I have been looking at getting a NAS for my media storage and streaming purposes for ages but have never really been able to find the right mix of power and price from the pre-built ones from Synology or QNAP.
Because of this, I've decided to move forward with my own DIY build and am planning on using FreeNAS as my OS choice, loaded onto USB. I have really struggled to find the right combination of parts to ensure all my needs were met. My priority was low power (hence the Ivy Bridge), cool and quiet but also powerful enough to stream multiple 720 or 1080p files to different boxes around my house simultaneously. I was debating waiting just a few more months for Haswell but patience isn't really my strong suit and while the rumored lower energy and cooler 20nm may be nice, I don't think it would justify my few extra dollars and 3 more months of waiting (am I wrong?). The big thing seems to be higher performance (upwards of 15% over Sandy/Ivy I've heard?) which is of no real need for my situation so I don't know if the wait is worth it?
See the parts below with a little explanation as to why which may help justify them (all prices in CDN):
Intel Core i3 3225 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.3GHZ Ivy Bridge 3MB Retail Box - $134.99 - Okay so the OC thing might never happen but I have a hard time passing on the idea of being able to for an extra $15 bucks. I just wanna know that I have that option if necessary a few years down the road to squeeze every last ounce from this thing before it gets retired. I was htinking AMD originally but try finidng a mITX board for an AMD processor with what I need that hasn't been discontinued?
I looked at that Mobo a few times over but after reading numerous reviews for similar uses and people stating that is was just "not powerful enough" I decided against it. I don't think that on-board CPU is really the way I wanna go on this.
That RAM was a close second for me but the deal on mine up here in CDN is better I think.
The case I'm torn about. Initially the Fractal case you linked to was the one I was going to go with, but the build quality is a little more "cheap" apparently according to reviews. Any reason you'd suggest that one for this build in terms of major differences?
you dont need much power. a ivy or sandy bridge 1155 chip would be overkill if its a basic home storage system
Thanks for the reply again TBT! I figured that putting all my purchases in CDN$ was enough to hint at the fact I'm Canadian My bad.
Okay so I like the Fractal case but doing a little more research I've noticed that lots of people use a Lian Li case called the PC-Q25B and seem to love it. It seems to be one of the only ones with "Hot Swabbable" drives. My question then I guess becomes, is this possible or necessary given my situation? I'm not using a RAID controller in this build so does the mobo SATA ports allow for this? And my understanding of Hot Swapping is that you can remove a dead drive from a RAID array while the system is on and have it rebuild? However with FreeNAS I'm using zfs....is this even necessary with this?
The price is much higher on the Lian Li (I'm assuming because of this feature) but I may not even need it which would likely lead me to buy the Fractal case you suggested. Any help on this?