Hey guys! I’m back again with my official 20th posted build! This system is a NAS I built for my home. I had been backing things up on an aging 2 TB external drive and I felt that it was time to create a better backup system as well as a simple file system. I’ve worked with SANs in RAID 6 at my work and it gave me the itch to give RAID a shot. I chose a software RAID 5 for this system because I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a RAID card, I don’t require all out performance, parity is important to me, and this will mostly be read from. Most of these parts were actually intended for a different project, but I will go through each one later.
Goals for this build:
- Spend under $1000
- Create a large storage space for network storage
- Stream multimedia to my HTPC via XBMC
- Proper backup location
The Pentium G3258 was intended to be used in a mobile gaming PC. I had intentions to overclock the living crap out of it for science, but I have found that it works great for my NAS. Since I run this 24/7 it makes me feel better that when I’m not using it, it consumes very little power.
This board was also intended for the mobile gaming PC. I bought the Z97 to overclock the G3258, avoiding complications with the other chipsets. It ended up working perfectly as it has 5 SATA6 ports. As far as the board is concerned, it works for what I need it to do. It supports RAID 5 and has the necessary SATA ports.
This kit was again for the mobile gaming PC. I don’t think that I really need 8 GB for this application, but a little extra is never a bad thing.
I have Windows 8.1 Pro loaded on the SSD. Boot times are excellent and encountered no hitches during setup. I did need a flat SATA power extension for the bottom mounting position, but those are cheap. I went on and on for days about which drives I was going to get for the RAID. I looked at WD Red Pros, then Seagate REs, then back to Pros and finally landed on the standard WD Red. I originally planned for a 4x4 TB array, but opted for the 4x3 TB array to save some money. All in all I end up with 7.26 TB of storage for “All the Things”. The array runs idle around 28C and roughly 34C at full load.
I loved this case from the moment I saw it. This thing is a dust filtered fortress, which is one reason why I’m using it for this build. I also love the dual chamber design with room for up to 8 3.5” drives that are out of sight. Cable management was rather simple and the built in fan controller is a great addition. I just wish the fan controller was in the rear chamber instead of the windowed side. After moving a fan around and getting the drives installed, the available room disappeared pretty quick. I only wish I had something to fill in the empty looking windowed side. I run the fans on the medium speed settings and can’t hear it above the ambient sound.
This was a Christmas gift that I have been trying to find a home for. It was going to power my portable gaming system, but it was right at home here. The only problem was that it only came with two SATA power cables with two connectors on each. I needed 6 connectors in all. Luckily a cable from my Corsair HX850 worked like a charm. This PSU is fairly small so making it work in the rear side with all those drives was no problem at all.
I’m very happy with my NAS system. It allows me to expand my multimedia collection beyond its’ restricted state and makes me feel better knowing I have a legitimate backup system. The building process went fairly smooth with a small hitch or two in regards to the available connectors, but all in all it was a great success. With all of my systems attached to a gigabit switch I am getting those satisfying network transfers. This machine has been running 24/7 for almost a month and I have to say that I love it!
I am running a Plex server from this system now and I have to say that it is the great! Streaming my movies, music, and pictures on the go is pretty cool. Pam doesn't have any issues with hosting the server. She's rock solid.
Questions, comments, or concerns? Post them below, in a PM, or on my Facebook page. I’m never far away from a computer and always respond!
Hope you enjoy!