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Hey, quick question for the PERC 5/i gurus here: Wanting to build a cheap storage server. Planning the following parts (plus a PERC 5/i from eBay).

- AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX250OCGMBOX
- Foxconn A7DA-S 3.0 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
- Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9K2/2G
- GIGABYTE gz-ph2a3 Black SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
- SeaSonic SS-350SFE 350W SFX12V V3.1 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OS will be Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter (MSDNAA FTW) x64. If that's a bad idea for some reason, Windows 7 Professional x64. I'm going to steal an old PATA drive from my desktop to actually host the OS.

My main concern is whether that mobo (790GX chipset) will work with the PERC 5/i as I've heard it is picky.

Goals: Hardware RAID5, inexpensive, quiet, low power usage
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Hey, quick question for the PERC 5/i gurus here: Wanting to build a cheap storage server.

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- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OS will be Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter (MSDNAA FTW) x64. If that's a bad idea for some reason, Windows 7 Professional x64. I'm going to steal an old PATA drive from my desktop to actually host the OS.
Only one drive ?
And if it need to be cheap - why you don't install Linux - instead of quite expensive "Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter" ?

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition - $2,999
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And if it need to be cheap - why you don't install Linux - instead of quite expensive "Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter" ?

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition - $2,999
he has MSDN so its free

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My main concern is whether that mobo (790GX chipset) will work with the PERC 5/i as I've heard it is picky.
That would be my only concern. 790GX is indeed picky, some work with pin mod, others do not boot at all. I would buy the mobo from a place with a return policy. Maybe buy the mobo locally. That way if it doesn't work you can take it back and get another one same day.
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he has MSDN so its free
only if there is another reason to pay the fees, or if he gets it through work, school etc...
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only if there is another reason to pay the fees, or if he gets it through work, school etc...
the_beast, always living up to the "stickler for details" custom user text
    
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I try...
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I try...
We all appreciate it. I particularly often don't think of all of the details in a post, so its good to have the extra set of eyes and brainpower

I might say I have learned quite a bit from your posts as well.
    
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We all appreciate it. I particularly often don't think of all of the details in a post, so its good to have the extra set of eyes and brainpower

I might say I have learned quite a bit from your posts as well.
aww, you're gonna make me cry...
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Whoa! Yeah... This MSDNAA was a holdover from school so it cost me $0. Attention to detail is appreciated, and I feel silly for not saying "3x HDD in RAID5" now

Is it possible to cut back even further on the CPU/mobo front and go with an Atom or similar?
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Whoa! Yeah... This MSDNAA was a holdover from school so it cost me $0.
Nice - make sure you get what you can before it expires...

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Attention to detail is appreciated, and I feel silly for not saying "3x HDD in RAID5" now


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Is it possible to cut back even further on the CPU/mobo front and go with an Atom or similar?
yes - but you don't really get much for doing so (overall system power similar, cost is similar), and you lose a lot of (potential) performance should you need it in the future (DVD ripping, transcoding etc) and much of your expansion route (no extra PCIe slots, too few SATA ports onboard, etc).
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