I'm planning to build my first DIY NAS and strongly leaning towards OMV as the operating system. I need advice on a motherboard from those of you with more experience.
Here are my most important design criteria for the NAS:
- Runs Plex Media Server and can transcode at least 4 streams simultaneously
- Relatively future proof in that it:
- will be able to gracefully stream UHD (at least 4K and possibly 8K)
- can expand storage from an initial 4 SATA devices (3 HD, 1 SSD) to 8
- Can also act as a Kodi server which, if I understand correctly, simply requires NFS (presumably able to access the same files as Plex has in its library)
- Can also be accessed via WebDAV and used to store a large library of pdf documents
- Plex, Kodi, and WebDAV can all be accessed from other networks off-site.
- Has a good RAID controller for RAID 5
- Can take up to 64 GB of RAM (initially it will have 16-32)
- Good network performance
- On-board graphics, so there's no need for either a graphics board or CPU with integrated graphics
- At least one USB 3 port
- Low power consumption
- Maybe someday use it for web pages &/or blogs.
My plan includes using a SSD for the OS and 4 TB WD Red drives for "cold" storage.
I've been looking at boards with LGA1151 interface to accept a Xeon E3 processor. Xeon, mainly because it accepts ECC, and I've read that this is important for NAS stability.
Any suggestions for specific motherboards, possible design modifications, other things to look for in a motherboard, stuff I should know about OMV, etc. would be most welcome.