Advice needed for a new NAS box
Hi, I'm looking to build a NAS box. I plan to use it for storage and occasionally to stream video content to my WD TV live plus media player.
I am currently using a D Link DNS-323 NAS for storage and streaming and it works well for me. I have 2 1TB drives in the D Link NAS assembled in a Raid 1 configuration. Because of the Raid 1, I only have 1 TB of drive space available (which is close to filling up, thus requiring me to do something).
Instead of buying another NAS, I thought it might be fun to build my own. I have an ATX case, power supply, case fans, keyboard, and mouse lying around that I could use in a build. I would need to purchase a CPU, motherboard, ram, maybe a dedicated NIC card to use, and of course some hard drives. I plan on using FreeNAS to run it.
I was thinking of using an AMD A4-3400 APU and MSI A55M-P33 Motherboard. Frys has this combo on sale this week for $49 after rebate. The A4-3400 should be plenty powerful for what I am doing (storage and streaming). I will not be doing any transcoding and therefore do not need the extra muscle in a CPU. The MSI motherboard has 6 Sata 2 connectors and 6 USB 2 ports. It does not have any Sata 3 nor any USB 3 connections. For what I'm doing, I don't think I need SATA 3 nor USB 3.
If I go with the combo, I can still run a Raid 1 configuration and add hard drives as I need them (which is a plus). I might also use a dedicated SSD as a boot drive.
But before going full speed into this project, I wanted to get some opinions as to how good an idea this is. Should I do this? I know getting a Synology NAS would be ideal, but I can build one at a cost well below what QNAP or Synology go for.
But again, I could just get bigger drives for the D Link I have now and be done with it.
All input is welcome and thanks for reading this.
1. I want to build a NAS box.
2. Are AMD A4-3400 APU and MSI A55M-P33 motherboard good choices?
3. Am I stupid and should I just upgrade what I currently have instead?
Last edited by backinsac; 11-09-2012 at 06:38 PM.
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