I did a lot of research on the freeNAS site before I discovered unRAID. I think unRAID is better for me because of the features it offers and I am hoping it is more user friendly. I would like to build a server for mainly storage of full quality blu ray rips and FLAC music files. I do not anticipate the need to transcode anything, I will barely need to access my server when I am off my local network. I plan on using xbmc or plex for accessing my media.
On the FreeNAS forums they say the best thing about freeNAS is the ZFS manager. Most insist that ECC ram is a must for the ZFS manager and as much ram as you can afford. I do not see ECC being talked about as much on this forum. I was hoping to see what everyone here thinks of ECC ram and if it is strongly advised to build a system based on that requirement.
Money is a big factor for me, and building a system based on ECC ram requirement really makes the cost jump for the server build. I really want to know if it is necessary. Thanks for any advice.