Solved NAS or DAS, DIY or Prebuilt? Tags: NAS / RAID Do It Yourself Storage Prebuilt Systems Last response: June 5, 2013 3:39 PM in Storage Share knaunko June 5, 2013 5:15:58 AM 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.. More about : nas das diy prebuilt manofchalk a c 99 G Storage June 5, 2013 6:13:40 AM 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. m 0 l knaunko June 5, 2013 1:09:25 PM 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? m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Best solution manofchalk a c 99 G Storage June 5, 2013 3:39:52 PM 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. Share Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedAdvice needed for a DIY ghetto RAID/DAS rig. Forum DIY Thunderbolt DAS Forum Advice on DAS (not NAS) RAID 1 Forum SolvedLooking for laptop portable workstation/gaming for around $1600 DIY build options or reputable prebuilt ? Forum SolvedBudget Builds. DIY or Pre-Built ?? help me decide. Forum NAS/DAS or SAN plus Backup Forum SolvedPre-built or DIY? Forum HP EX490 NAS to DAS Forum Want to build a DAS not a NAS Forum NAS,DAS, or Internal? Pros-Cons Forum SolvedHelp Building First DIY Gaming PC vs prebuilt iBuyPower Forum DAS, NAS, RAID 5...What do I need? Forum SolvedQuestion about DIY NAS Box Forum SolvedDIY NAS raid question Forum SolvedDIY NAS Build Forum SolvedDIY Home NAS/Server Case + other parts suggestion? Forum DIY rack mounted NAS/SAN Forum SolvedDIY NAS Build - Help/Advice Appreciated! Forum DIY Homebuild NAS Forum DIY NAS - Potential builds Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !