First NAS Build

Hey Everyone,

My friend recently bought a 5-bay Synology NAS for his home and after playing around with it I really want to get a NAS for myself. I'm not new to computer building, but I have never really dealt with a NAS before so I don't really now if there's any specialized components I should be looking for, or things I should look out for. Right now the plan is to use all the spare parts I have so that I can spend as little money as possible Here's what I have at my disposal so far:

Mobo: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: AMD FX-8120

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120MM

RAM: GSkill 8GB 1600MHz

So basically I think all i need is a power supply ,some hard drives, and the OS. I was thinking of getting a pretty low wattage PSU(~400 Watts) and a couple WD Red Drives. The last item, the OS, is what I need the most help with. I know there's a lot of free Linux OS's out there, and I've heard Windows Home Server is a good option as well. My basic needs are going to be file storage/backup but I would also like to set it up as my own personal cloud so that I can stream movies and music to me wherever I am. So based on the parts I gave you can anyone make any recommendations on stuff that I need to change or what OS to use?
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    For the OS I can recommend FreeNAS. I installed it on an old Core2Duo machine and use it for backups. Runs steady as a rock. Must be 4-5 months ago now and I haven't had to change a thing. It's had just one restart at that was because I got a new router.

    All managed through a web interface and fairly easy to set-up. It can support FTP, BitTorrent, DLNA and the latest version supports running a Plex server for streaming content.

    You could achieve exactly the same thing from a Linux distro such as Ubuntu but the setup is far easier with FreeNAS.

    As for the build a 400W PSU would be plenty since there is no graphics card to power. Possibly get another 4GB RAM as 8GB is the minimum recommended for using ZFS.
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