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New NAS Server build, need advice

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March 13, 2010 1:16:26 PM

I'm going to bite the bullet and try to build one. If there is something wrong, please let me know! ;) 

Building within the week.

Already purchased:
AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - Retail

MSI K9N6PGM2-V2 AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Great combo deal at Fry's $59.99 after MIR

2x: Seagate Barracuda ST315005N4A1AS-RK 1.5TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Retail

$81.99 each at Fry's

Not purchased yet:

OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P8004GK - Retail

Rosewill TU-155 Black 0.8mm SGCC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 400W(20+4 pin) Power Supply - Retail

Anything I'm missing?

Not sure about the Case/PSU. Maybe an Antec 200 and 400 or so watt tier 1 PSU?

Thanks for your help!!

March 13, 2010 1:50:10 PM

I guess you are goin on the cheap but might be worth it to get a mobo that sports USB3.0 & SATA-III ... Since you may be hangin more drives, inside or out.

Still, you could put those drives in ANY peer-node, and just make them "publicly available"

The ATOM 510D based systems are another option ... nice because they can use a smaller "wall-wart" type external PSU ... less power and no PSU noise.

Looks great, tho ... just wanted to throw a few options at you. There is a good bit of overhead in just the case & PSU so, for home LANs, I try to make some utility computer double as a NAS/Print peer-server ... Or ... To make the NAS server also perform other functions like a family internet reference node, in the dining/kitchen area, for homework, recipe, bill-pay and music.

= thots =
March 13, 2010 7:03:47 PM

Thanks for the tips Alvin! I'll look at the NAS/Print peer-server. Easy to do?

Do you think that Rosewill set up will work?

Thanks again!

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March 13, 2010 8:44:36 PM

This all brings up a very interesting point, and as the lower end of the price/performance chain is compressed, in terms of "price steps per performance", it becomes ... interesting ... to suss out utility/dollar.

On the one hand, you have the new ATOM 470/510s which are running in the 2GHz range and typically sport 2GB ram ... they are dual core *hyperthreading" and 64-bit so they *are* "getting up there" in performance. I think ATOM based NAS is gonna be ~$500 but I don't know what (all) components that includes.

Then we have YOUR NAS build ... Aging dual core, but running at over 3GHz and sporting 4GB of ram ... prolly hindered by lack of decent/modern graphics and HDCP. (which ATOM has)

Then, you have my 3.2(c)GHz Northwood P4 (Socket 478) which is also Hyperthreaded, sports 4GB (3.2GB seen by XP) and has a 8xAGP 7200GT(OC) plus SATA-II Raptor.

Would be good fun to run them through the benches, side by side. I often have 20 browser-tabs open while listening to music and my 7200GT(500GB) streams 1080P to my LCD quite nicely ... getting ready to hook up a second 1080P.

Would be interesting ...

... BUT HEAR THIS ! ! ! :

If you were to add a 3.2GHz X3-core phenom and a $50 gpu to YOUR "NAS-PEER" ... then that thing would leave me and ATOM in a very distant dust cloud.

Hmmmm ... You already have the mobo and ram .... (not to mention Case/PSU/All the rest ... Hmmm.

All of us have Gigabit ethernet ... I could always put Linux on my 933MHz P3 Coppermine and max that PC-133 RAM out to one whopping gigabyte.

= Hmmmm =

March 13, 2010 8:51:59 PM

correction my AGP does not quite have 500GB DDR ... ehem.

= Al =