I suppose my proposed NAS hardware might be benificial to the thread. And why im considering the hardwareFractal Design Define R4
- 10 HDD slots (8 - 3.5", 2 more if converting 5.25") Very clean look, cooling.Tyan S5512
- Onboard LSI 8 Port SAS, 6 additional SATA ports, Dual GB Lan via Intel Intel 82574L, Supports ECC, will work with FreeNAS if I go RAIDZ for ECCXeon 1230 V2
- Quad Core, HT, Supports ECC (though an i3 2100 series would aswell). Incase I decide to encode on the fly to a different media player etc, in the future.Coolermaster Hyper 212+
- Keep Xeon cool, and quiet for very little costKingston 2x8GB DDR3 ECC ram
-ZFS loves ram, and leaves 2 slots open to go to 32GB if needed (max of board)Antec Earthwatts 650W
- Fairly efficient, quiet, and reasonably cheap, with quality I can rely on.WD Red 3TB
- Built for NAS, though most likely overkill for low duty cycle of my media server, but should be reliable.
This server, minus the drives, can be had for the same price as an 8 slot Synology, with a lot more HP, futureproofing, flexability, and easier hardware replacement/repair/upgrading.
The only downside is having to set it up, and maintaining.