And ended up just running a full blown Linux server. You may want to use FreeNAS but I found it too limiting so I went with Linux.
As to the Xeon CPU, for a NAS that sounds complete overkill. I run mine on a simple low Watt Intel NUC.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XPVRR5M has a simple dual core Celeron and more than enough for NAS or Linux server work.
With the Xeon, I can't imagine the uptick in your electric bill but here it's enough that I take care in what runs 24x7.
Been a long time since I was brand new at anything, but I am dipping my toe into the computer build world at the encouragement of my son - incomplete quadriplegic, so he needs my help and I need yours...
I'm building a home server/NAS. Primary purpose is media storage with secondary of data backup. Media is to be viewed through Plex. We've decided on and purchased the Silverstone DS380 chassis and their SFX 450W 80 Plus Gold PSU to power the system. Those were easy. Have been researching extensively and believe we have decided on the next items. Want to use FreeNAS for the server and, of course, the Plex app. Have seen no issue there so far. For a motherboard and CPU, I like the ASRock E3C226D2I and the Xeon 1220 V3 at 3.1 Ghz. They are compatible with each other and the chassis. Looking at 2x Crucial CT102472BD160B for a total of 16Gb of ECC RAM. They are supposedly compatible so far as well. For HDD, looking at using either the Seagate Ironwolf NAS 10TB ST10000VN0004 or the 12TB ST12000VN0007 - start with two or three of each and get more as we fill them up. I plan on getting an SSD in the 250-500 Gb range just to have one on there and using one or two 32 Gb flash drives for the FreeNAS and Plex.
My questions, at least at this point: 1) Does this look like a good chain of components? 2) are the HDDs going to be compatible with the motherboard/CPU? - I ask because the manufacturer sites only list up to about 3TB drives, probably because the larger drives are just more expensive and newer. 3) any foreseeable issues? I'm sure I'll need to get help figuring out how to get the right driver onto the mobo/cpu since what is listed on the sites is primarily Windows stuff - maybe the FreeNAS takes care of this for me. Again, I'm admitting and showing that this is my first time in the pond, but I want to do it right and hope to get some invaluable guidance before I order more components.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.