I’ve been watching my current FreeNAS pool sit at around 75% used space for the past while. I’m not going to hit the end of it any time soon, but it has made me start digging into how I can expand down the road.
Looking at my current setup (pcpartpicker list) , I’m not exactly happy with my choice in cases, and adding more sata ports would be difficult. The 2 gpus and usb expansion card required for my virtualized Windows instance don’t leave any real room for a SAS card. And my thoughts of adding hard drive mounts where you’d normally put water cooling stuff in my Corsair 1000D don’t seem very workable.
So I’ve created a pcpartpicker list based on the idea of moving my NAS instance to it’s own machine. The list is here
My main use is storage for my Emby server, storage for my game library, and just general storage for anything that doesn’t need SSD speeds. Long term I have thoughts of trading space for backups with other home NAS owners. I also just have fun building and running things like this.
Here’s a list of questions I have about my parts list:
- What kind of processing power do I really need for FreeNAS? I know the FreeNAS forums end up recommending Intel a lot, but I’m a fan of the upgrade potential in the AM4 socket on AMD’s side, so that’s why I chose a 2200G. (I also wonder about using Proxmox to virtualize things and then running my firewall and ad-blocker on it…)
- As far as I can tell, B450 seems to be the sweet spot for motherboards, not expensive, but not cheap. Would FreeNAS have any issues there? What about virtualization support? Things like splitting out IOMMU channels so I can pass through pcie devices and HDDs.
- I’d install the OS on a small M.2 ssd. No real reason other than price for the Kingston A400.
- Are NAS drives actually worth it for a home NAS?
- Finding a case with room for lots of hard drives is kinda hard nowadays… The Rosewill THOR v2 seems good, but I’m open to alternatives. I do like that I’d be able to fit 2 SilverStone HDD enclosures in it. (I’m currently in a small 2 bedroom apartment, so going with a server chassis would be too noisy. )
- Would the LSI LOGIC SAS 9207-8i Storage Controller LSI00301 cards work? I have no experience with SAS, but LSI is a brand I kept finding when doing research on what FreeNAS works with.
- Would the SilverStone cables be good?
- Does anyone have any experience with the SilverStone hard drive enclosures? I like the idea of hot swapping in the event of hdd failure, but would I be better off finding a way to do this without enclosures?
Thanks in advance!