Build a NAS blog – Asrock N3150DC-ITX

This blog is about my new DIY custom-build NAS. This build replaces my old DS211 Synology. The Synology was too slow and incapable of running multiple packages. I spend a lot of time figuring out my exact demands and the best hardware to get the job done (and at low costs). I wanted:

  • Energy efficient machine (max 10w idle)
  • Up to 4 disks
  • USB3.0
  • Bittorrent Sync
  • Web-UI for data access
  • VPN
  • Torrent/NZB downloads
  • Samba shares

So there I was looking for a cheap and energy efficient board.. The Asrock N3150DC motherboard packs a quad-core Intel processor and has some very good reviews. The board supports up to 4 SATA disks, has USB3.0 ports/headers, gigabit LAN, and is very power efficient.

The specifications of the motherboard:

  • Intel® Quad-Core Processor N3150Asrock N3150DC-ITX
  • 2 SO-DIMM slots (DDR3/DDR3L 1600 memory)
  • 1 PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 Half-size mini-PCIe
  • Graphics Output Options : DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
  • Built-in Intel® 8th generation (Gen 8) graphics, DirectX 11.1, Pixel Shader 5.0
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 4 SATA3, 6 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear), 6 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 2 Rear)
  • 1 x Print Port Header, 1 x TPM Header, 1 x COM Port Header
  • 1 x DC Jack (Compatible with the 19V power adapter)
  • Free Bundle : 1 x 65W DC-in 19V 3.42A Power Adapter

I bought 8GB RAM, a Cooler Master Elite 110 case and mounted the board and 2 hard drives. I tried booting up for the first time and… Succes! Next up was installing the operating system. I tried Xpenology and had some great results. All functions are working out of the box. However, I wanted some challenge and decided to install Ubuntu Server.

Installing Ubuntu is easy. Download LiLi USB creator , insert your USB key and let LiLi download and extract the ISO. The installation of Ubuntu is very straightforward and requires no special configuration. You will find different blog posts about my setup and configuration. Doing Linux for the first time can be challenging so i will write about the problems I faced.

To-do for this post:

Add power consumption stats.