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Critique my NAS build

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December 25, 2010 2:06:25 AM

Hi all,

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

Overclocking: No

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

Case: Silverstone Sugo SG02B-F Micro ATX HTPC Case Reason for Choice: Cost and look $87.99

MoBo: Gigabyte GA-M68MT-D3 Motherboard Reason for Choice: Cost, 4 SATA ports, Gigabit LAN, RAID5 support $74.99

CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 255 Dual Core Processor Reason for Choice: Low TDP of 65Watts $64.97

RAM: Kingston 2048MB Dual Channel PC8500 DDR3 1066MHz Memory (2 x 1024MB) Reason for Choice: Cost $43.99

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-450VX 450-Watt ATX 120mm Fan SATA-Ready Power Supply, 80Plus Reason for Choice: Cost and efficency $54.97

HDD: Western Digital WD15EARS Caviar Green Hard Drive - 1.5TB, 3.5", SATA-3G Reason for Choice: Cost $59.97x3=$179.91

Total after tax(13%) comes to $572.71

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?

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December 26, 2010 4:41:39 PM

After a bit of browsing I've changed my setup. Mostly to decrease cost. I've also now added in the small parts. i.e. fans and a 5.25 to 3.5 mount for the third HDD

Case: Silverstone Sugo SG02B-F Micro ATX HTPC Case Reason for Choice: Cost and look $797.99 Canada Computers

MoBo: ASUS M4N68T-M V2 AM3 Reason for Choice: Cost, 4 SATA ports, Gigabit LAN, RAID5 support $54.99 NewEgg

CPU: AAMD Athlon II X2 250 (65W) Reason for Choice: Low TDP of 65Watts $64.99 Canada Computers

RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 Reason for Choice: Cost $26.49 NewEgg

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-430CX 430W Reason for Choice: Cost and efficency $49.99 Canada Computers

HDD: Western Digital WD15EARS Caviar Green Hard Drive - 1.5TB, 3.5", SATA-3G Reason for Choice: Cost $59.97x3=$179.91 Tiger Direct

5.25 to 3.5 Mount: 3.5" Hard Drive Mounting Kit Reason For Choice: Case only holds 2 HDD Cost: $4.99 Canada Computers

80mm Fans: :Noctua NF-R8-1800 80mm Case Fan Reason For Choice: Quiet and Adaptable to higher rpms if needed Cost: $19.97x3=$59.97 NewEgg

Basic Shipping
NewEgg:$13.79
Tigerdirect: $8.17
Canada Computers: Free for orders over $150

Gross Total including Shipping: $543.28
Net Total inculding Tax: $613.91

Total after tax(13%) comes to $572.71
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