Description

This is FreeNAS server that I use to store importation files. I'm also running Plex media server on it. All of the WD reds are in Raid 5 and the A-Data SSD is my Cashe disk.

Capacity - 4000 GB

Speed gain - 2x read speed, no write speed gain

Fault tolerance - 1-drive failure

FreeNAS itself is on the SanDisk Ultra Fit. This build was done on a budget. If I could have changed anything I would add more ram so I could use ZFS Deduplication but that's ok. If I was to get into all the other ZFS features I would like to be running a i5 minimum i3. I'm happy with what I have now. The Learning experiences you get with build a FreeNAS server is very useful. If there is anyone out there looking to build a NAS I highly Recommend this parts list.

Photos taken with Nexus 6p

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

if you were going to truly utilize ZFS I'd highly recommend a board that supports ECC and a xeon (personal experience in full data lose dude to corruption caused by non ECC memory). But cool build, love seeing FreeNAS systems on here.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You! In the future I plan for my NAS to grow. Hopefully I'll have ECC ram and a sever grade motherboard but for what I'm doing with it now. I mean... I don't even have compression on.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah you are fine now. SMART monitor should running and you should have email notifications on. That should be plenty to give you a heads up of any possible failure. Memory corruption has always been my number one scare in NAS builds. Get bit once (and lose your first born's first years baby photos and never hear the end of it from your wife) and you follow the recommendations of the FreeNAS pros.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the heads up! I followed wendell's FreeNAS tutorial from Tek Syndicate and all the tutorials from FreeNAS them self.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I have this case and Hynix 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 2Rx8 PC3L-10600R RAM (ECC) RAM sitting around. What XEON processor and MOBO would you recommend to complete the NAS build? I'm trying to make it budget but run FreeNAS and Plex Server well.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure about Xeon stuff but one think I do know is mini itx mobos only have 2 ram slots.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

With Plex, are you doing transcoding as well? I am just wondering what kind of performance you are getting in that regard since I have considered building something similar. I rely on Plex quite a bit, so I might need a beefer CPU; although I don't do more than 2 1080p streams at the same time.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I've had 3 people streaming 1080p off of it at once and there's no stuttering at all.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Dual-Core Server With servers you should probably have more cores.

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

That depends, if it's just a file transfer system like in this case, a dual core should be ok.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 of the pun