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MITX Mobo for FreeNAS w/ 6 SATA connections?

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September 25, 2010 5:53:07 PM

Currently I have 2 desktops, 1 netbook and 3 laptops in the house. The main desktop has this spec below.

Intel Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.2
WDC WD10EARS-00Y5B1
WDC WD25 00JB-00REA0
Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 Dual Fan CPU Cooler
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R v1.6
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion PCIe
6GB DDR3 1600MHz Ripjaw Series Triple Channel kit
850W Enermax Revolution 85+ Modular
Windows 7 x64
NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
Coolermaster Cosmos S
Samsung SyncMaster 2243NW [22" LCD]
Samsung SyncMaster 2243NWX [22" LCD]

My machine makes way too much noise. So I have decided to strip out the internal HDD's and the few external HDDS that I have connected up to the computer and stick in just the one quick quiet powerful HDD (maybe raptors as raid 0+1), and perhaps run the cpu to its stock speeds.

Okay so my solution for mass storage is to build myself a NAS system.

I have my eyes on two boxes,

Fractal Design Array
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/Fractal-Design-Array-R2-...

or a Lian Li
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/Lian-Li-PC-Q08B-Black-Sm...(ATX-Fits)


the first is a ITX case and the later is ATX.

I preferably want to install to the ITX case. With this, I will want to install 6 x 2TB HDD's, essentially I am looking at a 12TB storage unit.

Being concerned with the amount of electricity that this box may pull due to the fact that I might leave this on 24/7 at times or atleast 12 hours a day I want to put in a motherboard which is energy efficient. I have been recommended to use a Sempron 140 AM3 chip which are quiet cheap and am happy to continue with this advise.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/AMD-Sempron-140-Sargas-C...

However as I want to install so many SATA drives, I can't find a motherboard which will have 6 SATA sockets and I don't really want to resort to 4.

So I need some help, do you guys know of any motherboards which, accept amd a3 chips, have 6 sata sockets, is of mITX form and has essentially a network connection?
September 25, 2010 8:07:04 PM

How about an Atom based ITX?

I like the look of the Zotac ION-ITX-G Synergy Dual Core 1.6Ghz Atom Mini-ITX Motherboard with 4x SATA 3. Yes only 4, but a lot of USB's and eSata for hanging hdd's off and 802.11n.

Cheap, small and power efficient.
September 25, 2010 9:06:35 PM

I don't mind a Atom based NAS ITX motherboard neither. I'm gonna have to be stubborn I definately need 6 SATA ports. The whole idea of building this is to kill of my external hard drives too. Thank you for your suggestion of motherboard, perhaps Atom or AMD wouldn't really make much of a difference then, definatly has to be ITX board tho with 6 sata ports and a cpu that isn't more than £100 but has to be energy efficiency.
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October 23, 2010 11:03:12 PM

I only found a jetway mitx am3 board on newegg and to get 6 sata ports you would have to use adapters and use the two rear esata ports.
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