Home Server - NAS and streaming and online back-up duties. Is this build fit for purpose?

Hi All,

Is this build any good?

Asus H87M-E,
Intel Core i3 4130
120GB Intel 520 Series, 2.5" SSD Boot Disk.
Three x 2TB WD Red WD20EFRX RED SATA 6Gb/sec
Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD±RW Writer
400W Seasonic Platinum SS-400FL2 PSU
Fractal Design Define Mini micro-ATX Mini Tower
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64

Specifically will the CPU & PSU be up to it?

Recommendations for a CPU cooler and quieter case fans would be appreciated

Should I use Windows Storage Spaces or the Motherboard RAID?
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  1. Why windows 8.1 PRO?
    Why not FreeNas?

    Good psu but maybe too good?
    Rosewill cappstone is good reliable psu with lower price?

    This is awesome cpu cooler. You can use it passive to cool i3 down.
  2. Hi AxlFone,

    Windows because:
    1. Familiarity
    2. I want to use an online backup service like carbonite of crashplan.
    3. Storage Spaces. http://betanews.com/2014/01/15/windows-storage-spaces-and-refs-is-it-time-to-ditch-raid-for-good/

    This is not a cheap option I'm up to £800+. priced at Scan. I like Scan because of the Scansure insurance it saved me last build when I ham fistedly wrecked the USB3 header on motherboard.

    That Cooler is a beast I'd need to check the fit once built up using the stock Intel cooler. I like the idea of as much passive kit as possible
  3. So how about passive psu?

    SuperFlower Golden Silent 500W Fanless "80 Plus Platinum" Power Supply - Black
  4. I like the big heatsink on the top.

    I have a soft spot for Seasonic


    that was in stock yesterday!

    the smaller of these would probably do it.

  5. Seasonic is good. I like them too. You really do not need NoFan cpu cooler.
    Thermalright is much cheaper and good. It is originally desingned for passive cpu cooling.
    With i3 that is really overkill cooler. So no need for fan. (remove it) or just do NOT install fan to cooler.
    One or two silent case fans are enough to cool your NAS :)
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