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freeNAS media build

by atlmapper

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15 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 24, 2014

Date Built

April 11, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.6GHz

Description

1st home server build. Lost the anti-static braclet before hand, so the case and I became very friendly. Had a few noob errors invloving the power supply and the os usb stick. Everything is running smoothly and I'm already looking for an excuse to build another, lol

Edit:

  • WOW. Thanks for all the comments, this is my first time using this site/group and the feedback is fantastic.
  • My justification for this build was in the savings of using the media server and whole house DVR. I'm dropping cable in two months and this is the prep. -This will be serving media to multiple devices internally, and depending on my usage streaming externally periodically.
  • If anyone has suggestions please keep them coming, I would love to build another box.

Thanks!

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Eschaton 4 Builds 3 points 13 months ago

I have some huge issues with this build, but maybe it's just because I don't understand what you're going for here?

  1. Why the expensive dual-core on a file server?
  2. Why the super-expensive motherboard?
  3. Why not more, cheaper RAM?
  4. Why that case?
  5. Why that inefficient, overkill PSU?

I must be ignorant of something, but after looking at FreeNAS's requirements, I'd have built something more like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 740 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $74.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock FM2A75M Pro4+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $60.03 @ Micro Center
Memory PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $59.50 @ Amazon
Memory PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $59.50 @ Amazon
Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $50.00 @ Amazon
Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $50.00 @ Amazon
Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $50.00 @ Amazon
Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $50.00 @ Amazon
Case Sentey CS1-1398 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case $19.00 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic 350W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $75.66 @ Newegg
Wired Network Adapter Intel EXPI9402PT 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x4 Network Adapter $46.00 @ Amazon
Other ICY DOCK MB154SP-B 4 in 3 SATA 6Gbps Hot-Swap Hard Drive Backplane Raid Cage Module $82.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $677.67
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-22 15:15 EDT-0400
atlmapper submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 months ago

This was my first time building a computer, let alone a NAS. Based on your specs I leaned too far towards gaming. This is a huge help. I'm thinking I could sell my rig and rebuild based on your specs.

Thanks for the suggestion and taking the time to build the list.

Eschaton 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I understand, glad I could help. Here's a thought about this build - drop a 7750, 250X, 750, or 650 Ti graphics card into it, remove all but one of the hard drives, add in a copy of Windows, and sell it as a low/mid-range gaming rig on Craigslist for about $800 OBO. I don't think you'll have much luck selling it in its current configuration, just because it's not really optimized for the job it was built for.

Then reuse the 3 hard drives you have left over in your next FreeNAS build.

atlmapper submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Ha, that's exactly what I was thinking. Its close; A video card boost, HDD removal, and windows should do the trick.

Question: the ICY Dock you listed, would you place that in the front external slots of the box you listed to create the hot swap capability?

Eschaton 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Exactly. And here's something else to consider - PCP just got the AM1 socket parts listed today, which should make for an EXTREMELY compelling FreeNAS build option, provided you can find a motherboard with the requisite number of SATA III connections.

dschutt84 3 Builds 3 points 13 months ago

That's one expensive NAS for 4 gbs of storage. You could have saved on the CPU, MB and RAM for a NAS.

That's if you only plan to use it has a NAS.

erik4boss 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Raiding those hard drives?

ITneto 1 point 13 months ago

Amazing! +1, I'd like to see another build form you

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Simple is great. +1

Eggman772 1 point 13 months ago

What OS do you use for a home sever like that??? anyway nice build +1

WellThatsSurprising 3 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Says so in the title, FreeNAS.

thunderdan602 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Not terrible, but you could have saved a few bucks and got a cheaper motherboard, as it looks like your not going to be able to overclock that cpu.

atlmapper submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

yeah, I paired the cpu with this board with the idea of upgrading the CPU over time due to the overclockable mobo. Microcenter was having a special and I got sidetracked by the words 'On Sale'. It was a fun first build and I'm certainly looking for a reason to build another.

thunderdan602 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Well that's a horse of a different color. Yeah if you plan on upgrading in a year or two to a 4670k or a 4770k then you will be good to go.