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Hey all

I'm building myself a file server, starting off with 4x3TB WD RED's, looking to expand to 6 over time, and I've decided to go with FM2 based, A4 5300, APU
I don't need much power under the hood for my needs, I rather push the extra cash towards HDD's, and seeing that my N40L handles it's 4x2TB perfectly, this seemed like a fair machine

Anyway
So my original specs that I was looking for was at least 6+ SATA ports and 4 RAM slots, with atleast one PCI-e and PCI slot, for future add-ons

After some digging around, my motherboard of choice was the ASrock FM2A85X Extreme4-M, I have an ASrock Z77 Extreme4 in my rig, and I'm very happy with it
But a few days after placing my order, I was notified that they were unable to obtain stock from their suppliers.
I'm not sure if this is a supply issue from ASrock or just an issue with the suppliers trying to get stock into South Africa
I've contacted a few places, listing that board, and they all out of stock, and no ETA from their supplier (I'm guessing there is only one company importing these boards)

So, now that my first choice mobo is a no go, I found ASUS had a similar spec'ed board, Asus F2A85-M, for a little more in cost.
So I paid in my difference and a few days later, I get the same message, saying they can't secure stock of it either
Again, I'm unsure if this is a supplier issue or an importing issue
(Idiot me, who was desperate to get a mobo, I should have emailed around first, after failed attempt one!)

So now I'm kind of annoyed with the current situation
The only mATX boards I can find are something I would rather like to avoid
My options being: Asus F2A55-M LE or MSI FM2-A75MA-E35
These boards don't appeal to me at all, and I can't seem to find any reviews of them, and the user reviews I've seen on newegg and stuff, both seemed to get not so great reviews, loads of people have DOA issues and a few bios failures, this has really turned me off, as I don't want a problematic board, in a server, further down the line

But I'm rather out of options, they would both save me a little cash, but not much, and they both seem to be available
I'm not sure if anyone has any experience with these boards, or would recommend them for 24/7 usage

Or after coming to this sub forum, and seeing the FM2+ boards that have been announced, would it be worth holding out until we start seeing them appear in the market?
Anyone have any idea when they will be released (even if stuff tends to take longer to get here)?
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Intel i5 2500k @ 4.7GHz Asrock z77 Extreme4 Club3D R9 290 Corsair Vengance 8GB 1600 
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Corsair 120GB SSD Samsung 1.5TB Samsung 1TB Samsung DVD-RAM 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Thermaltake Frio Window 7 Ultimate Samsung BX2450 LG W2343S 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @ 4.7GHz Asrock z77 Extreme4 Club3D R9 290 Corsair Vengance 8GB 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Corsair 120GB SSD Samsung 1.5TB Samsung 1TB Samsung DVD-RAM 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Thermaltake Frio Window 7 Ultimate Samsung BX2450 LG W2343S 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse Pad
Razor Blackwidow Corsair TX750W Coolermaster CM690 Gigabyte Ghost 
Audio
Asus Xonar DX 
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