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Need opinion on my Home File Server build!!!

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October 7, 2013 11:06:54 AM

Hi Guys,

Im new to this forum but found it very helpful in the past when looking for opinions on hardware for various servers.

I need your guys opinion on the hardware I am planning to put into a little home server that will run either free NAS or Ubuntu. It is only literally going to be used to store files, all my BD ISO collection and music, so I can then pull the files from the drives and play them over my network via the gigabit Ethernet port on my devices such as my popcorn hour A-300 or my PS3 and what not using the NFS protocol.

The specs are as follows
- CPU - AMD A4 5300
- Mobo - Asus F2A55-M LK
- Case - Antec 300
- PSU - Antec VP 350W
- RAM - 1 x corsair 2GB 133MHz DDR3
- HDD - 4 or 5 WD RED 4TB drives

I think this little build should be sufficient enough for what I need and for under £200 (BARGAIN!), I don't need it to do any heavy work as my main rig will be the one converting or ripping all the videos when necessary

Also any advice on a RAID setup would be helpful, im a proficient - expert PC user and builder but RAID setups scare me for some reason, I've heard bad stories of them failing and all data being lost :ouch:  haha

Cheers guys any feedback would be appreciated, if you need any additional info I would be happy to provide :D 
October 7, 2013 2:35:40 PM

The antec 300 seems an odd chice for a server .

Since you are effectively building a NAS , you could probably scale the processor and board back to an embedded AMD processor in a board like
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$74 for mb and processor in a smaller form factor .

I didnt check the RAID capabilities of that board , and it has the limitation of only 4 SATA ports , but something like it may be ideal for your needs
!