G1610T Gen8 Microserver upgrades!
I decided it would be best to invest some more money into my G1610T Gen8 Microserver rather than trying to struggle through with the limited resources available in the server itself. I also needed some hard drives to fill up the drive bays for my NAS.
What did I buy?
2 x 3TB WD Red NAS drives
1 x 2 Port SATA Controller
3 x Cat6a ethernet cables
2 x 8GB ECC DDR3 RAM
The NAS drives will obviously going into the bays available at the front of the server so I can set up my NAS. As I only have two drives at the moment this means the array will only have 3TB usable space due to the parity disk. Realistically that is all I need to start with as my media collection is only about that large at the moment. The SATA controller card I bought because the internal SATA connector only runs at SATA I speeds while this PCI card runs at SATA III. This will be used to connect up my cache devices if I ever get around to implementing that.
The requirements for running unRAID are pretty minimal compared to FreeNAS with unRAID only requiring about 1GB of RAM if you have the intention of running it as a pure NAS system. However once you start playing around with containers and virtualising machines you will understandably get tight on resources. With that in mind I decided it would be best to upgrade to 16GB RAM which is the most this machine will accept. This didn’t come cheap at about €160 for the two stick set – ECC RAM is bloody expensive and is unfortunately a necessity for this particular model.
Lastly I decided to invest in some decent cat6a cables for connecting up my server and desktop to the network along with a 1Gb switch. I’ve been running on cat5e cables for quite a long time because in all honesty I just had no requirement for the additional benefits in cat6 cables. Now that I will be regularly transferring files to and from the NAS I felt the additional bandwidth might be beneficial.