Where my questions are:
1) I need an ATX motherboard, I figured to get one with 6 SATA connections - can anyone recommend one?
2) I know there have reports of WHS stuttering on some of the Gigabyte boards, can anyone confirm?
3) When looking at what HDD to buy (I want to start with 1 TB) I know that speed is important but what other specs should I look at when evaluating drives?
4) I will be connecting this server to a Linksys Wireless Router (but thru wired ports). Should I buy a separate Gigabit Ethernet card to improve performance?
Thanks in advance for anyone's input. I will keep this thread up to date as my project continues.
@OP: The $150 for just the board and CPU are fine. It won't cut it if you MUST get 6 SATA ports. HOWEVER, you CAN add in a PCI/PCIe RAID card. Perhaps around $200-240 for a good NAS with 6 SATA ports,etc.
most case fans have 4 pin molex connectors that plug straight in to the power supply .
Atom is very low power single core processor . If the NAS is just storage then maybe it would be OK , but Atom powered netbooks have trouble playing video so I wonder if an atom powered NAS can stream video .
You'd definitely want to check that with the people who are using them .
A while back Toms had an e7200 on a G31 mb and it was drawing 70 watts . The e5200 will be a little bit less than the e7200 since the architectures are fundamentally the same , and the clock speeds similar . Since its a dual core it will handle multiple loads much better
$30 - Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB SATA Hard Disk - Just wanted a small drive for OS
Data - Still deciding on between these, leaning toward WD, any thoughts? Starting off with just 1 TB but have room for 4-5 TB more
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