File Server/Mini Computer Build

I have been looking at some 6 drive NAS boxes to no luck, and got an idea to build something like this. I am a photographer with 8-12tb of storage needs right now and I pieced together this system. What do you guys think? I already have the hard drives needed for this (4x 2tb WD Green and 2x 1.5tb WD green)

Intel Core i3 2100 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB $121.28
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Gigabyte H67N-USB3-B3 Mini ITX LGA1155 H67 DDR3 1PCI-E16 DVI HDMI Sound eSATA USB3.0 Motherboard $100.84
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Corsair XMS CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 4GB 1X4GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 DIMM Memory Module
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Vantec UGT-ST310R 6-PORT SATA II 150 PCI Host Card W/RAID Retail $25.38
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Silverstone Sfx Series ST45SF 450W Power Supply Small Form Factor 24PIN PCI-E 36A 80+ Bronze Black $66.82
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Lian Li PE-01B Power Supply Mounting Bracket $8.27
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Scythe Big Shuriken Low Profile CPU Cooler Heatpipe Heatsink LGA1366 1156 775 AM2 AM3 120MM Slim Fan $29.28
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  1. oops, just realized that the ram is wrong! I was searching the low profile ram and didn't catch that it was a single stick!

    suppose to be 2x2gb. nothing to see here!
  2. If you're planning on using that SATA card, it looks like the reviews state you are only getting 4 ports active and the other 2 must be for eSATA.

    Also, can you not use the onboard SATA ports...are you planning on setting up RAID - is that why you wanted the card?

    The rest looks good.
  3. Really? All I am looking is to add more SATA ports as I will have 6-7 drives hooked up and only 4 ports on the motherboard. Don't need the eSata however need the onboard!
  4. Totally understand...didn't want you to get it and be disappointed.
  5. Thanks though, yeah I need 6 ports for storage drives. 2x on the mobo and 4x on this card for 3GB/s and those 2 spare 6GB/s will be used for 1 or 2 SSDs. Don't need the eSata and will just use the ones on the mobo! Everything else look okay?
  6. What are you planning to use for an operating system?
    (Linux/FreeNAS? Windows Home Server? Other?)
  7. If you're planning on using FreeNAS, look for a different board. The RTL8111E NIC isn't supported OOB with FreeNAS, and I've had a hellova time trying to get it to work. Seriously, save yourself the trouble.
  8. I've seen issues with the RealTek NICs too...picked up an Intel NIC for $20 or so just in case. That obviously won't help too much if you are using the PCIE slot for a RAID card.
  9. Having just learned a school-of-hard-knocks lesson (due to "I didn't know what I didn't know"), be careful about your choice of file systems..... Windows 7 doesn't support partitions larger than 2TB unless you go to a GPT file system, and you can't boot from that without a UEFI (i.e., can't boot from a regular BIOS). If you are planning to split things up, not a problem, but if you were planning on booting from the RAID so that your OS was covered, you need to factor that in.
  10. How did this work out?

    If you haven't built it yet, you might want to look a =slightly= larger MB that would give you a second PCI-E slot for a SATA card (straight PCI is going to limit your throughput more than you might like).

    For only a few dollars more, you might consider something along the lines of
    ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboardhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131711
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