Description

This is the start of a NAS build. I was originally going to buy one from Amazon, I was looking at a Synology, but after doing a ton of research I decided I could have a better/faster/cheaper solution if I just built a system and installed FreeNAS.

This is currently up and running with a link aggregation. The setup is only 2 (1 TB) drives in a RAID 1. In the future I plan on adding more drives but due to cost and at the moment no need for the extra space I've backed off on the drives.

I still have some tweaking to do but mostly with my router so I can access the data from outside my network. I am trying to setup an icloud system as well. Over all I am pretty pleased with this.

Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

The pictures are so random. My head hurts...

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

sorry I just bulk uploaded all of them from my phone :). Not sure how to organize them yet. Then again I didn't try to find out either.

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  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, your on your way to the ultimate fapable material server.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

FreeNas buddies :D good choice on case. i was planning on getting that too for mine... but its expensive :(

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll give you +1 just for getting FreeNAS to work! I spent 8+ hours, never could access the drives to write to them on the network. Dumped it, installed NAS4Free and in 15 minutes was done.

16GB of ram. Wow. Mine runs on 3GB! http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sprinter461/saved/jN448d

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) I didn't do any research on NAS4Free I'll have to check it out.

From what I read on FreeNAS it seemed to be a memory hog, at least for large raid configurations. Probably overkill for what I have running atm though.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

How is more RAM a bad thing?

I am always flabbergasted how people will say that someone has too much RAM in a system. Flabbergasted I say!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't recall ever saying that there was too much RAM. 3 truths I've always believed in relating to PCs...You can never have too fast of a CPU, you can never have too much RAM, and you can never have too much drive storage space.

Would I have went with 16GB or RAM for this build? Probably not. I'd rather have more drive space. But that's personal preference. But no matter what, not too much. I keep getting told that all I needed was 8GB of RAM for my gaming build...well I assure you that works out RAM more than NAS. My gaming machine has 32GB RAM for the record. :p

So yeah, too much is never enough! ;)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct me if I'm wrong, but for any sort of NAS or storage device wouldn't you want a much more reliable PSU than a Corsair CX series power supply? 750w is overkill for any CPU you stick in, but the caps are cheap and prone to failure after a couple years. For $80 you could've gotten a great 450w Seasonic PSU, and it would've been much more reliable.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure, its been 10 years since the last build. Most of my choices were just on reviews and forms that I was reading. The 750w was just because I saw it as a good price point. Also the plan was to expand the system to hold 12 - 16 drives in the future and I thought I needed the extra power to do that. I didn't know about the cheap caps though...kind of a bummer to find out now. Maybe the next one I'll get it right.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

what i dont understand is why did u waste the money on a z97 mobo and not a h97 kinda pointless imo

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Well you see this is the first build I've done in 10 years, maybe I went overboard on some of the parts. To be honest the reason I picked the one I got was it seemed to have a good starting amount of Sata connectors that I could expand into for the price. Also having an intel network port was important for the FreeNas.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

yea thats understandable i was just asking making sure u see that u possibly made a mistake but i think after reviewing it more that u made a good choice there is a lot of sata ports i think as well as sata express am i correct?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

No sata express but 6 sata 3 ports, enough to get a decent RAID array before I would need to get an additional card. Not sure if I will need to go that far yet. Unless the entire system could be sata express it wouldn't make much sense to use it for the intended use.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

yea well good job man build looks great im jelly i need to get myself a NAS system going soon