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Anyone seen or used this case before? http://www.u-nas.com/xcart/product.php?productid=17617&cat=249&page=1

I am also considering this case but I really like the U-NAS case even though its a bit pricy http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IAELTAI/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2KYYWDBPFYQOQ&coliid=I3UOB6A6R4TF3V&psc=1

 

I am thinking of pairing it up with one of these two ASRock Server boards, They are both the same except one uses the Intel Avoton C2550 Quad-Core Processor and the other one uses the

Intel Avoton C2750 Octa-Core Processor

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GG94YDS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2KYYWDBPFYQOQ&coliid=I11FIROXM9LYHK

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157475

 

Thoughts?

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That's about the right price for something like that. 

 

Also, have you looked at the Norco ITX-S8 chassis? 

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Yup, saw that myself.

 

 

Would be nice if the case supported more than 2x SSDs.

The U-NAS has 3 internal 2.5 drive bays for SSD's, I am not sure y U-NAS list it the way they do. According to there spec page they say "2 x 2.5” HDD/SSD + 1x2.5" HDD/SSD" AnandTech also says the case has support for three internal drives.

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Thanks for the link, I had not seen that one but I have seen others. I am really itching for this case. My goal is to build a Synology NAS without paying the high cost of purchasing there low powered hardware, I am not talking WATTS but performance at a cost savings of 4-5 hundred dollars for base hardware. I am still undecided if I want to put XPEnology in a VM or bear-metal that will be the deciding factor if I do Octa-Core or Quad-Core. All said and done I want this box to be able to handle Synology as well as real-time trans-coding for Plex without having to run a Intel Core i5 24 hours a day for the Plex Server. On paper it looks like the Octa-Core should be able to handle 3-4 streams with trans-coding and the Quad-Core 1-2 streams, I can only hope this works out.

That's about the right price for something like that. 

 

Also, have you looked at the Norco ITX-S8 chassis? 

I guess your right about the price, That's just me trying to keep the cost down as much as possible. I did not see the S8 but I had seen the S4, Thanks for that I have put it on my case list.

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The U-NAS has 3 internal 2.5 drive bays for SSD's, I am not sure y U-NAS list it the way they do. According to there spec page they say "2 x 2.5” HDD/SSD + 1x2.5" HDD/SSD" AnandTech also says the case has support for three internal drives.

I wish they had better product pictures....

I see the spot for 2x 2.5", but not a third. I could be blind, but ....

 

 

Though, what would be really nice is a LCD panel on the front. Would be the icing on the cake. :)

 

 

 

Thanks for the link, I had not seen that one but I have seen others. I am really itching for this case. My goal is to build a Synology NAS without paying the high cost of purchasing there low powered hardware, I am not talking WATTS but performance at a cost savings of 4-5 hundred dollars for base hardware. I am still undecided if I want to put XPEnology in a VM or bear-metal that will be the deciding factor if I do Octa-Core or Quad-Core. All said and done I want this box to be able to handle Synology as well as real-time trans-coding for Plex without having to run a Intel Core i5 24 hours a day for the Plex Server. On paper it looks like the Octa-Core should be able to handle 3-4 streams with trans-coding and the Quad-Core 1-2 streams, I can only hope this works out.

I guess your right about the price, That's just me trying to keep the cost down as much as possible. I did not see the S8 but I had seen the S4, Thanks for that I have put it on my case list.

Have you considered something like the ASRock RACK E3C226D2I?

http://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=E3C226D2I#Specifications

It's a LGA  1150 socket board, with support for ECC. It only has 6 SATA ports, so you'd need to get a controller card... but you can get anything from a Celeron to a Xeon E3 in the system. 

 

Or the E3C236D2I? :)

http://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=E3C236D2I#Specifications

Similar, but newer CPU support (Skylake S)

 

 

I don't mean to push, but the reasons I recommend these boards is that you can run low powered systems, or you can run higher end systems. But you can change between them without being locked into a specific CPU.

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I wish they had better product pictures....

I see the spot for 2x 2.5", but not a third. I could be blind, but ....

 

 

Though, what would be really nice is a LCD panel on the front. Would be the icing on the cake. :)

 

 

 

Have you considered something like the ASRock RACK E3C226D2I?

http://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=E3C226D2I#Specifications

It's a LGA  1150 socket board, with support for ECC. It only has 6 SATA ports, so you'd need to get a controller card... but you can get anything from a Celeron to a Xeon E3 in the system. 

 

Or the E3C236D2I? :)

http://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=E3C236D2I#Specifications

Similar, but newer CPU support (Skylake S)

 

 

I don't mean to push, but the reasons I recommend these boards is that you can run low powered systems, or you can run higher end systems. But you can change between them without being locked into a specific CPU.

The E3C236D2I looks like a nice board also, It just stinks it only has 6 SATA ports and it seems like no one has it in stock now. The board also looks like Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 Series Processors only, Are you sure I can run something other on this board?  What controller would you recommend for the extra SATA ports I would need 10 in total? Another thing i really have to decide if I wan't to run EXPenology in a VM using Hyper-V what I am unsure of is can I pass all the storage threw Hyper-V without creating a RAID first on the VM Host? I would want to create the pool threw Synology not use a RAID card on the VM host. If I cant pass the RAW storage threw to the VM and create the pool on the VM running Synology then I would have to scrap the VM idia and run Synology bear-metal.

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The E3C236D2I looks like a nice board also, It just stinks it only has 6 SATA ports and it seems like no one has it in stock now. What controller would you recommend for the extra SATA ports I would need 10 in total? Another thing i really have to decide if I wan't to run EXPenology in a VM using Hyper-V what I am unsure of is can I pass all the storage threw Hyper-V without creating a RAID first on the VM Host? I would want to create the pool threw Synology not use a RAID card on the VM host. If I cant pass the RAW storage threw to the VM and create the pool on the VM running Synology then I would have to scrap the VM idia and run Synology bear-metal.

Yeah, the 6 port thing is the downside.

However, Amazon does appear to have it in stock:

http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Rack-E3C236D2I-Motherboard/dp/B01B9624AM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454624647&sr=8-1&keywords=E3C236D2I

 

Also, you could use a controller card (such as an LSI card) to power the drives.  You could use the onboard to power 4 slots, and use a 4e 4i card to power the rest and add some expandability. :)

 

It's a bit pricier that way, but it works. 

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Yeah, the 6 port thing is the downside.

However, Amazon does appear to have it in stock:

http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-Rack-E3C236D2I-Motherboard/dp/B01B9624AM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454624647&sr=8-1&keywords=E3C236D2I

 

Also, you could use a controller card (such as an LSI card) to power the drives.  You could use the onboard to power 4 slots, and use a 4e 4i card to power the rest and add some expandability. :)

 

It's a bit pricier that way, but it works. 

Thanks for the link and info, When I click the Amazon link it shows out of stock here. I am in the very early stages of planing with this system so I have to see what I want to do, Future proofing is always a good thing to. Do you know the answer to my VM question above?

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