Working from home can be a daunting prospect, but while you"" you could use the spare time to throw together a network-attached storage (NAS) server, to play some music or movies and store files. Instead of labeling 20 external hard drives and keeping them in a secure location, it may be a good idea to build a NAS. As well as buying a pre-built model, you could build one yourself. It''re stuck at home for a while. Here''ll need.
- Case: Thermaltake Core V21
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
- Power Supply: EVGA 500 BQ
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming
- RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB
- OS M.2 SSD: Samsung EVO Plus 250GB
- NAS Storage: Seagate IronWolf
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This compact case from Thermaltake allows you to store a few drives inside, while also letting you cram it full of all the components required to build your own NAS. It''t sound like much, but it''t the most thrilling motherboard around. Still, Mini-ITX boards are generally more expensive than ATX counterparts since manufacturers have to cram a lot of components onto a smaller PCB. This is a solid option for a NAS, however.
You shouldn''t need more than 4GB, but this module from Corsair is reliable and affordable.
Building your own NAS
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Network Attached Storage (NAS) is simply a storage device that is attached to your home or office network, either through cables or wireless. It allows for all connected devices with correct permissions set to access files on internal drives. It''s cheaper to go it alone.
We took a look at some of the best options available on the market for building a Plex media server. Still, if you''s possible to create your own NAS.
Here are some of the advantages when it comes to building your own NAS setup:
- Better value.
- Room to upgrade in the future.
- Configurable to exact requirements.
- More powerful and feature-rich than prebuilt systems.
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for With a NAS system, the aim is to keep the footprint small but have ample room to throw in several storage drives and capable components. Thermaltake''s also the bonus addition of a side panel window to show off the insides. With this case, you''s also possible to add other cooling solutions inside, including an all-in-one water cooler for the CPU.
Should you go Intel or AMD? Intel has a wide range of processors that will do the job, depending on what tasks you want the NAS to perform. An Atom or Pentium processor will be more than enough for file and media storage, while a Core i3 chip will be better for streaming, Plex use, and multi-user optimization. We''s 500W power supply is an excellent unit for any PC with an 80 PLUS Bronze certification and backed by a plethora of positive reviews. For our NAS build, we''t require anything more than 500W, so this PSU should be good for future upgrades and builds with a dedicated GPU.
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Combined with our AMD Ryzen 5 3400G processor, the ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming is perfect for a NAS setup. This is an excellent Mini-ITX board with ample room for expansion, thanks to the PCI-Express slot, four SATA ports, a single M.2 port, gigabit LAN, and built-in wireless. Not only can we use an M.2 drive to install our OS and save space within the case for additional drives, but also take advantage of wireless connectivity if you''re using RAM supported by the motherboard, and you''d recommend starting with 1TB or 2TB mechanical drives, with a 250GB M.2 SSD if your budget can stretch for a more efficient system drive. Brands like Western Digital and Seagate offer dedicated NAS solutions.
For our reasonably-priced build, we selected Seagate IronWolf. It''t want to lose everything stored on the NAS. Factoring this into account, two 2TB drives in a RAID configuration would offer 2TB of capacity.
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