I've been thinking about getting a NAS for my home (hopefully holding about 4TB), but then I considered building a Mini ITX PC. I want to keep the costs for the device (without hard drives) under $200 AUD.
My options here in Australia are:
Thecus N2200+ ($185)
Netgear ReadyNAS RND2000 ($186)
and for the Mini ITX PC I can build a system composing of these-
ASRock AD2700 ITX ($99) (mobo, graphics and cpu)
G.Skill 2G Kit SoDIMM ($12)
Apex MI 008 ($74 (i have to ship it...) (PSU included as well)
so the Mini ITX PC would be $185 - exactly the same as one of the lower end NAS.
Which way should I go? I think with a Mini ITX, I can set up printing and scanning and torrenting over that mini ITX.
Also the Apex MI008 has 1 exposed 3.5" and 1 internal 3.5". Does that mean I can put in 2 3.5" drives? (I'm not too sure what the exposed is)
Similar price, much faster. The AMD 6310 is really what makes the E-350 win here, the D2700 appears to have the same processing capability but it's going to be held back by the PowerVR GPU chip.
^+1 on the e-350.
I would much rather go the mini-ITX route than a NAS, it's about features and expandability mainly
I believe there are however NAS that will do torrenting and a few other things as you set them up to do it through your network. Not sure as to the price on those as i wasn't too interested since you can just build the mini-ITX like you mentioned