i there, I've been spending some time coming up with a future FreeNAS build. I've been trying to balance these 3 key fundamental features.. -Low Power Consumption -Long Term Expansion Viability (Optimum Possible HDD/RAM Expansion) -Ram Speed Optimization (2133mhz, and 1GB Ram : 1TB HDD Rule) This box will be designed for home use, and will not be accessed by more than 2-4 devices (including tablets/phones) If possible, I hope to use this in the following ways: -file storage -audio/video streaming -to act as an install pathway for games on my desktop PC that will provide minimal loading delays (some is acceptable)....graphical processing will be done by the desktop pc Here is the initial structure I was thinking of using: ------------------- Athlon II X2 270u -25watt (before underclocking) MSI 970A-G46 -Regulated Power Usage http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html 1x 8GB 2133mhz Ram Antec 1200 v3 Any PSU -I have many spares --- --- --- Total Build: 400$~ My planned expansion would go up to the following specs: 32GB of Ram 27TB-32TBGB of HDD Memory (respecting the 1:1 Ram:Memory ratio rule, using a mix of 3 and 4tb hard drives) Can you think of any problems I might encounter with this build? Does anyone know a better/more power efficient A3+ socket motherboard (without sacrificing ram performance)? Is ram speed important for freenas, or would I be able to acheive my functional goals with lower end RAM? Will this processor be sufficient for what I'm hoping to use it for? Are A3 processors compatible with A3+ Sockets? Things to bare in mind: -I will eventually ultimately use a SATA controller card (which means any motherboard choice must be able to support this) -Motherboard must be able to support at least 32gb of ram (i will be aiming to use 4x2TB, and 8x3TB = 32TB) minimum; I couldn't find a motherboard that supported A3 processors and higher RAM.