Witness the Power: Blackbird’s Epic NAS Build Unveiled (Jonsbo N3)

Greetings, storage enthusiasts!

Prepare to be amazed as I unveil the culmination of Blackbird’s months-long endeavor: the latest NAS build! Though I didn’t wield the screwdriver myself, I’m excited to share the journey of this impressive creation, filled with twists, turns, and a few hardware hiccups, ultimately resulting in a storage powerhouse.

The Core Components:

Let’s delve into the specifics of what constitutes this NAS marvel:

  • Case: Jonsbo N3 Case ($179 – Amazon)
  • Motherboard: ASRock Z690M-itx ($135 – Newegg)
  • Processor: Intel i5-13500 ($200 – Best Buy)
  • Memory: TeamGroup Vulcan 32GB DDR4 3200MHz ($56 – Amazon)
  • HBA Card: LSI 9211-8i HBA with 2x 4in1 Sata/SAS connector ($35 – eBay)
  • Power Supply: EVGA SuperNova 650GM ($116 – Amazon)
  • Cooling Solution: Noctua NH-D9L Cooler (for CPU), Noctua NF-A8 80mm (for LSI+NVMe), 2x Noctua NF-A9 92mm (for HDDs) (Total: $165 – Amazon)
  • Operating System: Unraid OS

Storage Mastery:

Witness the magic of the storage setup:

  • Drives:
    • 6x 16TB UltraStar Recerts ($978 – Amazon)
    • 2x 6TB Toshiba N300 ($240 – Amazon)
    • 2x 1TB NVMe Samsung 980 Pro ($130 – Best Buy)
  • Cache: 1TB NVMe mirrored cache
  • Total Storage: 92TB via 7|1 parity array

Financial Breakdown:

  • Build: $831
  • Mirrored 1TB Cache Array: $130
  • 92TB Storage with 7d|1p: $1218
  • Total Cost: $2179

Satisfaction Achieved:

Despite the challenges faced, Blackbird couldn’t be happier with the outcome. While it may run a tad warm on the top shelf, the performance and reliability make it all worthwhile. Though a bit of splurging occurred on components like the 13th-gen processor and Noctua fans, the perfect balance was struck. With ample room for future growth, the journey ahead is filled with excitement.

A heartfelt thanks to all who provided guidance and support along the way. Your invaluable advice and resources fueled the journey to success.

And there you have it – Blackbird’s ultimate storage solution. Let’s keep those data streams flowing!





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