Network Attached Server (NAS)

The goal of my NAS server was simple. Dependable, expandable, RAID-protected storage for my collection of DVD/Blu-Ray movies, CDs, and digital photography. This had the added benefit, that when the time comes, I would be able to view/listen to this content around the house, in particular, our “in-progress” home theater (“in-progress” as in, designed in my head with fanciful ideas well out of budget when the time comes). Since I was a frequent reader/poster on AVS Forum at the time, I ran across unRaid. This was prior to most of those overpriced, pre configured, just add hard drives, NAS boxes that you see now.

So, after reading through different recommended builds, on May 11, 2011 I ordered the parts from NewEgg.com and downloaded the software.
PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Sempron 140 2.7GHz Single-Core Processor Purchased For $38.99
Motherboard Jetway JHZ03-GT-V2-LF Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard Purchased For $79.99
Memory Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory Purchased For $57.99
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $74.99
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $74.99
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $74.99
Case Azza Helios 910 ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $77.99
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $59.99
UPS APC BR1500G UPS Purchased For $190.99
Total $730.91

I spent the next 5 years (this is a common thread in all my projects, start project, finish… eventually) ripping all my media to storage. After finally completing this… I maxed the storage space, needed to add more. This, as with all tech, brought about other changes. Since it had been a whole 5 years since I setup the system though, the software had changed. Allowing Virtual Machines (VMs), Docker containers (think little environments to run applications), and most importantly bug fixes (including a change to the filesystem from Reiserfs to XFS). So, the plan is to expand the storage, upgrade the CPU and memory, and add a SSD for a cache disk.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Phenom II X4 910e 2.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler ARCTIC Alpine 64 PLUS Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler $12.49 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Jetway JHZ03-GT-V2-LF Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard Purchased For $79.99
Memory Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $47.98 @ Newegg
Storage Mushkin ECO2 240GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive $79.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $74.99
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $74.99
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $74.99
Storage Western Digital Red 4TB 3.5″ 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $139.99
Case Azza Helios 910 ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $77.99
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $59.99
UPS APC BR1500G UPS Purchased For $190.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $914.27