Building a NAS; Are these parts wise choices?

I’m planning on building a NAS for my home. The parts I have laid out are as follows (if it matters):
Case (Reasons below)
Memory (I don’t need too much do I?)
Drive (Cheep, lot’s of capacity)
CPU (Cheap, but seems reliable)
Mobo (Seems to get the job done)
PSU (Seems to get the job done)

I think that I have the compatibility problems worked out and everything is playing nice with each other. My concern though is the case.

I picked it because it has 4 internal 3.5" drive bays internally, has consistently outstanding scores, has “superior airflow and maximum cooling performance” (listed as a feature on the page), and is cheap. I plan to add more drives if/when I need to and am building under the assumption that I will reach 4 drives. Some people though have complained about wire management. Is this the case’s fault or is it the builder’s? Lastly, if I picked this case for the wrong reason, can someone help me pick a new one?

Also, another concern is the drive I picked. The drive seems to have a noticeable failure rate, and a lot of customers are bashing Seagate for it. Since they are so unrealiable, does anyone else make drives with this kind of capacity? I might be able to use RAID if I have to. I have a spare PCI sata2 RAID Host controller if I need to use it.

Could someone also check the PSU and Mobo’s compatability? The PSU’s main connector is 20+4 pin and the Mobo’s is ATX 24 pin. As silly as this sounds, are they the same?

All seems fine to me.

No PSU/Mobo incompatibilities. All fine there.

Other suggestions based on LAN Chipset: (Intel LAN) (Atheros LAN but No Video)

The mobo suggestions are cool, but they don’t support the CPU I picked. Since the system is only going to be used to store files, I don’t need the i series CPUs, which at their cheapest are more than double what I’m planning and are (IMHO) way overpowered for a NAS.

Also I need video to install the system.

As for the drives, I think they might be more reliable than the reviews let on. Like maybe the customers feel outraged enough to leave the bad review(s). I’ll just make sure to backup the really important stuff. How reliable is backing up to blu-ray VS DVD?

The Intel Intel BOXDH67BLB3 LGA 1155 board does support the Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge CPU.

Not sure about the ASRoak board. It is compatible with the G530T processor though.

Both boards were recommended because they incorporate traditionally better LAN Chipsets than the Realtek chipset in the MSI board you selected. This usually results in faster and more consistent speed (sustained throughput) for file transfers over a network.
Time saver when updating large amount of data.

Maybe another member can shed more light on the reliability of Blu-Ray media for backups as I am not quite ready to entrust such large about of data to that system for backup purposes.

Literally all drives will have positive and negative reviews.

That PSU is very inefficient. You will want to get with one that is quality and efficient like the Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W.

Going by the link Nemesys posted, I might be able to spring for a Pentium for a little more processing power. The server is also going to be used to stream to various machines on my network (I don’t see it serving more than 1 at a time). It will use a minimal Ubuntu install and an NX server daemon so I can get a persistent GUI if I need it. Maybe I’ll use TVersity under WINE.

The PSU will be able to support a 4th drive with power to spare, right? If so, I think we have a winning combination.

Updated list:

CPU (G530 2.6Gz Celeron) or (G860 3.0Gz Pentium)

It says 5 sata and 4 peripheral (I guess that means molex). Only downside I see is that it states that it doesn’t come with the main power cord, they say to re-use your old one lol, if you want newegg does sell them for a couple bucks. HERE is the catagory for the cable, just make sure to get the length that you need.

So I see you switched to a Seagate 2tb drive. For the same amount of money you can get a 3TB seagate external usb 3.0 drive. You can then take the case apart and use the drive internally. The case can then be used with an old drive. Latest version of Linux can boot to 3TB drives just make sure anyway. Also you need a UEFI based bios to use it as a boot drive too, you should have no problem there. 3TB externals

You can then take the case apart… 3TB externals[/QUOTE]

I’m a little apprehensive. Perhaps I should just bite the bullet get a 3TB internal for +$30.

I did find this video though. Up to about 1:12 or so, it shows how to remove the drive, and immediately after, how to replace it. (Video is for the Seagate 3TB Go Flex Drive) Is this the one you where talking about?

I saw one video that said that you had to hear a “crack” in the instructions (here) but it’s for the 4TB model. I might get a newer “revision” that will make things dicey for replacement drives.

It’s easy to take those GoFlex cases apart with a few good tools. You will have to break some of the plastic connectors though. That’s where the pop/popping sound comes in.

I would get the the new WD RED series for storage proposes—> special optimized for NAS operation.

I believe the new WD Red series is for dedicated NAS devices, if you are building your own, which is essentially a built PC acting and functioning as a NAS, you can use any HDD you desire. Synology, Buffalo, Qnap… etc are moreso examples of what the Red series is intended for.

I personally prefer the WD Black series due to the extra warranty offered and higher sustained speeds, but this is a per user preference and specifically should be defined by how often the system would be accessed and other such based criteria.

[QUOTE=Tactical Fart;2647425]I’m planning on building a NAS for my home.

Also, another concern is the drive I picked. The drive seems to have a noticeable failure rate, and a lot of customers are bashing Seagate for it. Since they are so unrealiable, does anyone else make drives with this kind of capacity?

I have always made my outgoing Workstation my Server or NAS. What do you have now for a Desktop? Instead of putting together a mediocre NAS, concentrate on a High Powered Workstation, and make your current Desktop your NAS.

As for the HDD, I only use Seagate or Western Digital, I didn’t know Seagate bought out Samsung, but I think they wanted a SSD Division. I would stay away from the Samsung name. :cool:

For NAS server box you could buy a used computer at a garage sale on the cheap…
most people trying to raise cash arent’ going to be arrogant to try and get top dollar for a 5+ year old pc.

BTW, is there some reason your not just buying a NAS drive as a self contained drive box? Is it because you want to add 4+ drives? IMO, if you can afford to do that you can afford to buy a dedicated nas box.