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Recommendations for a motherboard please

post #1 of 5
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Well it figures, I finally got all the parts together to build myself a server and now I find out that my MB is dead. ARRGGHHHH !!!

I have already:
E8400 CPU
2GB of OCZ PC2 6400 Ram
Thermaltake TR2-430 PSU
Thermaltake V3 Black case
160Gb 7200 Samsung HD for OS
2 - 2TB Samsung F4 for storage
ASUS cd/dvd litescribe burner

I had an XFX 680iLT motherboard that was good a couple of months ago when I used it to test some components, but looks like it has bit the dust. It won't post, beep or nothing on power up.
And yes I have tried all parts in another machine to verify everything else is good.

So I'm going to be running WHSv1 on this bugger and use it to store data, media, songs, etc as well as run it as a print server for my HP 5510 all in one printer that doesn't have drivers for Win 7 to run all the functions on it.

What would you guru's out there recommend for a cheap 775 motherboard to use with the above parts to get a fair server out of this stuff?
Please.

Thanks for the help.

Bill
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post #2 of 5
Get a basic, low power board with onboard video. You're likely to leave your server running 24/7 so it's a good idea to keep power consumption down.
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post #3 of 5
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Yea that part I kinda figured on.
I just wanted to see if anyone on the forum has run across a fairly good MB that has a bunch of SATA sockets as well as the GB LAN connection that a server needs?

Too bad since all I seem to find are boards with 4 sata connectors (my 680i LT has 6), although I know that I can always add a PCI board to get more sata connections later.

Of course 775 intel boards are becoming more scarce as the newer stuff hits the shelves.

I found this MSI board on the Egg that doesn't look too bad. Anybody have any comments on it?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130242

Thanks again
Bill
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post #4 of 5
It's MSI so it's bound to have lower idle power consumption compared to other manufacturers. I think the only other manufacturer that does lower is Intel. You're right, there's a scarcity of LGA-775 boards with more than 4 SATA ports. I've stopped looking at LGA-775 boards so I'm not really up to date with current offerings. I think that MSI board would probably work well enough. There's no benefit in overclocking a simple file and print server, anyway.
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Logitech K800 Lian Li PC-Q05B Logitech M570 
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Core i7-860 Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 EVGA GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x4GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Silverstone ST45SF 450W Silverstone Sugo SG05B 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Biostar TH55B HD MSI GT 240 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333 
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post #5 of 5
I have this motherboard in my home server when my X48 board died. It has 6 sata and it has an intel network controller. It doesnt overclock but is has been rock stable folding a Q6600.
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