NAS/Server from Dell Inspiron 530s

how difficult would it be to use an old Dell Inspiron 530s as a simple NAS? It would only be serving 4-5 PCs, max.

I'm willing to make minor upgrades if necessary. It's a slim case, so parts must be low-profile ready.

Here are the specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 2.40GHz
Dell Motherboard P35/G33/G31 with PCI-Ex16
2GB DDR2 PC2-5300 (333 MHz) RAM
ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT 256 MB
some 250GB HDD

the E4600 and 2GB of ram should be enough for NAS, right?

what do you think? should I spend like $80 and swap out the HDD with a 1TB Samsun F3 or WD Caviar Green?

also, I'll need to buy a network card for gigabit ethernet.

is this a good deal for $27?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E16833106121
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  3. Unless you need more storage and/or performance, the 250GB hard disk is fine. Just add a Gigabit NIC. If you'll store data that shouldn't be lost, make regular backups.
  4. I know reviving an old thread from the dead is bad practice but I thought I would add I have a NAS file server using the Dell 530 mobo and a custom server case with 10 hard drives and two raid cards and two gigabit PCI NIC's and that thing is still running strong after 3 years of use. If people want to know as well server 2012 also installs beautifully on the computer with no problems what so ever even with a core 2 duo 2.1ghz and 4gb of ram.

    Anyway hope this helps anyone surfing for this problem years from now.
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