DIY NAS build recommendations

Hey everyone,

I'm looking into building my own NAS and I was wondering if you guys could recommend any hardware for me to get. I was thinking about purchasing an Intel Celeron G540 but I wasn't sure about the power consumption levels of the chip. I'm not sure on what motherboard to purchase as well...My main thing is i'm looking to build an efficient system, something that runs on low power.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Thanks a lot!!
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  1. what's your budget?
  2. Trying to do it as cheap as possible...lol
  3. for low power you want to buy one of the intel cpu with the letter t and the end that there naming for low power cpu.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116776
    if your never going to game with the system then you can by a 77 chipset b or g mb. they wont over clock but there be cheap. a good and cheap z77 mb is the msi g45 micro atx mb. your going to need a large power supply for all of the hard drives.
    you can use a server case and one or two hot swap bays. or you can pick up a rack mount case and rack mount your gear.
  4. does that include cost of drives? there has to be an exact number, at least no more than this X number...

    seriously, there's lots of companies that already have an all in one solution that are not expensive - why do you want to build one?
  5. Thanks smorizio for the reply. I'll definitely check that out.
    Dingo07, that doesn't include cost of drives but i'll probably go with the WD Reds. I'll probably build just because i do enjoy the building process and it gives me something to do lol. I do believe if I build, i'll have more potential of scalability than if I were to just buy an all in one solution.
  6. Here is the NAS I did. It is a GREEN NAS - very low power and and flexibility.

    40TB consume < 180W
    Expand-able : Each SATA port can be as BIG as 20TB volume
    Fast and efficient
    iSCSI support for VMware - i would refer to use Open Filer (free)
    http://www.mpcclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22898&page=4

    It bases on stand-alone hw raid SPM394 http://www.amazon.com/Port-Multiplier-SATA-hardware-controller/dp/B004JPHAF0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347470645&sr=8-1&keywords=SPM394

    Each of this controller configure 5x drives as a RAID5. The OS sees as a one BIG HDD... therefore you can use it in ANY OS: FreeNAS, Open Filer, WHS, SAMBA, openiSCSI...

    Of course you can start out as five (5) bay system, then just expand it as you storage need increase.
    What nice about that... you can have different size of HDD

    Ex: Today you built with 3TB.... say in near future 6 or 8TB HDD available. You can expand with new raid combine of 6 or 8TB HDD then
  7. wow, imagine how long those devices would need to rebuild a 20TB volume - http://www.ioisata.com/products/Port-Multiplier/SPM394.htm
    200GB/hour Rebuild time
    102.5 hours = 2.5625 weeks!

    that's an excruciatingly long time
  8. dingo07 said:
    wow, imagine how long those devices would need to rebuild a 20TB volume - http://www.ioisata.com/products/Port-Multiplier/SPM394.htm
    200GB/hour Rebuild time
    102.5 hours = 2.5625 weeks!

    that's an excruciatingly long time

    That the beauty of SPM394 configuration :-)

    Because 40TB is made up of 4 chunks of 10TB each
    when it rebuilt - it's only rebuilt 10TB :-)

    My actually rebuilt takes about 8hrs, while still serving
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