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Alright. So I have this board that I am planning on making into a data/media streaming server.

My question is, I have a gigabit switch, and my other two pcs have gigabit. So I am assuming there are PCI cards that will give me a gigabit port. BUT, I would also like to RAID my seagate constellation.2 cards.. But I figure I'm going to need to have a card for that as well, since my board doesn't support RAID.

What should I do? Are there any.. PCI splitters? Or should I just give up, sell this board, and get another one? I would really rather not, since I got all of these parts for free, and I would like to keep it that way..
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http://www.logicsupply.com/products/pci201_32

There are risers, but I can't guarantee that they will both work.
    
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data/media streaming server.
ZFS, or Linux software RAID?
Edited by Aeogenia - 5/6/11 at 10:17am
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Go for the nic, it's more important. You can always do software raid 1, linux's is pretty decent.
     
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Go for the nic, it's more important. You can always do software raid 1, linux's is pretty decent.
I'd agree with this^^.But with your setup I'd look into something like FreeNas(ZFS,RAID)Amahi(Greyhole,RAID) as they run on minimal spec's.Freenas 8 should be setup with at-least 4GB of RAM,if your going to run ZFS.Maybe an older release would be better here. WHS is another viable option but cost $$.But like was stated I'd go for the nic and use software raid,greyhole or ZFS for the drives.
 
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Originally Posted by raiderxx View Post
Alright. So I have this board that I am planning on making into a data/media streaming server.

My question is, I have a gigabit switch, and my other two pcs have gigabit. So I am assuming there are PCI cards that will give me a gigabit port. BUT, I would also like to RAID my seagate constellation.2 cards.. But I figure I'm going to need to have a card for that as well, since my board doesn't support RAID.

What should I do? Are there any.. PCI splitters? Or should I just give up, sell this board, and get another one? I would really rather not, since I got all of these parts for free, and I would like to keep it that way..
Any RAID card you get is going to be "Firmware RAID" or HostRAID or FakeRAID... though even those would be better than software RAID if you're going Windows.

For gigabit NIC speeds, I'd then add on something like this.

That way you can do both.

Even if you go with a gigabit PCI card, your performance over ethernet is still not going to be all THAT hot. I have PCI Intel Pro/1000GT NICs in some of my older servers, and the speeds top out at about 250mbits/sec.

I get the same speeds through my USB2.0 Linksys Gigabit adapter...

Soooo... to answer your original question : PCI "RAID" adapter, USB2.0 gigabit NIC.

*But you have to determine your OS first and make sure that there's drivers for both...
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I would start a test build with a software RAID solution. Throw a few files/movies on it and then stress test it over your network to see how it preforms serving out a few streams at once. While a full gigabit network is great, even the largest 1080p movies stream around 3MB/s and your 100Mb NIC will transmit around 12MB/s.
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Sell the board and buy a replacement with more SATA ports onboard and gigabit built in. It isn't worth buying a RAID card and a $35 USB NIC for that board when for the kind of money you'll need to spend you could get a Sempron 140 & cheap mATX board (assuming ITX is not a requirement) with 6 SATA ports onboard, which will give much better performance.
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Sell the board and buy a replacement with more SATA ports onboard and gigabit built in. It isn't worth buying a RAID card and a $35 USB NIC for that board when for the kind of money you'll need to spend you could get a Sempron 140 & cheap mATX board (assuming ITX is not a requirement) with 6 SATA ports onboard, which will give much better performance.
This is looking to be my best bet.. I did however acquire a free pc with this mobo and an Athlon 64x 3200. Is that any better? I see the board can at least pump out more over the network. Would that be more useful? Or am I still better off selling them and grabbing a board with more SATA ports vs buying a raid card?
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What operating system are you planning on using,and how many hdd's do you plan going with 2,4.I think this will give everyone a better understanding of what to recommend for your situation.Especially if you don't want to spend to much $$.BTW I've ran a server with a 939 setup(Freenas & Fedora).
 
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