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Putting this bad boy together was a doozy. And mind you, this final build took about two years to reach it's final evolution.

Old Equipment First off, the Seagate HDDs Samsung 840 SSDs are just about 2 years old. When I bought them, they were on the in. I'm still using them because they still work, the HHDs stored all my movies, music, ISOs, ebooks, documents, Steam backups, etc. The 120GB SSD has my windows Server 2012R2 installation, the two 240GB SSDs are hosting my Hyper-V Virtual Machines that I experiment with.

New HHDs The WD 4TB Red HDDs I just bought. I'll be running them in a RAID 5 once I reformat the system. I plan on replacing the old Seagates with another 4 of these bad boys for a second RAID 5.

CPU The CPU is pretty much a i5 with hyperthreading. Nothing too special about it. Same thing with the RAM, just does the job.

Motherboard The motherboard I bought because it has a built in LSI RAID controller, giving the board an additional 8 SAS ports to work with. Mind you, this controller is considered a software implementation and still relies system resources to function. I have it currently flashed as IT (JBOD) so I can use Windows Disk Spaces.

PSU The Seasonic 450W PSU is perfect for the amount of HHDs I have going on inside. Plus it's GOLD+, gotta love it.

Case Now for the case, the Node 804. Boy, was this a challenge for 8 HHDs and 3 SSDs. Here's a list of things I liked and what I didn't:

Liked

  • Supports up to 10 x 3.5" drives w/ 2 x 2.5" drives. You can mix and match from there on down. Note, for 10 x 3.5", I'd suggest a mITX board so you have more clearance.

  • Slim ODD and 2 x 2.5" drive mounts on the front panel itself. Who ever though of these awesome shenanigans should get a massive bonus. See my pictures for what I am talking about. You'll see it.

  • Crap ton of fan mounts, especially when you need to keep those HDDs cool. I have about 7 out of the 10 mounts occupied.

Disliked

  • Lacks a lot of tie down points, especially very key areas. I had to go down to my local PC supply store and get myself those stick pad tie downs to place in places I needed them.

  • Cable management is a chore. There are only a few opening and they are mostly near the front only. They could of cut out one more opening above the MoBo in my opinion.

  • The set of hard drives above the PSU have only about 1" of clearance. Maybe a tiny bit more than that. Either way, I didn't have a nice set of right angle SATA cables and the straights I used are pretty close to kink status.

Future endeavors:

  • Replace the old Seagate HDDs with another 4 x 4TB WD Reds.

  • Get some right angle SATA cables to clean up the cage above the PSU.

  • Maybe another 16GB of RAM, why not?

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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice man! is this a FreeNAS OS? I'm looking at something like this, perhaps on a smaller scale though ha!

How do the hanging drives go? I have it in my head that the hanging/spinning drives would vibrate like crazy - but I'll take your first hand experience though :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

No FreeNAS, I'm running Windows Server 2012R2 Standard on this box. Mainly because I do virtual machine stuff on it. I have done FreeNAS when I first got the MoBo/CPU/RAM/Seagate HDD and it worked really well. A lot of community members on FreeNAS forums have recommended this exact MoBo because of its size and the integrated LSI 2308 RAID controller.

As for vibrations, the HDDs have rubber grommets between them and the mounting cages which helps alleviate potentially excessive vibration.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome NAS!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Replacing those Seagates is probably the best thing you can do, and I like that you're going to do that. Nothing but failing drives I've had from Seagate. Even the few Business Grade NAS HDD's I've had RMAed (brand new) to me.

Other than that, very nice build with probably the most amount of storage I've seen.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Good lord! 26 TB of storage. Are you trying to make a family archive for the rest of time or something?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Drakohen,

+1 This is nice. Can you give us an idea on the build time for your R5 array?

Thanks, LazyGalen

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get power to all of those drives? Doesn't the PSU only have 6 sata connectors?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe I used an SATA breakout adapter to add more SATA power connectors.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

What cpu cooler did you use?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you fit 4x140mm fan on top and still mount the drive cages?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late replay and sadly, I can't answer your question due to me no longer having this case. I migrated this build into a rack mounted case on a server rack. Again, apologies :/