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Building a Home Fileserver

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December 15, 2005 7:22:08 PM

Hello, I am interested in building a cheap, yet functional network fileserver.

This is what I currently have:
Sunbeamtech Transformer Case6 x 3.5" Internal
2 x 3.5" External
5 x 5 1/4" External
Powersupply - 400w Thermaltake
2 x 200GB Maxtor DM9 SATA (Moving from main to server)
CDRom (Old thing lying around)
Highpoint 1640 Raid5 PCI SATA Controller
Windows 2003 Enterprise Server (TY MSDN:AA)

This is what I am thinking about purchasing:
Asus K8N4-E DeluxeSocket 754
8 SATA Ports
1 x 16x PCI-E
3 x 1x PCI-E
3 x PCI
Sempron 2600+
512MB DDR 3200 - Generic
ASUS EN6200TC128/TD/16
4 x 250GB Maxtor DM10 SATA (Raid5)


Please let me know what you think, and what recommendations you may have for me.

My budget is $900 USD, note I am located in Canada.

Thanks!
December 15, 2005 7:49:16 PM

For just a file server I would see if I can find a mobo with onboard video. Otherwise it looks fine to me.

Oh, are you going to be using Win2k3 Server or just XP Home/Pro?

Mike.
December 15, 2005 7:52:39 PM

I will be using Windows 2003 Enterprise Server, thanks to MSDN:AA. It pays to be in University I guess.

Also, I was unable to find a motherboard with onboard video and 8 SATA ports, along with the budget Socket 754. Maybe I did not look hard enough.
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December 15, 2005 8:10:56 PM

dont me to LOL here but your not going to find a mother board with 8 sata ports the most I have seen is 4. Your going to need to get a raid card. check out tomshardware they did a new letter on sata raid cards I like 3wire myself.
December 15, 2005 8:25:53 PM

Quote:
dont me to LOL here but your not going to find a mother board with 8 sata ports the most I have seen is 4. Your going to need to get a raid card. check out tomshardware they did a new letter on sata raid cards I like 3wire myself.


The K8N4-E has 8 SATA Ports.

Also, my A8N-SLI Dlx has 4 SATA and 4 SATA2 Ports.

Not to mention I have a 4 Port SATA Raid card on top of the motherboard, as posted in my first post.

Please research before thread-crapping.
December 15, 2005 11:04:32 PM

If you want RAID-5 then thos 8SATA ports mean nothing because you will have o buy a raid card for PCIe
December 15, 2005 11:26:53 PM

4 of the ports have raid5 capabilities. Also, I have a 4 port raid5 controller as well. That would allow me to have 2 x raid5 arrays. also, the additional 4 ports, I believe windwos 2003 server can do raid5 through dynamic disks, if I am not mistaken.
December 16, 2005 6:16:55 AM

Supermicro X6DHP-TG with 6 sata ports and onboard video.
several other supermicro boards have 6x sata and an onboard video.

only trouble is they are Xeon boards.
December 16, 2005 6:34:35 AM

Yeah that seems out of my budget. Nice board nonetheless.
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