Got my 2 Reverse Breakout cables from Chris today, so I'm in the process of installing 8 more drives into my case. Only have 1 left to do as of this update, and my total drive space is now up to 18.2TB. Thanks Chris!
I've also made a decision to future proof my motherboard choice. The motherboard has to be the most important thing in the case, as without it you don't have anything to connect all your parts to. As I mentioned before, I'm not all worried about things like Hypervisor or EXSi or any of those lab type requirements. It's just a simple file server for streaming content on the network, and the nightly computer backups. HOWEVER, I don't want some piddly-ass cheap piece of junk either. It needs to be future proof for upgrades down the line. I still agree with Chris's suggestion of using the ASRock Rack board, and the E3C224 models seem to have what I would need. USB3 (future!), PCIe AND PCI slots (past!). The -4L model has 4 lan NICs as compared to the original one that only had 2. So I think I'm going to go with that one. I think with the Teaming functionality, it will help improve overall network performance. I also considered the cost, and the -4L is only about $50 or so more, and the extra benefits justify it I think. The only nagging thing I have is the future proof for the CPU. I looked at the qualified CPU list, and based on what's currently available, it looks like the BEST I can do would be the "Intel Xeon E3-1276 v3 Haswell 3.6GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1150 84W Server Processor BX80646E31276V3". I was kinda bummed about that, since I've been researching processors and like how the E5's are HUGE on their L3 Cache, but they're also HUGE on their prices (like $1.5k for a top of the line). So I think in the end, I can justify saving up and spending $350 for the E3 down the line.
Since I'm still in the "save up" mode for the mobo/cpu/ram combo.. does anybody have any suggestions on something better before I pull the trigger? Here's the basics of what I think I need:
- ATX/mATX/EBB Form Factor (to fit in the Norco 4224 case)
- 1 PCIe 8x slot (RAID Controller [Chris's MegaRaid M105 card])
- 1 PCIe 8x slot (SAS Expander [will buy after everything else (HP 24-36 drive with external SAS for additional addon case later if needed)])
- 1 SATA (for OS SSD Drive)
- 1 SATA (for future proofed OS SSD Mirror?)
- 1 SATA (for future proofed DrivePool SSD Optimize [still need to learn what that's all about])
- 2 USB Pin Headers (for front of case keyboard/mouse)
- 1 IPMI Port (sounds cool, would like to utilize it)
- 2+ NICs (for enhanced stability and throughput on the LAN)
I think that's it. Not really a big list. That's why I think the mobo I'm looking at will be perfect.
EDIT -> Anybody ever dealt with SuperBiiz? When I go to pcpartpicker.com and look at builds other people have done, and check out the prices of their parts, I'm constantly seeing a major price discount with SuperBiiz as compared to the "Big Two" of NewEgg and TigerDirect. They're a Google Trusted Store, so that's gotta mean something. I'm just curious how their company is, and how we they would handle DOA shipments and RMA's should an issue come up.