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Hey everybody,

My girlfriend is getting my old computer, and won't be needing her old hardware. She had a i5-750 with a ATI HD5850. Its DDR 3 and only 4 GB, but thats easy to just chug some more in there.
Would that be suitable as a NAS, or am I better off just throwing it in the bin?

Thanks.
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IMO it's far too powerful and power hungry. You could do the very same with a 50 EUR AM1 setup.

 

You can certainly use it, but it's going to eat a lot of power just idling.

 

NASes don't need lots of resources. Heck, even an old laptop board will do the job (something like a late C2D or 1st gen i3 with 4GB of RAM), then attach the extra storage via the mPCIe or USB drives).

   
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IMO it's far too powerful and power hungry. You could do the very same with a 50 EUR AM1 setup.

You can certainly use it, but it's going to eat a lot of power just idling.

NASes don't need lots of resources. Heck, even an old laptop board will do the job (something like a late C2D or 1st gen i3 with 4GB of RAM), then attach the extra storage via the mPCIe or USB drives).

Thanks. I'll take that into consideration smile.gif
Will I even gain anything over a Synology NAS? I'm just a very standard user, and as I already got a HTPC I dont need it to do much.
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You will if you have a full gigabit network and not a lot happens in it (as in, lots of traffic that could slow down potential file transfers).

 

DiskStations max at some 70 odd MB/s, midrange RackStations go up to 300MB/s.

 

Theoretically you could reach just over 80MB/s on a gigabit network, but that's fully sequential and with considerably large files, as small (in the KBs) files are horrendously slow to transfer over Ethernet if there's many of them.

 

Realistically? A DiskStation is plenty fast. And infinitely more hassle-free.

   
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post #5 of 6
it varies if all you are going to do is use it to serve files and nothing else then yes your build could be cut down quite a bit.

If you are going to run plex along with a few different plugins / docker containers maybe throw in a vm or 2 then personally i would say the machine is a little underpowered
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Hey everybody,

. She had a i5-750 with a ATI HD5850. Its DDR 3 and only 4 GB, but thats easy to just chug some more in there.
Would that be suitable as a NAS, or am I better off just throwing it in the bin?

Thanks.

Well I just thought I would chime in considering the hardware you mention.

An i5-750 with a 5850 is easily capable of playing a modern game like project cars at 1080p with medium to high settings at 60 fps or better.Please don't throw it in the bin....tongue.gif

It also can be upgraded to a quad with hyper thread for 25.00,and then overclocked to 4.0 for a considerable power increase.
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