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First post from a Gen8 noob. 

 

Wanted to start by saying a big thank you to everyone who's posted loads of awesome advice and information in the past. Your willingness to share knowledge has been really helpful.

 

Just took advantage of HP's redemption offer on the base model Gen8 to get a few of these babies to play with.

 

Really loving the mods on the forums so have already started the upgrades with more to come. Here's a few so far....

 

1. CPU upgraded from the gutless Celeron G1610T to an Intel Xeon E3-1270 V2. Thankfully my heatsink wasn't warped. 
 

2. Upgraded from 4GB to 16GB RAM.

3. Plan on doing the milled out heatsink processor fan mod once my milling friend comes back from holiday. 

 

4. TPM modules should be here next week. 

 

Anyone with hard drive size envy should look away now.....  :D

 

First Gen8 is being put together with:
 

1 x Sandisk Ultra III 480GB SSD

2 x Seagate Enterprise 10TB ( Model: ST10000NM0016 ) in RAID 1 configuration for testing purposes.
Got another two on back order to make a RAID 10 array. 

 

These hard drives work a treat in the server but are a little chattery in operation so you wouldn't want to use for a media center build.

 

Slightly disappointed at the optical drive SATA port only being 3Gbps (SATA II) speeds :-(.
 

Let me provide some feedback that may be useful for the community....

 

Here's another brand of memory that works a treat in that server:

 

integral DDR3 8GB 1600MHZ ECC DIMM 

Product Code: IN3T8GEAJKX

Both Crucial and Kingston seem to be sold out of their recommended memory for the Gen8, hence the decision to go with this brand. Even managed to pick up a used stick off ebay for £20! 

 

For the money, around £120 with the rebate, these are awesome server boxes. 

I'll post photos of the build once it's all done. 

 

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who's posted on here about the Gen8 over the years. It has saved me such much research time and all lot of build effort. 

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This first build is going to be my main business workhouse server hence why they're being setup with a RAID10 configuration once the backordered drives arrive. 

One of the other boxes will be getting used for backups, amongst other things, so that box may be vanilla AHCI'd. Just need to make some pennies to afford another set of those drives! 

 

Strange to think my first hard drive, actually it was a "hard card", was for an Amstrad 1640 - it was a mind-blowing massive 32MB :D . 

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If its going to be your workhouse, or horse, I'd get a proper RAID adapter for it, then you can use the onboard for the SSD's, with an SDM, so can mount 4 of them if needed, and get to keep your optical drive...

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Aren't we a bit limited by the selection of RAID adaptor to keep the full range of functionality? 

20TB of RAID10 enterprise class storage should keep me going for a while so don't see me adding an SDM for a while.  :) .

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I had a P222 in mine running the drives in the front bays, then use the onboard for boot SSD, VM SSD that were sat on an SDM and get to keep the optical drive...

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The B120i supports RAID1 and RAID10, but not migration. If you want to move to RAID10 when your other drives arrive you will need to rebuild the array. The ODD is 3Gb/s SATA, so are disk bays 3&4. The P222 controller is supported. The P420 works, even though it is not listed.

 

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The B120i supports RAID1 and RAID10, but not migration. If you want to move to RAID10 when your other drives arrive you will need to rebuild the array. The ODD is 3Gb/s SATA, so are disk bays 3&4. The P222 controller is supported. The P420 works, even though it is not listed.

 

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Hmm good to know. For instance, in my case, I will use 2 pcs. 2tb wd red for starters in raid 1. If i get 2 new hdd's I can just add them to the gen8 and make a new array correct ? I will have another partition but so what ? I dont need to rebuild the whole array.

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Hmm good to know. For instance, in my case, I will use 2 pcs. 2tb wd red for starters in raid 1. If i get 2 new hdd's I can just add them to the gen8 and make a new array correct ? I will have another partition but so what ? I dont need to rebuild the whole array.

If you want separate array's yes.

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