I started my original NAS build with inexpensive quality consumer components, but by now its become a strange chimera of enterprise and consumer gear. The main goals: low power, quiet, high storage density
With the focus, the main decision was on a case, 8 hdd’s were the minimum number of bays, and having a few 5.25″ bays allowed me to use a 5×3 cage to add more hdd bays. From some research, it can also be found that another stack of hdd cages can be added to the case with relative ease, bringing the total number of disks held to ~21.
|Case||Fractal Design Define XL R2|
|CPU||Intel Xeon E3-1245 v2|
|RAM||Gskill Ripjaws X (32GB total)|
|NIC||Intel Pro/1000 VT, Chelsio dual port 10G SFP+|
|Extras||Norco 5 x 3.5″ HDD Cage|