I have been a long time viewer of the L1 channel (even when it was Wendell on tek syndicate, or are we not allowed to talk about that ) but I am new to the forums.
I am soon moving to a new house and will be making some improvements to my network and PC setup.
As part of this I will have a spare PC with the following specs,
CPU; Xeon X5670
Mobo; Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7
GPU; sapphire radeon hd 5850 2gb
RAM; 12Gb (6x2Gb) DDR3 1600
PSU; Corsair AX860
Case: some cooler master thing
I have a spare 120 Gb SSD and some external hard drives that I use for backup.
I want to centralize my storage for use by the 3 desktops and 2 laptops and stream my films to my TV’s. I have about 5-6 Tb of data split across the current 4 desktops and only 2 of these are backed up.
I am OK at doing the basics of setup of IT things but I often follow guides for the more complex things.
I have been looking at 2 options for my storage either a Synology NAS, something like a DS418 or using freenas on my old system with the above specifications. This will then use the external drives as backup and my some of most important files are on the Google cloud.
I would be expecting to buy 4-5 3-4Tb NAS hard drives.
What would you recommend for my NAS, I have about £600 (which is probably about the same as it would cost in USD due to import and tax etc) to spend?
Also what level of raid would you recommend, I was considering RAID6 or ZFS2?