COTS Server Preferences For VMS / NVRs

Good afternoon guys,

What is your go to COTS server for building a small/medium sized NVR? I can't seem to find any Workstations that will accept multiple 3.5" drives on the front.

I'm trying to find the perfect sweet spot that will provide the following:

  1. Enough processing/Ram power to act as the surveillance host (I know that most VMS's don't require major high end server processing power, it's the client that draws more resources).
  2. Preferably a backplane with space for at least 8 3.5" drives.
  3. Hardware Raid 5/preferably 6.
  4. Support for windows 7ProX64 (most servers only natively support server OS's)
  5. Keeping price down.

I currently use HP DL380 Gen9 servers, but the price is a bit steep and makes the whole system a harder sell.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

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