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May 14, 2013 3:03:53 AM

Hi,

Im looking to build my own nas, I already own a sandy bridge motherboard(Asus p8z68). I want to keep power consumption to a minimum.

The Nas will be used for backups and media. I will also on occasion be using it to play 1080p videos

What CPU should I be looking at which is low power with onboard graphics?

I also need a recommendation for a PSU?

The nas will be left on 24/7

Thanks
May 14, 2013 3:28:20 AM

Is the motherboard the only component you have? I would be looking at an i3-2120T or an i5-2500T
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May 14, 2013 4:23:01 AM

A G2020T will have even lower power consumption, but the G2020 is fine. As for the power supply a Corsair CX430 is an affordable good unit.
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May 14, 2013 5:10:03 AM

The motherboard is the only component I have, its a spare from my old gaming build.

Is there anywhere I can get information on how many watts the CPUs will be using when idle?

if I use ivy bridge will the integrated graphics still work?

The CX430 only has 4 SATA connections, I may be using more
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May 14, 2013 5:14:23 AM

not really. ivy bridge idles very well any ways. you shouldnt expect more than a 13w light bulb's worth of energy consumption at idle. the intergrated graphics work

get the xfx 450w instead or the 550w
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May 14, 2013 1:10:33 PM

geniusgizmo1 said:
Hi,

Im looking to build my own nas, I already own a sandy bridge motherboard(Asus p8z68). I want to keep power consumption to a minimum.

The Nas will be used for backups and media. I will also on occasion be using it to play 1080p videos

What CPU should I be looking at which is low power with onboard graphics?

I also need a recommendation for a PSU?

The nas will be left on 24/7

Thanks


You mean streaming 1080p to your HD Media player or your HTPC, right?
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May 14, 2013 1:25:42 PM

I want it streaming to other computers/TVs in the house AND it needs to play 1080p video on a TV which it will be connected to via HDMI
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May 14, 2013 2:19:25 PM

geniusgizmo1 said:
I want it streaming to other computers/TVs in the house AND it needs to play 1080p video on a TV which it will be connected to via HDMI

Got it...

Your P8z68 MB/CPU will cost you average about 100W+ when runs
It's lot more power than you need for a NAS. for streaming to TV/HD player/HTPC... you dont need that much

Where you can have a MB consume about 15W when it runs
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-D2500CCE-Mini-ITX-Motherboa...
and it has 2x GbE Intel's NIC
I'm in the process of building a 16TB NAS expandable to 32TB, which needs about 80W for my friend
If you want I can share it with you

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May 14, 2013 10:23:01 PM

This is just an idea of what should be used, I will put in the UK version soon.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G630T 2.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: FSP Group 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $280.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-15 01:21 EDT-0400)
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May 14, 2013 10:24:38 PM

Here is the UK version. Replace the processor with a G2020T if you can update the BIOS on the motherboard. Note that there is no hard disk and motherboard included.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G630T 2.3GHz Dual-Core Processor (£55.02 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: A-Data 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£95.38 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£80.99 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: FSP Group 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.14 @ Aria PC)
Total: £244.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-15 06:23 BST+0100)
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May 15, 2013 3:52:48 AM

you really dont need a t series CPU. its not like they draw a lot less power anyways. at idle, they are basically the same.
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May 15, 2013 1:34:20 PM

Thanks for the parts listing. If the nas is going to idle at low power anyway think I might get something with a bit more processing power. Will look into the G2020. Im a fan of Fractals cases, might go with a white R4
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May 15, 2013 7:54:54 PM

geniusgizmo1 said:
Thanks for the parts listing. If the nas is going to idle at low power anyway think I might get something with a bit more processing power. Will look into the G2020. Im a fan of Fractals cases, might go with a white R4


Unless you are convert video codec on fly, there is no need for CPU power - Dual core ATOM never get 80% even at 5 streams was going at once

G2020 consumes 55W by itself

I'm using hardware controller SMP394 (more than 20pcs), therefore I'm waiting for this case:
http://www.datoptic.com/mini-itx-server-iscsi-nas-case-...

To be ship in Mid June
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May 17, 2013 4:25:39 PM

Good luck with your build.
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