I am about to take the plunge on a homebuilt NAS but wanted to gauge opinion first. I am planning to install WHS 2011 but could be tempted to change OS.
CPU - Intel Core i3 3220T, S 1155, Ivy Bridge, Dual Core, 2.8GHz, 3MB Smart Cache, Retail MB - Asus P8H77-I RAM - 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Low Profile Cerulean Blue PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 10-10-10-27, XMP, 1.5V PSU - 350W be quiet! System Power S6 BN081, 80 PLUS, Fan, ATX v2.2, PSU HDD - 2 x 3TB WD Red WD30EFRX RED SATA 6Gb/SEC, 64MB Cache, Internal HDD For 1-5 Bay NAS 24x7 Case - Lian Li PC-Q18 OS HDD - OCZ SSD (leftover from old PC) Optical - Blu-Ray Reader (leftover from old PC)
I am planning to add 2 more WD30EFRX's after my next paycheck.
First I would like to know what you guys all think and if you believe the components will be compatible?
Secondly, your thoughts on OS? I am considering WHS 2011 with FlexRaid as the build will be almost exclusively used for serving media and I am comfortable in a Windows based OS.
Lastly, does anyone have any experience will ripping/transcoding blu-ray within WHS 2011? I would like to add an optical drive to the case for ripping my blu-ray collection onto the NAS.
WHS won't run Windows Media Center, but will serve up the files. There is a few tricks on getting thing going, but it works.
Handbrake and DVDfab will both work on WHS.
My only suggestion - you might want to look at the WD Black drives vs. the red ones. They perform a little bit better - although the red ones aren't bad drives. If you are going to use a RAID setup - the WD Black should be your first choice.
Do you think I would be best off going for a build of this nature or instead going for a pre-built NAS like SYNOLOGY DS-1512+ or QNAP TS-569L? I dont seem to have saved too much money by going down the home-built root.
What am I gaining by not going for a pre-built solution which will have the software sorted out of the box and support for iOS apps etc.
The pre-built NAS devices may save you a dollar or two, but they are limited as to what they can do. They serve files only. By building a computer, you have the option to repurpose it for almost anything you desire.
The pre-build NAS devices are configured and optimized for what they do, and arguably may do it better....but they are single function machines.
I have used a few in the past, mostly for small offices where a file server didn't make sense, and budget/technical knowledge was a minimum.