I'm building a system from the ground up and the only thing that it will be used for is Network storage.
here are my requirements
1. Needs to be able to house at least four SATA drives and one CD drive
2. Needs to be able to boot from USB
3. Needs 1 gig NIC
4. Mother board needs to support minimum 6TB of disk space
That's pretty much it I think. I am going to implement FreeNAS and it will boot off of a usb. The drives will be running in RAID 5. I don't think I will be spending much on this one. I'm looking to slap together a box that will perform very well as a NAS and thats it!!! that is all it is going to do.
I've been looking at Tigerdirect.ca
That's probably where I am going to get my gear from but I'm such a n00b when it comes to hardware and I can't make up my freaking mind!!!
Yes I for sure want Gig ether. For an extra couple of $$ might as well get an onboard nic than a PCI. Thanx for the reply but I won't be using the RAID that comes with the MoBo. I'll be implementing freenas. I will use DDR3 RAM like you suggest.
Thanx for all the links too. I think I have some paths to go down now
I can't decide.... one is more expensive and NO FAN....the other is cheaper and HAS A FAN.... i mean would i ACTUALLY notice a SIGNIFICANT difference in my NAS performance by using a dual core??? I may just go with the single core. I need help on this one guys a fan is $35
The mobo is a bad choice: no RAID 5 & no DDR3. I listed the ones are the cheapest at TD. The cheaper ones don't meet your requirements.
You need to set up your goal ASAP. You're constantly on the fence. Either HTPC server to FreeNAS which can't do HTPC. That's exactly why I always recommend Ubuntu which does everything and more, but you need to prepare for some work as it's google-days-n-work-for-hours to make something work.
After I build my FreeNAS server I will be building a seperate HTPC for my living room. That's something completely seperate.
As for the motherboard please tell me why else it's no good. DDR3 is too expensive. Double the price *shivers* Also I don't want a mobo with RAID as I don't need it. I'm using software RAID. Other than these 2 issues is there any other issues with the motherboard??
I'm sorry about the HTPC confusion...that's a completely seperate project. The FreeNAS server is a dedicated NAS.
DDR3 isn't double the DDR2 price, but TD IS expensive. It's like a 5-star restaurant. Most everywhere else DDR2 & DDR3 prices are about the same. Right now, I don't know if you follow the news, the memory manufacturers are upping the retail prices.
If I had to order everything online, I'd go with www.ncix.com, fill up your shopping cart, at checkout, click price-match, copy & paste the links & lower prices to the competitors' sites. As long as the item is in stock and in Canada, price matching should be approved in the same day your order is processed.