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$689.34 after tax. All parts purchased from Amazon for convenience even though they may have been slightly more affordable elsewhere (but not much, plus free 2-day shipping made up for the difference and then some).

This is meant to be a future proof home NAS with potential for converting it to a light HTPC or Media server. Will update with comments after it is built. Only concern is the stock CPU cooler as it is the only one that fits in this STX form factor (so far).

Edit 1: Seems like the Noctuna NH L9i CPU cooler will fit and is way better than the stock cooler (obviously).

Edit 2: Pictures! and some comments...The Noctuna NH L9i CPU cooler is way quieter and fits nicely. Glad I made the change from the stock CPU cooler.

Overall, this thing is overkill for a NAS but doubles well as a Steam-Link/Shield using Moonlight for gaming in the living room. Also, the minimal power consumption is a plus for my always-on personal file server accessible anywhere through VPN.

If anyone builds this with the intention of gaming directly from it (I'm streaming to it, flawlessly BTW), I would highly recommend a high-end CPU with better graphics. The G4560 is not bad, but not the greatest for gaming. I tried playing some Gamecube ROMs with Dolphin and it works fairly well but definitely lacking (could be the emulator though). Again, it could be the emulator. If you really want to make it a gaming rig, just skip on the M.2 drive and hook up a GPU using a riser.

p.s. this is the "W" not the "M" version which means it comes with the Bluetooth and wifi. The Bluetooth is nice, but the wifi is not really necessary (not for me at least).

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build you got there!

+1!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Really enjoying it.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

was 4tb storage really necessary? My main rig only has a 1tb hhd and 120gb ssd. Otherwise, great build!

+1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Believe it or not, I wanted more. Is it necessary? probably not. However, it's nice to have one private central location for everything! I can access it all from any device inside and outside of my network (securely). Thanks again.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Storage depends of person to person. SOme may have enough with 120GB and some don't have enough with 16TB.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

haha true!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

WTF! To each his own I guess lol

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good, glad you went with the Noctua :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes thanks to finding your build and for those extra pics you shared. Night and day difference from the reference cooler.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

How are those seagates holding up? They are pretty bad hard drives. Why didn't you go with some WDs if price wasn't so much an issue?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey. The drives are holding up. Price was an issue which is why I went with these instead of the WDs. I would still go with WDs if I could do it over but so far so good. No issues what so ever and this thing is on 24/7 since whenever I built it.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks. It really is a a great cooler. Performs way better and is quieter than the stock CPU cooler. I had to wait a couple of days for it since I found out it would fit after I had already ordered my parts. So after using the stock cooler for a couple of days the difference was striking.