System Usage from Most to Least Important: Media Streaming, File storage
Are you buying a monitor: Headless
Do you need to buy OS: No, Plan on using FreeNAS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com
Additional Comments: Needs to be quiet, low power use, and small
What I'm wanting to build is a NAS setup for storing my movies/music and be able to stream them to the different devises in the house. I have been reading up and it looks to me that FreeNAS is an easy way to do it. I would rather build myself that way I know what its running and I can have the ability to upgrade in the future. This will be hooked up via Ethernet to a gigabit router and home network.
This mobo seems to be a common choice for this. From what I understand, you don't need a really powerful CPU for this. This mobo is shown to be extremely low power as this will be running 24/7. I plan on installing the image on a USB drive. I'm very, very new to RAID...so be gentle. I was planning on running the 3 drives in a RAIDZ so that I will have 4TB storage with a 2TB for redundancy/fail. The case & mobo allows 6 drives to be installed, so I have the ability to expand in the future.
The advise I got for my first rig build a few months ago from the community was great.
Any suggestions or advise is welcome as this is my first one of these.