I'm working a ridiculous amount of overtime over the holidays and have decided to put that money into an NAS for my personal home network. My goal is to build an NAS in a micro-ATX case which would by on 24/7. My biggest concerns are my electricity bill and the noise level as this will be by my TV. I am planning on making a RAID5 array with 3 HDD's. This NAS will be physically connected to a Cisco Valet N wireless router. The NAS will serve my HTPC which is phycially connected to the router, my gaming PC which is connected via a wireless N adapter, my roommates laptop via an internal G wireless. I may also be accessing it with my iPhone 4 if I can find any cool nerdy things to with that.
Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in January
Budget Range: Up to $700 but preferably less
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference other than that the site should deliver(hopefully free) and take paypal
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: It will be connected to my 40" 1080p samsung s530 but will only be viewed on the tv during setup and maintenance so this should not matter
Additional Comments: I will be adding some low rpm case fans but will choose those later, this is mainly for a critique of my psu/cpu/ram/mobo selection. All suggestions are welcomed though
I will be using an old 1GB USB key for booting. OS will be FreeNAS. I will attach an old IDE CD-drive for installing the OS but will remove it once the build is complete.
I've been doing some reading online after a friend told me that you shouldn't raid the WD Greens. I'm a little concerned with what I have read. I currently have 2 1TB greens in a RAID0 in my gaming PC and have had no issues. It's been about 6 months since I setup that RAID0. Has anyone ever seen any problems with the greens?