As every new user should do, they should make a thread first in this section! So this will be my first post!
So here is the story of my first build:
- I finally moved out of my parents place (finally time, stayed way to long at home... ...although it was very good there). They have a NAS, which I maintain the whole thing, but my parents still use it. So I couldn't take it with me. I had to make my own new NAS and I wanted to 'make' my own, and not use a prebuilt system (much more fun).
- I started to search for an OS. A few years ago I heard about FreeNAS, so I first looked for that, but then saw the specs they ask for could be expensive and difficult to find. I searched for alternatives and stumbled on OpenMediaVault. Much more lightweight, easy and big community and of course I chose OMV!
- In my small new home, I found space to put a rack for all my network-hardware. I had 4U free space in the rack and searched for a chassis which would fit. That is how I found the chassis (see for specs lower).
- I wanted it to be power-efficiënt in some way (because Climate Change is not a HOAX) and therefore I wanted to choose the parts in function of it.
- I'm a beginner when it comes to everything with Linux-based systems. Already used a Raspberry Pi to fiddle around with, but only basic stuff.
- Chassis: Inter-tech 2U 2404S
- 2U rackmountable chassis, without being to deep
- 4 hot-swapable harddrives.
- µATX motherboard (cheaper than m-ITX)
- supports ATX PSU form-factor, but not standard ATX, without modding. The current ATX PSU take their ventilation from the bottom, but this chassis doesn't support it for the ATX PSU. I modded the mounting bracket so it could fit a SFX PSU.
- Had to add 4x 50mm fans for Better cooling with lower noise.
- not so cheap , but only chassis, which fitted my needs.
- Power Supply Unit: Corsair SF450 Platinum
- Smallest Wattage (450W) for a PSU with Platinum certification.
- Fits the Chassis
- Needed some CableMod extension kit
- Processor: Intel Core i3-8350K (second hand, underclocked and undervolted)
- First I wanted to buy one of those T-variants Intel sells, because of their low voltage usage. I had the Intel Pentium Gold G5400T or G5420T (which will come out later) in mind.
- But a friend of mine had a spare Intel Core i3-8350K and could sell it to me for a good price.
- Clocked it like an Intel Core i3-8300T for low power usage (already done and tested)
- Has an iGPU, so no need for extra Graphics Card.
- CPU-Cooler: Cryorig C7
- Relatively cheap, but could handle an overclocked Intel Core i3-8350K if needed.
- Fits the chassis in height.
- Motherboard: ASRock Z370M Pro4
- Searched for the cheapest microATX-board with under- or over-clocking possibilities that supported the cheap CPU I got.
- Supported more than 4 hard drives.
- Possibility to upgrade later with 4 PCIe card-slots (example: faster network card)
- Memory: 2x G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-2800 4GB
- 8GB Ram in total, dual channel
- again second hand from the same friend as the processor
- For the chassis, it was better to take low-profile Memory-sticks. I to put them in slot 1 and 3, in stead of the recommended 2 and 4, but they still work dual channel.
- Storage: (most important and expensive part)
It is already built physically, and will be used for normal storage, plex server, virtualisation,... (will see where we'll get ). Next: trying to get the Server working...
Edit: Some Pictures