As you can probably tell, this is my first build I have ever done. I am very pleased with the outcome of this build.

For some context, I used to own a Synology DS218+ mostly for media consumption. But, it's limitations became obvious early on and when I wanted to upgrade I realized a prebuilt with the kind of horsepower I'd want would cost me over £1000 (thanks to QNAP) so I decided to build one instead.

I was set out to build this since August but it wasn't until early October when I got all the parts that I needed. The build went smoothly up until lining up the motherboard with the stands (which I eventually got someone to help me out on). It was smooth sailing after that.

After months of planning and hours of research and frustration I finally finished the build and fired up unRAID as its OS. Formatting the drives went smoothly and the overall setup was surprisingly easy. I plan to use this server mostly as a media streaming box (via Jellyfin) but also have a Windows 10 VM for hosting purposes and maybe use it to host a Minecraft server in the future.

There are no day 1 problems (fortunately) and I hope it remains that way for as long as possible.

The objective of this build is to build a powerful NAS server for way cheaper than the prebuilt solutions. My main target was to match the capabilities of the Qnap TVS-872XT whilst keeping costs as low as possible. Comparing prices, I believe I have achieved this goal and even exceeded it in some departments (such as CPU and bay count).

I am really proud of this build and I hope it lasts me for years before I require an upgrade.

Part Reviews


A great processor for a reasonable price. Has not disappointed me with the initial tests I have done.


This is a fantastic board that matches my colour scheme and has a M.2 slot (which is great if I ever want to get a M.2 SSD for a cache drive in the future).


It just works flawlessly. What more can you ask for?


Fantastic case, has lots of bays and the build quality is great. I also managed to get this at a discount which just adds to the value for me.

Power Supply

It's just a great reliable power supply.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

On behalf of PCPP I formally request you to manage those cables.

Also I think that Ryzen would have been a better bang for you buck with this build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

couple things 1. cable management is fine, they are not blocking any fans. sure it could be cleaner but its functional. 2. he would have had to get an apu or a gpu as well. now is a ryzen 5-2400 going to do as well as an i5-8400? or is it more cost effective to get a ryzen 5 1600+ gpu over an i5-8400? not sure. either way it wouldn't be all that much saved.

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

Oof I totally forgot that a discrete GPU was not included in the build. (Was thinking of R5 3600). But other than that, yes, the cable management can use some work. Just a suggestion. I thought I was going to trigger someone saying that. My bad.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries mate. I know you were just giving constructive feedback. :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

^ took the words right out of my mouth. I didn't do cable management btw my friend did. Sure it could look better but I'm going to be rarely looking at it. I'll see what I can do in the future though.