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    As the title states I’m looking for some recommendations to create a storage server for, of course, as little $$ as possible. A couple of weeks ago I got the approval to generate a proposal for additional network storage. We aren’t a huge company but I will have 30-50 users hammering the machine with typically small excel, word, some larger CAD drawings etc. I’ve looked into some dedicated NAS appliances like the Promise NS4300N, but to me for its price tag I could build a winserv2k3 box with a Dual core, 2-4 GB RAM, sata raid for about the same price. Am I mistaken? I am in the US so Newegg, Tiger are usually my hardware vendors/price reference. Some specific questions I have are as follows: Would an on-board NIC be able to handle the data traffic? Would on-board RAID be adequate/reliable? I would like to use this box to do nightly backups also. I look foreward to any input given.

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