I need to build a NAS/Homeserver. Its main purpose will be streaming video, SMB fileserving, usenet downloading and unpacking with sabnzbd+ and sickbeard. I need it to be dead silent, as is it not possible to hide it away somewhere where noise doesn't matter. I would like to keep my 4x WD20EARS disks the noisiest part in the system. I have been looking at the ds411j synology NAS and the HP Proliant Microserver but i fear that these are anything but silent enough for a placement in the living room. Ive therefore decided to make one myself and i would like your comments on:
Ive got an old gaming rig with an Antec Solo case that I am planing to use, this got a nice suspension system for the hard drives which may further lower the vibrations and noise. Ive also been looking at getting the small Lian Li pc-08 which got a nice review on this site.
Therefore i need a passive cooled motherboard preferably one with onboard cpu, lots of sata ports and low tdp. I've been looking at the Asus E35M1-I, its passive, dual core, got 6 sata ports and a pci-e port for future expanding with a raid controller. its listed at 130$. Should have a low tdp too.
Ive got an old corsair vx550w psu, with an undervolted 120mm fan. That would probably be fine, but as im trying to make the server "power efficient" and with a low tdp, I am considering getting a 80+ gold seasonic x-400 passive PSU for the server. Thats listet at 140$. That may be expensive for at PSU, but I guess that it will quickly pay for it self by slightly lowering my electrical bill
the solo case got 2x92mm very old noctua fans in the front and a noname 120mm in the back. im guessing that these will need to be swapped out or undervolted. Can you guys recommend some good 92mm fans that can be undervolted to an inaudible lvl?
have u guys got any suggestions / comments on my upcomming server build?
thx on advance