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I need a storage solution. It doesn't have to be raided but I do need 4x2tb drives. Storage will be used for Pictures, Videos, Music and Documents mainly for storage, but with some streaming. From what I've seen, a 4bay Nas costs about $400(not including drives). But for $400 I can build a computer. Are there any benefits to having a nas over a computer?
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really? 40 reads an no reply? not even a comment?
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Intel I7 980x Asus Rampage II Extreme XFX ATI 7970 24Gb G-Skill F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex Turbo 60GB WDGREEN XSPC RayStorm CPU WaterBlock XSPC AX240 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK XTC140 D5 Dual Bay Reservoir Swiftech mcp655 RayStorm GPU 
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Windows 7 64bit Samsung 226BW Corsair TX950W Custom Desk Case 
Mouse
Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Asus Sabertooth Z77 XFX ATI 7870 Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 Wd Green EK SPIN DUEL BAY SWIFTECH MCP655 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC RX360 SWIFTECH Apogee XT Swiftech MCR140QP XSPC Raystorm GPU 
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LG W2343T LOGITECH G11 XFX PRO1000W Cooler Master HAF 932  
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It depends what you want to do with it.

PRO:
1) I have a Qnap TS-439 Pro NAS. I've had servers and miscellaneous computers before but for me size is the biggest factor. It's a little bit larger than a toaster.

2) Configuration: It's as simple as plugging it into your network and configuring with the GUI. You can setup RAID arrays, iSCSI targets and configure the Twonky Media streaming server. These features were the key selling point for me. I've had previous servers ( running Win Srv 03 /Ubuntu ) and maintaining the media streaming was key to me.

CON:
1) You're limited by firmware updates. There are some great features but occasionally there are bugs. You're at the will of the developer for a firmware release to fix performance issues. With your own OS installation you customize it to fit your needs.

2) COST: You already pointed out for a 4-Bay unit you're looking at $400 for a base unit without drives. Depending on drive size, you're looking at about $700-$900 for a NAS populated with drives.

A lot of it depends on your budget and what customizable features you're looking for. For me my NAS just works. I update firmware on occasion but most of the time it just sits idle in the background but I enjoy being able to backup my Windows / Mac PC's to it nightly.

Good luck.
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Do NAS stream better than a computer does? Saying both are running on Gigabit Lan. What about file transfer speeds.
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3770k
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Intel I7 980x Asus Rampage II Extreme XFX ATI 7970 24Gb G-Skill F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex Turbo 60GB WDGREEN XSPC RayStorm CPU WaterBlock XSPC AX240 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK XTC140 D5 Dual Bay Reservoir Swiftech mcp655 RayStorm GPU 
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Windows 7 64bit Samsung 226BW Corsair TX950W Custom Desk Case 
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Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 
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i7 3770k Asus Sabertooth Z77 XFX ATI 7870 Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 
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XSPC RX360 SWIFTECH Apogee XT Swiftech MCR140QP XSPC Raystorm GPU 
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3770k
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 980x Asus Rampage II Extreme XFX ATI 7970 24Gb G-Skill F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex Turbo 60GB WDGREEN XSPC RayStorm CPU WaterBlock XSPC AX240 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK XTC140 D5 Dual Bay Reservoir Swiftech mcp655 RayStorm GPU 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 64bit Samsung 226BW Corsair TX950W Custom Desk Case 
Mouse
Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Asus Sabertooth Z77 XFX ATI 7870 Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 Wd Green EK SPIN DUEL BAY SWIFTECH MCP655 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC RX360 SWIFTECH Apogee XT Swiftech MCR140QP XSPC Raystorm GPU 
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I get writes in the range of 80-92 and reads of large files of about 105
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