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  1. Hi - you can move to dual parity at any time.
  2. Looks about right. I agree with miniwalks on the HBA. The R5 is a very good case. If you want to go with externally accessible drives, get something like an Antec 1200 and fill it with something like these: There are other options if you search around. Regarding VMs and Dockers - they're separate, different ways to achieve virtualization. Do you plan to remote into the Win10 VMs, or were you thinking of hooking up a monitor and keyboard? If so, you'll need video cards and you'll want to check everything through for IOMMU/VT-d support.
  3. Hello and welcome - I don't have direct experience with either, but from the forums I know that many people have used the FX-8320 with unRAID and a good number have used the Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 or similar. Combined with at least 4GB of RAM (8GB would be better) it should make a very good NAS. The only disadvantage, if you could call it that, is that the FX-8320 is actually more than you need for a basic NAS and therefore you could build a more power efficient system with newer parts. Since unRAID is free to try I'd setup a system with the trial license and give it a go.
  4. It sounds like you want to use the VPN for outbound traffic from your server to the internet. I don't think there is a generic solution to this yet that would cover all traffic. Instead, use the excellent binhex Dockers with built in VPN and privoxy support. They're available via the equally excellent Community Applications plugin.
  5. Or setup the 6600k as your NAS and get a shiny new gaming rig . There are some remarkably good deals in low end chips now, for instance the Pentium G4620 costs under $100 but it's now hyper-threaded and gets 5391 Passmarks which outperforms most Haswell Core i3's.
  6. The 7700k would be a big jump up - over 12,000 Passmarks and 8 vCPUs to work with since it has hyper-threading. Since you'd be moving from a Skylake CPU to a Kaby Lake CPU it would be a good idea to confirm the 7700k is supported and update the BIOS before you upgrade.
  7. The rule of thumb for Plex transcoding is 2,000 Passmarks per 1080p stream. So I'd look to set aside at least 5,000 Passmarks for unRAID, several Dockers, and 2 streams. Personally, I'd build a new box if you really want to combine all that into one. That said, would you keep the 6600k as your gaming box and build an unRAID NAS for the other stuff? Or are you still thinking one large box for everything? Editorial comment and purely personal opinion: gaming VMs with hardware passthrough on unRAID do work, and can work very well, but I'm not sure I'd say that they "just work". I would characterize VMs with hardware passthrough as more "enthusiast" technology than "mainstream" - I'm sure it will mature over time but for now tinkering is required.
  8. The Core i5 6600k supports IOMMU/VT-d, runs 8,000 Passmarks, and has 4 cores, non-hyper-threaded. If it were me, I'd want to give unRAID at least 2 cores to run basic NAS functions plus a bunch of Dockers. That would only leave 2 cores for VMs which isn't ideal. A hyper-threaded CPU or one with more cores gives you a lot more flexibility for fine tuning the configuration and running VMs. Make sure your motherboard also supports IOMMU/VT-d, by the way. Do you want to support Plex transcoding and if so how many streams? That matters with CPU selection.
  9. The unRAID Trial license requires that your server have access to the Internet to start the array. The unRAID regular licenses do not require internet access to start the array. It's generally recommended that your unRAID server be on your local home network, and that you do not allow inbound traffic from the internet through your router. If you need to allow inbound traffic you should consider specific applications that allow it like Plex, or implement a VPN. unRAID is not by default bullet proof enough to expose directly to the internet.
  10. Hi, some random comments: - An SSD is generally better if you only plan to run applications from the cache drive, while a 7200rpm Black can be better if you want to support lots of data between mover runs. Personally, I'd recommend an SSD and have writes go directly to the array. - I'm curious about your thinking behind the E5-1620 v3 in the ASRock build. Is it something you're getting a good deal on? It has the benefits of the E5/2011 architecture, but only the cores/performance of a modern E3 (4 cores hyperthreaded, 9752 Passmarks). It's also 140w chip so a bit more expensive to run and more heat/noise. - The ASRock motherboard and CPU support quad channel ECC RDIMMs, but the memory you've picked appears to be standard DDR4. - I'd go further up the food chain on the Supermicro E3 build. The E3-1220v3 is only a 4 core, non-hyperthreaded (7654 Passmarks) chip. I'd go up at least to the 124x chips with hyperthreading. - I wouldn't buy 3TB drives for a new build. I prefer to manage a smaller number of large drives and would get 4TB at a minimum. Actually, if I were doing a new build I'd put in WD 8TB Red parity drives and Seagate 8TB archive drives (best $ per TB).
  11. I wouldn't. The standard configuration is that you would plug both the unRAID NAS and the Dell T3500 into your switch/router and let it make the connection between them, that should work fine. If you have multiple switches I'd try to have them both on the same one.
  12. Hello and welcome! I don't have direct experience with that motherboard, but I can offer some general answers: * do you think all component will be compatible for unraid. Yes, they should work. * since i'm not going to do vm on this computer i3 would be enough ? also for ram An i3 is fine for a basic NAS with a few Dockers. You mentioned Plex though. Do you want this machine to support Plex transcoding? How many streams? Also, you could probably do this build with 8GB of RAM. 16GB is fine, but honestly 32GB would be overkill. * Also would lsi it mode 8x would fit with this motherboard ? They should be compatible with that motherboard. If your question is whether it will fit physically without any obstructions, I'm not sure. That happens, but rarely.
  13. I like this approach better. Haswell and newer CPUs support AVX2 extensions that can improve parity check performance for dual parity setups, which is even more relevant for lower end CPUs. I also like DoeBoye's suggestion of a Pentium.
  14. I think you've got the situation sized up. Yep, 2011 boards are more expensive. If you buy used to save money, you'll spend time sorting through eBay to see what's available then cross checking Passmark and Ark for their capabilities. Until things in the Ryzen space stabilize or AMD forces Intel to lower their prices, used is the best way to get a deal on multi-core chips. There are some new/boxed options that fit your criteria, though. For instance: There are more new/boxed options, too - give PCPartPicker a try. Unfortunately < 95w TDP chips are less common - any flexibility on that? And available E5's vary across all prior generations, so watch out for that (and corresponding motherboard compatibility). Personal opinion - the single box solution is definitely possible but gets trickier as you go. NAS is a given and Dockers are pretty easy. Lighter weight background tasking VMs aren't too hard and should be very stable once you get them configured. As you get into heavy duty VMs it takes the right hardware and careful configuration, probably with static provisioning. And performance sensitive VMs with hardware pass-through takes all the above plus some tinkering.
  15. The best way is to do an advanced search over on Intel Ark: Specify the cores you want, and in particular the TDP. A lot of the 2011 CPUs run at a 140w TDP so you'll need to filter down to the ones with 95w. Are you willing to buy used?
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