- Intel Xeon X5650 @ 2.66ghz*
- Asus P6T Deluxe
- 12GB DDR3 1600 (Non ECC**)
- EVGA GT 610
- Enermax ETS-N31
- 6x 3TB Western Digital Red (Raid6/Z2)
I created a single Z2 pool with 10.48TB of usable storage space. So that’s effectively using 4 of the drives for storage and 2 for parity. I have three main volumes on this pool; iocage (for jails), Users (for critical data including windows user documents) and Vault (for non critical data, mostly media and Steam downloads). Right now the only jail setup is the Plex Server and there is also a Windows 10 VM.
Note*: I selected this because the server is mostly used for media storage and serving. I will run the occasional virtual machine but 6 cores and 12 threads is plenty for my needs.
Note**: It is highly recommended that you use ECC memory with FreeNAS because any errors or corruption created by the memory are passed straight on to the pool with no obvious way of knowing anything is wrong. For the time being, I’m okay with this based on the knowledge that the majority of the data on my server is replaceable, and I keep separate backups for the critical stuff. I’ll post a separate blog outlining my backup strategy another time.
As it is a budget build I picked up a trashed 4U case. I didn’t like the aesthetics so after a quick trip to my local laser cutter, I had the parts I needed to update it’s look. A little cutting, welding, grinding and a coat of paint, and the case had a fresh new look.
Overall I’m really happy with the outcome. Temperatures are right where I want them but it is winter here so I won’t get a true read until summer. The server rack is in garage which is typically cooler than ambient so it should be okay…