Hello, i want to build a small 24/7 internet server/download machine with :
DG965WH (passive chipset/onboard video)
E4400 + SI-128 + silent 120mm
2GB DDR2 crucial
Seasonic S12 550+
Areca ARC-1220 8ports, normal or ML, with the passive heatsink.
...and 8*1TB drives in RAID6 (+2/RAID1 OS boot drive)
I want it to be quietest as possible because of 24/7 operation, but fast enough to handle multiple p2p/ftp uploading/downloading & some video streaming through the network & internet.
(gigabit network & ~8Mb/1Mb internet)
The WD GP seems perfect to me (cheap, silent, powersaver & cool running), but i don' t know if 5400RPM will be fast enough for downloading/uploading a lot of things simultaneously...
I saw this about multithread performance; it seems bad.
I also read this about CRC errors on a WDGP. I don' t know if it' s a drive problem/if there is a lot of drives concerned ?
The other choice is obviously the new Samsung F1 that i have waited so long, a little more noisy/powerhungry/hot but alot faster (but a guy found it more quiet here)
I don' t know how it works with multithread stuff, but i also view in this thread that a lot of F1 seems to have a lot of problems...
Seagate 7200.11 is more noisy (but has a good working NCQ) and i' m afraid about the power requirements (i remember my 16*7200.8 array, with 2.8A each...)
The Hitachi 5platter is also noisy/hungry/etc...
2/I also wanted to know the compatibility of theses hdds with Areca' s controllers (ARC-1220 /ML)
3/Do you have some silent case ideas ? I was first thinking of the CoolerMaster Stacker 810, all good but has a giant opening, so i can 't put some noise dampening foam...
The new LianLi PC80 looks interesting but the stock fans are 140mm & i don' t know at all if they are noisy (i' m planning to use noctua S12-800 ~everywhere)
The case will be on the floor, so USB/power/... on the top is good.