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My HP Home Media Server died and I have been looking for a replacement solution. I was going to go with a Synology unit, but stumbled upon XPEnology. My environment is all OSX and a PS3. I used to build computers in m teens and college, but haven't done so in at least a dozen years. I went with the HP EX475 because it was an easy no set up solution and drive extender was great.

 

Anyhow, I am a bit of touch in building PCs. What should I be looking for? I want quite, low power, cheap, small form factor.

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For lowest energy and enough Processing power, get a MB based on Intel chipset J1900. Most famous one on this forum is ASRock Q1900-ITX which has a quad core CPU, 10W max TDP and passive cooking.

If you want commodity, buy a HP Microserver which really plays nice with XPeno but eats a bit more electrical power

http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/products/proli ... tab=models

 

 

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That's a little pricey :sad:

I would go with these either board for only 35 bucks each, 1 includes Celeron CPU and USB3 but only 2 SATA, other has 4 SATA with LGA 1155 (support i3, i5, i7...) but not include CPU; however, the good thing is they both include PCIe x16 instead x1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813135341

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813186242

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Think how much energy it consumes when powered on for 24h.

Spend more money now and it will for sure worth it on the long run.

 

 

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i'm very gratified from my configuration:

 

Motherboard: Asrock AM1H-ITX (4xSATA_III + 1xGIGA_LAN + 4xUSB_3.0 + 4xUSB_2.0 + mPCIE + PCIE + DC POWERED)

CPU: AMD Athlon 5350 (QuadCore 20W)

RAM: Kingstone XyperX Fury 8GB

HDD: 3x3TB WD RED

CASE: X-Case NAS-4

BOOT: Sandisk Ultra Fix 16GB USB 3.0

 

improvements:

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2 cents worth:

Don't use recycled that was "good in its day", makes no sense to build a box for resilience and then be surprise when old parts fail.

Buy a good UPS, ones and zeros love electricity, they depend on it. When you take it away not all the ones come back.

Linux is resource friendly, don't buy a sledgehammer to swat a fly

read all the posts here and elsewhere.

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How does this look:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811352027

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817256065

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813157494

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820313300

 

and (2) HDDs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822145912

 

Are you guys running RAID5? Or does Xpenelogy work like Synology were you can through different HDDs in and it will create a quasi-software RAID pool?

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Get a board with the most SATA3 ports. AFAIK, only ASRock and ASUS makes a mini-ITX/Micro-ATX with 8 or more SATA3 ports built-in (anything more than 6 will have a third party controller builtin).

 

I use newegg's power search feature to start.

 

Power Supply is also important, get a fanless one, like SeaSonic's X series, with about twice the amount of combined power your current config offers.

 

I settled with ASUS Maximus VI Gene (cheaper than the latest VII Gene, and comes with the mPCIe combo card), Fractal's Define Mini case, Seasonix X 460W 80+ gold fanless PSU, a good, quiet CPU cooler, and the cheapest Intel CPU I can get my hands on.

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...Or just get an HP n54l:

 

http://www.xpenology.nl/hp-n54l/

 

Then install DSM 5.0-4528:

 

http://www.xpenology.nl/hardware-installatie/

http://www.xpenology.nl/standaard-installatie-dsm/

 

Later install update 1:

 

http://www.xpenology.nl/installatie-dsm ... -update-1/

 

the problem with that is its has a Proprietary PSU and I believe the OP suffered that problem. I almost bought a n54 for $130 for blackfriday but i said fuck that... Luckily I run my hardware through a UPS. knock on wood ive never had any issues with the PSU. But building your own would be the best option as manfriday put it. but at the same time not to build a sledgehammer to swat a fly. lol some people building i7s cmon now! an i3 or a quad core is perfect enough. :smile:

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the problem with that is its has a Proprietary PSU and I believe the OP suffered that problem. I almost bought a n54 for $130 for blackfriday but i said fuck that... Luckily I run my hardware through a UPS. knock on wood ive never had any issues with the PSU. But building your own would be the best option as manfriday put it. but at the same time not to build a sledgehammer to swat a fly. lol some people building i7s cmon now! an i3 or a quad core is perfect enough. :smile:

 

Microservers do not have Proprietary PSU's

 

They use FlexATX PSU's and can be obtained cheaply on ebay any size wattage up to 350w are cheap and can be had in many different configurations

 

eg power plugs in .....all molex, all SATA, or combinations of the two. etc

 

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i have a fractal design node 304 http://www.fractal-design.com/home/product/cases/node-series/node-304-black

that supports mini-ITX (170 x 170 mm) and the bigger mini-DTX (203 x 170 mm or 8 x 6,7 inches)

could you please recommend me some motherboards that supports

1) xpenology usb3 and wake on Lan (optional)

2) with 6 or more SATA and 1 eSATA (optional)

3) mini-ITX or mini-DTX (203 x 170 mm or 8 x 6,7 inches)

4) doesn't cost a fortune.. supports cheap cpu and not an i3, i5 etc

 

thanks

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