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 Post subject: Convince me to build instead of buy a NAS?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:27 pm 
Little Foot
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As the title says.....I've been searching and mocking up builds and can not for the life of me get a build I'm actually comfortable with that is cheaper then a prebuilt NAS by Synology or QNAS (or other big names). I hear people all the time state how they built a nice NAS and "only idiots with too much money buy from *insert name here*". I am convinced to just by prebuilt BUT I'm more than willing to have my decisions swayed (in either direction) if that helps me learn more and open my eyes to possibly something I didn't see before.

Situation: I have 4 external drives that take up space and USB ports so I want to crack them open and place them in a NAS, specifically a JBOD or even no RAID at all....no care about that. So, it needs at least the ability to do 4-5 drives on SATA. It needs to keep the drives cool as I obviously don't want failing drives constantly due to heat. Fairly quiet would be a nice as well but as it will be network attached I can always just place it in a room where the noise won't bother me. I've used FreeNAS before and if I built a box I'd probably use that.

This is what I came up with but I'm honestly not even liking this build (other than the case) and its price is obviously leaving room to be desired when compared to This or even This. So any help would be appreciated or is it a pipe dream and its best to just buy a prebuilt system?




PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($63.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75IA-E53 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $351.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-02 22:17 EDT-0400)


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 Post subject: Re: Convince me to build instead of buy a NAS?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:57 am 
Smithfield
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You don't even need THAT much for a NAS. A Intel Atom or AMD Brazos based system with 2GB of RAM (or less even, depending on how low of a price you can get) would be plenty enough. And hell, you could stick that in one of Antec's really small Mini-ITX cases.


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 Post subject: Re: Convince me to build instead of buy a NAS?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:03 pm 
Little Foot
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Thats a good point but I can't find any. A newegg search of barebones PCs with Intel Atom proc's only listed machines with 2 SATA ports and very questionable build (foxconn). The biggest issue is finding enough SATA ports. I could try multiple PCI Cards for fill that need but most of the tiny boards only come with one PCI Slot so it might be feasible. Its as if they know this is a niche market to build your own NAS so the small/cheap parts are completely stripped of anything useful.


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 Post subject: Re: Convince me to build instead of buy a NAS?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:24 pm 
Smithfield
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There's this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813500055 but you need a dual slot Mini-ITX case to fit it in. There are plenty of 4 port AMD Brazos (E-350/E-250) boards as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Convince me to build instead of buy a NAS?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:27 pm 
Little Foot
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hmm, ok I only checked barebones and not the combos. I did mock up something new here:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A4-3300 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($37.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus F1A55-M LE R2.0 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $246.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-03 16:25 EDT-0400)


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