This is carrying over from a discussion found here:

NAS Integration Home Network

Alright, after looking at what's out there, I've decided to build my own NAS. I just can't bring myself to buying a prebuilt, fairly weak 2 bay solution.

Goal is to use it for PVR (SiliconDust HomeRun), NZB management, thinking Plex media, UPnP, file storage, cloud distribution, whatever I can throw at it really. Would like to use it in RAID 1 configuration.

I'm thinking Ubuntu with Samba for the OS. I'd like to run this off a USB stick if possible.

The case is already on hand but all other components are up for suggestion.

Case: Fractal Design Node 304 (Already on hand)

Motherboard: ASRock E350M1 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo ($95)

PS: Suggestions? I'm thinking I can get away with something less than 400W. Like this to be as power efficient as possible. OCZ has a modular 500W supply for $30 after rebate but I'm not sure I need 500W or would even want 500W in this small rig ($50-60)

Ram: Some DDR3 1066 4 GB (maybe 8 GB) ($50)

HDs: Looking at WD Reds but whatever goes on sale really ($200 for a pair)

Total cost: About $450 for a DIY 6 bay system with drives
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    For a NAS machine, if having HDD's attached is literally all it will be doing then get the cheapest mobo you can with the most SATA ports and dont spend much on the CPU and RAM (4GB maybe).

    A rig like this would sip at power, I think paying more for higher efficiency levels would actually cost more than you would save in electricity. I would go for something like this.

    WD Red's are optimized for RAID usage, but really wont perform much better than your standard Seagate Barracuda or WD Blues in a RAID1/0 config. Once your talking server usage where there are many drives on the same rack in say RAID5 or 6, then you would want something like a Red.
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