First build - Multi-use home server - Need help with hardware

Hi all, I’m gonna try to get away with keeping this post fairly short. I’m looking to start purchasing some parts so need some critique on my build plan. Assume I’m buying new unless stated otherwise (I don’t like to plan around on what’s currently available on ebay haha).


  • NAS 4-8 bays
  • 2-3 game servers for up to 10 players (Minecraft, Rust, Valheim, DayZ, 7 Days to Die etc.)
    • Most likely scenario is it’ll be 1 at a time with 3-4 players but I don’t want to set the bar too low.
  • Music streaming (for myself and partner)
  • Video streaming (for myself and partner at our home)
    • Very rare, I literally just have a couple of videos we occasionally watch. It’ll never be more than 1 stream
  • Host a couple of small websites.
  • Experiment with home automation and VMs etc.
  • MUST be efficient.

Here’s an overview of what I’m currently looking at (specific questions below):

Part Product
CPU i5 10400
Motherboard ASRock Z590 Pro4
PSU Corsair CX450M
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB x2
SSD Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB
HDDs 4x second hand SAS drives
RAID Controller LSI 9211-8i
Case Logic Case​ SC-43400-​8HS

Total around £700 (not including HDDs).


Fairly set on this, it seems like a pretty potent CPU for my needs, includes an iGPU and looks to be very efficient. Open to suggestions if anyone can recommend anything better in a similar price range.


Bit stuck on mobo, but apparently ASRock are quite efficient? Looking for something fairly cheap with 4 memory slots. Must be efficient too. Not too worried about size. I don’t think SATA slots matter much either if I use a RAID controller?


Again just looking for something fairly cheap and efficient, open to suggestions.


2 x 32GB gets me halfway though my slots and availability on the motherboard so that leaves me space to double up if/when I need to.


Mostly for game storage but anything else that needs the speed.


Need help with general NAS storage. I think I’m going to aim for SAS as I’ve seen a lot of recommendation and can get some cheap drives off ebay. Could do with some advice here, what should I look for? What should I avoid?

RAID Controller

I see these come up a lot and should allow me to hook up the total 8 drives that the case can hold. I think they also work with SATA and seem quite available on ebay. Again I don’t know much about these so please do comment on storage.


Fairly set on this. I want to go rackmount as I’ve plans for some ubiquiti hardware. I’m also limited by depth and I like the idea of hot swap bays so this case just works very well for what’s available in the UK.

Any advice welcome, please don’t just tell me to go and buy a second hand enterprise machine though, I’m set on building my own and want to try and make it as efficient as possible :smiley:

Hey… I don’t know if your build can handle 10 gamers at a time, but my recommendation is based on the build that you have written down after your ‘requirements’

  • CPU: I wouldn’t recommend 10th gen, I would recommend 12th gen for 2 reasons…

    1. They are more efficient and powerful
    2. They are more future proof as they are compatible with DDR4 & DDR5
      And in terms of cost, for me in India, i3-10100 and i3-12100 were merely ₹1800 apart, which is around 15% of the cost, but considering you will be keeping your system on 24x7 , you will make up the difference within a year of running considering the electricity usage.
      So I would recommend 12th gen with DDR4 setup and then change that to DDR5 when needed, reason being DDR5 setup is much more expensive right now
  • Motherboard: If you see one of the latest YouTube videos of Louis Rossman, he talks about the warranty issues with the company. That is one main reason why I didn’t go with Asrock, as being able to have the peace of mind of warranty was very important…

  • PSU: Go on PC Part-picker and list down the parts you are going to use, then you should be able to see the total wattage of your build… make sure to add future add-ons to that list… multiply that wattage by at least 1.3 and that is the minimum wattage of PSU that you should get. Dont get bothered too much by the 80 plus standard, because that rating system is all about efficiency of the ‘ideal’ tested samples… and the ratings are approximately in the increments of 2-5%… so unless you are choosing between let’s say bronze vs platinum standards… won’t make much of a difference…

Hope this helps …