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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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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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