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New to NAS's..

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I've come to the conclusion that my hard drives are just too loud and annoying. I want a NAS to store all of my hard drive info. But I have a few questions. 

 

First i I need a NAS with space for two 4TB drives for redundancy. I have a gigabit LAN port in my motherboard.. could I use an ssd as cache? Any reccomendations? I'll mainly keep basic files but I'll also render my videos to it. Would that cause too much stress?

 

also just curious if I could game over a NAS? Obviously wouldn't be ideal for games but big loading times but for pretty basic games would there be any additional latency?

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Basically any NAS will work, you can purchase them without drives and with drives installed. As for using a SSD for cache (i might be wrong) to my knowledge that can kill SSD's, at least I had it happen to me, but it can be done but didn't make a large overall performance upgrade. 

 

Gaming over a NAS? I feel that would have too large of a delay to get from the NAS to your PC, and add to the latency. It can be done but it's system dependant.

Here's just a basic 2 pay NAS enclosure: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA10V3ZU6857&cm_re=nas_enclosure-_-0VN-000U-00008-_-Product

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UnRAID is what I use for my Steam server. You will need to add GPU's to the server so that your VM's can use them.

https://lime-technology.com/

 

I'd recommend getting three drives for RAID 5 as the array will be safe if one drive goes down.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID#Standard_levels

 

Head on over to PC partpicker and start build a system around a A: 1231v3 with ECC-compatible RAM and motherboard and B: 1231v3 without "". UnRAID does not explicitly require ECC.

 

Edit: As far as latency goes, almost none. My server is wired through a switch to wall-plates throughout the house at 1Gb/s and latency is hardly noticeable even on the living room HTPC which is wireless.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
9 hours ago, ARikozuM said:

UnRAID is what I use for my Steam server. You will need to add GPU's to the server so that your VM's can use them.

https://lime-technology.com/

 

I'd recommend getting three drives for RAID 5 as the array will be safe if one drive goes down.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID#Standard_levels

 

Head on over to PC partpicker and start build a system around a A: 1231v3 with ECC-compatible RAM and motherboard and B: 1231v3 without "". UnRAID does not explicitly require ECC.

 

Edit: As far as latency goes, almost none. My server is wired through a switch to wall-plates throughout the house at 1Gb/s and latency is hardly noticeable even on the living room HTPC which is wireless.

Thank you! The only thing is I'd rather has a simple NAS than a server/system. My PC is pretty amazing I just want to externalize my storage. We have a fireproof safe with an Ethernet out, so I'd love to use that. Mainly to save on cost and energy consumption, but also because too much heat in that safe won't be good. Haha. 

 

Do do you think your typical small NAS over LAN would have the same letency? I mean Ethernet is pretty fast I don't see why anything would go wrong. 

 

Also i I was thinking RAID 5, but RAID 1 would be better for me right now, since I can have two exact copies. If one goes down the other can rebuild, correct? I understand redundancy is not a backup, that's why I have a 4TB external hard drive I backup to every once in a while. :)

 

what do you think?

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