After much reading about various components, and while keeping in mind the requirements that I laid out in an earlier post, I have purchased what will be my new NAS. I bought most of it on newegg.com as they had the best prices across the board. Here is the list of components:
|Case||Fractal Design Define R3 Black||Silent and clean looking||$109.99||1||$109.99|
|MotherBoard||ASUS M4A89GTD AMD 890GX||Integrated graphics||$139.99||1||$139.99|
|Processor||AMD Ahtlon II X4 640 3GHz||Plenty of power||$99.99||1||$99.99|
|System HD||Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB||Planning on upgrading to SSD as soon as they are affordable||$59.99||1||$59.99|
|Storage HDs||Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB||Standard lowpower storage disks||$79.99||5||$399.95|
|SATA Card||Rosewill RC-222||In case I run out of connecter on the mobo||$24.99||1||$24.99|
|Power||Antec BP550||Silent and modular||$64.99||1||$64.99|
|CD drive||ASUS Black||Could do without but for the price … why not?||$16.99||1||$16.99|
In terms of picking the right software option, I will most likely give a try to FreeNAS. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll got for a trusty WHS installation (In which case I’d like to build a small Linux server for me to play around with).
I plan on having both systems (old and new one) working concurrently for a couple of months at least. It is critical for me to make sure that those new drives will not crash on me. Once I am confident that my new system is trustworthy, I’ll sell the old one.