Up until about a month ago I pretty much knew nothing about NAS save for the ease of use Synology products. I wanted to create something from scratch though as it would be more of an adventure, and the ability to expand / build something more powerful was a definite plus. Plus after reading about unRAIDs ease of use, the UI, and super helpful videos (Space Invader One is great), this seemed to me the best route.
What is your budget?
Minus the drives, I wanted to be in the ballpark of $800USD for the system, but am open to tweaks where needed / recommended