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So, I've got a budget of around $2,000. I'm looking for the most space that I can squeeze into that budget, whilst still being good components. I'm going to be using the server as a NAS that will store all of my movies (Blu-rays + DVDs) and I'd like to be able to stream those videos across the network to my main rig, my secondary rig, and a few other computers in my house.

I'm new to NAS's in general, so fill me in and help a fellow OCNer out. Thanks guys!

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Do you has an OS already?
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Assuming this is a clean build, here's what I'd do.

Case:
Coolermaster Elite 310

PSU:
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W

Hard Drive Caddy:
IcyDock 3-in-2 (2 of these)

Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3

CPU:
Intel Core i3-560. The i3-530 would probably be better for your purposes, but I couldn't find it on the site.

Memory:
Crucial 2GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600 memory module

O.S. Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Blue 160GB

Storage Drives:
Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB (multiply to taste)

SATA Card:
StarTech 4 Port SATA II PCI Express x4 Card

With 10 2TB drives, the total is $1,682 before shipping and taxes.

For an OS, if you just want to share files to Windows clients, OpenFiler or FreeNAS are good choices. Also, Amahi Home Server is good if you want a little more than just file serving. All these options are free (as in beer).
Edited by parityboy - 2/9/11 at 5:35pm
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Use FreeNas. It's a free open source form of BSD.
No need for a boot drive, just wasted money. Use a low capacity-half decent read speed flash drive (It's OS is only 256MB).

Probably a low power Atom like the 550D depending on whether you want
RAID or not. Dual core CPU's are a good idea in terms of power effiency as the software based raid parallyses very well.
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Motherboard
MSI 880GMA-E45

CPU
Phenom II X2 555

Hard Drives
Spinpoint F3. Buy at least 3 of these and do a RAID5 with the onboard controller.
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Hard Drives
Spinpoint F3. Buy at least 3 of these and do a RAID5 with the onboard controller.
No. Don't. Just don't. Seriously. FakeRAID 5 performance is so poor, it just isn't worth it. O.S.-based RAID or hardware RAID is the way to go.

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Use FreeNas. It's a free open source form of BSD.
No need for a boot drive, just wasted money. Use a low capacity-half decent read speed flash drive (It's OS is only 256MB).

Probably a low power Atom like the 550D depending on whether you want
RAID or not. Dual core CPU's are a good idea in terms of power effiency as the software based raid parallyses multi-threads very well.
I'll not have my system paralysed, thank you very much. You're right about booting from a thumb drive, but since Windows cannot do this, I went for a fully compatible solution in case the OP wanted to use WHS or server 2008.


@OP:

What's the minimum storage you actually need?
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Motherboard
MSI 880GMA-E45

CPU
Phenom II X2 555

Hard Drives
Spinpoint F3. Buy at least 3 of these and do a RAID5 with the onboard controller.
8-series chipsets offer no real benefits over the 7-series boards, but cost more and use more power. I would get a 740G or 760g board instead.

Also there is no point getting a Phenom either - stick with an Athlon II to save power and money.

And RAID5 on a fakeRAID controller is a terrible idea.
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*It doesn't take too much to just host storage for one or two computers so I would build a low power solution that doesn't cost much and leave more for hard drives.

I would do this for the base of my server:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813182235
I would pay extra for the quality Mobo, IPMI, Intel RAID, Dual Intel NIC's.

http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id...ache,+2.26+GHz)
32nm, Dual Core with HT, 30W

RAM I would pick based on your OS and program requirements but for just a network server it shouldn't take too much; anything over 3GB should be golden.

HD's, RAID-5 and I would pick whatever is good is a good balance of storage space/price.

And I would run FreeBSD or a Linux Sever based Distro on there.
Edited by trn - 2/8/11 at 5:54pm
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With a $2000 budget you guys are shooting low. Gimme a few I'll make a list for you. What are the needs of this box?
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