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Hi guys!
I decided to retire my old NAS machine as it's so slow I can't stand it.

The problem is I can't decide what motherboard to get.
My first option is Asus P8H77-I as it has 6 onboard sata connections and GB ethernet
The second is an AMD board with onboard CPU C60M1 - I

So the thing is. I need it to keep it M-ITX, yet to have as much sata as possible, Also Energy efficient.
Maybe there is another board you can suggest? And maybe a CPU for the board if it needs one.

OS i'm using is FREENAS 7 with 2 WD 1TB discs and plan on upgrading to at least 4
It's going to stream files to 3 home PC and some wireless devices in apartment, maybe a small webserver a file downloader.
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The Asus P8H77-I paired with a Celeron or Pentium processor should do the trick - its what i use to run my NAS (FreeNAS 8) I've read that the AMD can be a bit sluggish, and if you decide to upgrade to a home server or do anything else with it you may run into issues. A celeron processor is going to be almost as low energy, and i've never seen mine hit more than ~ 25% CPU usage.
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List of mITX with 5+ SATA ports: http://www.overclock.net/t/1309395/mitx-motherboards-with-5-sata-ports/0_100


I would stay away from Brazos.... for some reason, heavy network traffic spikes CPU usage.


A Intel Celeron G530 + mITX 1155 mobo (like that Asus one) is the way to go.
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