Question Nas build critique

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At that ~$850 price point, have you considered a prebuilt NAS box?
Synology or QNAP.

I have a 4 bay QNAP. Absolutely rock solid and maintenance free.
Sounds like a good option! Thanks for the suggestion. I do like the idea of building something myself, but having a prebuilt maintenance free device is awesome. Can the QNAPs be bought with drives, or are those purchased separately?
 

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Sounds like a good option! Thanks for the suggestion. I do like the idea of building something myself, but having a prebuilt maintenance free device is awesome. Can the QNAPs be bought with drives, or are those purchased separately?
Generally purchased separately.

I have a TS-453a, now 3 years old.
https://www.amazon.com/QNAP-Professional-Grade-Attached-Supports-TS-453A-4G-US/dp/B017YB7T6U

It has been absolutely seamless for 3 years of 24/7 ops.
I used to have a low end PC for the house server. Looking to upgrade it, I weighed all the pros and cons. The QNAP won easily over a another newer "PC".


Buying today, I'd consider this:
https://www.amazon.com/QNAP-TS-453Be-2G-US-Professional-Quad-core-Encryption/dp/B07BB7NR2H
$448, plus drives.
The WD Red you linked above will work well.

 
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Generally purchased separately.

I have a TS-453a, now 3 years old.
https://www.amazon.com/QNAP-Professional-Grade-Attached-Supports-TS-453A-4G-US/dp/B017YB7T6U

It has been absolutely seamless for 3 years of 24/7 ops.
I used to have a low end PC for the house server. Looking to upgrade it, I weighed all the pros and cons. The QNAP won easily over a another newer "PC".


Buying today, I'd consider this:
https://www.amazon.com/QNAP-TS-453Be-2G-US-Professional-Quad-core-Encryption/dp/B07BB7NR2H
$448, plus drives.
The WD Red you linked above will work well.

X264/x265 encoding/transcoding is a huge plus with that 2nd QNAP you linked. Seems like the price difference would be negligible to go DIY or QNAP (or similar).
Glad I posted this. This has given me some thoughts to chew on. Thanks :)
 

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X264/x265 encoding/transcoding is a huge plus with that 2nd QNAP you linked. Seems like the price difference would be negligible to go DIY or QNAP (or similar).
Glad I posted this. This has given me some thoughts to chew on. Thanks :)
Exactly.
The built in features and applications tipped things in favor of the NAS, vs building up another PC.
The stability, low power consumption, size, etc....icing on the cake.
 
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Exactly.
The built in features and applications tipped things in favor of the NAS, vs building up another PC.
The stability, low power consumption, size, etc....icing on the cake.
After reading this ( https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/hardware-recommendations-read-this-first.23069/ ), buying a prebuilt NAS machine is the way to go.. I mean it can be done, but it's not as easy as slapping a part list together like I did, and expect it to be perfect for NAS. I might be better off, for the time being, starting off with buying an internal hdd+enclosure, and backing up my data. Then, down the road I can use that HDD in my NAS box.
 

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After reading this ( https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/hardware-recommendations-read-this-first.23069/ ), buying a prebuilt NAS machine is the way to go.. I mean it can be done, but it's not as easy as slapping a part list together like I did, and expect it to be perfect for NAS. I might be better off, for the time being, starting off with buying an external/internal hdd+enclosure, and backing up my data. Then, down the road I can use that HDD in my NAS box.
If you already have some/most of the parts for a house server/NAS, then building one can be an easy solution.
If you're getting ALL new parts, a prebuilt NAS is the ticket.

These are no longer just file storage with esoteric commandline access. It is basically a small dedicated PC, aimed at doing one thing and one thing very well.
 
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If you already have some/most of the parts for a house server/NAS, then building one can be an easy solution.
If you're getting ALL new parts, a prebuilt NAS is the ticket.

These are no longer just file storage with esoteric commandline access. It is basically a small dedicated PC, aimed at doing one thing and one thing very well.
I do have this current build, https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Barkfunklerbunk/saved/6Fk27P , but I travel a lot, and take my PC with me. I would definitely be buying all new parts(if I went that route). Buying a WD Red HDD(s), in the mean time wouldn't hurt.. at least 1 to backup my data on my 2 SSDs, and my 6 TB HDD. Having the NAS at my permanent home would be a major bonus and peace of mind to backup and secure my data, wherever I may be.
 

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