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Thinking this over, are we both over-engineering this? If you're putting both of these machines in the same physical case, why aren't you just putting a SATA card in the target system? Any of the options we are talking about here will involve at least 2 cards (in most cases 3). Internal SATA cables can be 3ft (1m) long. If you just buy one card and 1m cables would that get you to where the drives are?
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I have have no idea what your background is, luma, but I must say I am pretty impressed with your knowledge. I think the LACP option sounds pretty good.
I wonder how easily I could mount the switch inside the case since only the two machines would be using it. I doubt they make drive bay mountable switches.
Do all of the LAN ports need to be on the same card? Would a dual port mobo and a dual port card work together nicely?

As it turns out one of the hats I wear is as a storage architect and implementation engineer for big-ass (technical term for $million+) SAN platforms.

Anyway, I'm re-reading your posts here and I guess I have to go back to my previous point: anything you do here is going to cost you slots. If all you're trying to do is save slots on the target system, your only option will be to utilize the ethernet ports built into the MB. If you want to add cards for SAS or additional gbit ports, it's costing you a slot on the target while also costing you hundreds or thousands more worth of additional cards, cables, switches, and controllers on the host.

I'd say get a decent SATA controller for the system that needs the storage and some long SATA cables.
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That's probably the cost-aware choice. Still getting pretty tough to get all the stuff I would like on a single board; possible 4way SLi, Sound Card, RAID card. I suppose a sound card is not mandatory but I like it. Even with a board that has the slots they wont always fit.
    
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Maybe I'm still overthinking things. Is there any reason you aren't simply using an onboard array controller?
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That is what I use now and it's pretty good. I am really interested in having RAID50 though. RAID0 is scary and I think RAID1 or RAID10 takes too much space for parity. Have not seen any softraid that does RAID50, maybe I am not looking hard enough.
    
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