I have thought about getting a NAS (Maybe a Synology), but at the same time I am just thinking maybe I should build up a server in a tower case as that will give me some greater flexibility. I would be good to be able to run something and spin up virtual machines so I can run some (non-critical) stuff at home, as well as do some experimenting.
Given that RAM and disk is fairly cheap, I really need a decent MB and chip that will cope with a few VMs. Can anyone make any suggestions as to what would be a good platform for this. I haven't really done much with virtuals so not sure what kind of CPU is best suited to the job.
Ideally, I would like to spend >$500 for chip+MB, but if that isn't realistic I would like to know what my options are. It doesn't need to run 50 VMs, be able to support lots of users or be commercial production grade, it's really just a something for me to run at home.
Any advice, suggestions, discussion etc welcome.
Asterisk server (at least to play with and further my Asterisk knowledge)
SAMBA server for my network storage (With the ability to add more disk in future to a RAID array)
Plex/SickBeard/Qouch/sabNZBD server (currently all run on the Dell Zino along with IIS reverse proxy and the Plex frontend - would like to reduce this box to simply the Plex frontend)
Possibly a couple of other linux based servers, nothing particularly resource intensive (maybe a web server for testing, DNS server etc).