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After over a month of researching and browsing the forums and internet, I have put together a build I am considering for a home server. I would appricate some feedback on it in terms of what you guys think.


CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1225V3

Motherboard: Supermicro X10SAT

RAM: 16GB (2x 8GB) of Kingston Value ECC RAM

Power Supply: Seasonic SS-660XP2 

Case: Antec 1200

Boot Drive: 2 x 150GB WD VelociRaptors (in RAID 1)

Storage Drives: 4x 3TB WD Red Drives

HBA: Adaptec 71605H (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816103253)

Drive Cages: 3x Norco SS-500 Drive Cages

OS: Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials


Biggest thing I was not sure about was the motherboard, I like the X10SAT due to have more then just VGA out and also for having greater options in terms of PCIe expansion. But perhaps that seems dumb. The other motherboard I was considering was the X10-SLH (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182822). Any thoughts?


Additionally, I went with a single 16-port HBA because if I go with two 8x PCI cards, then that would limit my expansion options in the future on the X10SAT due to the bus does 16/NA/NA, 8/8/NA, or 8/4/4. Additionally, that Adaptec is 10% off at checkout.


I went with a with the VelociRaptors due to their speed and 5-year warranty. Additionally, I worry about being able to recover my storage spaces (yes I know some people don't like it, but I do) in the event of a OS drive failure. Any thoughts on that? Can I assume the Supermicro mother board will be able to handle the RAID1?


Lastly, I plan on running a VM in Server 2012 for the torrents and such. Does the 16GB seem like too much for that or does it seem about right?




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An additional question, what is the overall thought on using non NAS drives? Reason I ask is there is a good deal on 3TB Seagate Barracuda drives.


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16GB should be fine then, unless you're planning to run really heavy duty stuff in the VMs.


RE: non-NAS drives: I tend to stick to NAS/Enterprise drives, to be on the safe side. It's a server after all.

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My WS2012R2e box is set up very similar, but different in some ways.  


I have 3x150GB VR drives in RAID 0 set for the OS.  I wanted blazing speed and not redundancy for my OS drive.  Just my choice.


I use 3x1TB Green drives set in a RAID 5 for the data.  I used Green drives because I had them.  I like the choice of Red.


I used an IcyDock cage for the drives.  It's worked well.


Keep us posted on your set up here

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What made you go for the raptors in terms of speed rather than SSD? Any idea about the feasibility of recovering storage spaces in the event of OS drive failure.


I will post the final build when complete for sure! Thanks for all the feedback thus far.


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