This forum and discord has been an immense help in me getting off to a great start for my first ever NAS! I didn’t stop at NAS, because the pfsense custom router sounded very intriguing, so I figured I would build one of those too. I did overshoot my initial budget by quite a bit but I am justifying that by the fact that these builds will last me for a long time to come.
NK4 parts and cost
|Case||Fractal Node 804||$130|
|Motherboard||Supermicro X9SCM-F REV 1.1A||$81|
|RAM||16Gb 4x4GB ECC UDIMM Micron||$49|
|CPU Cooler||Coolermaster Hyper 212 black||$35|
|SAS Expansion||PCI-E SAS9211-8l LSI||$24|
|Cache drive||Lite-On EP2 960GB 221100 M.2||$70|
|M.2 Adapter||PCI-E M.2 Adapter 221100||$14|
|SAS cables||Mini SAS to SFF cables||$12|
I bought 6 of the SAS HDDs from the RTG deal JDM posted for a total of $300. Impressive deal!
I am planning on using 1 of them as parity so I will have a total of 20TB available, which is plenty! I wanted a stylish case since this may lie around outside of a server room, hence the Fractal Node. I missed the cyber monday deal on the rosewill unfortunately.
I did not have patience to wait so I have bought all these parts already, but if anyone thinks there’s a better alternative i am willing to return/exchange.
For the pfSense build, here are the parts
|SFF Unit||Lenovo Thinkcenter E73 SFF||$43|
|CPU||Intel core i3-4130||included|
|Ethernet NIC||Intel I350T4V2 4 port with low-profile bracket||$27|
|Wireless AP||Ubiquity Unifi AP Lite||$78|
The plan is to plug the pfsense box to the switch and then NAS and the wireless AP to the switch.
Did I get everything? Do you guys see anything that I missed?
I am really excited and waiting for all the parts to arrive!!! Christmas is coming early!