I know that ideal varies by person and environment - so people have discussed NAS servers, Raspberry PI systems, and cloud based systems. I have experience with both Windows and Linux systems as a GPU miner and have learned to repurpose them (cheaper than buying new). In the crypto mining world everything is about efficiency, especially regarding power such as hashes per watt at the wall.
I am interested in a conversation about components and ideas to be successful with Storj.
I’ll throw some ideas out and see what others think.
Hard drives - durable and efficient seem key and perhaps performance.
I am enamored of the large WD (HGST) UltraStar drives (12-14 TB helium filled and rated at 24x7 service 6 watts max draw)
UPS power? If I had unreliable power I would consider several aspects: ’
- Power filtering (to smooth out poor quality power)
- Graceful shutdown (to protect the databases during outages)
- Extended power (power during extended outages - really a back generator)
Since I am not (yet) worried about these today, they seem too costly
Motherboard Low power consumption and high bandwidth to HDDs
Today I use an AMD x370 base chipset with PCIe 3 bus and SATA 3 (6 Gbps)
I have 4 SATA connectors but can added a PCIe 3 card for 6-8 more SATA connectors.
I am assuming the desire to expand to 10 HDD drives (no RAID)
I want the lowest power GPU (current rig does not support onboard graphics) so I just downgraded to a Radeon EAH6450 (circa 2011) which pulls 9 watts.
Minimal DRAM (not sure what that is yet)
CPU - minimal CPU that supports high speed bus low power with enough cores for Storj
Today Ryzen 5 1600 6 cores/12 threads (barely idling) 65 watts rated
Linux OS - today running Ubuntu 18.04
1 Gbps Ethernet port (for the day that the demand might be there)
PSU - high efficiency running at 240v (again overkill for such small power consumption) Power cost today is about $6/mo potentially $12/mo with fully loaded rig. My GPU crypto rigs run around $200/mo.
60 GB SDD for OS and apps like Docker (Dedicate each HDD to one storagenode each)
Internet connectivity - ATT 1 Gbps (up and down with no cap)
Probably overkill but very addictive - connected with gigabit switches
What would my ideal rig look like, assuming my conditions and a long term view?