An Upgrade Is In Order
My current server is running a Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2100 CPU. Based on archeological evidence and carbon dating, experts estimate that it is around 10 years of age. It’s had minor upgrades over the years with a respectable 4 × 2TB drives setup in RAID5 for 6TB usable. However, it’s simply too long in the tooth. It’s been working flawlessly for so long, I seem to have taken it for granted.
I really only thought about it when I’d occasionally have to reboot it every couple months. Looking at it that way, I almost feel bad putting out such a long running workhorse to pasture.
End of the day, I should feel proud that I built a system that worked near flawlessly for a decade.
Mission accomplished. What’s the next mission?
I’ve become a simple man when it comes to servers. All it takes me is half a dozen cores, heaps of memory, and terabytes of space to be happy. I’m wondering how much the hardware game has changed since I last went down this road. I’m hoping I’ll be left with the end result of a reliable workhorse for many years.
Off the top of head, here are requirements, typical workloads, and tasks the server will encounter:
- Building the personal cloud that spawned this thread
- Storing over 9,000 new photos and videos daily from my wife’s phone of our 8 month old cat.
- Video stabilization and other processing of grainy VHS home movies
- Secure storage of personal documents
- 3D scanner processing
- Minecraft server
- Git repo to avoid relying on Github too much
Here’s what I’m thinking will be sufficient:
- 8+ threads (with or without hyperthreading)
- 8TB+ of space in RAID5 (minimum 3 disks)
- 32GB+ of RAM
- NVIDIA for them CUDA cores, system stability be damned
- 500W+ power supply (Should need at minimum of around 400W according to newegg)
- 6 × SATA ports (preferably all 6Gb/s)
- Hard Drives
- Seagate – Barracuda 4TB Internal SATA $90 × 3 = $270
- Power Supply
- Any NVIDIA video card that’s not been sold out due to cryptocurrency miners $200 (hopefully)
- PNY – XLR8 Gaming Single Fan NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER $220
- … and that’s about all that’s not sold out now.
Total: $1,000 estimated
If I can get 5 years out of this build, I’ll be happy. There’s a leap year in there. That’s a savings of $0.0003 per day. Cost of ownership should be around $0.55/day ($1,000 / (5 × 365 + 1)).