Newest Homelab Addition – Dell PowerEdge r710

Now that I’m all settled and running everything on my new workstation, I figured it was time for a new homelab addition.

I picked up a Dell r710 locally for $300 with the following specs:

Homelab Addition - r710

My current hardware goals for it are as follows, but they may change:

  • (possibly 2x Xeon L5640 if the power draw is too high)
  • 96GB (12x 8GB) RAM
  • 2x Samsung Evo 850 250GB (RAID 1)
  • 4x HGST Travelstar 1TB 7200 (RAID 1+0)

As you can see, I’ll also need a better storage/rack solution for it as well.

Homelab Addition - Workstation

I’ve also managed to pick up a Cisco unmanaged 16 port switch to begin networking everything together.

Other than that, the only other homelab addition of note is a few hard drives:

I’m not sure if I’d rather put all 6 drives into the r710 or create a NAS (either new white box or repurposing my old desktop).

The benefit of putting all 6 drives into the r710 is saving me some money. Unfortunately, I’d still need to pickup a H700 (or H200), be unable to upgrade its storage in the future, and run the risk of my media going down if the server goes down.

The benefit of creating a NAS would be separating the duties between the server and the NAS, having another toy to play with, and all around ease of upgrades.

I’m still not sure which route I will take yet, but I’m definitely looking forward to setting everything up and really labbing.

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