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Orange NAS

by ethereal333

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Date Published

April 5, 2017

Date Built

June 1, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.1 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

49.0° C

Description

In 2016 I decided to build a home file server. The prices in the list are the prices I have paid when buying the parts and may seem high in 2017. The case, SSDs and UPS were bought used. Actually the UPS was factory-sealed old stock - quite a bargain. The server is running on FreeNAS 9.10. I am waiting for a rainy day to upgrade to FreeNAS Corral. I am using the server to store all my media collection and for backups of important files.

I went for the cheapest Haswell Xeon CPU and it is doing a great job with Plex. It never gets hot thanks to the Noctua cooler.

The motherboard has dedicated LAN port for IPMI, 4 Gb LAN ports wich I am using aggregated, 4 SATA III and 2 SATA II ports usable by FreeNAS and this is what I need for my 4 SATA III HDDs and 2 SATA II SSDs.

I went with 4 6 TB WD Red HDDs and I am running them in RAID 10 for a total of 10.4 TB of storage.

The two SSDs are currently idle but I will use them as mirrored boot drives when I upgrade to Corral - The mirrored flash drives I am currently using as boot drives fail a lot and I have to constantly replace them which is annoying.

The maximum supported amount of RAM by the motherboard is 32 GB and I am of course using ECC memory. It is enough for the amount of storage and for the FreeNAS plugins.

I bought the case used and modified it so it can stand on its side by gluing silicon feet on one of the side panels. I modified the front panel so it allows to be removed with removing only one of the side panels so I can clean the embeded dust filter. I also cut the plastic drive cage for better airflow and left only the SSD trays. I am using the Icy Dock Vortex for the HDDs so I did not need that excess plastic inside.

I replaced all fans with Noctua Industrial 2000 PWM and I run them at 600 rpm most of the time. The system never gets hot and it is quiet - I keep it in my home office and it does not distract me.

I converted an IKEA LACK table into a sort of rack. I screwed the UPS and my network switch to its legs and it works well for me.

I tried to have some color coordination by going for orange, green, blue and black. The green was forced on me by the PCBs of the server grade components but I like the result.

The custom 24 and 8 pin cables helped to reduce the clutter and made cable management easier.

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MjolnirThunder 2 points 24 months ago

It's always nice to see NAS builds made to be presentable. Well done.

ethereal333 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Thank you. I always thought the idea for cable management started from server equipment.

MjolnirThunder 2 points 24 months ago

You would think, but I've seen my fair share of rats nests in server rooms.

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

+1 for the cleanliness throughout.

IcedDog 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Nice, I don't see that color scheme too often...reminds me of the Denver Broncos 80s uniforms :D

Mad_Dog7 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Orange and Blue. Wow you don't see that color combo very often.

ethereal333 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I bought the orange case cheaply and the green pcb mobo and ram were what I needed spec-wise. The blue accents tied the color scheme pretty well.

chirshoage 1 point 1 month ago

Did you replace the Icydock fan with a Noctua IPPC fan? If so how well did that work?

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ethereal333 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

My NAS has better cable management than my gaming PC. :)

IcedDog 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Hahaaa