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3 reasons to build a DIY NAS this Black Friday

Black Friday is when a crazy amount of deals are unloaded by retailers. Attempting to work out the good deals from the bad ones can prove time-consuming, which is why we round up the best NAS (and PC) related discounts right here, ones that we actually buy ourselves. Here are some reasons to build a DIY NAS this black Friday.

Build your own DIY NAS for less

Prebuilt enclosures from brands like Synology and ASUSTOR are fantastic for getting started in the world of NAS. If you’re not comfortable building your own PC or server, they can also save considerable amounts of time and stress.

Like anything else that’s prebuilt, you’ll be paying a small premium for this luxury of being able to install dries and get online. Putting together your own NAS is cheaper, but with Black Friday and other promotions, it can become a vastly superior option.

Take the incredibly versatile AMD Ryzen 5 5600G, for example. It has six physical cores, an integrated GPU, and enough performance for a powerful server build. We’re covering the best Black Friday NAS deals, if you’re interested in seeing more enticing discounts.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
AMD Ryzen 5 5600G. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 5 5600G

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G is brilliant for running a media streaming box or for a cheaper gaming PC. The integrated Radeon graphics are powerful enough to handle some heavier tasks too.

DDR4 RAM is more affordable

Thanks to the launch of DDR5, the existing generation of memory, DDR4, is now more affordable. With the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G or similar CPU, there’s a good chance you won’t need DDR5 RAM as it won’t be supported.

There are some differences between DDR4 and DDR5, but not enough to warrant holding out for better discounts on the new generation of system memory, especially for NAS.

TeamGroup T-Create Classic DDR4
TeamGroup T-Create Classic DDR4. (Source: TeamGroup)

TeamGroup T-Create Classic 10L 16GB

TeamGroup makes some of the more affordable RAM modules and they may not be the most responsive on the market, but they’re perfect for a DIY NAS. This 16GB provides ample capacity.

There’s always at least one good deal

Not every Black Friday deal is worth spending money on. It’s no secret that some retailers, including almighty Amazon, like to artificially inflate pricing to make it seem like a discount is applied, but really you’re just paying the usual listing price.

That’s where tools such as CamelCamelCamel are invaluable. We only round up the best deals that we’d buy ourselves here at NAS Master. Luckily, there’s always at least one good deal during promotion periods like Black Friday.

Whether it’s a processor, a prebuilt NAS enclosure, or some of the best NAS drives, you’ll be able to spot something you need on sale.

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