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So I am building my own nas, not anything high performance, but just something for home use. It will either be 4tb or 8tb total, depending on what HDDs I get.

Got some questions:

1. I have an i3 2120 sitting around, will that be powerful enough?

2. How much RAM, and what speed? I have heard the 1gb ram per 1tb, but like I said this will just be a home use nas, nothing crazy or high speed. Could I get away with 4gb in 8tb?

3. Any specific motherboard features to look out for besides sata 6gb and raid (like what controller, chipset etc)?

4. Is it better to get multiple HDDs and raid them? (if I want 4tb, go with 2x2tb, or 4tb, go with 2x4tb?)
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1.The CPU is fine.
2.4 GBs are ok( in my opinion)
3.Better go with some eSATA motherboard.
4.H61M or B75( don't know really the difference)
post #3 of 8
1. Easily, since you don't want any crazy stuff. A friend of mine runs a home nas on one of the first core 2 duo cpus and the cpu load rarely goes over 10%.

2. as little as 128-512MB will do, but the more the better. Though, the benefit is not so big that you should put a lot of money on extra RAM.

3. the more sata ports the better, and preferably a motherboard without a 3rd party sata controller (marvell etc)

4. depends on what you want. for raid1 setups it don't really matter, for raid5 setups having more smaller drives increases the usable space.
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Sweet thanks for the input. I am thinking of possibly doing a raid 1 or raid 5 setup, depends what hard drives I get and how much they are.

So for example, would I be better doing a raid 5 with 4x1tb, or raid 1 with 2x2tb? I would have the extra space on the first option, but it would also be a bit more expensive.
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Sweet thanks for the input. I am thinking of possibly doing a raid 1 or raid 5 setup, depends what hard drives I get and how much they are.

So for example, would I be better doing a raid 5 with 4x1tb, or raid 1 with 2x2tb? I would have the extra space on the first option, but it would also be a bit more expensive.

4x1TB in raid5 = 3TB usable space, 2x2TB in raid1 = 2TB usable space, both have same fault tolerance of 1 drive. Though, raid1 will have a little higher read performance, so it depends on what you want or need. For basic tasks like streaming a movie file over the network while watching (eg. not copying it to local computer first), raid5 has more than enough performance. For tasks like running whole bigger applications directly from the NAS, you may benefit from the slightly better performance of raid1. (I don't know why would anybody really need to do that...). Either way, most likely your limiting factor will be your local network, so in the end its (mostly) all about the costs and space requirements. smile.gif
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Main use will be pictures, second will be any other documents. I wont be installing programs on it, and probably wont be watching any movies off it either. I appreciate your suggestions, and along with a bit of reading, I think I am going to go with 4-6 1tb hdds and put them in raid 5.

Thanks!
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And also, I am planning on getting an extra 2tb hdd, and keeping a weekly or monthly backup of the important stuff anyway.
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Main use will be pictures, second will be any other documents. I wont be installing programs on it, and probably wont be watching any movies off it either. I appreciate your suggestions, and along with a bit of reading, I think I am going to go with 4-6 1tb hdds and put them in raid 5.

Thanks!
In that case, RAID-5 (Or in fact, any RAID level) has more than enough performance. smile.gif

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And also, I am planning on getting an extra 2tb hdd, and keeping a weekly or monthly backup of the important stuff anyway.
Good idea, due to 2 points; RAID don't protect you from human-errors (accidental deletions, etc), and the more independent backups the better. It wouldn't be the first time two HDD's dies in a RAID array before having time to replace the first dead drive. Never happened to me though, but I remember reading about such incident here on OCN years back. If you are seriously skeptical/paranoid, you could consider RAID-6, which is slightly less space-efficient than RAID-5, but has a fault tolerance of 2 drives as opposed to 1 drive of RAID-5. (of course, the winner in fault-tolerance is still RAID-1 with more than 3 disks, but that's also the least space-efficient of all raid levels)
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