The purpose is to have an unRAID box capable of running SAB/SB/CP and Plex Media Server. I had an Acer Revo 1600 with XBMCbuntu, SAB/SB/CP installed that always had 2 external USB drives hooked up to it, holding my media. No redundancy! Luckily never had a drive failure. I experienced so many crashing issues that I always had to intervene and manage it remotely. After building this server, the XBMC box was upgraded to an Intel NUC DC3217IYE.
Thanks to eskro's helpful threads (on the XBMC forums), I settled on creating a SFF unraid box similar to his.
[CASE] LIAN LI PC-Q25B Mini-ITX ($120 + $10)
[CPU]AMD Sempron 130 2.6GHz Single-Core AM3 45W ($30 + $0)
[RAM]Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) KVR800D2N6/2G ($32 + $0)
[MOBO] Asus P8H77 LGA 1155 Intel H77 Mini-ITX ($99 + $0)
[CPU] Intel Ivy Bridge i3-3220T Dual Core Intel HD Graphics 2500 LGA 1155 35W ($129 + $0)
[RAM] Kingston HyperX 2x2GB 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) KHX1600C9D3K2/4GX ($29 + $0)
[PSU] Corsair Builder Series CX430 V2 430W 80Plus certified ATX12V ($25 after rebate + $0)
[unRAID] Plus License 5.0-beta14 ($69 + $0)
UPS APC Back-UPS ES 550 ($60)
2TB Seagate ST2000DL003
2TB Seagate ST32000542AS
2TB Hitachi 5k3000
2TB WD Green WD20EARS
2TB Hitachi 5k3000 Parity
120GB Samsung EVO Cache
I picked the Lian Li Q25B case because it has a SATA backplane. Additionally for the coolness factor. In my teenage years, I built a couple Shuttle-based SFF computers so I'm used to working with little space! I'll outline this thread as I complete the build. I'd love to hear feedback, as well!
4/12/2013 LAN Speed Test results
Test completed with an Intel NUC with Windows 8 and 32GB Crucial M4, wired connection through an Asus RT-N66U Router.
GbE 1GB test to cache drive: 80.8 MB/s write, 82.4 MB/s read.
GbE 1GB test to parity protected array: to be performed later