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Summary So Far:

 

So I'm wanting to do a server using unRAID, I'm going to be storing a lot of media on there (thinking I want 60TB+ usable w/ 2x parity). I haven't made up my mind on what HDD I'm going to be using for the mass storage part or for the cache drive and such. But I'm also going to have this VM server capable of gaming, this is why I'm choosing unRAID. So I will load the VM along w/ any games onto the SSD pool.

 

HDD Connection:

 

Now I'm stumped on the hardware, I was thinking I was wanting to go SAS due to it seeming better and the drives aren't really that much more expensive. But it kind of limits my further hardware options as far as motherboards go. I'm not sure if I should get a RAID card or what to get more space (I might be using 8+ drives).

 

Processors:

 

I'm also torn between AMD and Intel for platform. The AMD Ryzen seems like a solid contender for high core count, and high core clock that would benefit gaming on it, also supports ECC RAM if I decided to go that route. Whereas the Xeon line is just getting REALLY expensive if you want a high core clock, but with the somewhat recent i9 release there is high core count and decent core clock, but I think it was for the Xeon line but maybe i9 line where only a certain amount of cores in use can go to the max turbo frequency of 4ghz+ or if all cores are in use then it can only do ~3ghz or something? Not sure on that. The i9 also doesn't support ECC memory but I'm pretty sure it supports all the other needed VM features.

 

RAM:

 

Now onto the RAM, I'm not sure if I should even really consider ECC RAM. The additional cost seems minor and I plan on running my server 24/7/365, but I'm not running anything mission critical. So I don't know if I should make it a factor at all. I'd like a minimum of 128GB RAM with ability to expand if needed.

 

Motherboards:

 

I remember looking at Intel's server boards and liking them a lot more than the current offering for AMD Ryzen, the AMD Ryzen platform has all this stupid junk on it like RGB and such and not really geared towards server use it seems like. Otherwise having some of the newest technologies on the board would be ideal along w/ some M.2 slots to spare my limited SAS/SATA space.

 

Cases:

 

Something that stores 8+ drives and can hold a video card. Hot swap would be convenient, I don't think redundant PSU or anything like that would be really necessary. Not really sure what else I would need.

 

Fans:

 

I'm open to whatever, I'll probably store this in a closet but where I'm living now my closets are relatively close to where I am and having a silent setup where I'm working is HIGHLY preferred.

 

Closing:

 

I'm really looking forward to your opinions on this matter, I've been thinking about this and keep getting stuck at this point. Just remember I'm wanting to be able to game on this through VM so high core clock is VERY important. All reasonable suggestions will be recognized accordingly.

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Date: Nov 17, 2017   


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