Dizik wrote:My reason for wanting a RAID controller is because I've been unable to find a Mini-ITX motherboard with more than 2 SATA ports. I've been able to find a few Micro ATX motherboards with 4 ports, but they're split between SATA 3 Gbps and SATA 6 Gbps. I know that the chances of saturating the 6 Gbps are slim-to-none, but I might as well put the WD Red drives to use as much as possible.
As far as needing to expand past 4 drives (up to 6 if I use the Fractal case, up to 7 if I use the Lian-Li) are pretty much non-existent. I currently don't have enough data to fill 2TB, so I think shooting for 2 TB to 6 TB should be good enough for a long time.
And you did it with new parts for a song.CampinCarl wrote: I use an AMD Trinity A4 APU and a µATX motherboard... I use mine for pretty much the same thing as you plan on using yours...
That's an easy problem to solve.CampinCarl wrote: Sadly, I don't have anything like a Kill-A-Watt to measure power draw.
cynan wrote:If you just want a NAS for backups and streaming media, why would you bother buying new parts to build your own when you can buy a complete NAS for less?
The newer models with the ARM processors are relatively inexpensive and have decent transfer speeds. Plus they'll take less power than a computer you assemble from traditional components. If you had the parts lying around or want to do something that a pre-built NAS can't then fine. Otherwise, why build one?