Server Hardware Help

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New Member
Mar 16, 2022
Hi All,

I have been attempting to plan my server build for a few weeks, I know what I want it to do, but I don't know what components to use. My real problems finding the CPU/MOBO, but if you see any other glaring problems I would appreciate your input. I have a budget of around £1500-£2000. I am in the UK. I live in a rented apartment, so I am going the DIY approach for ease of transport, Less Noise etc. I do care about the power consumption, but its not a show stopper for me, as long as the idle power draw isn't absurd.

Main Use:
  • Proxmox as HV
  • TrueNAS VM/Container - ZFS 3x HDD RAIDZ1 w/ SSD cache.
  • Nextcloud
  • Bitwarden
  • Sonarr/Radarr
  • Self-hosting
  • 1x Windows Server VM - Tinkering
  • 1x Linux VM
Current Build Plan:
  • Case : Fractal Design Define R5
  • CPU: ?
  • RAM: DDR4 32GB ECC (16GB for NAS/ZFS and 16GB for everything else)
  • MOBO: ?
  • Storage: 3x Seagate Ironwolf 8TB & 1x 1TB M.2 NVMe (Boot) & 1x 250GB SSD
  • PSU: Corsair RM550x
What I need from CPU/MOBO:
  • IPMI
  • 8-10 SATA ports (Future expansion of NAS)
  • 1-2x M.2 connections
  • DDR4 RAM
  • Xeon Processor - <95 TDP

I appreciate any help you can give.