Also im using the onboard sata to raid the drives it has 8 ports, it says i can use up to six at once and the other 2 seperatly, ive heard about putting the operating system on a seperate drive should i use the 2 for the operating system or just leave it all on the six?
I would install WHS with only one drive attached and then mark it - physiacally with a sharpie. Then add drives one at a time doing the same. WHS will make a boot partition on the C:/ for the os and then a data partition d for a landing zone when transferring files. Your specs look fine for a WHS. I have a similar setup using an asus socket 939 mobo with 8 sata ports on it and an x2-3800 and it is very capable. there is a great WHS forum at http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windo...
thanks for your help, i also am starting to wonder wether its worth putting a graphics card on as the mobo has no onboard graphics it seems there as some actions that require you do access the server directly?
The WHS is intended to be headless - you'll need a monitor (and therefore a graphics card) for the install and initial setup, but everything else is done through remote connector or remote desktop connection.
I've set mine up initially, but then removed the graphics card - need it for another setup.