- 4 TB of storage
- 6+ HDD bays for expansion
- RAID 5 for fault tolerance
- Encrypted storage
- Gigabit network connectivity
- <= $700 in cost
- Easy to configure and maintain
This actually wasn't too hard to come by. Here is a list of my chosen hardware:
Micro ATX Motherboard (6 SATA II ports)
AMD Athalon II X2
1 GB DDR3 Memory
450 Watt Power Supply
5x 1TB HDD's
Total price: $671.90
The motherboard doesn't support RAID 5 but I want to run a software RAID configuration anyways so that doesn't bother me.
As for the ease of configuration and maintenance, I'll be using FreeNAS which is FreeBSD variant geared towards supporting a NAS. Because this hardware is a little bit overkill for the intended use, I will probably end up underclocking and undervolting to conserve power.
All in all this doesn't seem to be that bad price wise and it gives me more options than just a standalone NAS. That setup probably won't consume all of my CPU time so I can also throw some other low-end services on there that I need running 24/7.
What do you guys think about the whole setup?
This post has been edited by Dark_Nexus: 04 August 2010 - 09:01 PM