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    Buidling a NAS (preferably low-power, mini ITX)

    I am planning to build a NAS device for off loading all audio and video collection for my XBMC (since my drive in HTPC is almost full). I plan to keep it somewhere in garage and just use it to stream audio or video files to my main HTPC computer over wired Ethernet network (additionally it could be nice to be able to download torrents and use mkvmerge to remove extra audio and subtitle tracks from mkv's).
    I also want to have large number of drives in my NAS (6 or more), which I hope to eventually fill up as I need the extra space.

    I done some research on parts I will need and want to have some suggestion and opinions.

    1. Case (I do like design of Fractal more, probably will pick one of those two):
    Fractal Design Node 304 (upto 6 HDDs)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811352027
    Fractal Design Define R4 (upto 8 HDDs)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811352020
    LIAN LI PC-Q25B (upto 7 HDDs)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112339

    2. Motherboard (need the most help here):
    Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo (most likely mini ITX formfactor)
    ASUS C60M1-I AMD (really like that it is mini ITX and has 6 x SATA 6.0Gb/s... but it's sold out)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131843
    JetWay JNF99FL-525-LF Intel Atom D525 (also 6 SATAs but at 3.0Gb/s and more expensive ~$200)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813153212
    BIOSTAR NM70I-847 Intel Celeron 847 (4 SATAs, 3 at 3.0Gb/s and 1 at 6.0Gb/s) + free 8GB Crucial memory w/ purchase
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138368
    or..... Motherboard and CPU separately
    ASUS P8H77-I LGA 1155 Intel H77 (6 SATAs, 4 at 3.0Gb/s and 2 at 6.0Gb/s)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131841
    ASRock FM2A85X-ITX FM2 AMD A85X (7 x SATA 6Gb/s)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157357

    and then compatible CPU... and some RAM
    .......
    Another question/consideration.......I guess even if I will get motherboard with only 4 SATAs, I could use PCI slot to expand number of ports to 8 or 6 with PCI SATA card.
    What do you all think? Which motherboard would it be best for me to get? and any other thoughts?
    Last edited by Kdar; June 2nd, 2013 at 05:45 PM.

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