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    Can you advise me on what parts I will need to build a small NAS PC ?

    Hi with me wanting to be able to view all my DVD movie collection I have in different rooms around my flat + wanting to run a raid setup as a backup I have decided to build my own NAS system.

    I really want to go down the ATX min root as it will allow me to buy a small PC case to store in my bedroom.

    I am a bit unsure what type of motherboard I will need to get tho and if I will need a dual core CPU to go with it ?. Does it matter if the motherboard has built in graphics card ?

    Any one else running a similar PC and can advise what parts I will need etc

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    Re: Can you advise me on what parts I will need to build a small NAS PC ?

    Build a NAS system?

    Would it not make more sense to buy one?

    If you've got a load of spare bits around and can save a load of cash then fair enough but it sounds like you're buying from new/used?

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    Re: Can you advise me on what parts I will need to build a small NAS PC ?

    All you need is the most basic of PCs. integrated graphics are a good idea as they are low powered, take up no space and problem free.

    I would suggest looking at Windows Home Server. Lets you do funky things with different sized hard drives instead of forcing you to use the same capacity drives in a RAID array. Also if you are using a full blown PC, WHS has the capability to really take advantage of that, like being able to stream media to different clients (while transcoding media on the fly to suit).

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    Yeah, if you want to put a server together then definitely build/buy a proper PC, but not for a plain NAS.

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    Re: Can you advise me on what parts I will need to build a small NAS PC ?

    I just want to make something I can steam all my videos to in aother rooms and have hard drives in raid. What software would I use for this ?

    Nas systems are like £350 I can build something better and faster for around £200

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    Re: Can you advise me on what parts I will need to build a small NAS PC ?

    If you want to use a PC, then freeNAS would suffice. However I would at least try the free trial thats available for Home Server and see if it suits. It will happily run on an Atom, if you want a very quiet system while still streaming your media.

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