Suggested Parts

As you work through ReelTalk guides, we wanted to provide you with a list of parts we’ve commonly used when building our servers and setups. Parts are not always in stock, so consider this a general list. We only list parts we’ve used. This is a growing list. If you see a part that is no longer being sold or is out of stock and you’re in need, post on the forums and we’ll look for alternatives.


CableDeconn Mini SAS 36Pin to Mini SAS 36Pin(Sff-8087) HDD Data Cable 1M

CableCreation Mini SAS 36Pin (SFF-8087) Male to 4 SATA 7Pin Female Cable, Mini SAS Host/Controller to 4 SATA Target/Backplane, 0.5M

Cable Matters Internal Mini SAS to SATA Reverse Breakout Cable (SFF-8087 to SATA) 1.6 Feet

IDE 4P to 5 SATA 15 Pin Power Splitter

15 Pin SATA to 4 SATA Power Splitter Cable  (Used with the 3.3v mod)

SATA III 6.0 Gbps Data Cable with Locking Latch

EPS 8 Pin Splitter,TeamProfitcom ATX CPU 8 Pin Female to Dual 8(4+4) Pin Male 12V for Motherboard Power

Mini SAS Cable with SATA Power, Internal Mini SAS 36 Pin to 4 x 29 Pin Cord with SATA Power, SFF-8087 to SFF-8482 Cable

ATX 24 Pin Motherboard Cable (Works as extender, too)

EPS 8 Pin Power Extension Cable

Go-To NVMe options

Sabrent 256GB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 Internal SSD High Performance Solid State Drive (SB-ROCKET-256)

Sabrent 512GB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 Internal SSD High Performance Solid State Drive (SB-ROCKET-512)

Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 Internal SSD High Performance Solid State Drive (SB-ROCKET-1TB)

NVMe Adapters

GODSHARK Dual M.2 PCIe Adapter, M.2 NVME SSD (M Key) or M.2 SATA SSD (B Key) 22110 2280 2260 2242 2230 to PCI-e 3.0 x4 Host Controller Expansion Card with Low Profile Bracket for PC Desktop

Dilinker U.2 to PCIe Adapter – x4 PCIe – for 2.5″ U.2 NVMe SSD – SFF-8639 PCIe Adapter – U.2 SSD – PCIe SSD

Solid State Drives

ADATA SU800 256GB 3D-NAND 2.5 Inch Sata

ADATA SU800 512GB 3D-NAND 2.5 Inch SATA

Silicon Power 1TB SSD

USB Drives

Sandisk 64GB Cruzer

Samsung BAR 64GB

USB-C Female to USB Adapter Pack

Anker 10 Port 60W Powered USB Hub

CPU Coolers

Noctua NH-D9DX i4 3U, Premium CPU Cooler for Intel LGA2011 (Square & Narrow ILM), LGA1356 and LGA1366 (92mm, Brown)


  • LGA2011 Square & Narrow ILM
  • Works in 3U Chassis

ARCTIC Freezer 12 – Semi Passive Tower CPU Cooler for Intel and AMD, 92 mm PWM Fan, max. Cooling Capacity 150 Watts, Silent high Performance Cooler – Grey/Black

  • AMD AM4 and Intel 115x, 2066, 2011(-3)
  • 4U Chassis
  • Get the CO model if this is out of stock

Case Fans

Arctic 80MM P8 PWM PST Value (5) Pack

Arctic 120MM P12 PWM PST Value (5) Pack


TP-Link 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Switch | Ethernet Splitter | Sturdy Metal w/ Shielded Ports | Plug-and-Play | Traffic Optimization | Unmanaged (TL-SG108) 1gbps

NETGEAR 8-Port 10G Multi-Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch (XS508M) – with 1 x 10G SFP+, Desktop/Rackmount, and ProSAFE Limited Lifetime Protection 10gbps

  • Tends to hover around $500. It’s not the cheapest but it’s very good. Check Amazon Warehouse deals. There is also an Xs508M model that is 4 multi-gig ports and a single SFP+ port — great for adding 4 NBaseT RJ45 to your network uplinked to a bigger switch. Can be found closer to $300.
  • Very quiet
  • you may want to pick up some RJ45<>SFP+ adapters, see the adapters section or our forum post on 10Gb and SFP+ Transceivers our TLDR pick is the Wiitek 30M

MikroTik 5-Port Desktop Switch, 1 Gigabit Ethernet Port, 4 SFP+ 10Gbps Ports (CRS305-1G-4S+IN) 10gbps sfp+

  • Cheaper option to the Netgear XS508M
  • 4 SFP+ 10g ports, great for networking a few machines together and then linking into a bigger gbit switch

Aruba S2500 Various Models

  • 24P and 48P models
  • Look for the ones with 4 10gbps SFP+ ports
  • Plenty of RJ45 10/100/1000 ports
  • P-variant has PoR
  • May require fan mods to quiet it down
  • Usually ranging from $60-100

Netgear Prosafe 48 Port 10/100/1000 Ethernet Smart Switch

  • Like the Aruba but all 1gbps ports no 10g
  • 48 ports

ipolex 10G SFP+ RJ45 Copper Transceiver, 10GBase-T Module

100ft White Flat Ethernet Cat 6 w/ wall clips


Dummy Plugs

HDMI Dummy Plug Headless Ghost Display Emulator (Fit Headless-1920×1080 New Generation@60Hz)-3Pack

FUERAN DP – DisplayPort HDMI/DVI/VGA Display Emulator EDID Emulator Plug (fit Headless 2560×1600@60Hz)-2Pack

SuperMicro Section

SuperMicro Rail Kit

  • Ball-Bearing Mechanism
  • For 17.2″ Wide & 24″ Display Chassis
  • Compatible with CSE-417, CSE-418, CSE-846, CSE-847, CSE-848, and CSE-842
  • Supermicro Certified

Supermicro 4U-5U Rail Kit (MCP-290-00057-0N)

Supermicro Screw Bag – 24X 2.5 HDD Tray MCP-410-00006-0N

Supermicro Screw Bag and Label for 24x Hot swap 3.5-Inch HDD Tray Cable (MCP-410-00005-0N), 100 pcs

SuperMicro 3.5 inches Hot-swap SAS / SATA Hard Disk Drive Tray SC93301

Miscellaneous Tools

iFixit Mako Driver Kit

Sabrent USB 3.1 (Type-A) to SSD / 2.5-Inch SATA Hard Drive Adapter (SSD ONLY) w/ USB-C Adapter

SATA to USB 3.0 Cable, BENFEI USB 3.0 to SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Compatible for 2.5 3.5 Inch HDD/SSD

Sabrent 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 3.0 Tool-Free External Hard Drive Enclosure


COOCAT Black Yellow Sleeved Cable, PSU Power Supply Cable Extension Kits, 18AWG 24Pin ATX / 8 (4+4) Pin EPS/Dual 8 (6+2) Pin PCIE / 6Pin PCIE with Combs, 30CM

  • Super handy to have for various needs to extend power.
  • Any color is fine. Yellow was the cheapest as of this update.

Watt Meter Power Meter Plug Home Electricity Usage Monitor


  • The cheap rack. Works every time.