This post is out of sequential order but ehh.
As my previous post states I was concerned with data loss after one of my 300GB hard drives crashed. I searched a while for an OS that would be easy to install, setup, and maintain found it. Next on the list was finding compatible hardware. I wanted hardware that not only would be compatible with FreeNAS but also with building a hackintosh if it ever came to that. After a few weeks of going through blog post and related hackintosh material I selected what I thought was the best hardware for my current needs, room for expansion, and also still relatively cheap now.
Quiet power supply:
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Hackintosh compatible mobo with Gigabit ethernet and 6 SATA 3.0GB/s connections:
GIGABYTE GA-EP43T-USB3 LGA 775 Intel P43 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Quality RAM with heatsink:
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 991585
Quieter fans than what’s was currently installed:
2x SILVERSTONE FN81 80mm Case Fan
Cheap dual core Intel processor for those damn parity bit calculations:
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80571E6500
To keep the RAID array cool under load:
LIAN LI EX-332N HDD Mount Kit
Western Digital AV WD1600AVJB 160GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 3.5″ Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Gigabit ethernet PCIe 1.0 card for the current hackintosh:
Rosewill RC-401-EX 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express Gigabit Low Profile Network Card
Gigabit Switch for said network:
ASUS GX-D1081 10/100/1000Mbps Power-Saving Gigabit Switch
From Fry’s Electronics:
After I got everything running and the software setup I have a total of 5.4TB of usable space on the RAID 5 array and 1.8TB of space on my old 2TB drive as a secondary local rsync backup drive for my photos and other really important non-replaceable content. Both drives are formatted with UFS, which is some filesystem I hadn’t used or heard of until using FreeNAS.
Also worth mentioning is the incredible read speed on the RAID array, it mostly goes unnoticed because everything is being transported over a Gigabit ethernet connection but MD5 file hash calculations are twice as fast as my desktop on a slower processor.