Description

Goal: 34TB of usable storage.

This is primarily a file server used to archive my CD, DVD, and DVR media. It filled up and a fan died and it needed an upgrade. The result is this behemoth of storage.

All the media is served via Plex.

Live Storage: Frequently accessed data is on two Raid 5 arrays. One is made up of the 4TB drives, the other the 5TB.

Archived Storage: Infrequently accessed data is stored on the 8TB drives. These things are very slow for writes. I do not recommend these in a raid.

Backups: I have three externals used for backup of the live storage. The archived storages will have such low activity that they should last an eternity.

SSD: Virtual Host.

CPU/RAM/MOBO: So this is left over from my old workstation. It was built for gaming and video editing. The CPU is a beast at Plex transcoding, and I'm happy to have the RAM in a virtual environment.

Edit in regards to costs: The prices that are linked are what I paid new. So the CPU, Mobo, Cooler and RAM are like 6ish years old? (I just looked it up. Purchased 7-28-2009. Maybe I should have named it Methuselah) The WD Reds I've had for a couple years, but the other drives, case, etc are all new.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 5 points

This is ridiculous! +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for price for insane build I figured it would be a lot more. At this point with that much storage and memory start a server for a game that has community servers or games like mc(don't do mc unless you know how to advertise to 8 year olds).

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the mixed vendor solutions. Parity Parody?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice... Is that one of the earlier models of CoolerMaster's CPU cooling solutions, I've never seen anything quite like that.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought is on 4-18-2011. lol, so yeah, one of their earlier solutions.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You can tell how old it is just by looking at the fan power wires, not even mono-coloured :D

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy storage batman! Nice file server.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a LOT of harddrives... +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Dust. Dust everywhere.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree. I didn't notice it until i saw the pictures. I ended up going after it with an air duster after it was in place.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I talk about having plenty of storage with a 2 TB drive in my pc. You, my friend may have the most amount of storage on the site!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

That card is a bit dusty...

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Great name for this rig. How was that raid card to set up, and have you had any failures you had to recover from?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The Raid card is alright. It's nothing fancy, I really just needed the extra ports. It benchmarks very well for the price. It's also nice to have SATA 3 for the SSD, since the mobo only has SATA 2.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

This has got to be one of the prettiest setups I've seen on this sight. Amazing network organization +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Peeps are worried about the dust on the gpu not how much storage he has. +1 for all that SP__________ACE.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Not seeing a UPS anywhere... How are you backing it up?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I do have a UPS. Some CyberPower thing, I'll add it to the list.

I backup the live data sets with USB externals. I use a very cool program called bvckup 2. Only one copy at the file level.

Having this much storage, the backups get a little unruly.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

That is almost enough storage to get into Mordor. I think that is why it took so long to find the library again because it was in Mordor the entire time.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I did the math (it might be wrong):

The price of storage in this build is 53.6983365% of the full price.

The more you know. Good build by the way, +1.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! When I build a gaming computer, I try to make the GPU be half. Put the money where it matters most!

Although, if i were to build this today, I wouldn't have as robust a cpu, mob, ram setup. They're hand me downs from my old gaming rig.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, if it's for gaming, you'll need plenty of emphasis on the GPU. But this is a file server, so you need emphasis on storage. ._. Speaking of the mobo, I'm assuming that the fact that it came from your gaming build, that those PCI-E slots were once filled up with GPUs?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly. The most packed it ever was was 3x GTX 460s. And that was just to see. I usually had 2x of the Nvidia flagships and an X-Fi Fatality sound card.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

how do you vote for featured?? This is a great example of the PC building community

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

LOVE YOUR PC!

RAM sticks looks like a bunch of books...

Why so much storage? Are you storing any kind of cp?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome Name lol

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I tAke it that you have no cloud storage and don't trust them! Just kidding. Yes, this is a fantastic storage machine - yes it is. Excellent work! Outstanding job. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually have Amazon Cloud Unlimited. 18 months in and I still haven't gotten the entire data set uploaded. Darn you Time Warner. The fastest internet I can get is only 5mbs upload. :-/

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

im just going to stop counting the total TB

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice. Keeping the old tech humming. Great older cpu. Thanks for posting.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Alexandria... Virginia??

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Too much **** downloded

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  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought it on 7/28/2009 for $409.99. It's still running with no issues.