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Looking for a "cheap" build of hopefully less than $500 to build a network storage device for all my movies and media. I already have a 4TB drive now and would need to purchase another one to run in RAID so I don't lose any data.

If you have some parts in mind please post! I appreciate your help, thanks!

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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3ngMj

I didn't even use the cheapest sources for all the parts because I first tried to keep it all at one place, but gave up. You don't even really need 8GB of RAM if it's just serving files. I'd recommend FreeNAS, but you'll need another drive to boot from, but literally even the crappiest of hard drive will work. You could go even cheaper depending on what your needs on. Will this NAS be transcoding media, for example, Plex on the web interface, or strictly serving files?

I run a FreeNAS box on a Phenom II 960t (unlocked to x6, running at 3ghz I think, it's been a while) with 8GB of RAM and five 1TB hard drives (just random crap I had around) and a 320GB laptop drive for boot. I run Plex from a jail directly from it, and if I don't transcode my stream, the CPU usage is around 3% of one core with very high bit rate BluRay rips. A Haswell CPU, even with only two cores, is significantly faster per clock and should be just fine, even with a few machines streaming at a time.



That is 7% of ONE core streaming a 10GB BluRay rip.
Edited by Xylene - 4/6/14 at 5:33pm
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I just ordered parts for mine. $1600. sozo.gif

I'd just say get another 4TB drive that matches yours (or two) for RAID1 if that's enough storage. Get a cheap low power setup like an AMD A4 or a Celeron / Pentium with 4GB RAM, and you're good to go.

But it all depends on how much storage you need. My NAS is going to be 18TB with 6TB parity.
 
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another route you may not have thought of.
if you're in the market for a new router, for better features, quicker wifi, etc.. they have ones with 1 and 2 usb ports now.
my last two routers both have them.
then you can just get a cheap external hard drive smile.gif

i would advise building the external drive yourself since all externals (other than ssd externals) come with green drives.
grab a wd blue or black drive, slap it into a usb 3.0 case, plug into the router.
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I am using a $25 POGOPLUg paired with a 3tb hardrive. I can watch media on my phone or any pc on the net and it works with my home network. heck even my chromecast can play video from it.

my windows PC can see it as a internal drive too. so apps and games can run off it. this would let you set it up to backup your media vrs running raid.

it also lets me share link with others from it. pretty net imo. Someone here suggested it and its a great device. biggrin.gif
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