I'm a former FreeNAS user who is building a new unRAID box. I'm really intrigued by the capability to add any size drive to an array. My plan is to start the unRAID box with a few drives, move my old data from the FreeNAS to the new box, and then use the old drives to enlarge the array. That being said, I'd like to post my component list and read what you experts think.
My main purposes for the machine:
XBMC server for 6 machines throughout the house
Data backup for an ever expanding library of pictures
Sickbeard, CouchPotato, and SABNZBd integration
I am open to other "essential" plugins and uses as well.
Case: NZXT Source 210 - will hold up to 12 drives with the addition of a 4 in 3 cage. http://www.microcenter.com/product/378074/Classic_Series_Source_210_Mid_Tower_ATX_Computer_Case
Mobo: MSI FM-A75MA-E35 mATX http://www.microcenter.com/product/408925/FM2-A75MA-E35_Socket_FM2_A75_mATX_AMD_Motherboard
CPU: AMD A6-5400K http://www.microcenter.com/product/400672/A6_5400K_Black_Edition_36GHz_Socket_FM2_Boxed_Processor
PSU: Corsair TX750M http://www.microcenter.com/product/365787/Enthusiast_Series_TX750M_750_Watt_High_Performance_Modular_ATX_Power_Supply#
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3-1600 http://www.microcenter.com/product/358348/XMS3_4GB_DDR3-1600_%28PC3-12800%29_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_%28Two_2GB_Memory_Modules%29
Parity Drive: WD Green 3TB http://www.microcenter.com/product/364652/WD_Green_3TB_IntelliPower_SATA_30Gb-s_35_Internal_Hard_Drive_WDBAAY0030HNCNR
Cache Drive: WD Green 3TB http://www.microcenter.com/product/364652/WD_Green_3TB_IntelliPower_SATA_30Gb-s_35_Internal_Hard_Drive_WDBAAY0030HNCNR
Data Drive: WD Green 2TB WD20EARX http://www.microcenter.com/product/378062/WD_Green_2TB_IntelliPower_SATA_6Gb-s_35_Internal_Hard_Drive_WD20EARX_-_OEM
Data Drive: 2x WD Green's from my old FreeNAS
Case Fans: 2x Coolmax 120mm
Cabling: Various SATA cables from prior builds
Internal USB Header: Koutech IO-UU220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815201028
So I'm starting out with 6TB in the array, and as the budget allows I'll pop in more 3TB or 4TB drives. At some point I'll have to add in a SATA controller card, and I'm definitely looking for recommendations on that. Noise is not an issue as this is going into a well ventilated mechanical room.
My biggest concern is that the PSU will handle all 12 drives and the fans. I will upload some photos as I get the box assembled. Thanks for checking this out!