I am still in a thinking period and I would appreciate some additional input from you.
The reason is that some external factors have been changed and that I have discovered more of what I really need
The space available only allows for one large tower and I have narrowed it down to a Lian li Armorsuit PC-P80 or PC-A70F – I also have some possibility to place a SAN box “remotely” in the network or in a small space in the same room
Usage scenarios and environment
As previously said the basic plan is to run a one box virtual environment using Server 2008 R2 as host and that would also manage my home NW environment, group policies etc.
Guests would include
- WHS2011 production server
- WHS 2011 test server
- W7 Production PC – work and play
- W7 test pc
- W8 test pc
- WHS for storage and back up
- W7 for work and gaming – see below (NEW)
- W7 or WHS for media management (transcoding, photo editing etc.)
Raid cards and SAN card
Previous suggestions was for one expensivehttp://www.newegg.co...N82E16816115095card to cover all of the 20 storage HDDs and 4 to 6 host and guest system SSD. Is this one card to prefer over 2 less expensive cards, concidering my usage scenarios
Now, to be able to accommodate the possible graphics cards I would probably need to remove one of the storage cages (5 HDDs) to house the SSDs at the bottom (this will also create a freeer cool air flow)
This would mean that any expansion would be in an external case that needs to be connected. eSata has already been discarded, but what about using a SAN card to connect?
Now concerning gaming – I have realized that I would like to have some fairly high end gaming capabilities (read BF3 and similar) This would probably mean that I would insert 2 fairly large and hot graphic cards, in addition to the 1 (or 2) RAID cards (depending on set-up (separate discussion above) and a possible SAN card (see expansion above)
Would it be wise or even really possible to fit the hardware that would support server, transcoding and heavy gaming in a system that would run 24/7 365?
Wolud any reasonable system that fits in a fairly normal case and not being prohibitory expensive manage this?
Both cases have a lot of fans and with the new possible gaming set-up I am also concidering CPU and GPU water cooling, using pre-assembled systems such as a corsair unit for CPU, but do not know what to use for GPU – are ther any integrated units. The CoolIT 180 Epic would be nice, though ;-)
The caveat is that I do not know the mounting capabilities of the cases for this.
Maybe a little bit of a confusing post but hope that you are able to give some input.