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NAS Hardware Ideas

So I'm finally getting some ideas together for my home NAS system together. I put in a few pointers for building a NAS system together in this post and I kind of followed that guide (except for the HDD's).

PCPartPicker is seriously the best site for putting a system build together and I would HIGHLY recommend it for anyone building a system.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant


Operating System

I'm most likely going to be using FreeNAS. Amazing NAS OS using ZFS and can easily setup different shares so that anyone can access it from any OS. Has a huge list of other great features.

Or I'll just use Ubuntu with PLEX and samba.


For the CPU an i3 would be more than enough. All of my media files are already in mp4 format so the transcoding will be down to a minimum. The CPU will mainly be handling serving out file streams and operations.

Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor | $109.99 @ SuperBiiz

Thermal Paste for Paul


I picked this board because I've never used a bad Gigabyte product and it supports ECC ram, has 6 SATA ports and is a nice size for my build.

Gigabyte GA-H87M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard | $99.79 @ Mwave


This memory is just a placeholder for my build so I can factor in price/build completeness. I am really going to be using this memory

Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | $159.99 @ Amazon


I know in my post I was going to be using Western Digital Reds, and I still might, but the Seagate’s were $10 cheaper each and are decent NAS drives. I still have some more research to do to get the best drives. As stated in my other post, you do NOT want to skimp on the drives. Also, you may not want to get all your drives in one order as you may get them all from a bad batch. Spreading purchases out over time/vendors may help alleviate that. Also, I'd purchase 1-2+ drives than you need so you can easily swap out bad drives. I'm probably going to be working with a RAIDz2 configuration with ~9tb usable.

I'll have 4-6 of these for a total of $599.95.

Seagate 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $119.99 @ Amazon


Good looking minimalist case, ton of internal 3.5" and 2.5" enclosures and 3 pre-installed fans. It's also pretty.

Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 ATX Mid Tower Case | $99.99 @ Amazon


Has just enough SATA power connectors and if I wanted to, I could probably get adapters for the MOLEX connectors. Also, has more than enough wattage than I'll need for a NAS. Corsair also makes solid PSU's

Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply | $49.98 @ OutletPC


I still have a lot of research and shopping to do to find the best parts & prices. So this price may go up or down.

| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $1119.69

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