I'm trying to build a box to serve as a home NAS. Eventual OS will either be freebsd 7 or solaris, since I want ZFS support (so no need for hardware RAID support).
Here are my priority items in order of importance
At least 6 internal SATA ports (preferably more)
Quiet! No loud fans, etc..
Case should have at least 8 open bays
Hopefully cheap (~$500 for everything, but the disks)
Gigabit Enet, preferably not RTL based (Intel would be great) and preferably 2 ports
Relatively energy efficient setup, hopefully under 200Watts consumed with drives, 80 Plus Power Supply
Nice to haves
Dual Core CPU (preferably Core Duo)
I know there are a ton of cases/motherboards out there that fit most of the criteria, just hard finding one that comes the closest to all of them. Seems specially hard knowing if something's going to be really loud or not.
Thanks in advance,
So does anyone have a CPU/Case/Combo that matches the above.
Yeah I did see that one, but there was no indication of how quiet/loud the case/motherboard/CPU was. Also I don't think that case is available anymore. And the NIC is RTL based which I was trying to avoid.
I'm kind of leaning towards the following setup, though not sure how loud that combo is. Unfortunately seems to use an RTL NIC and no onboard video, but its got a ton of SATA ports. The case seems to have a decent efficient power supply. CPU might be overkill but seems to match the mboard well.
I can just stick in an old PCI vid card (I've got a number of them around) so I'd rather have the extra couple SATA ports and a few extra PCIe slots. I do think I'll switch to that e2140, didn't realize it was a Core Duo offshoot, good enough.
So any particular reason to use that Antec Case/PSU vs the Sonata 3 one? The Sonata has an EarthWatts PSU which I believe is both quiet and efficient (and much cheaper).