Here is what I have before moving to Unraid
|Synology DS918+||Synology DSM 7+|
|Custom laptop 1||Linux Mint 20.2|
32GB DDR4 2666MHZ
For development work
|Custom laptop 2||Windows 11|
32GB DDR4 3200MHZ
Why I am unhappy with this setup
- When I code, I will use my Windows OS to remote control Linux OS as it's easier to look at one monitor than on multiple screens. I waste time toggling between them. I believe developers may face something similar and hope that we can have an OS that can do everything
- If I leave my laptop running jobs that take days. I have to leave it connected to the power supply. This will degrade the laptop battery. Becoming unportable in the long run
- If I leave my NAS running 24-7-365, I want to maximize my returns
Unraid OS allows sophisticated media aficionados, gamers, and other intensive data-users to have ultimate control over their data, media, applications, and desktops, using just about any combination of hardware.
In my words, an OS that can do everything
- I can create Linux and Windows VM that meet my needs => no more struggle choosing Windows / Linux, no dual-boot
- I can run docker containers 24/7/365 that are independent of VMs => I can shut down my VMs without affecting the dockers, saving power and resources
|WD Red SA500||SSD||4||~$599.99||560MB/s; 530MB/s|
|WD Red Pro||HDD||4||~$198.99||Up to 164MB/s|
|WD Red Pro||HDD||18||~$669.99||Up to 164MB/s|
Usually, people use HDD instead of SSD for big data. Because SSD is very expensive.
If you have 100 TB of data, SSD will cost ~$12,999.75. Peanuts for big companies, but for the average individual, that is expensive.
SSD is without a doubt faster than HDD.
|CPU||AMD RYZEN 9 5900X 3.7GHz 12CORE/24THREAD PCIe 4.0 PROCESSOR|
|Motherboard||ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PRO WI-FI AM4 ATX MOTHERBOARD|
|Memory||G.SKILL RIPJAWS V 3600MHz 64GB CL18|
|SSD||2x WD BLACK SN850 2TB 7000MB/s GEN4 M.2 NVMe SSD|
|HDD||3x SEAGATE IRONWOLF PRO 3.5"14TB 7200RPM SATA NAS HDD|
ASUS TUF GAMING RTX3060Ti O8G V2 GAMING OC TRIPLE FAN GDDR6 GPU
These are the specs I chose. I can future expand to 128 GB RAM and add 4 more HDD if required.
After using this machine for half a year. I am very happy with the result. It's able to do the work of 3 machines with ease. It's convenient as everything is integrated. Won't look back ever again.