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Self-Build NAS collection with updated guides for all skill levels

Here you can find an overview of all our Self-build NAS guides starting at a small 4-Bay NAS for 221 USD with a maximum transfer speed of 85-105 MB/s. All of our NAS are easy to setup with a big focus of energy efficiency. We recommend OpenMediaVault and FreeNAS as NAS operation systems. Both are free and fast. While OpenMediaVault is ideal for simple NAS solutions, FreeNAS offers encryption of your data via AES.

You can setup OpenMediaVault to automatically go into standby if no active clients are present in the network. If in standby, a client is able to wake up the NAS through Wake-On-Lan (WOL).



Comparison of NAS operation systems

You're free to install any software you like on our NAS solutions - Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 with Windows Storage Places will also do. However we recommend OpenMediaVault or FreeNAS wich are free and fast.

OpenMediaVaultFreeNAS
Base OSDebian 7 (Wheezy)FreeBSD 9.3
Raid-LevelJBOD, 0, 1, 5, 6, 100, 1, Raid-Z (5), Raid-Z2 (6), Z3
File systemsExt3, Ext4, XFS, JFSZFS, UFS
Memorymin. 2GBmin. 8GB
ManagementWebinterface, consoleWebinterface, console
DifficultySimpleAdvanced
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NAS - Basic for 4 data drives for 221 USD (Mini-ITX)

This is an ideal NAS for beginners. It can house 4 3.5 inch data drives and is equipped with Intels newest Braswell archticture from Mid 2015. The cpu is already installed on the mainboard - just install a memory and you're almost done. This NAS only consumes arround 10W in idle.

Self-Build NAS collection with updated guides for all skill levels
Form factorMini-ITX
CPUIntel Celeron N3150 (4x1.6GHz, Turbo, 6W TDP)
MainboardASRock N3150-ITX
MemoryMax. 2x8GB = 16GB DDR3/DDR3L-So Dimm
SATA 3 Ports2x Intel, 2x ASMedia
SATA 2 Ports--
PCI-E1x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 mini-PCIe 42mm
LAN1x Realtek RTL8111GR 1GBit/s
Power supply72W external with PicoPSU

RaidSoftware-Raid: JBOD, Raid 0,1,5,6
ECC memoryNo
Dual Channel MemoryYes
AES-Ni hw accelerationYes

SituationConsumption
Standby, WakeOnLan active2-3W
Running (without data drives)10W
Running (with 4 idle WD Red 3TB harddrives)22W
Running (with 4 active WD Red 3TB harddrives)36W


Read our guide for the NAS - Basic


NAS - Advanced for 6 data drives for 223 USD (ATX)

This NAS can house up to 6 data drives and is very flexible because of its PCEe 3.0 x16 slot. It consumes only 15W in idle and uses an Intel Celeron G1840 which can be upgraded to an Intel Core i3-4160 if you want to use AES-Ni.

Self-Build NAS collection with updated guides for all skill levels
Form factorATX
CPUIntel Celeron G1840 (2x2.8GHz, 53W TDP)
MainboardASRock B85 Anniversary
MemoryMax. 4x8GB = 32GB DDR3-1600
SATA 3 Ports4x Intel
SATA 2 Ports2x Intel
PCI-E1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 5x PCIe 2.0 x1
LAN1x Realtek RTL8111GR 1GBit/s
Power supplyEVGA 430 W1 80+, 430W&tag=nm084-20&link_code=wql&camp=2474&creative=9066&_encoding=UTF-8" onclick="update_aff_link('840');">EVGA 430 W1 80+, 430W

RaidSoftware-Raid: JBOD, Raid 0,1,5,6
ECC memoryNo
Dual Channel MemoryYes
AES-Ni hw accelerationYes (with Intel Core i3-4160)

SituationConsumption
Standby, WakeOnLan active2W
Running (without data drives)15W
Running (with 4 idle WD Red 3TB harddrives)27W
Running (with 4 active WD Red 3TB harddrives)41W


Read our guide for the NAS - Advanced


NAS - Expert for 6 data drives, ECC memory and IPMI (Mini-ITX)

This NAS for experts is offering lots of features. The Intel Core i3-4160 with AES-Ni encrypts your data without losing performance, the PCI-E 3.0 x16 Slot allows you to add a hardware controller. With a total of 3 LAN interfaces (2x 1Gbit + 1x IPMI management LAN) its ready for all of your needs.

Self-Build NAS collection with updated guides for all skill levels
Form factorMini-ITX
CPUIntel Core i3-4160 (2x3.6+GHz, 54W TDP)
MainboardASRock Rack E3C226D2I
MemoryMax. 2x8GB = 16GB DDR3-1600
SATA 3 Ports6x Intel
SATA 2 Ports--
PCI-E1x PCIe 3.0 x16
LAN1x Realtek RTL8111GR 1GBit/s
Power supplyEVGA 430 W1 80+, 430W&tag=nm084-20&link_code=wql&camp=2474&creative=9066&_encoding=UTF-8" onclick="update_aff_link('840');">EVGA 430 W1 80+, 430W

RaidSoftware-Raid: JBOD, Raid 0,1,5,6, Intel Raid
ECC memoryYes
Dual Channel MemoryYes
AES-Ni hw accelerationYes

SituationConsumption
Standby, WakeOnLan active2.8W
Running (without data drives)25W
Running (with 4 idle WD Red 3TB harddrives)37W
Running (with 4 active WD Red 3TB harddrives)51W


Read our guide for the NAS - Expert


Last update: 2015-07-09 - Stefan



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Stefan is 32 years old and lives in Hamburg, Germany. He works as IT-Admin in a global acting, japanese company. He is founder of a german technic site named Technikaffe.de. In 2015 the team launched the sites cpu-monkey.com and nerd-monkey.com.