Having previously bought a dedicate 2 Bay NAS, it worked out ok for awhile, but now the NAS's limited transfer speed is killing me, and the UPNP media server isn't that great, and occasionally the UPNP server is interrupted, and etc/etc.
So I've decided to upgrade, and given the 2 years since the original NAS purchase, CPU's have taken great strides, HDD's have taken great strides, DLNA has taken great strides, Gigabit is now pretty much standard I'd have expected the NAS manufacturers would have taken great strides and greatly improved their offerings.
Ha! I really am a spring chicken. Current NAS offerings are generally the same products that were offered 2 years ago, or lower spec'd versions for cheaper. Urgh.
Given that transfer rates on these pre-manufactured NAS are quite poor, even internally, and standard PC's with even old CPU's can drive HDD's at almost their full rated speed, I've decided to build my own NAS box, using FreeNAS, based on pretty much off-the shelf PC parts, which are relatively cheap, and some possibly lying around (ie DDR2 ram/optical drives).
Has anyone got any recommendations for the following:
- Low Power CPU/Motherboard/IGP graphics combination with at least 6 SATA ports.
- Case with side mounted HDD bays or lots of front accessible HDD bays - at least 6 HDD bays, and lots of ventilation.
- High Efficiency & Low Rating PSU.
If possible, I'd like to keep the guts of the system below 60W, excluding HDD's, although, if I can keep idle power below 30W continuously, with occasional peaks for access, it would be acceptable.
Should I wait for intels new I3's with inbuilt Graphics?
Hmm ... intel + new = uber-expensive.