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10-Drive RAID10 NAS. Everything seen cost, in total, $320.

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Hi everyone! I recently nabbed 10 1TB WD Blacks from a friend for $30 (shipping). I picked up the following hardware afterwards to build up a NAS.

  • NZXT Source 410
  • Asrock E35LM1 A50M R
  • Corsair CX430
  • Mushkin 2GB DDR3 1066MHz
  • Rosewill 5.25” – 3.5” Converter (2)
  • Supermicro AOC-SASLP-MV8 RAID Controller
  • Monoprice SFF-8087 to SATA converter (2)
  • Monoprice Molex to 2 SATA Power (2)

It is currently running FreeNAS and running RAID10. All of the drives have around 3 years worth of use on them, so that's why I chose that RAID level. It sure is noisy! This is run through a Gigabit switch (cheap netgear one) serving music, movies, photos, backups, and a local webserver. Let me know your thoughts! biggrin.gif
    
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Intel 510 120GB SSD / SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (TechNet) 1x Dell W2009 20" 1x Samsung 20" Logitech G110 
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Well when it comes to a FreeNAS build, RAM is the name of the game. With that motherboard, it supports 8 gigs of ram and I would INSTANTLY buy some. FreeNAS loves it and the more data you put on the drives, the more ram you're going to want. Also, if you're looking to install a plugin system and have FreeNAS run programs, you're going to NEED that extra ram. Just a heads up

 

I know people have used that raid controller before on systems like unRAID but for my money I would use the IBM1015. There are guides online to flash it to IT mode with LSI bios to allow complete hard drive control to the Freenas system instead of the Raid card. I actually run one and it's pretty nice.

 

Other than that, you might want to consider a case by Fractal Design if this is a dedicated setup. They build cases that work really well and aren't too expensive and a smaller than the full ATX case you are looking at.

 

All in all, it's a pretty neat little setup. It's always cool to see what people are doing with building a NAS. thumbsupsmiley.png

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