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This is my low power home NAS server build. Having it consume as little power as possible was top priory since it will be on 24/7. Pulls 15W at idle with the hard drives spun down and about 25W when in use. I am using a 80 Plus Gold rated power supply. Definitively not a power house but plenty fast fore a simple home server. It runs Windows 10 off a live flash drive. The J4205 board has an embedded fan less CPU and the power supply fan doesn't kick on until it reaches a certain amount of draw (has yet to kick on and doubt it ever will). Nice if you are worried about the noise. Only two hard drives for now. More will be added later. The board its self only has 4 sata ports. I plan to buy a 4 sata port card for the one PCIe 1x slot when I have the need for more drivers. The plan is to run the 4 main hard drivers off the motherboards sata ports and the four backup drivers off the PCIe card ports. Overall very happy with the build. Very low power consumption and room to add more drives in the future.

Updated Fall 2018. Swapped the USB stick for a real SSD. Bought the Silicon Power drive used on ebay for $15. Also added an old 120GB 2.5" sata HHD to use as a scratch drive for commonly used files. That way the main drives don't need to spin up to grab a word doc I use everyday. I purchased two more Western Digital drives. Both are 4TB. I added in a PCIe 1x card which added 4 more sata ports. I have the backup drives connected through the PCIe card so generally only one is being used at a time.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you running RAID 1?

Why did you choose to buy that motherboard/CPU combo for $100 instead of picking up something used for cheaper? Was it the low power requirement?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Same question here! :-)
I'm currently building a NAS too, I scored an OCable i5-760 with its MOBO and 2GB of RAM for 91,50€ (~$108USD) on ebay.

Other question: why 16GB of RAM?
This seems totally overkill IMO for Win10 with such a CPU.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I chose this motherboard and CPU because it offered the lowest power consumption. You could definitely go for an I3 or pentium G if you needed more processing power. I believe the newer ones would still consume less then 40W in a similar set up. I didn't need the processing power and cared more about power consumption so I went with this.

16GB is definitely overkill for this setup. I choose 16 because some day I plan to switch over to a ZFS file system which requires more RAM. However running WIN 10 you are correct it is definitely overkill.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! :-)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not running raid 1. I have the second hard drive set up to create a backup of the 1st hard drive every other week. (You could increase or decrease this depending on how much the files change on your system) I didn't want to go with raid because if I accidentally deleted a file it would be removed from the second hard drive. This setup offers some level of protection against this if you catch it before the second hard drive create a new backup.

See below for answer to motherboard choice.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info. You've got a nice setup there. :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

oof, very cool