NAS Build/Purchase Part 3 - Who Sticks to a Plan Anyway


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So, after a few months to mull it over, I ended up going from probably a Thecus or Asustor to a DIY setup which is slight more than I originally budgeted for but allows up to 12 disks (albeit with a change of case required).


The motherboard is a C2550, which is the C0 stepping (not affected by the C2000 intel bug). The nice thing is that it is very low power, passively cooled and supports up to 12 SATA disks. The downside is a mix of SATA2/3 and only USB2. A big plus is the option to team the gbe nics on it, and it has a dedicated IPMI interface. While my switch doesn't support lacp, I may make use of it as a dedicated transfer interface for myself, or a direct to the pi for streaming. It also supports up to 64GB of ram, which may come in handy if I expand storage capacity (zfs likes its ram for caching).

The case is nice and small, yet can hold 6 disks. One downside is that cable management is a bit nonexistant. I plan to tie most of the extras off to the side as much as possible.

There's nothing of real interest with the PSU or HDDs.

I forgot to take pictures assembling everything... but here are some after shots of the mess. The cable hanging down in the last picture is from the case's integrated fan controller which I am not making use of at this time.
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That is an interesting location and orientation for the cmos battery. lol
I've seen that a couple times. It's not super common but it does exist, I think it's usually found on All in Ones with the mobo built into the back of the screen. Obviously for situations where board space is a concern.