sexta-feira, 2 de abril de 2010 18:27
I'm looking into building my very first home server and would like to hear some feedback on the hardware I'm planning to use. The server will be used primary for storing (applications, pictures, music, videos, documents, etc) and also for streaming videos and music to several digital media receivers and laptops throughout the house. I want something that is energy efficient but yet powerful enough to do all the above without encountering latency in my home network. The hardware I'm looking to use is as follow:
Chenbro ES34169 120W Mini-ITX Case
GIGABYTE GA-D510UD Intel Atom D510 Intel NM10 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
WD Scorpio Blue WD1200BEVE 120GB 2.5" ATA-6 Internal Notebook Hard Drive
4 x WD WD10EARS 1TB Caviar Green Hard Drive SATA 3.0GB/s Internal Hard Drive
CORSAIR 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory
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sexta-feira, 2 de abril de 2010 20:15Looks fine if you're not transcoding. For transcoding, I would go to something a little more powerful than the Atom
sexta-feira, 2 de abril de 2010 20:46
I chose the Intel Atom D510 because of it's dual core processor and it's energy efficient compared to other lines of Intel processors. You think there will be issues if I were transcoding with this motherboard/cpu combo? Which processor would you recommend? And how much more energy consumption should I expect to see if I go that route? I'm planning to have this server on 24/7 and would like to put together something that would not consume too much power. Thanks!
domingo, 4 de abril de 2010 17:25
I am looking at the same case, motherboard and Western Digital SATA green RS series drives in a different size for substantially identical purposes. Locally, electricity cost $0.25/KWH so 10 watts 24X7 costs $21.92 per year. Stuff to think about. Every drive eventually fails. I will not pay for backup so I am going software raid 5 with 3X 2 Tb drives. This allows capacity expansion without drive replacement. I want to use the PCI slot for a (hardware assisted) tv encoder rather than an esata port. Your drive capacity is already maxed out.
What is your target streaming load? Mine is trivial. Read and write 2GB/hour is a total load of 1.11 Mb/sec which is nothing for the drives. Add in some torrents and load or save an application or data file and the drive load remains irrelevant. How many simultaneous users do you anticipate and are you fond of HD content. My issue is that I can find no spec's for dual core atom software raid 5 capacity. Even so, my trivial load makes this a non issue to me.
The word transcoding covers much ground. I can copy individual chapters from a dvd which is technically transcoding using an Atom 330 and it works perfectly but you would not want to use the pc for anything else at the same time. Best to schedule the job to run while you sleep or use a pc other than the server.
Why are you selecting DDR2 667 ram rather than DDR 800?
In this context, selection of an ATA 2.5 drive is definitely the way to go. The SATA drives should idle at minimal power consumtion while you sleep as long as you put stuff in the right place.
segunda-feira, 5 de abril de 2010 02:21Moderador
so I am going software raid 5 with 3X 2 Tb drives.
I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
segunda-feira, 5 de abril de 2010 14:59
There will be about 5 simultaneous users and yes, I am fond of HD content. I would say 95% of the time, DVD transcoding will be done on another pc and then copied to the server. The primary purpose of this server is for storing files and streaming videos and music to my networked digital media receivers.
I selected the DDR2 667 because I had a few lying around and didn't want to purchase additional RAM, but if it makes more sense to use DDR2 800 RAM, then I'll use those instead.