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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:58 am 
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Sorry for the late reply... real life gets in the way, huh?!

Anyway, here's the parts I went with...

Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl I've only built a few systems now, and I'm by no means an expert, but I really like this case...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811352020

Intel Xeon E3-1240V3 Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 80W Quad-Core Server Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819116905

2 x SAMSUNG 840 Series 120GB SATA III SSD I didn't wind up RAIDing these, got the extra installed, but just sittin' there empty...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820147188

2 X Kingston 8GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ECC Unbuffered Server Memory Yeah, so if you go with WHS2011 it can only utilize 8GB. Oops.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820239370

SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SLM-F-O uATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813182820

CORSAIR HX series HX650 650W Too much? Not enough? Okay so far.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817139012

5 X Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000 These have been great so far. Didn't have to RMA any of them, no errors, and no drives dropped out of the drive pool!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822178393

HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL Was pretty easy to setup, even for a total novice like me!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6816115100

LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6827136268

3ware Internal (SFF-8087) Serial ATA Breakout Cable
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6816116097

Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64-bit Soooooooooo much cheaper than Server 2012... for now...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6832416443

The only pic I wound up taking before stashing it away is below... The case has a lot of space for air flow. I ordered a few more fans to supplement those that came with the case, I went with the same fans the case comes with (Fractal Silent Series). I believe I've got two fans mounted up front pulling air into the hard drives, two up top and one in back pulling air out of the case. So far temperatures have been fine... and I keep this thing stored away inside a wooden built-in cabinet/book case in my home office. I did add some small vents to the top and one side of the cabinet/book case, maybe that's helped too? Regardless, the drive temps in open air with the case covers off, even during use, ran around the low 30's C; with the case covers on and placed inside the cabinet the temps only get up to the upper 30's -I think the manufacturer says the drives are rated for up to 60 C.

The server's been up and running for probably four or five weeks now, in the cabinet, only restarted a couple of times to let Windows complete recommended updates. So far I haven't experienced any crashes, no hard drives dropped out of the pool, pretty much no problems what so ever.

A BIG "THANK YOU" TO ALL THE HELPFUL USERS FROM THESE FORUMS!!!


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Awesome work, Thx for sharing. I noticed your comment about your raid/not being used.
I would suggest something I use, it's quick and easy, I am using it in Mirror SSD Raid in my win2012E server, I tested it for about a month in my test ex-490 and it worked great.
It has a email notification deal in it that will email you if something goes wrong. I thought a cool/quick/easy/raid for a server in (1) 3.5 slot.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994099

I shopped around and found it for less and got free shipping.

Again, thx for sharing and good luck with your build. :whs:

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