I’m looking to put together a NAS.
My use case is pretty simple: to have a place to centrally store tv shows/movies and other stuff instead of over multiple computers and external drives. I currently have about 8tb and looking to grow.
I’d also like it to be reasonably quiet as it will be in the loungeroom.
After having a read through this forum (and a few others) I thought it would be good to set up Plex. For this purpose, I picked up a used HP Prodesk 600 G4, so the Plex side of things is taken care of.
Here’s what I have so far, based on pricing and availability (I’m in Australia so access to parts sucks. The price of everything sucks even more) :
Case: Fractal Node 804.
CPU: Xeon E3 1230 v2.
RAM: ECC - 4x4gb ddr3 10600E or 12800E
Power Supply: be quiet! U9
CPU cooler: CM Hyper 212
I’ll get some WD shuckables (at least 6tb, probably a 10 or 12tb for the parity drive) and an SSD for cache when they all go on sale.
Total cost of about AUD $650-$700, before drives. Definitely cheaper than a Synology/QNAP, and a lot better! I would like to get it a bit cheaper if possible so I may downgrade a few parts or hold out for a better deal.
A few questions on my decisions:
RAM: Is 16gb overkill?
PSU: Would 400w be enough, or is it better to go the 500w?
Cooler: Ugh. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 looks great, but its height is 158mm. The motherboard specs say the cooler should be max 160mm. I expect that this is way too close and I need to look at something else? Other options would be the TT i2 (from US), Noctua NH-L9i (local), CM i71C RGB (local). I was hoping to avoid RGB but that i71C is pretty cheap…
So, do these parts look good? I can’t see any problems, but please let me know if something doesn’t look right.
And finally some additional questions:
- Do I need a SAS controller? I won’t be getting SAS drives. When I eventually start getting towards the 10 drives, will SATA splitter cables do the job?
- Do I need additional case fans, or will the ones on the Node 804 be sufficient, for both cooling and quietness? Arctic fans seem the best but aren’t available in Australia so I’d have to order those, most likely from the UK. Noctua is too expensive
- In addition to Plex, I’d like to add a few extras like Sonarr and Radarr. Do I put these on the NAS or on the Plex computer?
Thanks for your help!