For quite a while I have been thinking about a new fileserver and wondering why a basic NAS server had to be so expensive and still only have room for one or two disks. So here is my attempt a putting together a nice, quiet machine that could act as a fileserver and possibly also webserver and TV recording server (with a hardware accelerated TV tuner of course).
Intel Desktop Board D510MO: 575,00 DKK
2GB RAM: 369,00 DKK
AeroCool ExtremEngine 3T: 543,00 DKK
LC Power Super Silent LC6420 V1.3: 290,00 DKK
This all adds up to a price of 1777,00 DKK. This is about twice as much as the cheapest NAS solutions but they are limited to 2 disks while this solution has a lot more room for expansion.
Some of these parts may be found cheaper and some of them may not even be compatible with each other. But if I were to build a new machine something like this would be my starting point.
Then throw in 3 or 4 Samsung SpinPoint 1.5TB disks (at 574,00 DKK per disk) and you have a neat little server.
One thing I haven’t been able to find is a nice and simple way to boot from an SD card. I would love to be able to keep the actual hard disks as pure data disk – and being able to perform system upgrades (and rollbacks) by simply swapping in a new SD card would be really sweet.