ASRock C226 WS - Server / Workstation Socket 1150 Motherboard £144.10 Delivered @ LambdaTek
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ASRock C226 WS - Server / Workstation Socket 1150 Motherboard £144.10 Delivered @ LambdaTek

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Found 19th Aug 2014
Fabulous motherboard for building a rock solid home server based around FreeNAS (16GB of ECC RAM is recommended when using ZFS).

This board is the cheapest I could find which supports both ECC RAM and 10 x SATA III ports to be able to build a decent sized RAID.

asrockrack.com/gen…0WS

Model: C226 WS
ATX 12''x9.6''
Single socket H3 (LGA 1150)
Supports New 4th and 4th Generation Intel XeonE3-1200 v3/ Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors (Socket 1150)
4-DIMM DDR3 1600/1333 ECC & UDIMM, max. 32GB
2 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x4, 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 x PCI
6 x SATA3 by Intel C226 support RAID 0,1,5,10
4 x SATA3 by Marvell 9172 support RAID 0,1
2 Intel i210, support Dual GLAN
6 USB 3.0 ports (4 rear + 2 via header)
10 USB 2.0 ports (4 rear + 6 via header)

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personally prefer my nas's to be small microserver sized, but its a cheap server board.

Would oc pentium be good processor for a server?

Original Poster

bouncy99

personally prefer my nas's to be small microserver sized, but its a cheap … personally prefer my nas's to be small microserver sized, but its a cheap server board.



Agreed, but I needed more disk capacity and the cases that support 10 x 3.5inch disks also tend to be able to take a standard ATX motherboard.

I'm looking at using this:
amazon.co.uk/Fra…NFO

with something like this to add the extra 3.5" bays:
amazon.co.uk/Icy…3BW

Original Poster

nedford

Would oc pentium be good processor for a server?



To be able to use ECC RAM you need a compatible CPU:
http://ark.intel.com/search/advanced/?s=t&Sockets=FCLGA1150&ECCMemory=true

The Intel G3258 looks like a good low budget CPU that fits the bill if you don't need loads of processing power. I wouldn't recommend trying to overclock a server CPU though as the key with servers is stability rather than raw speed.


Edited by: "secondcoming" 19th Aug 2014

secondcoming

Agreed, but I needed more disk capacity and the cases that support 10 x … Agreed, but I needed more disk capacity and the cases that support 10 x 3.5inch disks also tend to be able to take a standard ATX motherboard.I'm looking at using this:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fractal-Design-Define-R4-Case/dp/B008NFWNFOwith something like this to add the extra 3.5" bays:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Icy-Dock-MB-453SPF-B-MB453SPF-B-Aluminium/dp/B00EO4C3BW

just be aware that the performance of that marvel controller will most likely be pants in comparison to the intel one, and of course your arrays would be split by each controller.

Original Poster

bouncy99

just be aware that the performance of that marvel controller will most … just be aware that the performance of that marvel controller will most likely be pants in comparison to the intel one, and of course your arrays would be split by each controller.



With ZFS in FreeNAS you don't use the hardware RAID anyway, the OS needs to see each disk individually to be able to monitor disk health properly. You are essentially just using them as standard SATA ports.

secondcoming

With ZFS in FreeNAS you don't use the hardware RAID anyway, the OS needs … With ZFS in FreeNAS you don't use the hardware RAID anyway, the OS needs to see each disk individually to be able to monitor disk health properly. You are essentially just using them as standard SATA ports.

Ah right, so other than the the controllers and disk , your cpu will be what the bottleneck?
Edited by: "bouncy99" 19th Aug 2014

Original Poster

bouncy99

Ah right, so other than the the controllers and disk , your cpu will be … Ah right, so other than the the controllers and disk , your cpu will be what the bottleneck?



It's dependent on having a decent chunk of RAM as well, I don't think you need a massively powerful CPU:
http://doc.freenas.org/index.php/Hardware_Recommendations

RAIDZ2 looks like the sweet spot
Edited by: "secondcoming" 19th Aug 2014
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