Registered: Jul 2010
07-21-12 05:46 AM
Re: How to build a 26TB box for less than $3000
I built a similar server back in August/September 2011 (before the Thailand flooding/hard drive shortage). I visited Newegg to compile a list based on the same specifications and current pricing. If you plan the build (and buy parts over a couple of months), you can also take advantage of coupons and rebates.
A few substitutions are needed because of deactivated items. Example: I am using an Intel Core i3-2100T (35W) CPU which is no longer available. Energy consumpsion was important since I am running the server 24/7 and did not want a spike in energy bills. Current energy usage is between 110W and 140W.
I am also using Hitachi 5K3000 (0F12117) 2TB drives. At the time they were going for $49 ($69 with $20 rebate). They are no longer available as Hitachi is now HGST (Western Digital).
I am using Linux (Ubuntu) as my OS with ZFS as the file system. I prefer the software RAID (zfs) vs hardware for compatibility reasons.
Here is the parts list with Newegg item numbers. Total cost is $2,968.77.
16 x SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Notes: I have the drives split as 8 x 2 (LSI Controller), 6 x 2 (Motherboard Chipset SATA ports), and 2 x 2 (Motherboard Marvell SATA ports). The 8 x 2 is used for my media server, the 6 x 2 is for work and business, and the 2 x 2 is a temporary workspace.
1 x Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Full Tower Silent PC Computer Case
1 x CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
1 x GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
1 x Intel Core i3-2120T Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 35W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120T
Notes: I wanted a low power setup. Processor is only 35W.
1 x COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
1 x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
Notes: I find 8 GB to be perfect. Memory is cheap if you want 16 GB.
1 x ASUS 8400GS-1GD3-SL GeForce 8400 GS 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Notes: Anything cheap will work since graphics are not needed; the monitor is off 99.9% of the time.
1 x LSI Internal SATA/SAS 9211-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single
Notes: If you wait for a Newegg sale, you can get this for around $219.
2 x 3WARE Cable Multi-lane Internal Cable (SFF-8087)
1 x Patriot Xporter XT Boost 16GB Flash Drive (USB 2.0 Portable) Model PEF16GUSB
Notes: Linux OS is installed to this USB flash drive.
1 x APC Back-UPS ES BE550G 550 VA 330 Watts (4) NEMA 5-15R (Battery Backup) (4) NEMA 5-15R (Surge Protection) Outlets UPS
Notes: If power drops, OS will power off machine safely. Otherwise about 10 to 15 minutes backup power.
Other cables and accessories purchased at Newegg/Amazon/Monoprice for approximately $50.
With some price searching and substitutions, you can get the price below $2500. With fewer drives, you can get the price below $2000.