Planning on building a home NAS machine--if it makes sense over a ready-made system. This will be my third build overall, and am now fairly addicted to doing it myself! (Also have become addicted to reading everyone's system specs on this forum!)
Would be for use in a network having both Vista 64 and XP machines, potentially adding a Mac. Objective is as low a price as I can with some comfort level of performance based on my experience while bettering any commercial product.
ASUS P5GC-MX micro ATX MOBO
Celeron D E1400 CPU (I'm open to AMD but have always at Intel)
Athenatech A3603BB.400 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 400W Power Supply (Love my new Antec mid-tower ATX but was going for something small and cheap here)
LITE-ON Black 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM ATAPI/E-IDE CD Burner (want to include burner in case of burning files directly--this was the cheapest at Newegg)
HITACHI 0A38016 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (Again, cheapest I saw, plan to start with two but can add later)
Kingston ValueRAM 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
(not sure I even need 1 GB but can't hurt at the price)
While I've never used Linux, I was thinking of installing UBUNTU as OS and FREENAS as the NAS, both for price (or lack thereof!)
I struggled most on the case actually, since I wanted a small form factor, yet choices seem to really limit amount of SATA connectors in the PSU's available. While I plan to start with two 1 TB drives (not as interested in RAID as merely a redundant back-up for all my computers on the network) I would like the ability to add more drives in the future.
Would love to know if this idea is good, bad or not even in the ballpark!
Total is about $350 without shipping or cost of OS.
Thanks in advance,