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Old February 20, 2013, 01:00 AM
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Hello guys, need a little help here with my new build that I am planning to make in the near future.
I want to make a build that will be good for storage, watching movies[1080p rips] and browsing the internet. I currently have a gaming rig, that takes up too much power, and I just cant keep it running 24/7. Hence I am planning to make a new computer.
There are a few doubts here, which RAID should I go for? so far I have decided for RAID 1, as it gives good performance and better redundancy.
Secondly, should I go for 4 x 2TB HDD or 3 x 3TB HDD?? which one will be better? the second one will give me 500GB more in RAID 1. but please help me here.
Thirdly, is the processor and mobo i have selected good? or is there even a cheaper yet better substitute. I will be using the USB3.0 from CM haf 912, hence need a usb 3.0 header mobo.
Fourthly, the RAM, is 2GB going to be enough?
And Finally, suggestions for an OS? anything from ubuntu that can do the required things will be great.
Since I already have a monitor, so I will connect the new rig to it, through hdmi. I may get myself a wireless keyboard/mouse combo, something from logitech.
Now the most important part, my parts selection, I have used google to convert the prices into USD version, please go through and recommend any changes.

India Version
Cooler Master HAF 912 Combat Rs.4,988.00
WD Caviar Green 2 TB x 4 Rs.23,220.00
Seasonic S12II 430 Watts Rs.3,646.00
Corsair DDR3 2 GB (VS2GB1333D3) Rs.812.00
MSI Z77MA-G45 Rs.8,044.00
Intel Core i3-2100T Rs.7,062.00
Logitech MK220 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Rs.1,334.00
TOTAL Rs.49,106.00

USA Version
Cooler Master HAF 912 Combat $92.40
WD Caviar Green 2 TB x 4 $430.12
Seasonic S12II 430 Watts $67.54
Corsair DDR3 2 GB (VS2GB1333D3) $15.04
MSI Z77MA-G45 $149.01
Intel Core i3-2100T $130.82
Logitech MK220 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse $24.71
TOTAL $909.64

Regarding the case, I am looking for something that looks solid and has a matte finish, which should also provided sufficient cooling as it will be running 24/7

Its my first NAS project so need as much help as possible
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Old February 21, 2013, 05:29 PM
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You may want to consider a NAS from QNAP or Synology instead. It'll be smaller, use less power and generally easier to maintain. All the hard drives will be hot-swappable should they fail.

For example, I have the QNAP TS-469L which runs on an Intel Atom CPU. It has HDMI output that supports XBMC and Google Chrome, so you can watch media and surf the Internet on your TV.

I'm not sure what prices are like in India, but my QNAP with 4x 3TB Western Digital Reds (designed for NAS usage) cost me around $1000 which is what your USD price conversion is similar to.

If you want to stick to building a full PC, I would still advise you get the Western Digital Red's if you can. They're designed for RAID and 24/7 operation, the Greens are not designed for RAID and you may run into issues with them. The rest of the parts you picked look alright. You could probably drop the CPU down to a Celeron model instead if you need to save money.
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