Not too long ago I went down the path of acquiring a synology ds220+ in the hopes of replacing my odroid hc2 currently installed with omv4/deb9. When I setup the hc2 near a year ago I used a pre-made image (omv4/deb9 sdcard image) and then modified the system to my needs. I was able to succeed.
Now for some recent time I had been going down the rabbit hole of docker due to my 6 rpi's all netbooting off my hc2. I figure I could just host some of these services on my hc2 via docker. Turns out omv4/deb9 is eol and upgrading is going to be an adventure which led me to the synology. The synology only lasted maybe 30 minutes powered on before I decided it wasn't for me. I didn't realize the os was stored on the data drive as well. Not my preference. I have not had issues managing data drives separately from os drives and I prefer to stay that course.
So I returned the ds220+ and I am now looking at some hardware to build a nas of my own. Basically I am trying to aim at hardware just above what the ds220+ hardware was and then some. I have not been keeping up with the hardware times.
So this is what I managed to get together for the time being. Hoping for some thoughts from other hardware experts. I really do like this combo so far but I think a big issue for most people would be the number of sata connections. It currently only supports two sata hdd (2.5/3.5) with nvme for the os drive.
32GB RAM (2x16GB)
Asus Prime H310T
250GB SSD for OS
Cooler Master Elite 110 case
I am certain the total cost for all these pieces together I could have gotten another pre-built nas kit but unless I go to server level nas (1u style or larger) I haven't found any pre-built nas kit that accommodates more than 8gb of ram.
Honest critiques are welcome. Remember, I haven't kept up with hardware trends since maybe 2012 so some here might think there is a better combo. As a budget build I would like to know how this fairs.