I'm was wanting NAS for all my non gaming needs. Games get the SSD...priorities. I want my blu ray collect, saved show, musics and all that good stuff on there. But I was thinking I'd be spending unnecessary money and I could go the direct attached route with a big external HD. I'm primarily using this with my HTPC. I"m not sure if there would be a big difference in the speed rate or not. My top download speeds are 1.9 MB/s on the network and I know the external HD would use my on-board usb 2.0 or I could a 3.0 card.