Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Advice on PC build for NAS type machine

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Wirral, NW England
    Posts
    167
    Thanks
    32
    Thanked
    4 times in 3 posts
    • Vorlon99's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Supermicro C7Z97-M
      • CPU:
      • i7 4790k 4ghz + Custom Liquid Cooler
      • Memory:
      • 16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1,866
      • Storage:
      • 1TB SSD SanDisk X300 enterprise + 1tb SSHD Seagate
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Superclocked ACX 2.0
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic 860W 80 PLUS Platinum
      • Case:
      • Supermicro S5 Gaming
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • Philips 273V5QHAB 27" AMVA LED 1080p
      • Internet:
      • up to 39mb Fibre

    Advice on PC build for NAS type machine

    Hi All,

    I would like some advice re the following please

    I would like to build a PC that can sit on the network as a file server/Nas.
    Ideally I would like to be able to gradually add more drives over time to extend capacity; so, a large case with plenty of space for drives.

    Maybe Linux based, with appropriate drivers/apps to support RAID 5 maybe?
    What mobo, CPU, memory, PSU etc is required.

    can all this be achieved with free OS & Apps? Can it be configured in a way that the average smart TV will be able to access it directly to play movies etc?

    Thanks in advance.
    Add me on BL and Steam - Egg-O-Deth
    .

    .

  2. #2
    DDY
    DDY is offline
    Senior Member DDY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    2,739
    Thanks
    147
    Thanked
    566 times in 392 posts
    • DDY's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASRock Z390M Pro 4
      • CPU:
      • i5 9600k
      • Memory:
      • 16GB (2x8GB) 3200MHz CL16 Corsair Vengence
      • Storage:
      • Adata SX8200 NVME 1TB
      • Graphics card(s):
      • RX 5700
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic Focus Gold 550W
      • Operating System:
      • Win 7 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2715H

    Re: Advice on PC build for NAS type machine

    How many hard drives do you plan to install?

    If you drop the requirement for RAID, which I think isn't worth the effort for a regular NAS appliance, take a look at the HP Microserver and Dell PowerEdge T20, nothing comes close to these in terms of value and they can make an extremely capable NAS.

    http://www.serversplus.com/servers/t...svdel-t203692p

    http://www.ebuyer.com/722189-hpe-pro...er-819185-421?

    I'm not too hot on media streaming servers, but I keep hearing about the greatness of the Plex server - which can run on* and stream to pretty much anything, I'm sure there are other good options to choose from.

    EDIT: Needs an OS to run on, Linux is one option.
    Last edited by DDY; 21-09-2016 at 02:18 PM.

  3. #3
    root Member DanceswithUnix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    In the middle of a core dump
    Posts
    10,406
    Thanks
    537
    Thanked
    1,094 times in 931 posts
    • DanceswithUnix's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus X470-PRO
      • CPU:
      • 3700X
      • Memory:
      • 16GB 3200MHz
      • Storage:
      • 1TB Linux, 1TB Games (Win 10)
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus Strix RX Vega 56
      • PSU:
      • 650W Corsair TX
      • Case:
      • Antec 300
      • Operating System:
      • Fedora 30 + Win 10 Pro 64 (yuk)
      • Monitor(s):
      • Benq XL2730Z 1440p + Samsung 2343BW 2048x1152
      • Internet:
      • Zen 80Mb/20Mb VDSL

    Re: Advice on PC build for NAS type machine

    Not used it, but the usual reply to a question like this is http://www.freenas.org/

    Instead of standard RAID 5, that uses a next gen filesystem called ZFS which is a very good thing.

    Ideally you want something with error corrected ram to run that, which if you are OK with 4 drives that HP microserver again is the standard answer to these sorts of questions.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/722189-hpe-pro...ver-819185-421

  4. #4
    Senior Member Spreadie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    an island in the south
    Posts
    1,652
    Thanks
    251
    Thanked
    302 times in 212 posts
    • Spreadie's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Z390i
      • CPU:
      • i7-9700K
      • Memory:
      • 16GB DDR4 3200 CL14
      • Storage:
      • 3.5TB m.2/SSD, 32TB NAS
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 1080 Ti
      • PSU:
      • SFX 600
      • Case:
      • NCase M1
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • AOC CQ32G1
      • Internet:
      • 80 Meg Fibre

    Re: Advice on PC build for NAS type machine

    Quote Originally Posted by DDY View Post
    How many hard drives do you plan to install?

    If you drop the requirement for RAID, which I think isn't worth the effort for a regular NAS appliance, take a look at the HP Microserver and Dell PowerEdge T20, nothing comes close to these in terms of value and they can make an extremely capable NAS.

    http://www.serversplus.com/servers/t...svdel-t203692p

    http://www.ebuyer.com/722189-hpe-pro...er-819185-421?

    I'm not too hot on media streaming servers, but I keep hearing about the greatness of the Plex server - which can run on* and stream to pretty much anything, I'm sure there are other good options to choose from.

    EDIT: Needs an OS to run on, Linux is one option.
    I have Plex running on my Microserver, feeding a Now TV box with Plex sideloaded - works a treat! Even the standard G1610T dual core Celeron will significantly outpace the AMD Turion II Neos in the G7 Microservers.
    Last edited by Spreadie; 21-09-2016 at 05:50 PM. Reason: typo
    Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes; after that, who cares?! He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!


  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    Wirral, NW England
    Posts
    167
    Thanks
    32
    Thanked
    4 times in 3 posts
    • Vorlon99's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Supermicro C7Z97-M
      • CPU:
      • i7 4790k 4ghz + Custom Liquid Cooler
      • Memory:
      • 16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1,866
      • Storage:
      • 1TB SSD SanDisk X300 enterprise + 1tb SSHD Seagate
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Superclocked ACX 2.0
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic 860W 80 PLUS Platinum
      • Case:
      • Supermicro S5 Gaming
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • Philips 273V5QHAB 27" AMVA LED 1080p
      • Internet:
      • up to 39mb Fibre

    Re: Advice on PC build for NAS type machine

    Nice... thanks guys, plenty to work from there
    Add me on BL and Steam - Egg-O-Deth
    .

    .

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •