I'd love some help deciding the best way to go for a new system. Details below:
Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible
Budget Range: up to GB£250
System Usage from Most to Least Important: NAS, Web Server for development purposes
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, optical drive, discrete graphics
OS: Something like FreeNAS. Suggestions & recommendations welcomed
Case: Room for 2 x 3.5" HDDs eg ThermalTake Element Q, CFI-A9849
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: UK supplier of SFF systems & components eg scan.co.uk or mini-itx.com
Country: United Kingdom
Additional Comments: Ideally a fanless system but definitely a quiet one
Looking to replace my aging Synology Disk Station DS207+ NAS box. It does the job as far as storage & back-up are concerned but can no longer handle the
latest version of Wordpress that I use for developing web sites.
The system will be used for file storage & back-up; remote file access; web server for local development. It will not need to act as any form of home
I could buy a new Disk Station but I think I can get a good system for less than the cost of a new Synology box. Also I'm quite keen to get my hands dirty
setting up whatever OS I decide to use.
I'm looking for suggestions & recommendations as to the most economical way of acquiring this system. Should I buy an off-the-peg system such as those from Shuttle, Zotac or Asus and use USB attached HDDs for big storage? Or should I build from scratch using a mini-ITX board with processor along with an appropriately sized case?
I would also like suggestions & recommendations as to the best OS to use for my purposes. Is FreeNAS the way to go or has anybody had good experiences with something else, Ubuntu Server for example.
Have you looked at Windows Home Server? If your other systems are pre-dominantly Windows based, WHS integrates nicely with them. Otherwise FreeNAS or just about any Linux distro can be configured to meet your needs.
- RAIDMAX ITX case (30$, no PSU, only slightly bigger than some premade NAS out there)
- MSI E350IA-E45 motherboard (140$)
- picoPSU 120W 20-pin (65$, should've gotten the 24 pins)
- 1 x 4GB RAM (40$)
- 3 x 2TB HDDs (240$)
- 1 x 8GB CF card - 1 x CF-to-SATA adapter (5$, eBay)
- 2 x Home depot metal plates (79 cents)
- 20-24pin adapter (3$)
- CPU 4pin molex connector from a broken PSU
An old rig, underclocked, without a discrete GPU, can be pretty efficient. That being said, you do have options. You could try something like this HP server (see below) or build your own, as previously mentioned.