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LIAN LI PC-V354B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Nice case for FreeNAS 09/10/2013

This review is from: LIAN LI PC-V354B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: Room for 7 drives.
Nice looking.
Well built.
Quiet fans.
Blue lights.

Cons: Not hot-swappable.
Side panel attached w/tiny screws.
Blue lights.

Other Thoughts: Most of the smaller systems available either are limited in terms of memory or cpu, or only hold four drives or less. I wanted a uATX case with enough room to hold six drives so I could run a six-drive ZFS RAIDZ2 array. It's perfect for that, although if a drive tips over I'm going to have to pull the case apart to get at it. Not knocking Lian-Li for that. I knew what I was getting when I bought it.

However if Lian-Li or Fractal Design built a decent 6-drive uATX hot-swappable enclosure at a reasonable price I would buy it right now.

My build:
LIAN LI PC-V354B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C202 Micro ATX
Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz
Kingston 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600
TOSHIBA DT01ACA300 (6 x 3TB) 7200 RPM drives
Antec Earthwatts 500w power supply

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Kingston 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600 Server Memory w/TS Model KVR16E11K4/32
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent for Supermicro x9 motherboards 09/01/2013

This review is from: Kingston 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600 Server Memory w/TS Model KVR16E11K4/32

Pros: I've been using FreeNAS at work for a while and wanted to build a ZFS-based system for home. Following the hardware recommendations on the FreeNAS forums I used a Micro-ATX Supermicro X9 board and an Intel Xeon e3 CPU.

I'm posting this review because these Supermicro boards require unbuffered memory and I wanted to confirm that this Kingston memory works great. My system has been up continuously for several months with no issues at all.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: If you're interested in building a home NAS I definitely recommend FreeNAS. ZFS does RAID and LVM right in the filesystem. You allocate disks to a pool and then create datasets, which are really just directories with quotas on them. You can export the datasets via CIFS, AFP, NFS shares, or present iSCSI LUNS to network hosts. FreeNAS also has a Jail-based plugin architecture where you can run iTunes servers and the like, walled off from the main OS. I am doing all of the above with this system. I can't recommend FreeNAS enough.

My buld:
FreeNAS 9.1.1 RAIDZ2
LIAN LI PC-V354B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C202 Micro ATX
Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz
Kingston 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600
TOSHIBA DT01ACA300 3TB 7200 RPM drives

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SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C202 Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very stable. Supports 32 GB ECC memory. 6 on-board SATA ports. IPMI. 2 Intel NICs.

Cons: 3 GB/S SATA only.

Other Thoughts: I started looking at x9 series Supermicro boards because they are recommended on the FreeNAS forums. I settled on the MBD-X9SCL-F-O because I wanted IPMI and ECC memory and planned to use the 6 onboard SATA ports for a ZFS RAIDZ2 array, and I didn't think 6 GB SATA would be much benefit with 7200 RPM drives. Overall the motherboard has been flawless. I definitely recommend this board, especially in combination with the e3 CPU and ECC memory below. For the money this is a powerful and stable combination.

My buld:
LIAN LI PC-V354B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C202 Micro ATX
Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz
Kingston 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600
TOSHIBA DT01ACA300 3TB 7200 RPM drives

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Display Name: Kevin M.

Date Joined: 07/26/02

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 04/04/10
  • Last Review: 09/10/13
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