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
/ BenchmarksCPU: 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)