First time here and buidling a NAS :)

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to introduce myself and say thanks for creating this awesome community/resource. I’ve been very intimidated when it’s come to building my own PC/NAS because of the crazy amount of choice/options and the differing needs of a NAS vs a gaming PC. But, after finding this site and the NAS Killer 4.0 build guide, I finally pulled the trigger!

Do you guys spot anything obviously glaring with this? I’m upgrading from a set of RPi 3/4s and an ODROID-N2. This will be my first ever PC build to boot.

Here’s the parts list (tax included):

  • CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230v2 - $58.79
  • CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Gravity i2 - $13.05
  • RAM: Kingston 1x8GB PC3-12800E DDR3-1600MHz ECC UDIMM - $48.99
  • Motherboard: Supermicro X9SCM-F - $65.33
  • Case: Cooler Master Elite 350 w/ 500W PSU - $81.65
  • SATA Cables: 6-pack SATA III - $8.70

Total Price (excl. drives): $276.51

To go with all that hardware, I’ve already got the following drives:

  • 4x4TB Seagate Ironwolf - 3.5" 5900RPM
  • 2x1TB Seagate Barracuda - 2.5" 7200RPM
  • 1x240GB Kingston A400 - M.2 2280

The plan is for this box to serve as a NAS, with those old ARM SBCs running in Docker Swarm alongside it. The hope is that this box + the Pis can run:

  • Plex serving 2-4 users + Sonarr/Radarr/Transmission
  • Home Assistant
  • Nextcloud
  • A wordpress site
  • Grafana/Prometheus
  • MariaDB as the DB backend for those containers
  • A PXE Server for the Pis to boot from
  • Pi-Hole
  • A Samba share for Steam games and my wife’s files
  • Ubuntu 20.04
  • ZFS for data integrity
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