3-9 Drive Prototypes

All prices in this section are current as of January 11, 2012 unless otherwise noted.

3 Drive microServer
Mobo: ZOTAC GF6100-E-E
CPU: AMD Sempron 145
RAM: Kingston 2GB DDR2 800
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK
Cables: non-locking SATA x 2 (1 included with motherboard)
Hot Swap Drive Bays: Mobile Rack for 3.5 inches SATA HDD – Open Frame x 3
Hard Drives: Green drives (5400 rpm or 5900 rpm), such as WD Green, Hitachi CoolSpin, Samsung EcoGreen, and Seagate LP
Cost: $240 + shipping + cost of hard drives
Capacity: 4 TB
Expandability: Expandable to the 4 Drive microServer or the 5 Drive miniBox with replacement of hot swap bays. Expandable to 6 Drive miniTower with replacement of hot swap bays and case.

4 Drive microServer (same as above, just substitute a 3-in-2 for two of the hot swap bays)
Mobo: ZOTAC GF6100-E-E
CPU: AMD Sempron 145
RAM: Kingston 2GB DDR2 800
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK
Cables: non-locking SATA x 3 (1 included with motherboard)
Hot Swap Drive Bays:

Hard Drives: Green drives (5400 rpm or 5900 rpm), such as WD Green, Hitachi CoolSpin, Samsung EcoGreen, and Seagate LP
Cost: $275 + shipping + cost of hard drives
Capacity: 6 TB
Expandability: Expandable to the 5 Drive miniBox with replacement of hot swap bays. Expandable to 6 Drive miniTower with replacement of the single hot swap bay and case (but the 3-in-2 will still be used).

5 Drive miniBox (pics using a different 5-in-3 and a different mobo)
Mobo: ZOTAC GF6100-E-E
CPU: AMD Sempron 145
RAM: Kingston 2GB DDR2 800
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK
SATA Expansion Card: 2 port SATA2 Serial ATA II PCI-Express RAID Controller Card (Silicon Image SIL3132)
Cables: non-locking SATA x 4 (1 included with motherboard)
Hot Swap Drive BaysNorco SS-500
FansCoolink SWiF2-801 80mm *optional (Norco SS-500 fan upgrade if quieter performance is desired)
Hard Drives: Green drives (5400 rpm or 5900 rpm), such as WD Green, Hitachi CoolSpin, Samsung EcoGreen, and Seagate LP
Cost: $290 + shipping + cost of hard drives
Capacity: 8 TB
Expandability: Expandable to the 6 Drive miniTower with replacement of the hot swap bays and case.

5 Drive Budget Box
MoboASUS M4A78LT-M (more info; be careful when shopping around, as there is an LE version and a non-LE version of this motherboard. You want the non-LE version!) new budget board testing underway!
CPU: AMD Sempron 145
RAM: Kingston 2GB DDR2 800
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W
CaseXigmatek Utgard Window CPC-T90DB-U02
SATA Expansion Card: 2 port SATA2 Serial ATA II PCI-Express RAID Controller Card (Silicon Image SIL3132)
Cables: non-locking SATA x 3 (2 included with motherboard)
Hot Swap Drive BaysNorco SS-500
FansCoolink SWiF2-801 80mm *optional (Norco SS-500 fan upgrade if quieter performance is desired)
Hard Drives: Green drives (5400 rpm or 5900 rpm), such as WD Green, Hitachi CoolSpin, Samsung EcoGreen, and Seagate LP
Cost: $325 + shipping + cost of hard drives
Capacity: 8 TB
Expandability: Expandable to the 15 Drive Budget Box with replacement of the motherboard and the power supply.

6 Drive miniTower (Original Thread)
Mobo: ZOTAC GF6100-E-E
CPU: AMD Sempron 145
RAM: Kingston 2GB DDR2 800
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W
Case: GIGABYTE GZ-X5BPD-500 Black
SATA Expansion Card: 2 port SATA2 Serial ATA II PCI-Express RAID Controller Card (Silicon Image SIL3132)
Cables: non-locking SATA x 5 (1 included with motherboard)
Hot Swap Drive Bays: SNT SNT-SAC2131B 3×3.5″ Hard drive in 2×5.25″ Bay Hot Swap SAS/SATA Backplane RAID cage x 2
Hard Drives: Green drives (5400 rpm or 5900 rpm), such as WD Green, Hitachi CoolSpin, Samsung EcoGreen, and Seagate LP
Cost: $325 + shipping + cost of hard drives
Capacity: 10 TB
Expandability: Expandable to the Budget Box series with replacement of motherboard, case, and possibly hot swap bays and power supply…though by that point you are basically building a new server.

9 Drive Budget Box (inspired by WeeboTech’s rig)
MoboASUS M4A78LT-M (more info; be careful when shopping around, as there is an LE version and a non-LE version of this motherboard. You want the non-LE version!) new budget board testing underway!
CPU: AMD Sempron 145
RAM: Kingston 2GB DDR2 800
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W
CaseXigmatek Utgard Window CPC-T90DB-U02
SATA Expansion Cards:

Cables: non-locking SATA x 6 (2 included with motherboard, 1 included with PCI SATA Expansion Card)
Hot Swap Drive Bays: Mobile Rack for 3.5 inches SATA HDD – Open Frame x 9
Hard Drives: Green drives (5400 rpm or 5900 rpm), such as WD Green, Hitachi CoolSpin, Samsung EcoGreen, and Seagate LP
Cost: $385 + shipping + cost of hard drives
Capacity: 16 TB
Expandability: Expandable to the 10 Drive Budget Box with replacement of hot swap bays. Expandable to the 15 Drive Budget Box with replacement of the motherboard, the hot swap bays, the PCIe SATA expansion card, and the power supply.

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