Network Storage

Basically, I want to buy a some pieces to build myself a network storage computer in the near future. I'll follow the "How to ask for advice" guide to make everything more easy to read :)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
In the near future.

BUDGET RANGE:
Around €400, but I don't mind spending a bit more if there is a good reason for it.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
File sharing. Obviously, this system would sit around doing nothing most of the time. Perhaps I might make it run Folding@Home.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
550W Power supply -- it might be a bit overkill, but it's the only one I've got lying around.
3 x 1TB Samsung hard drives (HD103UJ)
a case
A screen, keyboard and mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
Unless there's a site with cheaper prices, I'd be buying my stuff from www.alternate.be. As this shop is reasonably close to my home, I could pick up the parts myself.

PARTS PREFERENCES:
Motherboard:
RAID 5
onboard graphics.
Preferably socket 775, but AM2+/AM3 is fine as well.
Alternate.be only has these brands available: ASRock, Asus, EVGA, Foxconn, GigaByte, MSI, XFX

Processor:
Whatever fits the motherboard and does the job.

Memory:
2GB of whatever fits the motherboard and does the job.

Harddrives:
3 x 1TB Samsung hard drives (HD103UJ)

OVERCLOCKING:
No.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:
No.

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
Irrelevant.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Quiet. This PC might end up in my bedroom. This might involve buying a new PSU after all.
Low power.
6 x 1TB hard drives in RAID 5: Is this a good idea?
It would be nice if the motherboard is a socket 775, but I've noticed it's hard to find a socket 775 motherboard with RAID 5 and onboard graphics.
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  1. I forgot to mention, this is what I currently had in mind:
    ASRock A790GMH/128M AM2+
    AM3 Athlon II X2 245
    2 x 1GB DDR2-800 5-5-5-15
    3 x 1 TB Samsung HD (HD103UJ)

    Total: €394
  2. for the 6x1TB i would recommend spending money and getting an 8 port RAID card (something decent aka adaptec would be great but very expensive)

    i used:
    Asus M4A785TD-M EVO
    AMD Athlon II X2 245
    Geheugen 2x1GB DDR3-1333 Kit
    3x1TB Samsung HD
    came to €402

    High Point Rocket RAID 2320
    http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=hp&hl=en&js=y&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.alternate.be%2Fhtml%2Fhighlights.html%3Fhgid%3D35%26tgid%3D102%26treeName%3DHARDWARE%26Level1%3DHarddisks%2B%252F%2BSSD%26&sl=nl&tl=en&history_state0=
    though this part is €299
  3. Thanks for the reply :)

    Buying this €300 part would mean going a bit above budget, though. Do you reckon there will be a large difference in performance using the raid card. I guess it would mean that there would be many more possibilities in terms of choosing a motherboard.

    I know your personal quote says you're done helping people with AGP and P4's, but as I would not need a motherboard with a raid controller, could I not use my old P4 pc with a 3.0Ghz processor and plop in the raid controller + 6 hd's?

    Cheers,
    Saew
  4. Hmm... Ofcourse it wont fit on my old P4, it doesn't have a PCIe slot.
    My 939 computer has several PCIe slots, but power efficiency is not one of its best areas :/ I guess it could do though.
  5. You should first determine what OS you plan on using as the OS is what will really determine your hardware requirements. There are a few choices like; FreeNAS, Openfiler, Ubuntu, or Windows Home Server.

    FreeNAS is a great NAS OS with minimal hardware requirements whereas Windoze Home Server has the hardware requirements of a regular pc.

    Also, a hardware RAID card is the better option over mobo RAID especially if you plan on using RAID5. ANd yes, there is a noticiable performance difference between the two. If mobo RAID5 then you require a more powerful cpu as opposed to a cheaper/less powerful cpu with a hardware RAID ontroller due to offloading the parity calculations to the controller card.
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