Hi everyone - I'm trying to put together a relatively inexpensive, moderate capacity NAS box and could use some advice. I've decided to build my own (instead of purchasing a NAS device, say, a DNS D-Link 323) since I've never built a PC before and would like the learning exercise.
Approximate Purchase Date: ready to purchase just as soon as I figure out what I want
Budget Range: around $300US after rebates - not a hard limit though if the additional expense is worthwhile
System Usage from Most to Least Important: NAS
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (planning on using FreeNAS), hard drives (already have several close-to-new ones), video card (integrated is fine since I'll just need it for FreeNAS installation)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com & tigerdirect.com mostly out of ignorance, open to others
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: no real brand loyalty here, anything reliable
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: doesn't matter as this box will run headless
Additional Comments: I'd prefer a smaller case over a larger one. GigE LAN a must, onboard preferred. Integrated video would seem like a must also; I don't want to pay for a video card that I'll never use outside of the 10-minute FreeNAS installation. Not sure if I need a front fan to keep the disks cool. Quiet would be nice, but proper cooling is more important; so long as it's not a jet engine it shouldn't be a problem.
$300 is going to be tough! Do you have a Microcenter near you? They have some AMD bundles that would work nicely...
MEM - Always install in pairs to take advantage of the dual memory controllers. Running a single memory module will take your performance down since it is relegated to single channel mode. Consider this HyperX 4GB kit for $37 after rebate => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...