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Mainboard for Linux Fileserver

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May 24, 2007 12:10:24 PM

I am planing a fileserver which can be upgraded freely for my increasing storage demands although the fileserver is for home usage. Therefor I need a good recommendation for a server mainboard. In various benchmarks a dual xenon board is used, but that's too expensive for me. I'll try to go with the Core2Duo E6320 which seems to have good performance & pricing. Also, there should be a good linux driver support.


To sum up my requirements are the following:
- LGA775 socket
- Intel Chipset
- Linux driver support
- 1x PATA
- 6x SATA (internally)
- onboard graphics
- Gigabit LAN (1x or 2x)
- preferably a (good?)Raid controller onboard
- PCI Express (for an additional future raid card)


Any thoughts and recommandations are welcome.

kind regards,
Krabat
May 24, 2007 2:08:01 PM

If you can afford it, get the Asus Striker Extreme. If you look on the compare prices section you can get it for about $310, and it would support an upgrade to a QX6700 if you later wanted. It has all of you requirements except for the PATA, but maybe you could get around that....
EDIT: It doesn't have onboard graphics, but you could buy a pci graphics card on ebay for as little as 15 bucks.
May 24, 2007 2:34:21 PM

Thanks for the input, but besides the onboard graphics and the PATA which would be nice, but are not critically required, the Asus Striker Extreme also has the NVIDIA nForce® 680i SLI™ chipset. I prefer a chipset from Intel.

Besides that, I don't know if Linux "likes" some motherboard manufactors more than others. Any experience on that topic?
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