NAS Server


After using a plug-and-play QNAP T431 for six years, I ran out of available storage space. Instead of upgrading all four of my one terabyte hard drives just to leave them on the shelf collecting dust, I decided to build my own NAS with more bays. How many drive bays did I need? Well I have 12 additional drives laying around my apartment, so let’s use all of them in the new build for a grand total of 16 hard drives in a single NAS!


Cooler Master N400 NSE-400-KKN2 Computer Case

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Gigabyte X570 UD Rev 1.0 Motherboard

Chipset: AMD X570
Formfactor: ATX

AMD Ryzen 3 3100 CPU

Quad-Core 3.6 GHz Socket AM4 65W 100-100000284BOX Desktop Processor (no graphics)

Samsung 4GB DDR4 RAM (Quantity: 4)

2133MHz PC4-17000 1Rx8 288-Pin CL15 (P/N: M378A5143DB0-CPB)

PNY NVidia Quadro P400 V2 Dedicated GPU (dGPU)


RAID Controller

LSI SAS 9211-8i PCI Express to 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Host Bus Adapter


Power Supply Unit (PSU)

PowerSpec 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze ATX Semi-Modular Power Supply