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Mincading | June 25, 2017

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FreeNAS V2 16/07/14

  • On 16/07/2014


Hey guys, a short summary of what this build is:

This is a remake of my original file server/NAS.

As you can see, I made my own custom open system. Throughout the year of use, it was inevitable to neglect the airflow, and so fans were added. Upon adding generic 80mm and 120mm fans, the system increased in sound and so I moved it to a different room (it is networked through gigabit).

Part Choice:

The following items were FREE/Handed to me:

  • 3x250GB 7200RPM harddrives
  • 2x500GB 7200RPM harddrives
  • OCZ 550W Power supply
  • AMD A10 6800K APU
  • 8GB 4X2GB 1333MHz Crucial Ballistix RAM
  • Cooler Master TX2 CPU Heatsink

The following items were

  • 1x3TB 7200RPM harddrive – $100 (Black Friday
  • 1x1TB 7200RPM harddrive – $50 (Black Friday two years ago
  • Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard – $75
  • The generic ghetto case – $40

So technically, the total cost of the build was ~265$

It has 5.11TB of available storage, realistic peak transfer speed of 150Mbps, sustained speed of 100Mbps. Keep in mind this is a NON-RAID system for now.

I downclocked the GPU and CPU for heat’s sake. the 7 current harddrives heat up the room and it’s the summer. I downclocked the GPU from 850MHz to 700MHz, along with the CPU from 4.1GHz to 2.2GHz.


The case was cheap. 40$ including tax and shipping. It was difficult to find a cheap case with 8 HDD slots. so I settled for this from [Canada Computers].

If you are planning on getting this case, you MUST lower your expectations.

  • Standoffs: there were enough stand offs for a micro ATX motherboard, and it WILL NOT have enough for a full ATX motherboard.
  • The edges are sharp
  • It’s ugly in the inside, but it works
  • Cable management is easy; in any case. Don’t lie and say it is impossible. You’re just not trying hard enough.

Hope you enjoy the potato quality pics. I used my phone.
Any other part notes would be in my old build linked here again

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