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Cheap NAS Build

I'm looking to build a NAS setup running FreeNAS, and since I haven't been keep up to date with the latest components, I figured I'd turn to this forum for help.

For a NAS build, I'm looking for the bare minimum for performance. Probably the cheapest current CPU from either Intel/AMD will be good enough. The system will be headless and accessed through it's web configuration.

I'd like to pick up an ATX board with onboard audio/video, six SATA ports.

Stuff I already have:

I already have a nice tower that can hold about 10 HDs. It's power supply is probably out of date, since this case was used with a pentium II.
one WD green 2TB drive
two Segate 1.5TB drive

Parts I'm looking for:

- CPU
- Motherboard
- RAM
- Power supply
- perhaps a converter to allow me run a USB stick inside to install FreeNAS?

I've always been a value/performance kind of person, so I definite appreciate all your advice.

Thanks!

Ming
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  1. Xigmatek NRP-602 600W 80Plus Bronze $60 ($20 rebate, $2 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815009
    Has 8 SATA power connectors.
  2. Oh, I intend on buying three more 2TB WD green drives. So I'll have six HDs in total, along with the board and CPU.

    How big of a power supply do I need?
  3. Best answer
    not a 'big' one in the sense of a lot of power... but you need 6 SATA connectors...

    here's a "cheap NAS build":

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157200
    - ASRock 880GXH/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G ATX motherboard: $80 -> ATX /w video + USB 3.0

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103888
    - AMD Sempron 145 Sargas 2.8GHz: $40

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134784
    - Kingston 1GB DDR3 1066: $13

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030
    - Antec NEO ECO 520C 80+ Certified: $60 ($45 after mir)

    TOTAL: $193 (before rebates)
  4. wasupmike said:
    not a 'big' one in the sense of a lot of power... but you need 6 SATA connectors...

    here's a "cheap NAS build":

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157200
    - ASRock 880GXH/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G ATX motherboard: $80 -> ATX /w video + USB 3.0

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103888
    - AMD Sempron 145 Sargas 2.8GHz: $40

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134784
    - Kingston 1GB DDR3 1066: $13

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030
    - Antec NEO ECO 520C 80+ Certified: $60 ($45 after mir)

    TOTAL: $193 (before rebates)


    Thanks for the informative reply. I looked at the motherboard, and I feel like it's a good match. However, it's only got 5 internal SATA connectors. I guess it's nothing I can't resolve with an additional SATA card down the road, but is there a similar option with more SATA connectors?

    Also, my case is a ATX case. Is there a way to mount a mATX board inside? Hopefully the case is configurable, but it's in another city with my parents, and I wont' be back for a few more weeks to check it out.

    THanks again,

    Ming
  5. sparks219 said:
    Thanks for the informative reply. I looked at the motherboard, and I feel like it's a good match. However, it's only got 5 internal SATA connectors. I guess it's nothing I can't resolve with an additional SATA card down the road, but is there a similar option with more SATA connectors?

    Also, my case is a ATX case. Is there a way to mount a mATX board inside? Hopefully the case is configurable, but it's in another city with my parents, and I wont' be back for a few more weeks to check it out.

    THanks again,

    Ming



    ya... here's a micro-ATX /w 6 x SATA ports:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131673
    - ASUS M4A88T-M LE AM3 AMD 880G: $85
  6. Best answer selected by sparks219.
  7. Would that ASUS mobo be good for a HTPC/nas Combo build? I would want 1080p output with atleast 5.1 sound.
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