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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..

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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.
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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?
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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.
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