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FreeNAS Xeon build

by Hexavier


System works exceptionally well and responds extremely fast. The transfer rates are nice and fast even over the wireless network to my raspberry PIs and mobile devices. Streaming video while my desktop backs up to it and it downloads torrents is smooth with no hiccups.

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MacerV 5 points 55 months ago

Do you have it set up in a raid configuration or are you planning to use all 18 TB of storage?

Hexavier submitter 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Softwar raid as zfs2 giving 12 TB usable space

ShadeeS 3 Builds 4 points 54 months ago

Raid and NAS FTW

LeMonarque 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Wow that is an awesome case for a NAS! Always nice to see Xeon builds as well.

Good job cabling up those drives - everything looks neat but isn't locked down at every possible point in imitation management like you see with a lot of builds. Looks like you can easily swap out drives whenever you want!

coolflame57 2 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

I think I just got my NAS kicked.

Hexavier submitter 5 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

It is setup as RaidZ2 giving me roughly 10.5 TB of storage. The Xeon was because I am running RaidZ2 ZFS with ECC ram to reduce risk of corrupted/lost data. That chip was actually on sale for the same price as a 1220 when I bought the parts. I also picked this motherboard because I have the FreeNAS OS running on a thumb drive plugged straight into so the only external connections are the LAN drops and power.

hasaniqbal 1 point 52 months ago

It looks like you have done your research well :) I am in the process of building a FreeNAS server with almost exactly the same hardware. Could you please post your system's file transfer speed over (gigabit?) ethernet. I'd very much appreciate that.

FreeFireXI 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

+1 from one NAS owner to another. Mine is due for an upgrade after seeing this!

thunderdan602 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

My goodness. You can hold the entire Saved by the Bell series and sex in the city and then some. Nice build.

In all seriousness, is there an advantage to using a Xeon in a NAS build?

jking6155 1 point 39 months ago

ECC with better than i3 specs

nickabong122 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

******* beast +1 all day my friend

ManiacMagic 1 point 50 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/78fjbv I want to build something similar, what do you think about this?

Hexavier submitter 5 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

That is nice depending on what type of raid config you are doing. If it is RAIDZ1 Then you are fine, but if it is RAIDZ2 You will want another HDD.

onejackgold 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

your not pirating stuff are you?

Hexavier submitter 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Nope. I don't download illegal anything. Sadly I don't have most of my original discs anymore as my storage unit was broken into when I was deployed.

onejackgold 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

i was kidding but what do you mean deployed is for the army. just a guess

Hexavier submitter 5 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Correct. Did 5 tours in Southwest Asia.

sanchezliny -4 points 55 months ago

Why not 7200rpms at least for half of them?

sprinter461 7 Builds 7 points 54 months ago

Because the Red drives are optimized for Raid and NAS. I run a pair of 3TB Red drives in my desktop for the same reason. People get too attached to a number. There are more things to consider than just pure RPM.

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FreeFireXI 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

It has it's benefits. NAS is like a set it and forget it kind of thing (outside of normal maintenance). They also can have redundancy so you never lose data. Cost is a big difference maker for most peoples decisions.

EDIT: You can pick up an External HDD for $50, but NAS can range from a $100 - as high as you want it to be. It's a lot cheaper if you have a clunker of a PC that you refurbish into a NAS just to hold data.

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sprinter461 7 Builds 0 points 54 months ago

I think an external hard drive would work best for your use. NAS is more for media servers in general in the home. As in, you want to rip your entire DVD and/or Blu-ray movie library to digital form, and store it in one central location in your home. A NAS server will transcode movies, putting them into the correct size for whatever device is viewing them. An external hard drive would not be able to do that on it's own. That's what I'm doing with my NAS4Free server. Just an old PC I had, and extra parts...put to use, instead of a closet or being tossed.

mijik -8 points 55 months ago

i dont think you should be using a stock heatsink to cool a Xeon proccessor.

polarbehr 4 Builds 9 points 54 months ago

stock cooler is more than adequate for a xeon, just not good looking.

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LeMonarque 3 Builds 4 points 54 months ago

Xeon is just a name. The 1240 V3 is the same as an i7-4770 minus the integrated graphics. So if anything it's cooler than an i7. Stock heatsink on an i7 is fine, so this is also fine.

sanchezliny 1 point 54 months ago

That is what I thought when i looked at bother there specs but I had one question. Can the Xeon be used for gaming?

LeMonarque 3 Builds 2 points 54 months ago

Yes, it performs literally identical to the locked i7-4770. Just no integrated graphics and costs less.

tabascosauz 3 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Yes, but strictly speaking only the E3-1230/1240 Xeons qualify as good choices for gamers. Xeons aren't all bad for gaming, but not all Xeons are good for gaming either. The E3-1220 ones are pretty much the same price as lower-end i5s and don't offer an advantage except that they have 8MB L3, which doesn't really help. The E3-1270+ are just way too expensive for a 100mhz increase. E5s are out of the question, except for the 4930K and 4960X counterparts (E5-1xxx) which are a few dozen bucks cheaper.

In the case of the E3-1230 and 1240 families, it's the price that sells. That and they're basically identical to their respective i7 flagships in each generation.

ShadeeS 3 Builds 3 points 54 months ago

Stock cooler is more than enough, Xeon really don't need much

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