky Shine 3 Keyboard, Logitech G502, MicroLab Solo 7C Speakers, Razer Goliathus Extended, X360 Controller | Windows 10 Pro | SteelSeries Siberia 350 Headphones



Server 1: Fractal Design Define R6 | Ryzen 3950x | ASRock X570 Taichi | EVGA GTX1070 FTW | 64GB (4x16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz | Corsair RM650w | Fractal S36 Triple AIO | 10 x 8TB HGST Ultrastar He10 (WD Whitelabel) | 500GB Aorus Gen4 NVMe | 2 x 1TB Crucial P1 NVMe | LSI 9211-8i HBA


Server 2: Corsair 400R | IcyDock MB998SP & MB455SPF | Seasonic Focus Plus 650w PSU | 2 x Xeon E5540's | 48GB DDR3-ECC | Asus Z8NA-D6C Motherboard | AOC-SAS2LP-MV8 | LSI MegaRAID 9271-8i | RES2SV240 SAS Expander | Samsung 840Evo 120GB | 5 x 8TB Seagate Archives | 10 x 3TB WD Red


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