Need opinion on my Home File Server build!!!

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
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  1. If you are going to use FreeNAS, and want to do some sort of data protection, there is Raid or NFS. Raid generally requires a RAID controller, which is an added cost,etc. ZFS is all software and works great and solves some of the common RAID type problems, but it requires a lot of RAM. Generally 5GB of RAM per TB of storage.
  2. getochkn said:
    If you are going to use FreeNAS, and want to do some sort of data protection, there is Raid or NFS. Raid generally requires a RAID controller, which is an added cost,etc. ZFS is all software and works great and solves some of the common RAID type problems, but it requires a lot of RAM. Generally 5GB of RAM per TB of storage.


    Thanks for the info, I might just stick with non raid then, its just as easy and the drives are fast enough to not notice a performance increase over RAID. ZFS doesn't have to be used does it? I have the option of turning it on and off I believe I read somewhere before?
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