User:Tim/NFS server build

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The goal of this project is to create 2 identical NFS servers from standard parts, having roughly 20-30TB of robust storage each, for a cost of under $4000 each. One of the two will be built first to ensure compatibility of parts, and to make any necessary adjustments to the build, following which the other will be built to the final working specifications of the first.

Contents

Drives

Storage: 10 or 12 of one of the following:

Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB - 5400rpm, $150, cheapest 3TB from Western Digital

Hitachi Deskstar 3TB - 7200rpm, $180, cheapest 7200rpm 3TB on newegg

Hitachi Deskstar 3TB - 5400rpm, $130, cheapest 3TB on newegg

Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB - 7200rpm, $215, cheapest Seagate 3TB on newegg


Boot drives: 0 or 2 of one of the following:

OCZ Vertex 30GB SSD - $85, cheap but reputable solid state drive with okay performance (again, per Tom's Hardware Guide) and enough size for OS, will outperform rotational disks for booting

OCZ Vertex 2 40GB SSD - $105, slightly more space and significantly higher specifications than the above OCZ Vertex

OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD - $120, slightly more space, and better sustained write, nearly equivalent to Vertex 2E series

OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD - $135, SATA III boosts speed to nearly double the Vertex 2, if motherboard supports SATA III

Seagate Barracuda 250GB - $37, cheap (slow) hard drive to let the OS boot without the SATA controller expansion card operating

Case

Lian Li aluminum ATX full tower - $320, toolless case, recommended by Jon S

Drive bays

12 of Kingwin hotswap rack - $19, has activity and power lights for each disk, activity light will help for locating a failed disk.

Power supply

PC Power and Cooling "Silencer mkII" 650W - $95, single high current 12V rail at up to 46 amps, WD Caviar green only needs 21 amps if all spin up at once

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