Last week I built Fox, the newest addition to our home network. Fox, whose specification called for not one, not two, not three but four 12 terabyte hard disk drives was built principally as a souped-up NAS device – a central place for us all to safely hold and control access to important files rather than having them spread across our various devices – but she’s got a lot more going on that that, too.

Fox has:

  • Enough hard drive space to give us 36TB of storage capacity plus 12TB of parity, allowing any one of the drives to fail without losing any data.
  • “Headroom” sufficient to double its capacity in the future without significant effort.
  • A mediumweight graphics card to assist with real-time transcoding, helping her to convert and stream audio and videos to our devices in whatever format they prefer.
  • A beefy processor and sufficient RAM to run a dozen virtual machines supporting a variety of functions like software development, media ripping and cataloguing, photo rescaling, reverse-proxying, and document scanning (a planned future purpose for Fox is to have a network-enabled scanner near our “in-trays” so that we can digitise and OCR all of our post and paperwork into a searchable, accessible, space-saving collection).


See the full blog post including build timelapse video.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the 1050 perform under load?

  • 4 months ago
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I think using a i9-9820X moves you from "NAS" into "Server" territory! Very nice purpose-driven build with room to add a bunch more 3.5" drives in the future. I like it.

  • 4 months ago
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For realtime transcode, a 1650 Super may get you better transcode results for streaming directly to a device while the file is transcoded in realtime. Turing NVENC is superior to the 1050 in every way.