I have quite the extravagant home server/network rack at this point. I recently made a post talking about how I've integrated a 10 Gig switch into my network, and since then I have made some changes, (instead of buying a new monitor lol)
My NAS/Media Server was running Windows Server 2012R2 on a G3258 and a Z97 motherboard, both of which I sold on eBay. I basically got an Intel Core i7 2600 (nonK) for free, and bought a brand new Z68 Intel board on Ebay for $60. I originally just migrated everything over to that setup, but I decided to I wanted to start a bigger project.
I like to have spare parts for everything, so I basically had a spare Asrock H97 motherboard and a cheapo Celeron sitting in a drawer in case my main computer went down. The idea was I would have something to tide me over until I could get enough money to do a full rebuild in the case of a massive failure of my gaming rig.
I decided that I have enough computer parts that I could figure out something in such an event so I wanted to build a true backup solution for my NAS. I went out and found that Newegg is selling refurbished 2 TB Hitachi 7k3000 hard drives for $50 bucks each...Which I find to be a fantastic deal. I bought 4 of them, ran DBAN on all four and then an extended SMART test and all of them survived a week of torture.
Now those new Hitachis are sitting in my main NAS, which now is running FreeNAS, in Raid Z2 for a total of 3.4GB of usable storage. I'm waiting on another 8GB of RAM ( will bring to 16, Yeah I know its not ECC) and a different 10Gig nic to finalize this setup.This server is running CIFS, Plex, and BTSync
The Celeron is now in a 2U Rosewill enclosure with 8 Gigs of ram and my 3 WD Red 3TBs in RaidZ1 (5.24TB), and all of the data is being synced between them with BTSync...Otherwise It is not doing much. I will probably use the extra space on this server for stuff I don't care as much about like ISOs and misc downloads.
I also have an Atom Server running Untangle and a Ubiqtuiti ERL, so I don't need pFsense.
Now heres my next question. Prior to the move (back) to FreeNAS, I ran a VM on my Win Sever box that had Linux Mint on it and all it did was connect to PIA and download torrents for me. Now instead, I started using my old "gaming" laptop which is a Dell Inspiron 7520 (Core i7 3210QM, 12Gigs of ram, 256Gig SSD and Radeon 7730m) to do this task, But it has an I7 and I am wayyyyy under utilizing its potential. What else can I use it for??
I have a media server and NAS. I don't need a game or voice server. I don't need a render server.