I’ve been browsing these (and many other) forums trying to decide on the best way to go about building a rack mount, headless server for our house using my recently retired Ryzen 2700x.
The new AsRock Rack boards seem promising but their limited availability and numerous issues people are discussing make me shy away from it.
I’ve build numerous gaming PCs for myself in the past but am new to the server side of things. I have a Synology NAS but am finding it just too slow and limited for the other things I’d like an always on server/NAS to do.
The plan is to create an UnRAID system for
- desktop, MacBook (wife’s), and my Surface data redundancy with select backup to Backblaze (never done this before)
- photo storage with easy downloads from camera
- a torrent/media box routed through OpenVPN or Nord (no need for transcoding, have an Nvidia Shield)
- and a minecraft server
UnRAID over freeNAS as I’m not that familiar with Linux and need it to be less maintainence heavy so that in a year when my free time is eaten up by a baby I won’t have to struggle to keep the system afloat. Intra-house only, to prevent disasters I don’t want to open it up to remote access.
Network wise, our house is currently wired up with a Ubiquiti system including a USG and 8 port switch with 2 wireless APs.
Budget: (excluding drives) $1000-1500ish CAD
6-8 HDD capacity
Rackmount 2-4U case