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Ultimate Geek

#150367 20-Jul-2014 10:40
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I currently have a hosted server with the following specs that I'd like to replicate/move to my home/office:


  • Dell PowerEdge M600
  • 2 x Quad Core Xeon L5430 Processor
  • 2 x 500GB SATA (RAID 1)
  • 16GB RAM
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard
I use the server as a dev workstation and usually have at least 3x VMs running in VMWare Workstation.


  • PFSense (Router, Firewall, VPN)
  • 2x Windows 8 VMs (Development, Graphics etc)
This server works pretty well for what I'm doing now (no gaming, heaving graphics etc) however I would also like to up-spec a bit in order to be able to run a few more VMs simultaneously:


  • PFSense (Home UFB Router, Firewall, VPN)
  • FreeNAS (Plex Media Server, NAS etc)
  • 3-4x Windows 8 VMs
  • 1-2x Linux VMs (small web server)
The new specs I'd be looking at are around:


  • Form: Tower PC (not rack mount)
  • CPU / MB: Unsure whether to keep dual CPUs or go more cores but need a bit more power than what I've got now? TPM would be ideal.
  • RAM: ~32GB
  • OS RAID1: 2x 64-128GB SSD
  • VM RAID1: 2x 2-4TB SATA
  • Storage RAID1: 2x 2-4TB SATA
  • OS: I'm pretty sure I'm not currently using any special features of Windows Server 2012 so should I be safe to stick with Windows 8??

I'm looking for mainly for recommendations on a CPU / Motherboard combination that will do the job and possibly be able to handle the 3x RAID1 arrays without an external controller (doesn't need to be bullet-proof or 100% up-time, just fairly resilient so I can swap out a bad disk without too much hassle).


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Ultimate Geek

  #1092379 20-Jul-2014 10:48
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One option I priced up was this:

2x Transcend SSD340 TS256GSSD340 256GB ($322.62)
4x WD Red WD40EFRX 64MB 4TB ($966.00)
2x Intel Xeon E5-2420v2 2.2GHz Socket 1356 ($1,198.30)
1x Intel S2400SC2 $503.70 ($503.70)
4x Kingston DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz ECC LV 8GB ($386.44)                 
Total $3,377.06

Not sure if this is overkill or if I could go more economical on the motherboard / CPU's ?

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Ultimate Geek

  #1094036 23-Jul-2014 09:38
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Final order from was:

Next thread will be "How do I setup PFSense as a Vodafone UFB router?" tongue-out...

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