Cardboard Server? – NAS Project – Update #4

It have been some time since i posted about the FreeNAS server. And a lot have been done since then. I got the $22 USD 30GB SSD and the Marvell 88SE9215 Sata card. And i can confirm that the Sata card works perfectly without any issues. I did also get 2 free cables which is nice. The card also came with a normal- and a small bracket for probably mounting in smaller PC cases. I can also confirm that i have bought the Fractal Design Node 304 case, but it is still on the way. A friend had an old Lenovo desktop computer, and he gave me the power supply for free. Also the PC had computer memory that did fit in my motherboard, that i also got for free, so i am on 4 GB total of computer memory.

I wanted to build this server that much that i could not wait no more, so i took the cardboard the motherboard came with and, well, made a server out of it.

FreeNAS_1
Cardboard server

FreeNAS_2

FreeNAS_3

What do you guys think? Pretty neat huh?

And yeah it works! But it will be great to get the Node 304 so i can start building the server for real.

Marvell 88SE9215 Sata card

Like i said, the card works with my seagate drives and can handle raid. Here is what is looks like inside the cardboard server:

IO Crest 4 Port SATA III PCI-e 2.0 x1 Controller Card Marvell Non-Raid with Low Profile Bracket SI-PEX40064

New quad core CPU

I installed Plex Media Server inside FreeNAS and everything worked fine until i tried to stream the highest quality of my tv shows. The show started, but then begin to stop and start all the time, that was very annoying. I checked where the bottle neck was, and it looks like it could be my dual core 3.0 Ghz E5700.  So i decided to buy a new one, and the best and cheapest alternative was the Intel Q8400 that is a quad core 2.66 Ghz CPU. And yes, i did already buy it, but installing it will happen when the Node 304 arrive.

Intel Q8400

Only 100 Mbit/s transfer speed 🙁

Something i noticed when i transferred files to the server, is that i only had a 100 Mbit/s transfer speed. And that was way to slow. Especially with my new CAT6 internet cables. After searching the whole web and i could not get any answer, i asked on a forum. They told me to change the port my internet cable was connected to in my Dlink router and voila, it works! I do finally get 1000 Mbit/s transfer speed, much faster than 100 Mbit/s.

 

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My NAS Server Project – Update #1

So i have been watching some videos on YouTube and got inspired to make a NAS server at home. I am trying to get the most bang for the buck, so i will use minimal with money on my server.

I have desided to go with a white version of the Fractal Design Node 304. Wasn’t this a budget build? Well, yes, but everything budget without the case!

Fractal Design Node 304
Fractal Design Node 304

I really like the case, the design is just beautiful. Another plus is that it got 6 x trays for 3.5″ drives, which is perfect for a home NAS.
Because of the case, i would need a mini-ITX motherboard, i got a Pegatron IPX41-R3 motherboard included a Intel Dual Core E5700 and 2 GB DDR3 RAM. Price: 504 NOK (59 USD).

I got a 30GB SSD from China for about 210 NOK (25 USD). I know it would not be the best SSD on the market, but it is good enough for my NAS server. I will do some more testing and benchmarking of the SSD when i get it.

I think i got an old power supply at home, so i do not need to buy a new one (hopefully).

Product list (so far):

 

Total cost so far is 74 USD.