Discussion on parts and freenas VDev configuration for 10g Editing NAS

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Feb 3, 2021
Hello everyone:

I'm looking at building my first freenas Storage server to store finished projects and edit directly out of. I've decided to go about DIYing it after being unimpressed by the performance/price of Synology and QNAP solutions. My goal for this build was to come up with a more powerful solution than an 8 Bay Synology/Qnap for either the same price or cheaper and I think this hardware achieves that. I mean a Synology DS1821+ with 16gb of ram and 2x 10g card comes in at 2000 € without the drives, which is pretty much equivalent to this build.

Here's the configuration I'm considering:

Cache drives: Samsung MZ-V7E500BW 970 EVO 500GB NVMe M.2 Internal SSD Black Qty: 2 €145,84
Noctua NF-S12A PWM Case Fan 120 mm Qty: 4 €79,60
Ram: Timetec Hynix IC 16GB DDR4 2400MHz PC4-19200 Unbuffered ECC 1.2V CL17 2Rx8 Dual Rank 288 Pin UDIMM Server Memory Upgrade 16GB, Qty: 1 €103.99
PSU: SilverStone SST-ST45SF-G v 2.0 - SFX Series, 450W 80 Plus Gold Whisper Quiet PC Power Supply with 80mm Fan, 100% Modular, Qty: 1 €82.90
Boot Drives: Crucial BX500 CT120BX500SSD1 120GB Internal SSD (3D NAND, SATA, 2.5-inch), Qty: 2 €42.00
10GTEK MiniSAS SFF 8643 Cable Qty: 2 €32.99
SoC Motherboards: ASRock D1541D4U-2T8R ATX Motherboard Qty: 1 €1,137.62
Seagate Ironwolf 8TB Qty: 3 €662,31
Case: SilverStone SST-CS381 - Case Storage ATX Midi Tower Computer Case, Black Inside, Supports 8 x 3.5 Inch or 2.5 Inch Hot-Swap Hard Drive Slots, Lockable Front Door, Black, Qty: 1 €299.00

Subtotal (16 items): €2,586.23

I already own 5 Ironwolf 8tb Drives, that's why there's only 3 on that list.
Alternatively I'm also considering the following parts instead of the D1541D4U-2T8R:

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8x 3.60GHz So.AM4 TRAY € 291,62*
be quiet! Pure Loop 120mm (BW005) € 74,49*
ASRock Mainboard X570D4U-2L2T 475,57 €
LSI Logic SAS 9300-8i SGL 2 Port Multi-lane PCIe 3.0 x8 Low Profile retail € 282,09*

Total: € 1.123,77

Interestingly it comes to a very similar price between Xeon and the Ryzen, so I'm really undecided between the two and would like your input. What concerns me about the ASRock D1541D4U-2T8R SoC is that it's a 5-year-old platform (curiously it's what the Synology 1621xs+ uses) and being an SoC if the CPU or anything on the board fail's the whole thing needs to be replaced and at quite a cost.

Also, I would love general input about my component selection, perhaps I'm way off in some things, or you have knowledge of something better?

The inspiration for these parts come from STH's 2020 DIY NAS build guide, that article was what even made me aware of the Xeon D platform as well as they recommended Hardware articles for freenas.