Possible file server/hosting server
So currently I am using my 27" iMac to store all my media/files and hosting my website. I have some parts laying around so i was thinking that i would build a file server and use my iMac for what I intended in the first place, programming/photo/media/everything else.
The parts I have are:
Intel q6600 /w stock Cooler
4x2TB Western Digital Greens
2x2TB Western Digital My Books (External)
video card ( can't remember what the model is)
I plan to use Ubuntu Server.
What I need:
A case, doesn't have to be a server case. I was actually thinking about Coolermaster HAF 912. The only requirement i am looking for is good air flow and lots of space for hard drives.
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A PSU, i am not sure what to get here. I don't know how much power I need. Video card is going to be very low end so most of the power is going to hard drives. I was thinking this
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Ok here is what i was thinking. Is my current parts enough for a file server? What do u think about the parts i need? Please advice.
Can someone please comment on the hardware, never built a file server before
It's lots and then some. The case will do and the power supply should be fine as long as you don't load up the video card (hard to say without model) and cpu too much at once. Have fun.
Should do you fine, although you don't really need a Q6600, but if that's all you have then so be it.
You may not even need the video card installed once you get everything setup if you want to reduce your power consumption a bit.
I'm using a Fractal R3 for my file server, which houses 8 1Tb drives in Raid 6. Does a great job.
Try to use a board with onboard GPU, less power consumption. No need for a DVD.
Then share the drives over the network, and if you need access to the OS simply RDC into it.
That's what I do. Works great.
WD Documentation [Edit:] Check out the power consumption figures. You really don't have to factor HDDs into PSU choice unless you have 10 of them or something.
For power, unless you fold or something like that, I doubt your computer will draw more than 80W (from internals) in normal operation. My old home server with Core2Duo E6400, no GPU, and three hard drives drew about 65W from the wall idle, and ~110W starting up. This was with a GUI-less Linux.
If you don't pick an overkill GPU with PCIE supplemental power, you'd be fine with a *good* 300W power supply if it has enough cables. A bad PSU (like the ones Hardware Secrets / JohnnyGuru say are just within spec or out of spec) will periodically kill hard drives.
My server pulls 127W from the wall under typical load. Granted I'm running Hyper-V as well though. I have the following specs:
what are you running for an OS?
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