Hi I am beginning the process of trying to make informed choices about a possible storage - sharing solution for our various computers. I am would like to have some form of network and online storage-syncing, we currently have 2 Ubuntu Mate, 1 Windows, 1 Linux Lite computers and of course then there are the phones... We only need 1-2TB of storage with its own backup. This system will be for data and some music and pictures management-storage-sharing and backup (there are no plans for streaming/storing videos). Our access will be limited by WIFI and internet speeds our internet connection is a huge 2Mbps and 5Mbps up and down respectively. At the moment the Mate and windows machines have their own backup strategies and I have set up Syncthing between the two Mate computers. However, I would like to progressively add the other devices to the/a system and I think that without some sort of central hub this will become overly complicated. I started looking at off the shelf NAS solutions but of course the Linux people think it is better to build your own box. I think something like a Synology 218J or Play should work. I have seen a lot of happy reviews but there are also quite a few used boxes for sale and apparently parts can be quite expensive and difficult to get. As for the build your own option there is a lot of info about software installation/configuration but there isn’t much about hardware choices like what is a minimum/entry level CPU, pros/cons of software vs hardware raid, whole system TDP etc. As I wrote, I am at the beginning of this process, I have had a quick and very general look some hardware and have seen a number of sub €80 passively cooled CPU motherboard combos with CPUs rated at less than 10w TDP. As an example, this one has 6W CPU, 4 SATA ports and 1 PCIe 2.0 x1 slot. Asrock N3150-ITX Mainboard (integr. Quad-Core N3150, Mini ITX, DDR3) Bulkware | eBay If we assume equal(ish) costs and that ability/time (perseverance) isn’t a factor then when considering our different Oss, in general terms what do you think is a better route? Also, with respect to building my own, what configuration(s) are better (e.g. I am guessing hardware raid is generally preferred) and is there any hardware that should be avoided/sought? Thanks.