I am planning to build a DIY NAS with 8 hotswap 3,5" bay for home streaming with the following needs: Use: 24/7 Homeserver for streaming music (flac), videos (mkv) and games (7z) ISP Connection: 300MB/300MB FTTH Budget: <1500€ (HDDs not included) Hard disks: 8 x Seagate Archive HDD 8TB SATA3 RAID: None SO: FreeNAS 9.3 x64 The server must be capable of transcoding 4K H.265, Flac and decompress 7Z on-the-go. It must be enough to serve to at least 2-3 LAN devices simultaneously. The main objective is to build the most compact and efficient possible 8-bay system with decent computing capabilities, as well as to be upgradeable and last at least +5 years. I have almost decided the components: CASE: U-NAS NSC-800 8-bay hot-swappable. 2x120mm fan holders. 1U PSU. PCI-e riser. Front USB 2.0 port. PSU: Seasonic SS-500L1U 500W. 80+Gold. "Skylake" Ready. MB: AsRock Rack C236 WSI C236 chipset. Mini-itx. Xeon E3 v5 compatible. Dual channel DDR4. 8 SATA 6GB/s. No IPMI. CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1260L v5 45W TDP. No iGPU (less TDW) RAM: Crucial 2x16GB DDR4 ECC Dual channel. ECC. 1.20v HDD: Seagate Archive 8TB 128MB cache. 3 year warranty. <1.0W idle. Good ratio €/TB. 6 platters. USB: Sandisk Ultra Fit 32GB 32GB. USB3.0 COOLER: Thermalright AXP-100 Passive. <47mm height And I have the following doubts. 1. Freenas, Nas4free or Openmediavault? For 24/7 homestreaming with no RAID. 2. Would you make a bigger investment in order to get a mini-itx board with support for Xeon E5 v3 (like this one AsRock Rack EPC612D4), Quad channel So-DIMM ECC DDR4 memory, IPMI, and an additional SAS/SATA3 expander card to get 8 SATA ports? 3. Would it be a 128GB USB3.0 flash drive overkill for this system? Is 32GB future-proof enough? Difference in price is from 10€ to 40€. Thanks in advance.