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Building a NAS with spare parts, need proper case.

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I got some spare parts of my old build...

Maximus VI Formula
NH-D14
some fans...

Thinking of putting maybe 4-8gb worth of memory, which is very cheap, i3 cpu and a good but affordable PSU.

In other words, I want to build a NAS server for cheap to put Plex on it and map network drives on my computers for Backup/Downloads/Movies/Music, etc. Any NAS servers with an i3 will cost so much, 4k and more.

As you can see, I dont really need all the features a NAS server can bring, which is probably more than a normal computer, I am guessing (I have no experience with NAS, but if its so expensive, I am sure there is something I am missing such as failproof stuff).

However, I need a proper case. Something which will let me add atleast 4 hard drives, probably expandable to a lot more, but to "begin with", thats my requirement. I dont know of a single computer case that can do this. Maybe one I can easily mod, but then I would need to bay drive thing. As you can tell, I do need something which will allow me to use an ATX motherboard and a normal sized PSU.

I dont wanna spend too much on a case - besides the front USB 3.0 ports on the motherboard are not working.

Thanks for the help.
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A normal ATX case will do, a cheap one like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811853003
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Seagate 250gb Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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Athlon II X4 640T (Unlocked to Phenom II X6 1405T) GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 XFX R5 230 Crucial 8gb DDR3 
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http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811353045&cm_re=DIYPC_FM18-BK-_-11-353-045-_-Product would this be better? They all seem to be 5.25"... I could add some hot swappable bays in there, if I remove the front panel and remove anything thats in front of those bays.

What do you think?
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Yeah, Hotswap bays are better for NAS.
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Seagate 250gb Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
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Athlon II X4 640T (Unlocked to Phenom II X6 1405T) GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 XFX R5 230 Crucial 8gb DDR3 
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Hard DriveOS
Seagate 250gb Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II X4 640T (Unlocked to Phenom II X6 1405T) GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 XFX R5 230 Crucial 8gb DDR3 
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