Originally Posted by camoxiong
My WD Green 1TB is getting full of musics and movies and I only have about 100 GB left. I was just wondering go with a NAS storage or just build a home server. NAS look cheaper to me but I don't know which one to pick. My family does watch a lot of movies and we stream movies from my computer to the xbox 360, and etc.
NAS is an interesting beast. If you want something cheaper, with real networking access, build a media server.
NAS generally have price tags at $300 or more. Add on glitchy support (at the low price end), difficult setup, and poor interaction between multiple device types and you've got a problem.
On the other hand, $300 buys an Atom 525 (soldered onto motherboard), power supply, hard drive, dvd drive, RAM, and low end case. No OS, but Linux is free. No compatibility issues, update friendly support, and capable of being updated in the future.
My money, NAS at low pricing is foolish. Most packaged NAS solutions use either an Atom or ARM processor, so why not cut out the middle man?