Removable 8 Bay LGA1155 build for ~$260

I’ve been working on a build that I creating around this cheap NAS case I found on ebay. Here’s what I was able to come up with. The goal for me was to create 3 boxes that I can place in various friend/family member’s homes as offsite backups. It’ll be running TrueNAS Core and recieving weekly ZFS Snapshot backups.

Type Part Price URL
Case U-NAS (knockoff) 8 Bay Mini-ITX NAS Storage Server Case w/PSU $157.51
Motherboard Aaeon Mini ITX Motherboard EMB-B75A $55 OBO
CPU i3-3220 included with MB
RAM 4GB DDR3 RAM (2x 2GB) included with MB
CPU Cooler Dynatron Blower included with MB
OS Drive Anything you can Find
PSU 1U Flex PSU Included with Case
PCIe Riser 16x to 16x riser $8.99
SAS2 HBA LSI 9207-8i $40
Total ----- $261.50


I’ll update as the build goes on!


Subscribed! My U-NAS should be arriving shortly as well. Although mine will be an OTiS.

You piqued my interest!

I have a hp plex box and was looking to add a dedicated NAS to serve files over to the PMS and for other smaller tasks like photos backup. Have picked up 3 14TB WDs and now trying to see what would be the cheapest yet expandable solution for me. Will this be a good option?

Seems like it, if you’d like a bit more horsepower (especially with Plex transcoding), check out the main thread: