I'm building a new NAS/all-around-server for my home. It will be situated in a living/work room, will run 24/7 so want to make it as quite as possible. Because of tight space, also needs to be compact. Budget is ~800$.
Target is to run Windows Server OS with multiple VM's in it. Will be mainly streaming/encoding/download (media) server during non-work hours and VM running server during work hours. I'm a developer and want to constantly switch between Linux/Windows/OSX, thus want to offload most of VMs to this server. In VMs I'm running various development tools, browsers.
I already have 2x WD Red 3TB drives for this, want a possibility to expand up to 6. No plans for dedicated graphics card at all.
Current component consideration:Fractal Design Node 304
(127$)Seasonic X-460FL 460W
(119$)Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge
(232$)CoolerMaster HYPER 212 EVO
(38$)DDR3 Kingston HyperX LoVo 16GB (2x8GB) 1600MHz CL10 1.35V
I live in Eastern Europe and unfortunately it's not that simple/cost effective to get stuff from SPCR lists.
I have some doubts regarding fanless PSU - it will be placed under hard drives and seems that it won't get any airflow in this case. Yes, I've seen SPCR review and it seems it can withstand anything, but still, will it feel good here? Another option for a PSU would be Seasonic G-550
(138$) (can't find any other Seasonic X-es around here, Enermaxes are only of high power and too pricy, no Kingwins here). Any opinion regarding X-460 vs G-550 in Node 304?
And also I'm considering whether i5-3470S
would be better here, knowing that PC will run 24/7. But am not so sure about this, because as far as I understand, S only limits maximum power of processor and I don't think I'll be needing this maximum power all of the time. But if 3470S would definitely save some power, I'd go for it. Again, doubts..
Also I'm not 100% sure that CPU cooler will fit in this case. What do you think?
Thanks for any opinions.