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I am planning on building a large storage server running raid 6 for everyone in my household. I have been doing some research and have some experience in building my own desktops. Listed below are the components I have come up with, any input would be welcomed and appreciated. Thank you in advance for your comments. Also I was thinking about using some type of free operating system to run the whole thing like FREENAS.

Raid Controller Card


3ware 9650SE-8LPML PCI Express SATA II Controller Card RAID Levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, Single Disk, JBOD - Retail

BBU For Raid Card


3ware BBU-MODULE-03 Battery Backup Unit for 3ware 9650SE SATA II HW RAID Controllers - Retail



Tagan Aplus Black Pearl Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case



Rosewill RP550-2 ATX12V v2.01 550W Power Supply 115/230 V CSA,UL,TUV, FCC

Drives X (8)


Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST31000340NS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
$249.99 X (8) $1999.92



Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS LGA 775 Intel 925X ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail



Intel Pentium 4 631 Cedar Mill 3.0GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Single-Core Processor

Memmory 4G total


pqi TURBO 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail


Edited by jojosnight, 24 May 2008 - 07:01 AM.

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8 tb drives in raid6....at the house?.....you really need 7TB on a home NAS? RAID6 is also an interesting decision here.....is the availability that critical? just wondering on your choice to build your own and why it's so beefy for a home implementation...
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Hi there,

I have some small changes to make so far - you do not want a Rosewill PSU, they are poor quality. I'm sure you don't want hassles with your hard drives not being able to power up! I recommend this Corsair for a 550W unit - high-quality and efficiency.

Your motherboard selection cannot accept that 631 Pentium, however it does take the 630 - although I'm unable to find it for sale anywhere. I suggest upgrading to a slightly different motherboard, one that will allow the 631, or another similarly priced/performing processor. This one looks okay, and then you could add just about any recent Core 2 Duo processor - here's one of the cheapest ones at the moment. This would then allow you to keep the current RAM you have selected.


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I'd suggest Linux for the OS, its pretty useful I love it, takes a while to learn though.

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