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What do you think of my build. The case holds 10 drives +, and the MB has 10 Sata connectors. The CPU, I wanted to go with an I5, so I picked a middle of the row one though it is so new it has no reviews yet since it is 4th generation.  Am I mixing the memory correctly with the MB? Also the MB specs says Onboard Video Chipset: Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic but it seems the i5 has this.





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ASRock Z97 Extreme6 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard







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CORSAIR 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMV8GX3M1A1600C11






120 GB Crucial M500



2 x 4TB HGST




WHS 2011




Stable Bit Scanner


Stable Bit Drive pool



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The only question I have is you bought a 10 internal drive bay case but you only have two drives.  The PSU is a little overkill, IMO.


Okay, where's your backup plan?

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 I will have the 2 HD's in there just to get everything setup and running so I understand it well. Then I will add in another pair of 4 TBs. 


The PSU is only $70 after rebate and it is modular. If running 10 + HD's I think I want at least 650W. 


The initial backup plan will be Drive pool. But I also will back up very critical data, and take it off site.

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OK, but DrivePool is not a form of backup; it's resiliency. If you delete a file that's in the pool, its copy will also be deleted. A backup is a copy that cannot be affected by any issues that might happen to the source. Good to hear you're going to keep some data off site.

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Yea, I know Drivepool is only resiliency, but it is better then what I have now; without a server to back up my media now. 

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without a server to back up my media now.


What does that mean?  My server handles all my backups of clients, the server, the data on the server, and backing up the data to off site.

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I currently don't have a server at all. I've been hosting blu ray rips on my PC to stream to my HTPC and my PC is running out of space.  I really need a server for this and to back up my families 3 PCs

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The main concern I have with this build is going with a gaming board and the I5 the right thing to do? In a few years when WHS 2011 starts not supporting new hardware etc, I might want to install Server essentials 2012 R2. I want this server to last 5+ years. 

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