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Turning old "high end" pc into a Freenas.

Hello!.

i was wondering what kind of hardware issues i might run into when setting up Freenas on my old gaming pc. 

 

it's got a RIVE x79 with a 3960x. Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600MHz, samsung 870 ssd and a handful of WD Black 2TB's 

 

tried to look around for some hardware "limitations" but didn't really find anything specific on different forums. 

 

Thanks! 

 

 
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13 minutes ago, Norwegiantweaker said:

Hello!.

i was wondering what kind of hardware issues i might run into when setting up Freenas on my old gaming pc. 

 

it's got a RIVE x79 with a 3960x. Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600MHz, samsung 870 ssd and a handful of WD Black 2TB's 

 

tried to look around for some hardware "limitations" but didn't really find anything specific on different forums. 

 

Thanks! 

 

You mean aside from being overkill? NAS boxes don't need much power

So rise up, all ye lost ones, as one, we'll claw the clouds

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That's a very beefy system for a simple NAS, but it should work fine. I don't see why it wouldn't. Even my old Core 2 Duo based NAS saturates the gigabit link it has when reading from it, and it almost saturates it when writing as well. 

Main System: Phobos

AMD Ryzen 7 2700 (8C/16T), ASRock B450 Steel Legend, 16GB G.SKILL Aegis DDR4 3000MHz, AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB (XFX), 960GB Crucial M500, 2TB Seagate BarraCuda, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations/macOS Catalina

 

Secondary System: York

Intel Core i7-2600 (4C/8T), ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3, 16GB GEIL Enhance Corsa DDR3 1600MHz, Zotac GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB, 240GB ADATA Ultimate SU650, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

 

General Use Mac: Mid 2011 27" Apple iMac

Intel Core i5-2400 (4C/4T), 16GB Various DDR3 1067MHz, AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1GB, 500GB Crucial MX500, 1TB Seagate Barracuda, macOS High Sierra 10.13.6/Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8

 

Mac mini (Used as macOS server): Late 2009 Mac mini 3,1

Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 (2C/2T), 8GB DDR3 1067MHz, NVIDIA GeForce 9400 256MB, 480GB OWC Mercury Electra 3G, macOS Sierra 10.12

 

Storage Server: Clover (soon to be retired after more than a decade of reliable operation)

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (2C/2T), 8GB DDR2 800MHz, 160GB Western Digital Caviar SE (boot), 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue (2x, storage), FreeNAS 11.3-U1

 

Main Laptop: Mid 2017 13" Apple MacBook Pro

Intel Core i5-7360U (2C/4T), 8GB LPDDR3 2133MHz, Intel Iris Plus 640, 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD, macOS Mojave 10.14

 

Machines below are in use on a temporary basis for Folding@home work

 

Folding Box 1: Dell OptiPlex 990 SFF

Intel Core i5-2400 (4C/4T), 16GB DDR3 1333MHz, MSI GeForce GT 710 2GB, 1TB Samsung 860 EVO, Windows 8.1 Pro

 

Folding Box 2: Lenovo ThinkCentre M73

Intel Core i5-4430 (4C/4T), 8GB DDR3 1600MHz, 500GB WD Caviar Blue, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

 

Folding Box 3: Dell Precision Workstation T3500

Intel Xeon X5675 (6C/12T), 24GB DDR3 1333MHz, AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB, 500GB Seagate BarraCuda, Windows 8.1 Pro

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8 minutes ago, Radium_Angel said:

You mean aside from being overkill? NAS boxes don't need much power

 

6 minutes ago, ProjectBox153 said:

That's a very beefy system for a simple NAS, but it should work fine. I don't see why it wouldn't. Even my old Core 2 Duo based NAS saturates the gigabit link it has when reading from it, and it almost saturates it when writing as well. 

oh i know it's absolutely overpowered for its use.

i just don't have anything better to do with the machine.

i was just concerned with running freenas on.

it it's my understanding that linux doesn't like to be ran on just anything or is that more from a consumer standpoint perhaps ?

 
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22 minutes ago, Norwegiantweaker said:

 

oh i know it's absolutely overpowered for its use.

i just don't have anything better to do with the machine.

i was just concerned with running freenas on.

it it's my understanding that linux doesn't like to be ran on just anything or is that more from a consumer standpoint perhaps ?

FreeNAS should work perfectly fine. It runs on a very wide variety of computers. I run it on a 12 year old office computer with absolutely no issues apart from a failing power supply. 

Main System: Phobos

AMD Ryzen 7 2700 (8C/16T), ASRock B450 Steel Legend, 16GB G.SKILL Aegis DDR4 3000MHz, AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB (XFX), 960GB Crucial M500, 2TB Seagate BarraCuda, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations/macOS Catalina

 

Secondary System: York

Intel Core i7-2600 (4C/8T), ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3, 16GB GEIL Enhance Corsa DDR3 1600MHz, Zotac GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB, 240GB ADATA Ultimate SU650, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

 

General Use Mac: Mid 2011 27" Apple iMac

Intel Core i5-2400 (4C/4T), 16GB Various DDR3 1067MHz, AMD Radeon HD 6970M 1GB, 500GB Crucial MX500, 1TB Seagate Barracuda, macOS High Sierra 10.13.6/Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8

 

Mac mini (Used as macOS server): Late 2009 Mac mini 3,1

Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 (2C/2T), 8GB DDR3 1067MHz, NVIDIA GeForce 9400 256MB, 480GB OWC Mercury Electra 3G, macOS Sierra 10.12

 

Storage Server: Clover (soon to be retired after more than a decade of reliable operation)

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (2C/2T), 8GB DDR2 800MHz, 160GB Western Digital Caviar SE (boot), 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue (2x, storage), FreeNAS 11.3-U1

 

Main Laptop: Mid 2017 13" Apple MacBook Pro

Intel Core i5-7360U (2C/4T), 8GB LPDDR3 2133MHz, Intel Iris Plus 640, 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD, macOS Mojave 10.14

 

Machines below are in use on a temporary basis for Folding@home work

 

Folding Box 1: Dell OptiPlex 990 SFF

Intel Core i5-2400 (4C/4T), 16GB DDR3 1333MHz, MSI GeForce GT 710 2GB, 1TB Samsung 860 EVO, Windows 8.1 Pro

 

Folding Box 2: Lenovo ThinkCentre M73

Intel Core i5-4430 (4C/4T), 8GB DDR3 1600MHz, 500GB WD Caviar Blue, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

 

Folding Box 3: Dell Precision Workstation T3500

Intel Xeon X5675 (6C/12T), 24GB DDR3 1333MHz, AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB, 500GB Seagate BarraCuda, Windows 8.1 Pro

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Only thing I would suggest is running FreeNAS on a thumb drive so you don't unnecessarily waste the capacity of your hard drives.

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15 hours ago, bearFNF said:

Only thing I would suggest is running FreeNAS on a thumb drive so you don't unnecessarily waste the capacity of your hard drives.

what do you mean ?. can i not have it on a SSD and still use some of the ssd space ? 

 

 
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15 minutes ago, Norwegiantweaker said:

what do you mean ?. can i not have it on a SSD and still use some of the ssd space ? 

 

A boot drive can be used for boot only, so if you install it onto a ssd, that extra space can't be used for something else.

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On 1/22/2021 at 2:37 PM, Norwegiantweaker said:

Hello!.

i was wondering what kind of hardware issues i might run into when setting up Freenas on my old gaming pc. 

 

it's got a RIVE x79 with a 3960x. Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600MHz, samsung 870 ssd and a handful of WD Black 2TB's 

 

tried to look around for some hardware "limitations" but didn't really find anything specific on different forums. 

 

Thanks! 

 

Just do a mem test, especially if you have overclocked your memory at some point. Bad non-ECC memory can introduce bit rot errors to your pool, and corrupt data.

 

As for other hardware issues, I don't see what else would cause issues. ZFS is pretty good at kicking out bad drives so you'll find out soon enough if any issues arise.

 

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On 1/24/2021 at 6:06 PM, Electronics Wizardy said:

A boot drive can be used for boot only, so if you install it onto a ssd, that extra space can't be used for something else.

interesting. boot drive will be purchased in that case. thanks for the heads up 🙂 

 
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It should run fine. Although I think freeNAS and ZFS especially is overkill for the homelab enviroment. You pay quite a hefty ZSF-Tax when doing any kind of upgrade later down the road. For referernce: https://louwrentius.com/the-hidden-cost-of-using-zfs-for-your-home-nas.html

 

You might want to look into more flexible solutions like linux with snapraid/mergerFS or unraid although the latter is not free. If you still like a one stop shop that is free look into openmediavault. It runs debian linux under the hood so you should not run into any hardware/driver issues. Which is a slight risk with freeNAS since it is freeBSD under the hood.

 

Since the machine is overkill and is going to sit idle for 99% of the time, be sure to remove any overclock you had. You could even consider undervolting and or downclocking your hardware to save a bit on power consumption.

 

 

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