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BestConfigs Poll - NAS PC

Which build do you like best?

Total: 34 votes (2 blank votes)

  • G-Unit's "Holy Hard Drive" Build
  • 19 %
  • srikar king
  • 16 %
  • Casper's "Network Attached Silence"
  • 32 %
  • Low Power NAS
  • 22 %
  • sadams04's build
  • 13 %
November 4, 2013 8:24:17 AM

It's time to vote on your favorite build for this category!
Please see below for a list of the choices available.

#1

G-Unit's "Holy Hard Drive" Build:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1757450/bestconfigs-nas.html#11304003

G-Unit's "Holy Hard Drive" Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($85.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($133.48 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($133.48 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($133.48 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($133.48 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1005.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-16 13:17 EDT-0400)

A 64GB is only for the OS and a couple of main programs, you get 12TB of storage, a Seasonic power supply, and it's powered by an AMD A10-5800K so there's no need for a central GPU.

#2

srikar king

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1757450/bestconfigs-nas.html#11394985

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-P33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($22.50 @ Newegg)
Total: $1005.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-21 06:06 EDT-0400)

#3

Casper's "Network Attached Silence"

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1757450/bestconfigs-nas.html#11411697

Casper's "Network Attached Silence"

Focused at home users. Main aim of this build was low power consumption and low noise whilst maintaining great performance.
NAS drives are generally ran 24-7. Having a huge powerhouse whirring away while you try to sleep is not an entertaining thought. Then there are the electricity bills... This is where the Network Attached Silence is required!

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220T 2.8GHz Dual-Core Processor ($131.05 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: SilenX EFZ-92HA3 48.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($16.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($144.41 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($144.41 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($144.41 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 400W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $993.22

Key Points
- Very efficient processor. Dual-core @ 2.8GHz with HyperThreading yet it only has a TDP of 35W which means we can use a very quiet cooler. Could possibly go passive but I chicken'd out
- Motherboard has 4x SATA-III and 4x SATA-II so plent of room for expansion. Gigabit Ethernet port which is an essential.
- Very quiet case with added sound dampening. Has 6x hard drive bays which is amazing considering it is a mAXT case. Could convert one or both of the 5.25" drives to 3.5" if required. This makes a maximum of 8 bays to match the 8 SATA ports.
- PSU is fanless to further reduce noise. It's also Platinum rated to save on power usage.
- WD RED might only be 5400RPM but they perform really well for it - even beating some 7200RPM drives. And of course 5400RPM = less power.
Some Tomshardware benches on WD RED - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/red-wd20efrx-wd30ef...

#4

Low Power NAS
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1757450/bestconfigs-nas.html#11632812

Low Power NAS

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130T 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($134.15 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($134.15 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($134.15 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($134.15 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VI5000BNS MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1001.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-01 06:04 EDT-0400)

Combine a 35w Haswell CPU, WD red HDDs, and bronze cert PSU to achieve very low power consumption. Could run HDDs in either raid 5 or 6 depending on whether you value capacity or reliability.

#5

sadams04

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1757450/bestconfigs-nas.html#11731392

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-D3H FM2 8 SATA ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 1.35v CL9 ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Cache: A-Data Premier Pro 64GB SSD ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: 4 x Seagate NAS HDD 3TB 64MB Cache ($146.89 / $587.56 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ($42.83 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 360W 80 PLUS Gold ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $972.34

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