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  1. That is false information though. You do not need 2 CPUs in a dual socket motherboard.
    What happens when you use only one CPU is that often some of the PCIe slots won't work (as they are wired to CPU2) and half the RAM slots won't work.

  2. Update #1 


    Long time since I've posted here and the storage situation has changed quite a lot. Gotten an interest in rack servers and I now have had a Dell PowerEdge R515 as my dedicated storage server for almost a year.


    Old post



    Server: Dell PowerEdge R515

    CPU: 2x AMD Opteron 4174 HE

    RAM: 32 GB DDR3 ECC

    Controller/HBA: H200 (IT mode)


    SSD 1: 128 GB Lenovo Branded Samsung

    HDD 1: 4 TB Seagate Barracuda 5900 RPM
    HDD 2: 4 TB Seagate Barracuda 5900 RPM

    HDD 3: 4 TB Seagate Barracuda  5900 RPM

    HDD 4: 4 TB Seagate Barracuda  5900 RPM

    HDD 5: 3 TB Seagate Barracuda  5900 RPM

    HDD 6: 3 TB Seagate Barracuda  5900 RPM

    HDD 7: 3 TB Seagate Barracuda  5900 RPM

    HDD 8: 3 TB Seagate Consellation  7200 RPM

    HDD 9: 8 TB Seagate Archive 5900 RPM

    HDD 10: 8 TB Seagate Archive 5900 RPM

    HDD 11: 8 TB Seagate Archive 5900 RPM

    HDD 12: 8 TB Seagate Archive 5900 RPM

    Total storage: 60 TB


    Software and Configuration:

    The server is running FreeNAS 11.1 and I chose FreeNAS as I wanted ZFS for the additional data security and just to try something else than Windows.

    The SSD is just sitting there unused as I would have to move the ESXi server that is on top away to take it out.

    HDDs are set up in 3x ZPools:

    • 4x3 TB drives RAIDz1 (RAID5) for 9 TB formatted.
    • 4x4 TB drives RAIDz1 (RAID5) for 12 TB formatted.
    • 4x8 TB drives RAIDz2 (RAID6) for 16 TB formatted.

    In total I end up with 60 TB raw or 37 TB formatted (bit less due to using ZFS). 


    Storing personal files, backups for family, media and Veeam backups (VMs) .


    The most important files are backed up to Google Drive.





    Front of servers. R515 on the bottom and a Supermicro server on the top with dual E5-2650L and 128 GB RAM running ESXi. 


    Available space isn't a luxury, but it has to be in a separate room due to noise so I took the best I had available.






    Rackable SGI SE3016 waiting to be used once I get another HBA for it which will allow for more expansion.





  3. Hardware:

    CASE: Fractal Design Define R4

    PSU: Corsair CX500M

    MB: Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R

    CPU: Intel Core i7-920

    HS: Nexus FLC-3000 Real Silent

    RAM: 16GB DDR3

    Network: D-Link DGE-528T
    GPU: Evga GT210 (no onboard video)

    HDD 1: 3TB ST3000DM0012D1CH166

    HDD 2: 4 TB ST4000DM0002D1F2168


    HDD 4: 2 TB WDC_WD2003FYYS2D02W0B1

    HDD 5: 500 GB SAMSUNG_HD502HJ

    HDD 6: 600 GB WDC_WD6000HLHX2D01JJPV0

    Total storage: 12.1 TB



    Software and Configuration:
    The server is running ESXi 5.5.0 but the VM that acts as a fileserver is running Windows Server 2012R2.
    Some of the drives are mirrored but I should try to do something about my configuration so that all data is mirrored.

    There are 2 drives in the case that arent connected because of the controller not supporting 8 SATA ports in ESXi. Considering buying a HBA.


    Storing personal files, backup and virtualization.


    The most important files are backed up to Dropbox. Trying to decide backup provider for everything.


    (I should probably take a better picture)





  4. You don't need any special as long as you don't use ZFS (then you need ECC RAM and a motherboard that supports it). Just grab a cheap Intel Pentium processor that doesn't use a lot of power, a decent power supply with as many SATA power cables as possible, cheap motherboard with a lot of SATA port and like 2 GB RAM.

  5. You can get some LSI RAID controllers pretty cheap from Ebay. Here is an example, the performance wont be the best you can get but probably more than good enough and it supports RAID 5 and 6. You also need a SFF-8087 to SATA cable. I'm not sure if it is safe to go with cheap cables or not...