PC/NAS Upgrade: OS Reinstall, 71TB of Storage, and Setting up an Unraid NAS

Also known as the part where we fix all of the storage and storage-related things.

  • Primary storage: 1TB SATA SSD -> 2TB NVMe SSD
  • Secondary storage (data): 2x3TB -> 4+1x4TB parity array
  • Secondary storage (backup): 2x3TB -> NAS
  • NAS: doesn’t -> exists
  • OS: fucked -> not
The 68TB money shot: all the NAS and non-NAS drives (plus my spare testing SSD). Not shown are the other 3TBs in the “71TB” title: a new NVMe drive (2TB) and my old SATA SSD (1TB).

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Nick’s Gaming PC 2: Electric Boogaloo

Back in April of this year, Nick — who I helped with a gaming PC back in 2014 — was looking for a new system to get him a step up in performance. His old system was going to be given away / sold, so simply upgrading that was not in the cards.

The new system was to have essentially the same purpose and priorities as his existing system. The budget wasn’t particularly strict as long as it was under 2K and performance needs were met, but I obviously also didn’t want to just burn his money. Some people like to spend right up to the allocated machine’s budget, whereas others just set an amount as the maximum and leave the specifics up to me. Nick is the latter.

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♫ Despite 12 months of parts lists, the PC was not built ♫ (Nov/Dec 2019)

In June of 2018, my dad expressed interest in a parts list for a new computer, and I obliged. For the next 12 months 17 months1 he continued to express that interest on and off, and so multiple times during that time period I diligently updated the parts list based on the current market.

With Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals wrapping up, it’s now plausible that the year will end and the system will still not be assembled, so I’m locking the current parts list in place as a demonstration of a build at this price point with roughly these priorities.

Cooler effects more akin to a Thanos snap would’ve been sweet, but far too time consuming for a throwaway photo.

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Systems I’ve Helped Build (Part 1: 2015-2014)

Architecture Student + Light Gaming Build (August 2015)

Silverstone’s Kublai KL06. Image credit: Silverstone.

This build was for a friend who’s requested to remain nameless. They provided a bit of a challenge: provide optimum performance for the demanding 3D work an architecture student does, but do so within the budget of a full-time student paying rent.

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Andrew’s Lazy Gaming PC (Nov/Dec 2019)

Michael’s twin brother Andrew was after a super solid gaming PC during the Black Friday – Cyber Monday period. The budget was scoped out to be about $2,000. This turned out to be pretty convenient timing for me, as I already had a parts list handy for a ~$1,500 gaming / general use PC. I used that parts list as a base and got to work.

Given the extra budget, I looked around on the list at where I could make part substitutions that increased performance roughly proportionately to the increased price. This was a nearly-strictly gaming-focused build, and the performance of parts were considered within that context.

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