Rippy

Please critique my hardware compatibility

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Hi All,

 

First post here, I'm looking to build a DIY NAS and install XPEnology on it. The NAS will mostly be used for data storage using SHR raid, but I'm also interested in playing around with some of the apps as well (maybe database server, web applications, etc). Here's what I'm looking at right now:

 

Case: Fractal Design Node 304 (https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352027&cm_re=fractal_case-_-11-352-027-_-Product)

MOBO: ASRock H270M-ITX/ac LGA 1151 (https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813157737)

CPU: Intel Core i3-8100 Coffee Lake (8th gen) (https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117822)

RAM: Crucial 8GB DDR4 2133 (https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAB0Z6WV0783)

PSU: Rosewill Glacier Series 500W Modular (https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182339)

 

Total: ~$445

 

I'll most likely be putting in 4x4TB Western Digital Red hard drives and using SHR, so will have 12TB total to work with if I understand correctly. 

 

Please critique this build and whether or not this hardware will be compatible with XPEnology.

Thanks!

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Posted (edited)
18 hours ago, Rippy said:

 

https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/H270M-ITXac/index.us.asp

 

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*8th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors are supported with Intel® 300 Series chipset motherboards only"

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so your i3-8100 Coffee Lake will not work i guess

 

also the psu can be smaller, the efficacy is better if the psu operates more closer to its maximum, having it run be 20% will result in low efficiency i'd say 350 is more then enough even if you upgrade to 6 disks, if you plan to run it 24/7 gold or platinum might be good (you can calculate the cost for more money and electricity when running it 24/7 for 2 years)

 

 

18 hours ago, Rippy said:

compatible with XPEnology.

 

nic is ok, storage will be ahci driver, also ok, m.2 nvme is not supported so if you plan to user m.2 then only sata (current models and dsm version we can use, might be different in 1/2 a year)

 

 

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Hi IG-88, 

 

Thanks for taking the time to respond. Looks like I'll need to pick out a different processor, probably a 7th Gen i3. 

 

I do plan to run the NAS 24/7, so will take your advice and go for a ~350 watt gold PSU.

 

I don't plan to use NVMe, SATA 3 has enough speed for my uses.

 

Thanks again, much appreciated :)

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if i'd plan a system i'd take the growth into account to have enough sata ports to extend (double after 2-3 years) and 10G network

with just one pci-e slot you might come (to early?) to a point where you have to make compromises

if you think 2 additional ports are enough then you still have the 10G option

(its hard to find and its getting expansive to have a higher port count or have 10G nic onboard when it comes to mini-itx, its easier/cheaper  with micro-atx or flex-atx as they come with more pci-e slots)

 

this one looks interesting (and does not consume to much power), cpu is not as powerfull as a i3 but it has ecc ram support

https://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/atom/A2SDi-H-TF.cfm

but i guess thats a littel to expansive as it already contains all things you "might" need later (my build has 12 ports onboard and got upgraded with 2x10GBase-T later)

 

also dont expect wifi to be working, synology only supports a few (older) chips and there is no additional driver base for wifi (as it seems to need more then just a driver to make dsm support it)

 

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Thanks for the reply. That board looks nice, but a little out of my price range at the moment and seems hard to find in my area :(

 

I will consider micro-atx or flex-atx boards for the additional PCI-e slots.

 

I'm curious about your build. Do you have a post here that describes it further and what components you have?

 

Thanks!

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51 minutes ago, Rippy said:

Do you have a post here that describes it further and what components you have?

 

don't know, the spec's are kind of boring ASRock C2550D4I (mini-itx, 12x sata, 4core avoton, 2 x 1G intel nic) and 10GBase-T nic Asus PEB-10G/57840-2T (bcm57840), storage and network using only dsm included drivers, so its not depending on additional drivers (didn't know back then that i will maintain a driver package for dsm/xpenology)

the really nice part is the slightly customized desktop case (17x44 cm)  with only 35cm depth containing 12 x 3.5" disks, all at living room noise level (ditched the hotplug part as i never had a failed disk in 10 years with hgst drives, also using raid6)

 

you still have a very limited choice when you need a mini-itx board, 12 sata  ports and 10G nic, when 10G gets more common as onboard solution things will get easier 

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