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.
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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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.