Hi. I have a couple Netgear NAS, and for a variety of reasons, am sick of them. I'm also not impressed by the other NAS offerings I've found, so I'm going to build a dedicated Windows PC and use it as a NAS. The biggest driver of this is that I want reliable, NO-BS backups. I am going to have at least one, possibly two PC's offsite and use CrashPlan to backup the contents of my new NAS offsite, and use Cobian which also is very reliable & sends email alerts, to backup to USB locally. No NAS maker I've read about seems to have anything as clear-cut, reliable and with the features of CrashPlan for off-site backups, so screw it; I'm going with Windows. I wanted to get some final feedback & then I’m going to buy parts. Below is the config I’ve dreamt up for my main NAS - as opposed to the crashplan destination box I’m also going to build for an off-site backup - that obviously won't need to be very high-powered at all. I’m going to run Plex, have a lot of ISO, HD MKV & other files, so I’d rather err on the side of too much power. Usually it’s just me streaming a movie to my iPad or something, but on occasion we’ll run two streams. CPU: Intel i5 RAM: 8GB Mobo: Unsure, any recommendations for a solid unit with at least 6 SATA ports? I’m thinking an Intel board? Hard drive: I’m thinking of using WD Red drives for each. What do you think? Could I use a WD Red to run the OS on as well? I’ve seen so many drives fail lately, I’d be willing to pay a little more if the WD Reds would be more robust. On amazon, a WD Green 3TB is $125, the Red is $149, so not a huge difference. I’m strongly considering having the OS on its own disk, not sure if I want to also store any stuff on the OS disk, or leave it plain so that if it crashes or dies for any reason, I don’t have to worry about any data, just reinstalling the OS. Likewise, I do not think I want to bother with any sort of RAID; I think I want to dedicate a disk to each media/file type. If the disk dies, I restore that content from one of my two backups. Separate 3TB disk for movies. Separate 3TB disk for music. Separate 3TB disk for random files & pictures. Each disk/share will be backed up via Cobian to a corresponding USB drive, or perhaps to one of my Netgear NAS, for local backup. The entire device contents will be backed up to one or two remote PCs via crashplan, for offsite backup (which I really don't have now for the bulk of my media files.) Thoughts, comments, suggestions? Do you think I’d be better off going with a barebones kit from TigerDirect, or just buying each part on Amazon?