For the past 2 months I’ve been debating getting a small server that I could use for wireless Time Machine backups and to store media – in essence, a customizable NAS drive. Today I was checking for the parts that I would need to get, and came across a great deal on the HP Proliant N40L. This was the chassis I was planning on getting, so I decided to finally buy it and get the server underway. Stock, it comes with a 1.5 GHz AMD Athlon II Neo, 2 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 250 GB hard drive. I’ll eventually add 4 x 2 TB drives in a RAID 1 configuration, and 8 GB of RAM, once prices come down a little bit. All of it will be run by FreeNAS, which is an open-source FreeBSD based OS that will provide all of the functionality I could ask for, and probably a little more. Stay tuned for the build and setup in the next couple of weeks.