I am shooting for a raid 5 NAS server to keep all my media in one place. Planning on going with 4 1 terabyte hard drives. I have an old thermaltake soprano case that i am going to shove all the stuff in. I want to go hardware raid if it cheap, but i will go software raid using some linux version if need be for the price.
I would like to get a server motherboard with ECC memory. Leaning towards a xeon. I was thinking about buying a dedicated raid card, but i am debating getting a motherboard with 6 or sata ports and just doing raid 5 from that.
well this is what i have in my cart so far.
and if i get a raid i want at least 6 ports in case i need more room in the future.
not for sure what linux verison i want either at the moment. I want to be able to still burn dvd's and download stuff on this pc as well since it will be on 24/7 anyways. So FreeNAS is out of the question.
Although maybe could i use the processor, motherboard, and ram in my signature for the bones of the server and just buy a raid card for it. And then i buy my self a new gaming motherboard and processor and ram for my self. So u guys believe my gaming motherboard would be good enough for a decent server?
4x Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
AMD 64 x2 5000+ BE Zalman 9700
OCZ 700 watt Power Supply
2x1 gig OCZ 800mhz dual channel ram
Custom John Deere
DFI Infinity NF UlTRAII-M2 motherboard
20" Benq Monitor
320 gig Seagate hard drive, 1000gig internal Western Digital, 500gig MyBook
My John Deere Case==> http://hickfarm.com/blog/?cat=7