PC folding at home – 15/02/14
Currently using a decently specced machine, the NAS I have is also decently specced.
My rig consists of
- Intel i5 3450 @3.1GHz
- 8GB Corsair vengeance 1600MHz RAM 2x4GB
- MSI Z77 G43A LGA 1155 Motherboard
- MSI HD Radeon 7850 Power Edition (2GB)
- 600Watt OCZ MODXSTREAM PSU
- 60GB Mushkin Chronos SSD
My NAS unit features
- AMD 6800K APU @2.1GHz (underclocked)
- 8GB Crucial Sport 1333MHz RAM 4X2GB
- Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-D3H FM2 Motherboard
- 550Watt OCZ ZS Series PSU
Exclusively purchasing the FM2 board when I was handed the APU seemed logical, as it was a 75$ investment with a plethora of features. The amount of SATA ports were necessary in order to facilitate 8 hard drives of various capacities. However, after benchmarking the capabilities of the APU, it seemed to be a waste to put it inside a NAS unit…
Dual booting doesnt seem to be an option as FreeNAS is not really friendly with that. It is possible to dual boot, but a tweak to BIOS is required.
I have a secondary board, an older platform: an LGA775 board containing a pentium D processor. Although it would make sense to transfer the hard drives to that board and use the APU based machine in a decent computer case, i have 8 hard drives connected to the current NAS unit in which the A85 chipset supports. The older board only has 4 SATA ports.
Even dual booting has a limitation. Using up all my spare harddrives, I am unable to install Windows onto anything. I have the Corsair Nova II 30GB sata 2 SSD, but it has officially died a year after purchase.
Financial limitations restrains me from purchasing a larger SSD (upgrading my rig’s 60gb ssd to a 120gb, and transferring the 60gb to the NAS for dual boot.
Repurposing the NAS does seem reasonable, but is illogical under such conditions. Although a very capable machine, upgrades are very costly.