Hi Evan, So kind of you to reply to my thread. New if possible - This is for home system to connect SATA drives and I would like to get the SATA adaptors onboard - may be 8 ports onboard and then two USB onboard so that I can boot off the USBs?New or used ?
E5 Xeon of v3/v5 it scalable Xeon would do the trick or a c3000 board, not much else has 10x sata3 that comes to mind. Of course can also get boards with sas adapters.
5 users - 2 Plex Streams - Yes, I wold like to do some VMs also. Network is simple home router from BT.How many users? What type of usage are you expecting (e.g., plain files, music/video streaming, virtual machines, etc.)? What's the network look like? Will it be providing only file services, or do you plan to also run containers/apps such as Plex on the same box?
Is that VMs inside FreeNas ? Or FreeNas and others as VM inside another Hypervisor (->you'd need a seperate HBA then to pass through to FreeNas).5 users - 2 Plex Streams - Yes, I wold like to do some VMs also. Network is simple home router from BT.
VMs inside FreeNASIs that VMs inside FreeNas ? Or FreeNas and others as VM inside another Hypervisor (->you'd need a seperate HBA then to pass through to FreeNas).
I'll assume the former, then this only adds RAM requirements.
I'll spare you then lengthy technical discussion that I had just typed and ask for the most important thing - budget?
Board + CPU + RAM (lets say X10SRA + E5-1650v3/v4 + 64GB RAM) will set you back a grand easily (if buying new)
I live in a 2 Bed room apartment with wife and 2 kids - so, don't have a dedicated room to keep it. Thus, I would like to have a fairly silent box. House ambient temperature is never above 25c/77FBoard does not matter for AES-NI, only CPU.
What about thermal/noise issues? Different room/storage closet or next to you?
Sir - I haven't finalized a case - last 3 days wandering on the net to get some clues. I am one sandwich short of a banquet when it comes to the tech on MB, CPU and cases etc - please forgive me.So what case have you envisioned for 10 drives? I assume no rackmount then ...
And any particular reason not to get a board with a HBA or onboard SAS? Would offer many more options than focussing on 10 SATA ports onboard
does it support encryption and VMs? also IPMI?If it is for a home media server then I recommend a supermicro X11SSL-CF or X11SSH-CTF paired with an E3-12X5 cpu. Start with 32gb ram and then add another 32 if needed.
Plex can use the built in graphics in the E3 for hardware decoding. The board has an onboard HBA and 6 or 8 SATA ports. The heatsink included with the E3 cpu is decent.
If you don't care about hotswap bays then the fractal definite R5 us a small very quiet case with 8 3.5, 2 2.5 and 2 5.25 bays.
I just built this exact setup with an E3-1245 for a friend. I also use a similar setup for my main home server AIO but with an E3-1275 in a rackmount 846 chassis. Its been running solid for several months now.