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Cheap linux file server/NAS

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April 29, 2010 8:33:49 AM

Looking to build a cheap file server. Did I get this right? All parts are sourced from Any opinions would be welcome.

Rosewill R220-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811147074

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136074

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...
Item #: N82E16817371033

Patriot 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model PSD21G8002
Item #: N82E16820220088

GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128357

Intel Celeron 430 Conroe-L 1.8GHz LGA 775 35W Single-Core Processor Model BX80557430
Item #: N82E16819116039

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April 29, 2010 8:48:55 AM

Pay another 8 bucks for the Wolfdale, it will be well worth it.

You can use a smaller case:

Looks good otherwise. Good PSU, just be aware it does not ship with a power cord.... they figure you have enough of those.
April 29, 2010 11:58:45 AM

What NAS OS do you plan on using? Openfiler? FreeNAS?

For the additional $8, upgrading to the dual core Wolfdale is a good idea, unless space/heat is an issue then the 35W single core is a better choice. Both of those OS's will run without issue on either the single or dual core, especially if all you are using this machine for is to be a NAS/File Server.

I highly recommend FreeNAS.
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April 29, 2010 5:27:24 PM

Just realized I dont think that motherboard is compatible with the CPU I chose.
April 29, 2010 7:07:55 PM

Never mind I confirmed it is compatible.
April 30, 2010 3:32:50 AM

Best answer selected by jranaudo.