Originally Posted by raiderxx
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?
On a tight budget I'd use the Athlon & that board, coupled with FreeNAS or Openfiler to run your RAID array (or Amahi doing duplication). Run your OS from a USB drive. Don't bother with a RAID card - just isn't worth it at the low end. Add extra drives with a cheap PCIe and 1 PCI card as required, but still do software RAID.