Lurked here for a bit, and saw that this is a good helpful community. So... here it goes.
I have built a few of my own systems, but nothing for several years now. I am looking to build a combo HTPC/NAS and all I have for hardware right now is the case. I have used RAID storage before and was thinking of using RAID 5 or 1+0. I do not know what OS or software I will need to set up automatic backups of the 3 laptops in my network and the media/files/photos that will live in the NAS. I intend on backing the NAS up to another off-site storage for redundancy.
My experience is so out of date that I am looking for some critical help along with the research I am doing. I appreciate any and all help, thanks for reading.
I currently live in Taipei and the hardware and budget are very flexible. I would like to maintain the option of this system growing into a light/mid-level gaming system for my children as they get older. What better way to keep an eye on them then having them “play” on the computer in the living room?
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month.
Budget Range: Up to 1500 USD Before Rebates; Before Shipping. Flexible if justified.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: NAS, HTPC, stream audio video to local devices, able to surf/download and option for light gaming as kids grow up.
Are you buying a monitor: No – will display through LG 47” 3D HDTV.
Parts to Upgrade: None – New build. Already have case.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes – what is best OS for performing both NAS and HTPC functions with RAID (either 1+0, or 5).
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Will need to purchase locally in Taipei, Taiwan
Location: Taipei, Taiwan. Most parts available in US are available here by “ordering” from local stores.
Parts Preferences: Only experience is with Intel
Overclocking: Yes / Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Maybe – I may expand capabilities of build to be able to game in the future (as my children grow older).
Your Monitor Resolution: HDTV
Additional Comments: The NAS is for media files, personal documents and pictures. I also want to build an HTPC. To avoid two separate boxes I want to combine them into one unit. I would like NAS to backup media files, documents and pictures, and backup 3 laptops on home network. Intend on NAS data backing up to additional offsite storage.
Unless you can read and write Mandarin Chinese I don't think those would be helpful. I would basically say that if it is available on Newegg or Amazon I should be able to get it here. Use either of those sites for cost data too. The case I bought was not available on Newegg and I found it here, so I think that I can get most individual components at roughly the same price as things back in the USA.