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NAS Build, parts recommendation, sandy bridge

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
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  1. Is the motherboard the only component you have? I would be looking at an i3-2120T or an i5-2500T
  2. grab one of these. a ivy bridge pentium is about as much as you need for a nas build while keeping down the cost and power consumption. sandy isnt as great. just update the bios on your board to make it compatable
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116886&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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?
  7. 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
  8. 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-Motherboard-BLKD2500CCE
    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
  9. Im in the uk. Cant find that exact model but have seen this.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Mount-D525MW-Mini-ATX-Motherboard/dp/B0041RSC94/ref=pd_sim_sbs_computers_2

    Theres no hdmi however. Please share your specs
  10. 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)
  11. Best answer
    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)
  12. 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.
  13. geniusgizmo1 said:
    Im in the uk. Cant find that exact model but have seen this.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Mount-D525MW-Mini-ATX-Motherboard/dp/B0041RSC94/ref=pd_sim_sbs_computers_2

    Theres no hdmi however. Please share your specs


    In UK you can use this:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-D2500CCE-EXLP-MINI-ITX/dp/B00AM2GEFG/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1368640317&sr=1-1&keywords=2500CCE

    most of NAS runs as headless, so the HDMI/DVI is not necessarily need it. Especially if it runs under FreeNAS/OpenFiler/OpenSMB...
  14. 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
  15. 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-w-5-hot-swap-able-hdd-and-1x-2-5-slots.html

    To be ship in Mid June
  16. Good luck with your build.
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