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Looking for a mini ITX board - requirements inside

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by t_ski, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. t_ski

    t_ski Former Staff

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    I'm trying to build a new home server to replace my HP with proprietary hardware. I want to go mini ITX so I can keep the footprint very small, but I want to be able to do the following:

    raid 5 (with 4 drives or more)
    gigabit ethernet
    2 ram slots (I want to put in 2GB now and be able to upgrade later)
    eSATA
    onboard video of any kind (not for gaming, just for setup. I will use RDP to get into it later.)

    My other main requirement is to keep the cost down. So far I have only found this Intel board:

    Intel BOXDQ45EK LGA 775 Intel Q45 Mini ITX Intel M...

    I can get this for $130 plus a new CPU for it for less than $50. If I can find a different socket type that meets these needs and still costs less than $180 for both the CPU and board, that would work, too.

    Thanks :toast:
     
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    Perhaps this combo:
    CPU
    Mobo

    Or some socket 775 cpu with this
     
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    No, it does not have to be Intel, but from everything I've seen the numbers look a little better. Most of the mini ITX boards I've seen for AMD were nForce shipsets, which I'm not crazy about.

    Do either of those support Raid? I can't find any mention of it on the NewEgg site or others.
     
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    Only mention of raid for the ECS one was in its manual when it said eJiffy didn't support it (eJiffy is supposedly a little bootable linux, it's not needed). The Zotac board's manual says it supports RAID, but someone on newegg reviewed it and said that it actually didn't support raid even though it says it does. So, tbh, I can't say they have raid for sure :(.

    I'd just go with the first board you linked, unless you can get a bit more money and get a pricier socket 1156 board and cpu.
     
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    Yeah, I'm leaning towards the Intel, but I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something.
     
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    Just be careful with the TDP limit. I've been planning to pair it with 95w Thuban, but I've been delaying the build.
     
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    thats the AMD i was looking for :)

    the last couple of miniX boards have been modded for way over the 95w limit :p
     
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    Not bad, but I'd prefer to use stadard DIMMs so I can swap parts out with another computer in the house if nneded.

    I'd be interested to know what they sell for, but probably over my budget.

    I didn't think of looking in the server catagory, but only three boards listed there support raid 5, and all of them are Supermicro boards with so-dimms :(
     
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    Thanks. Checking them out now...
     
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    Anything that is being sold on Logicsupply is probably out of your budget, but it's always good to take a look at those. It's quite educational.
     
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    Yes, they were a bit pricey. I'm trying other places too, like ewiz and mwave.
     
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    Almost all the 'bobcat" boards will be meet ur requirement. they *should* be available retail mid-febuary. I've got (5) 2TB hard drives waiting for em to come out to get a proper WHS build.
     
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    Not going to be able to wait that long, as I just sold my MediaSmart.

    What about this one?

    ZOTAC 880GITX-A-E AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB...

    I can buy that board plus a CPU plus a stick of DDR3 for $164 shipped. That's $40 cheaper than the Intel motherboard, cheap Celeron and 2GB DDR2.
     
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    Go for it.
     
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    Agreed, go for it. That has the option to upgrade to even a hex core & DDR3 is dirt cheap :cool:
     
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    Thanks - probably will be pulling the trigger today ;)
     
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