Home FreeNAS Canibalized from a Lenovo TS140

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Bo Doe

Feb 8, 2017
Hey everybody,

I've dabbled with FreeNAS and trolled these forums for a few years, and I figured I'd finally post something. My original FreeNAS build would probably make most of you cringe (Biostar J1900MH2 Celeron MicroATX motherboard/CPU combo, and some WD Green drives I had laying around). I remember looking at some of the suggested materials, and I just couldn't justify the cost to myself for some of the parts since I mainly use this for fun/tinkering, streaming media on my home network, and to act as a central storage for my home network.
I almost gave up on trying to make a better box that was a little more compliant with suggested hardware standards, until I came across a couple posts suggesting the Lenovo ThinkServer TS140. I managed to get it for a screaming deal on Newegg for $230. I eventually threw in a little more RAM, some Red HDD's, and pretty much that's what I have now.

Here's a breakdown of the parts of my current build:
Processor: Intel Core i3-4130 processor 3.4 GHz, 2C, 4M Cache, 1.00 GT/s, 65W
HDD: 2 x WD Red 3TB NAS HDD - 5400 RPM Sata 6 64MB Cache
HDD: 2 x Hitachi Ultrastar A7K2000 2TB 32MB Cache 7200 RPM SATA 3
RAM: (16GB) 4 x DDR3L 240-pin 1.35v 1R8 ECC UDIMM 1600MHz
Case: Fractal Design - Define R4 (White) ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply: EVGA 430W 80+ White

So far it's been smooth sailing with this build. If you're in search of a case for a small FreeNAS box, then I'd highly recommend this series. Below are some pic's. Let me know what you guys think and if there are any recommendations for future parts I should eventually replace.



Note: I used amazon and newegg for links where possible, but I had to use pcpartpicker for the case link since no other good sources could be found on newegg or amazon.
Jan 7, 2015
Seems legit. Fractal cases are the bomb! This will work out great..
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