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tenbriz

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Hey everybody,

I'm currently in the middle of building my own home server.
My main purpose is of course to have a NAS system for backups. I would also like
to run a few VMs along with it (maybe ESXi with FreeNAS virtualized).

I would appreciate if you would look at the components i chose to give
me some advice on what do change or if they're good enough to go with.

Board
Supermicro X11SSM-F (Link)
CPU
Intel Xeon E3-1240 v6 (BX80677E31240V6) (Link)
Memory (2x 16GB)
Crucial DIMM 16 GB DDR4-2400 ECC REG (CT16G4RFS424A) (Link)
Boot Disk
Samsung 860 EVO 250 GB (Link)
Internal Disks (4x)

Western Digital WD40EFRX 4 TB (Link)
Case
Silverstone CS380 (Link)
Power
Seasonic PRIME Ultra 550 W Gold (Link)

For fans I would primarly go for ones from Noctua, especially for the CPU cooler.

Thank you in advance.
 

Inxsible

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Memory (2x 16GB)
Crucial DIMM 16 GB DDR4-2400 ECC REG (CT16G4RFS424A) (Link)
Your selected board and selected RAM are not compatible. You need Unbuffered RAM for the X11SSM-F. The one you listed is Registered.
Boot Disk
Samsung 860 EVO 250 GB (Link)
Too big. Find a 120GB for cheaper.

Internal Disks (4x)
western digital WD40EFRX 4 TB (Link)
Case
Silverstone CS380 (Link)
Power
Seasonic PRIME Ultra 550 W Gold (Link)
How many drives do you intend to put in this eventually? I know you said you wanted 4 for now. Your selected PSU is plenty for that.

But if you are going to populate all 8 bays eventually(~30W each spin up power requirement) and also put in drives in the two 5.25 bays, you will need an HBA (10-15W). Then your PSU might need an upgrade. Adding up all the power requirements given this scenario would need

  • board -- 25W
  • cpu - 72W
  • RAM - ~4W per DIMM
  • 10 HDDs - 30W (spin up) -- 6W-7W (usage)
  • Boot SSD - 3W
  • case fans - your case has 3 1200RPM fans -- ~6W each
  • HBA - 10W-15W

Total comes to 441W (assuming 2 DIMMs) which is about 80% power draw from a 550W PSU at startup. There might be other components/peripherals that I have not taken into account. So to future proof it, I would look for a slightly higher wattage. Say about 650W-700W
 
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tenbriz

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Hi Inxsible, thanks for your feedback.

According to your suggestions I changed following components:

Memory (2x 16GB)
Crucial 16GB DDR4-2400 ECC UDIMM (CT16G4WFD824A) (Link)
Power
Seasonic PRIME Ultra 650W 80+ Gold (Link)
I'm not really looking forward to fully populate the case. But nevertheless it's a good thing to be future proof.
Boot Disk
Intel 545s 128GB (Link)
I'm not quite sure with the Intel SSD. It should be good, because it's Intel of course. But it's still more expensive than other competitors.
Is there a big difference between the manufactures in case of speed and survivability?
 

Inxsible

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Intel 545s 128GB (Link)
I'm not quite sure with the Intel SSD. It should be good, because it's Intel of course. But it's still more expensive than other competitors.
Is there a big difference between the manufactures in case of speed and survivability?
I would just use the cheapest among Crucial, Micron, AData, Samsung and Intel. Most times that would be AData or Crucial which will be the cheapest among them.
 
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