Ekona wrote:I reckon I can get a basic box put together for about £150 minus drives and run UnRAID on it, should be sufficient for my needs. Onwards and upwards with this, I think!
Indeed, I've changed my mind about getting a Synology and have instead bought an ASUS C60M1-I
motherboard. It's got a 1 GHz dual-core AMD Fusion CPU with a TDP of only 9 W, so it's passively (therefore silently) cooled. Support for up to 16 GB of RAM (spec. says 8 GB, but 16 has been confirmed to work), and it has six SATA 6 Gbps ports onboard. Price: £60!
At the moment I don't need tons of storage, so I've bought a tiny case with an external power brick that'll take a couple of 2.5" drives. I'm going to install Windows Server 2008 R2 (I got it free when I was a student) on my old SSD and put in spare laptop HDD for storage.
In the future I'll get a bigger case, stuff it with HDDs (Western Digital Red drives look like they're the bee's knees) and install UnRAID or FreeNAS.
But for now:
ASUS C60M1-I: £60
Case + PSU: £45
8 GB RAM: £30