I was very lucky. Someone on a forum I'm active on was offering a free server and I was going to be in the area the next day. I took the train an extra station and picked up the HP Proliant ML110 G7. I almost broke my toe trying to carry the server in one hand and a coffee in the other but it was worth it. I've been looking at FreeNAS ZFS, OpenMediaVault, unRAID and XPEnology. I have the hardware for FreeNAS but I'm not sure it is suited for my needs. Also, a RAID array seems like it is difficult and slow to expand. I'm thinking that OMV and unRAID are probably the two best choices. I have 3x3TB DT01ACA300 in my main rig. I will be moving two or three of these into the server after it is set up so I can move my desktop into an ITX case. My plan is to gradually expand its storage capacity as 5-8TB externals go on sale and I can afford it. I need a flexible system that will pool the drives into a single volume and allow me to swap individual drives for larger capacities. I can't afford parity right now and will back up important data to an external. Most data is not that important. I have a SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB, a Transcend Ultimate 32GB SDcard (which can plug into the MB) or I can pick up a cheap SATA SSD 64-128GB with TRIM if needed. Specs: Xeon E3email@example.comGHz, 16GB ECC, 2x 300GB SAS & x2 250GB SATA, P410 Why I want a server: move torrent seeding off my desktop because seeding a massive bank of torrents is resource intensive. share files to my wife's Macbook pro because it doesn't like Windows file sharing and her external keeps disconnecting. share kids show to the TV so that I don't need to run them from my desktop with extended display mode. Wants/Needs: low maintenance easy to use GUI headless operation after initial setup easy to expand capacity support for Sonarr, transmission/rtorrent, PLEX and headphones reliable file share with Windows 10 and OSX I know that the Xeon E3-1220 and 16GB ECC give me a lot of options ... too many options. Have built computers and I'm moderately savvy with windows and basic networking. I will be picking up an 8-port unmanaged switch for the servers dual ethernet ports. I've been trying to read up on comparisons but I can't follow most of the discussion and it seems that the information can quickly become outdated.