I intend to build a small 4 to 6 drives NAS server. The only part chosen is the case, a Fractal Design Node 304 which can hold up to 6 drives. This case is compatible with mini ITX motherboard.
I have never build a PC before, thus I don't have the experience to pick parts and/or to determine if a part is suitable for this build.
At first, I was looking for an old reconditioned computer on ebay to get a cheap build (< 150€) with:
- dual or quad-core processor (i3 or i5 of 2nd or 3rd gen)
- 8 Gb RAM
The asset of this method is to get a build where each part are compatible one with another. However, I can not determine if the motherboard and power-suply are standard mini-ITX and ATX, and thus if they can fit into the chosen case properly.
Example: a Dell Optiplex
Moreover, I intend to use probably FreeNAS on this server. If I understood correctly, FreeNAS requires a separate boot drive which is not used for storage. Thus, I guess the options are:
- Motherboard with 4 sata port for the storage drives (configuration with 4 drives) and 1 M2 slot for an SSD.
- Motherboard with at least 1 sata port for the boot drive and a RAID PCI card with 6 sata port for the storage drives (configuration with 6 drives)
- Motherboard with M2 slot + PCI Raid card to plug the storage drives.
Taking all this into account, could you propose old PC model I could find on ebay with the correct motherboard/power supply AND/OR could you propose a build for 230€ to 280€?
Thanks for all the help!