I'm looking at doing an NAS, mainly for video/audio streaming to a Blu-Ray (DLNA), iPad/iPhones, and PCs. Might also use it as a torrent dumping ground.
My budget, all-told, is <= $400. I don't need something mind-blowing, just to be able to stream decently. Looking at doing 2 1TB drives.
Option 1, buying an NAS box and tossing in the drives:
From the research I've done so far, it looks like QNAP and Synology are the companies I should focus on, with QNAP holding a slight edge. I like the QNAP TS 212 ($189 at TD and Newegg), but I'm getting conflicting info as to wether or not it's DLNA streaming compatible. Does anyone have any concrete info regarding this?
I'd include 2 1TB WD Blues.
Option 2, building:
I have an old PC lying around, with a Core 2 Duo E2160 at 2.2Ghz with 2 gigs RAM. It has plenty of bays (2 internal 3.5" and 3 external 5" that I could convert if I need more storage later). 4 SATA on-board connectors, a 300 watt PSU. I'd toss in a gigabit NIC and 2 1TB WD Blues and run FreeNAS.
Does the old PC have a decent enough processor? Should I upgrade it to 4GB RAM? Or should I just scrap it and buy pre-built?
Any better ideas than the QNAP for the price-point? DLNA is critical.