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Thought I'd get some opinions on a home nas build I'm preparing to build. I went the whole ECC memory route that FreeNAS recommends, though many say it's not absolutely necessary for home use.

Flash drive is to run FreeNAS off of.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($108.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock C236 WSI Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($195.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($76.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($76.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($108.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($108.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($108.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($108.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($108.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($108.89 @ OutletPC)
Case: BitFenix Phenom Midnight Black Mini ITX Tower Case ($80.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: EVGA 400W ATX Power Supply ($29.89 @ OutletPC)
Other: SanDisk Ultra Fit 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive SDCZ43-016G-G46 ($9.00 @ Amazon)
Other: FreeNAS ($0.00)
Total: $1232.18
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Let me know what you guys think. Is going with a mini-itx a bad idea? Do Intel stock coolers fit okay on them?
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As far as CPU power goes, as long as you are streaming locally you will be fine. I had a similar performance CPU (i3 4330) running my Plex server for a good while, but as soon as I started letting others outside my network stream (Transcoding) it brought that CPU to its knees and I had to upgrade.

ITX is not a bad idea and stock coolers will fit fine. PSU cables will be the bigger issue in regards to fit.

Have fun and good luck!
Edited by cam0385 - 4/25/17 at 7:49am
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Build looks pretty solid. For reference with a mild OC on a 2500k we can do roughly 5 transcode streams. Also having an SSD available as a drive for Plex transcode folder can increase streaming performance.
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