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Hey all,

I am planning on building my own NAS. I have been looking around a bit but i cant seem to find a atom board with a onboard PSU, Or should i just go for a normal atom board and buy a small PSU?

As for the HDD's i am considering buying 3 of these, and put these in raid 5:
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82e16822136514

as for OS disk I am thinking about a small 2.5" SATA laptop disk.

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Why not use USB flash or SD with adapter for boot?
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hmm thats quite a good idea you got there eflyguy. Might use a 2GB or 4GB USB flash drive then, as FreeNAS doesnt require much.
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this one might work
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813500027
oh are you in the us?
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A friend of mine builds video heads on systems that have built-in flash card readers, uses SD flash. Performance is fine..
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post #6 of 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Anthony360 View Post
this one might work
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813500027
oh are you in the us?
Nah, i'm from the Netherlands. and I think thats abit to expensive
I am trying to keep to cost as low as possible.

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Originally Posted by eflyguy View Post
A friend of mine builds video heads on systems that have built-in flash card readers, uses SD flash. Performance is fine..
..a
Been looking around and a USB Flash cost just as much as a SD card+reader
Doesnt bother me as really if it take 2 or 3 mins before it is boote up.
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post #7 of 14
i would just get a board one with at least a atom 330 processor on it, since its a physical duel core.
post #8 of 14
If you want low power, forget the older Atom boards with 945GC chipsets - the northbridge uses ~30W on it's own, and mean a Sempron 140 + AMD 7x0G board actually uses about the same power but is a much more capable system. You also get much more expansion option for your money.

If you really want to go for Atom then you need to be looking at Pineview - the NM10 chipset. This is a little better for power consumption, but still only has 2 SATA ports built in. The onboard ports are usually provided by a JMicron or similar controller (either as a separate controller or using an internal port multiplier. Neither is ideal in my opinion. The AMD solution is a better bet all round.

Not sure I would want to try and run RAID5 on an Atom cpu either - gigabit network transfers bog down Atom enough as it is, asking it to do TCP/IP stack calculations and XOR processing concurrently is a sure way to get terrible performance.

Atom promises much, but sadly it still comes up short in too many key areas to be of much use I'm afraid...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by the_beast View Post
If you want low power, forget the older Atom boards with 945GC chipsets - the northbridge uses ~30W on it's own, and mean a Sempron 140 + AMD 7x0G board actually uses about the same power but is a much more capable system. You also get much more expansion option for your money.

If you really want to go for Atom then you need to be looking at Pineview - the NM10 chipset. This is a little better for power consumption, but still only has 2 SATA ports built in. The onboard ports are usually provided by a JMicron or similar controller (either as a separate controller or using an internal port multiplier. Neither is ideal in my opinion. The AMD solution is a better bet all round.

Not sure I would want to try and run RAID5 on an Atom cpu either - gigabit network transfers bog down Atom enough as it is, asking it to do TCP/IP stack calculations and XOR processing concurrently is a sure way to get terrible performance.

Atom promises much, but sadly it still comes up short in too many key areas to be of much use I'm afraid...
I agree with everything here.

I've got two Atom 330-based systems sitting around - I'm not quite sure what to do with them, in all honesty... I bought them cheap for uh... $(*&Y(*% and giggles...
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post #10 of 14
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Well i searched around a bit more, but i couldn't find anything from AMD nearly me that is similiar to Intel's Atom.

I did find this atom board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-653-_-Product

What do you guys think of that? I think it should be able to provide the necessary speed for the NAS / streamer.

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