home server motherboard

Looking for some advice on a home server I'm looking to build (have some home pc build experience, but none with servers). I am debating whether to get a regular motherboard with a good processor or a server motherboard with an Intel E3. Some ideas I had to put in the server was a 4-port nic and possibly up to 24 TBs running in raid 5 using windows server 2012 essentials (I don't want to replace this thing anytime soon and "I'm a pc" and like windows) any advice I could get would be much appreciated from the noob.
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  1. Why would you need 4-port NIC for home?
    How you plan to connect 24TB (at least 6 HDDs)?
    These 24TB - is this "net" or "gross"?
  2. SATA using raid card and I was thinking gross, but the TB is not set in stone.
    Also, the server would be for mostly for serving up movies around my home using mostly
    wired connections from cat 6 that I have already installed in my home.
    The 4-port nic was mostly because I wanted it. Like I said, I really want this to last for a while, including possible generation jumps in tech.
  3. For servers (I have a web server running now) you do not need a whole lot of processing power, I would try to get whatever will be efficient and cool.
  4. I would start planning / researching that from "outside the box"
    - find out a good case to hold 6-8 HDDs (this might turn out to be a chalenge)
    - calculate power usage needed for the drive, add 300 watts to that, and get power supply
    - If you will serve your movies with DLNA (e.g. to smart TVs), then you need a CPU with enough horsepower to perform on-the-fly transcoding. For my home server, with just file serving on it, I am using ITX board with Atom CPU and 4GB of RAM.
    - the four-port NIC is an overkill (unless you want each of cable run connected to a separate port of that NIC, and forming a separate IP network).
  5. Thanks for the advice guys. much appreciated.
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