Hey guys first post here so bare with me if I do anything taboo or noobish. I recently built a new rig and wanted to make a FreeNAS out of spare parts available to me. The FreeNas would be for backing up my work stuff (4k video, audio, Photoshop files), Plex/media (backups of blu rays/dvds) and usenet stuff. I’m currently keeping everything on a ton of external hard drives that I’ve accumulated over the years…
So option one would be:
-i7 4790 (Already own)
-Corsair Vengeance Pro 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (Already own. I would eventually upgrade to the recommended EEC memory. I get the risk.)
-I’d need a motherboard, and there’s not a whole lot of options for new parts, but the one I picked was: ASUS Q87M-E/CSM DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 Motherboard
-EVGA 450 BT, 80+ Bronze 450W
I also have a 128GB SSD that I could use for caching or running jails, but I’ve read that for FreeNas it’s pretty use case specific if you’ll gain any benefit from it. I haven’t really read into this that much so any input or links to helpful articles would be appreciated.
I have the following available to me from work:
“HP ProLiant DL360 G6 Server Rack-mountable -Dual Xeon E5506 2.13 GHz Processors - 24 GB PC3-10600E-9 Memory- 4 300GB 3GHz SAS 10K Small Form Factory Hot Swap Hard Drives - DVD - HP Smar Array P410i controller ATI ES1000 - Redundant Power Supply Gigabit Ethernet - 3 YR NBD Warranty”
If I did this, I’d want to put it into a traditional form factor atx case (if possible) because I don’t have any place for a gigantic rack mounted beast that sounds like a jet engine.
Any pros with going with option two?
Being completely honest, I don’t know a lot about the hardware of option two. I pulled that information off our original purchase receipt from 2010. I’d ideally like to end up with around 16TB of storage. Any suggestions on which drives to use? I don’t know if it’s worth shelling out more for 7200 RPM given the extra heat, etc.
I was looking at the Fractal Design Define R6 as a case given the huge amount of hard drive space, quiet nature and clean aesthetic. Thoughts?
Lastly, if I wanted to transcode the backups of the blu rays and DVDs to be smaller sizes, would that be a GPU based task/even feasible on the FreeNAS? Is it even worth it? I’d like to keep the quality relatively the same but just shrink the size.
Thanks in advance if you can read all this mental diarrhea!