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With the board, you don't have to use both, but if your switch supported it, you should bond both links together in software to act as 1 link, giving you twice the throughput. Broadcom has a real easy GUI utility to join them into 1 bonded link, or in my case at work, a active/passive primary seconrday link system, attached to redundant paths. Probably not needed at home, but that's why.

As for OS, you should be able to accomplish everything with windows server 2008 to be honest. I would say linux except sonos doesn't make a linux client yet, so you're better off with win server. File sharing and quotas are very easy to setup on windows server 2008, and if you decide to go that route I can show you the easiest things to do with that.
 
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Great motherboard choice. As far as the CPU, I say for for anything LGA 11550 Xeon that is Ivy Bridge (look for the "V2" at the end). I have the Xeon E3-1220v2 in mine, which is a quad core...and if you want 6cores and dead set on an E5, get at least a clock of 2.0Ghz. Should be plenty of power for what you want, and Minecraft now supports multi-threading.

As far as the NICs, you have two on board. If you buy anymore, go Intel...best quality. With dual NICs, you can do Link Aggregation, or MPIO (google them and learn about the differences and which will serve you better). You probably will end up with LACP (Link Aggregation Control Protocol, which Cisco calls Trunking, and others call NIC teaming), which will also server as a failover. You will still only have 2gigabit speed (assuming it's full duplex) per transaction, but if you have two transactions going in LACP then each transaction should pick a different path, making for faster transfers when accessed by multiple devices at a time.

Server 2008 R2, or Server 2012 will do everything you want, plus more. I'm not a Linux guy, so I can't speak on that.
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Originally Posted by tycoonbob View Post

Great motherboard choice. As far as the CPU, I say for for anything LGA 11550 Xeon that is Ivy Bridge (look for the "V2" at the end). I have the Xeon E3-1220v2 in mine, which is a quad core...and if you want 6cores and dead set on an E5, get at least a clock of 2.0Ghz. Should be plenty of power for what you want, and Minecraft now supports multi-threading.
As far as the NICs, you have two on board. If you buy anymore, go Intel...best quality. With dual NICs, you can do Link Aggregation, or MPIO (google them and learn about the differences and which will serve you better). You probably will end up with LACP (Link Aggregation Control Protocol, which Cisco calls Trunking, and others call NIC teaming), which will also server as a failover. You will still only have 2gigabit speed (assuming it's full duplex) per transaction, but if you have two transactions going in LACP then each transaction should pick a different path, making for faster transfers when accessed by multiple devices at a time.
Server 2008 R2, or Server 2012 will do everything you want, plus more. I'm not a Linux guy, so I can't speak on that.
I was about to suggest those options. Right now I am running Windows Home server on a socket 754 I dug out of the closet.
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Should be plenty of power for what you want, and Minecraft now supports multi-threading.

What? Where? When? Proof?
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What? Where? When? Proof?

My mistake. It looks as if Minecraft (since Server 1.1.0) supports Multi-Core, but still not doing Multi-Threading. It's been a few months since I have ran a Minecraft Server. There is an addon called Optifine which enhances performance, by allowing it to use more than 1GB of RAM and up to do Threads? I'm not sure..just speaking of what I am reading.
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My mistake. It looks as if Minecraft (since Server 1.1.0) supports Multi-Core, but still not doing Multi-Threading. It's been a few months since I have ran a Minecraft Server. There is an addon called Optifine which enhances performance, by allowing it to use more than 1GB of RAM and up to do Threads? I'm not sure..just speaking of what I am reading.

Awww man you had my hopes up. Mincraft was always able to use more than 1GB of RAM, you just had to use x64 java, and as far as multithreading, 1 core for the server 1 core for garbage collection. I wish they would be able to make it MT. =/
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Sorry for the long wait in the reply I've been away on holiday guys.
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With the board, you don't have to use both, but if your switch supported it, you should bond both links together in software to act as 1 link, giving you twice the throughput. Broadcom has a real easy GUI utility to join them into 1 bonded link, or in my case at work, a active/passive primary seconrday link system, attached to redundant paths. Probably not needed at home, but that's why.
As for OS, you should be able to accomplish everything with windows server 2008 to be honest. I would say linux except sonos doesn't make a linux client yet, so you're better off with win server. File sharing and quotas are very easy to setup on windows server 2008, and if you decide to go that route I can show you the easiest things to do with that.

I had a look on the Broadcom website but I couldn't really find the GUI you were on about, the FAQ did mention configuring 2 or more adaptors as a 'team' using the Broadcom Advanced Control Suite, is that what you were talking about?

I checked out Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard edition and that looks great for what I need, is there any point in waiting for Win Server 2012 though?
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Great motherboard choice. As far as the CPU, I say for for anything LGA 11550 Xeon that is Ivy Bridge (look for the "V2" at the end). I have the Xeon E3-1220v2 in mine, which is a quad core...and if you want 6cores and dead set on an E5, get at least a clock of 2.0Ghz. Should be plenty of power for what you want, and Minecraft now supports multi-threading.
As far as the NICs, you have two on board. If you buy anymore, go Intel...best quality. With dual NICs, you can do Link Aggregation, or MPIO (google them and learn about the differences and which will serve you better). You probably will end up with LACP (Link Aggregation Control Protocol, which Cisco calls Trunking, and others call NIC teaming), which will also server as a failover. You will still only have 2gigabit speed (assuming it's full duplex) per transaction, but if you have two transactions going in LACP then each transaction should pick a different path, making for faster transfers when accessed by multiple devices at a time.
Server 2008 R2, or Server 2012 will do everything you want, plus more. I'm not a Linux guy, so I can't speak on that.

The E3-1220 is exactly the one I went for before I has even seen this post, it's £156 off Scan UK which to me seem like a great deal!

I'm looking at not using a server case instead just mounting the mobo and drives onto a shelf in my server cupboard however I'd like some advice if it's best to use a case and if someone could recommend a case? I'll be using 5 disks in the raid so it'd need to be able to accommodate about 6.

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I had a look on the Broadcom website but I couldn't really find the GUI you were on about, the FAQ did mention configuring 2 or more adaptors as a 'team' using the Broadcom Advanced Control Suite, is that what you were talking about?

Every company calls it something different, but NIC teaming is another word for bonding. In cisco it's a channel-group.
 
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Regarding a cheaper RAID card....My server has a 3ware 9500s (LP)
I found it to be stable & fast. It also works flawless with WD's Green drives ....
If you can live with used gear for the server, I would go the ebay route and find some Intel server board.
The Intel cards don't have options for OC, but for a server this shouldn't be needed.
They have prooven to be rock solid and stable for med...(Intel's x58 chipset boards support both Xeon & i5 & i7. But this is single CPU)

Many of these cards and CPU's to for cheap om ebay
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