Budget 90k+ 1440p Dual Monitor - Huge Storage/NAS ? - Gaming Build (Part by Part)


Naveen_Reloaded

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Please build two machines - one for gaming and another low power one for nas. It doesn't make sense to keep your gaming rig turned on 24/7 downloading stuff when the same can be achieved using a much lower power optimized machine.

Personally I use a b450 board with a 3200g and an LSI HBA card for the storage pc with 6x 10tb HDDs in raidz2. It's more than enough for everything. This box runs linux. Do note the LSI HBAs don't work properly in any modern windows version.

I did see some NAS oriented motherboard + mini ITX case etc.. but they seem to be too complicated for me.. atleast for now.
I use my laptop 24x7.. and IIRC , my current Sager 970M GPU laptop has been literally running non-stop for 3 years or so now.
I am planning to run my gaming system also 24x7 ..
Only very recently i have been putting the laptop on sleep at night..
Can you suggest a HDD less NAS oriented PC config ?I do prefer a mini ITX case.. i can hide away in a cupboard or something.
 

Chaos

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I did see some NAS oriented motherboard + mini ITX case etc.. but they seem to be too complicated for me.. atleast for now.
I use my laptop 24x7.. and IIRC , my current Sager 970M GPU laptop has been literally running non-stop for 3 years or so now.
I am planning to run my gaming system also 24x7 ..
Only very recently i have been putting the laptop on sleep at night..
Can you suggest a HDD less NAS oriented PC config ?I do prefer a mini ITX case.. i can hide away in a cupboard or something.

Any cheap board with an x8 PCI-e slot works since that is all the LSI HBA requires. I reused my old B450 gaming pro carbon but any a320/a520/H410 board will also be good enough.

Mini itx for a nas is a hard problem if you want expandability. The deal with running something like unraid or freenas is that ideally you'd want some redundancy for your pool.

So you need to have at least 4 drives while 6 is ideal since 50% of the storage is used for redundancy. Out of my 60 TB space on drives, actual amount of available space is only 38TB or so.

Hence a case that supports 6-8 drive bays is essential for future expandability.
 

Naveen_Reloaded

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Any cheap board with an x8 PCI-e slot works since that is all the LSI HBA requires. I reused my old B450 gaming pro carbon but any a320/a520/H410 board will also be good enough.

Mini itx for a nas is a hard problem if you want expandability. The deal with running something like unraid or freenas is that ideally you'd want some redundancy for your pool.

So you need to have at least 4 drives while 6 is ideal since 50% of the storage is used for redundancy. Out of my 60 TB space on drives, actual amount of available space is only 38TB or so.

Hence a case that supports 6-8 drive bays is essential for future expandability.
I need about max 6-8TB of redundancy only.. So i think 2x 6-8TB will do , rest i need for storage , mostly entertainment oriented.
I saw few mini itx case with support upto 8 drives.. wont that be enough ?
Will keep looking for those board in our forum itself.As of now my priority is for gaming machine.. since the integrated NAS is out of equation , i think i will choose a mobo with good features , rather than X HDD support. Still i think 2-4 HDD support + 1 NVME + 1 SSD shouldnt be a issue right ?

Also suggest on 1440p dual monitor setup.. will 3080/6800XT handle it ? or i should go for 1080p dual.. or single wide screen 1440p ?
 

Chaos

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I need about max 6-8TB of redundancy only.. So i think 2x 6-8TB will do , rest i need for storage , mostly entertainment oriented.
I saw few mini itx case with support upto 8 drives.. wont that be enough ?
Will keep looking for those board in our forum itself.As of now my priority is for gaming machine.. since the integrated NAS is out of equation , i think i will choose a mobo with good features , rather than X HDD support. Still i think 2-4 HDD support + 1 NVME + 1 SSD shouldnt be a issue right ?

Also suggest on 1440p dual monitor setup.. will 3080/6800XT handle it ? or i should go for 1080p dual.. or single wide screen 1440p ?

Any case which supports drives is enough.

As for monitor - get 1440p
 

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