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DIY Home Network Attached Storage Project #3

The success upgrade and maintenance for my existing gaming rig finally allow me to complete building DIY home NAS. The previous Intel Pentium I got from eBay very dirt cheap is basically too slow and realizes it was single core version. Since the new ASROCK motherboard I brought able to support up to Intel Core 2 Quad, I decided to replace with Q9400. At the moment I am testing which OS to run my file storages so it is preferable to have ready hardware to meet some of the open source requirements.

Anyway, these are the hardware specifications for my complete custom NAS or file server builds. Many of them are existing stocks so I actually save quite a lot all this years. If you have read my previous posts for Aerocool DS Cube and ASROCK G41S-GC R2.0. The remaining purchases are new power supply unit (PSU) and pen drive.

  • Aerocool DS Cube (Black Edition) = RM$329.00
  • AVS PSU Extreme 650WATT = BND$60.00 +/- (forgot)
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 = Existing
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 (LGA775) = Existing
  • ASROCK G41S-GC R2.0 (LGA775) = BND $99.00
  • Kingston DataTraveler 8GB USB drive = BND $10.00 (Netcom Computer)
  • 1x Kingston 4GB DDR3 = Free gift
  • 1x Kingston 2GB DDR3 Hyper X = Free gift
  • 2x Western Digital 160GB 3.5” SATA = Warranty, pickup from garbage. =P
  • 2x Western Digital 500GB 2.5” SATA = Existing

The only different about AVS PSU Extreme 650WATT I brought have longer cables compared to the normal version. The original plan was getting normal PSU 450WATT would be sufficient. But after doing the measuring and double check power connector location in the motherboard changes my purchase decision. I advise all buyers to get the longer cables PSU version if you plan to purchase Aerocool DS Cube chassis. It will fit perfectly and very less cabling length hassle issue.

The Kingston DataTraveler 8GB USB stick is necessary if I plan to build FreeNAS. I don’t see why I have to sacrifice my hard disk drive for very small OS (less than 1GB) when the USB drive can do the job fine. What I got is a smaller size version for fitting perfectly at the back and avoids damaging in mind. It is still uncertain if it going to be uses as main boot device since I am now learning and got into problems linking my two WD 160GB SATA drives. The FreeNAS configuration is not friendly and easy to troubleshoot for a week now. I have second choice to tried is currently Open Media Vault (OMV). The downside about this OS is not recommended to install in USB stick which means I have to rethink getting SSD and PCI card if FreeNAS doesn’t work or just install Linux server for file sharing.

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