NAS or DAS, DIY or Prebuilt?

I am a media hoarder and have recently encountered the issue of not having enough HDD space or even enough space in my case for new HDDs.

I have decided i need to get an external storage enclosure, however i am not sure as to which i should get, NAS or DAS.

In truth DAS would be fine, but if i could get an NAS at a reasonable price that would be great, as i could then connect it to my two PC's.

Please note that i do not intend to use this to stream media to an HTPC or media center, merely to use it as storage for my files (Videos, Software, Games).

Also i only mentioned DIY in the title in case there is a vast difference in pricing between the two, otherwise i would much prefer to purchase a prebuilt system.

I hope someone can help me and point me in the right direction..
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  1. I would go with the NAS, though you would need to make sure your home network can handle it (Gigabit Ethernet ports on your Router basically).

    For a NAS you dont need anything special in terms of a rig, just SATA ports, Hard Drives and power really.

    Cheap as dirt NAS with 4TB of storage space. Fairly good case as well, would be fine to put in a living room or something.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ECS H77H2-M3(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.17 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.17 @ Amazon)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $412.27
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-05 09:12 EDT-0400)

    Throw on a NAS operating system like FreeNAS or NAS4Free and your good to go.
  2. Can you explain the need for Motherboard and Processor? on Raid towers i have seen on the net they don't have them, or is it only because it is NAS?
  3. Best answer
    The dedicated NAS units you see around the place do have motherboards and processors, just very weak ones that they don't bother advertising as that's not a concern on NAS rigs. If you were to build your own NAS, you would just be building a PC.
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