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Old 02-18-2008, 02:22 AM   #1
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8+ SATA Port Motherboard

My budget is $250 for a CPU and motherboard.
What's a decent motherboard with ample SATA ports?
What LGA775 CPU would work at least as well as a FX-60 from socket 939?

I'm not interested in deluxe boards that are $300, so I've had trouble finding a motherboard with more than 6 ports. This build would become my main PC and almighty controller of hard drives. Going to use my Audigy 1 and wireless card so I need 2 PCI slots too. Gigabit ethernet should already be onboard.

Would a 520w PSU be insufficient?

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I've done a thorough data analysis. It allows me 8 SATA, 4 SCSI, 12 drives should fit in a 10 drive case. Of course this could all fall apart when I find out how loud the SCSI drives are.
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:49 AM   #2
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This is not actually related to your question, but you have earned so many fanboy points from me for having a Hexadecimal avatar and a Fallout 3 signature.
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:56 AM   #3
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you should go for ample PCI slots, and at least 4-6 SATA onboard. you can expand your SATA arsenal with 4x SATA PCI adapters.

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Here are some candidates:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816104007
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816230001
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And I was planning on buying a PC-A71B (similar to A70).

What would cost comparisons be with controllers? PCI sounds ugly though, it's 133 MB/s max. Having controllers on that bus would slow all the drives down. And then PCI-e controllers cost a lot.

This current plan would even allow a mATX board.

[ PCIe ] 7900GT
[ PCIe ] Ultra 320 SCSI Controller
[ PCI ] Audigy
[ PCI ] Wireless G

I don't want to run raid with my SATA drives. I could do JBOD with 4 of them, but another 6 already have data. A 4 port PCIe SATA controller in my current system might do, but they're >$300. I figure a whole new system could be cheaper, plus I'm changing cases anyways so it would be the same amount of time/work involved.

All these drives are ≥400 GB, so buying 1 TB drives to consolidate would actually cost more.
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PCI-e controlelr is secodn link.. Its just $29
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PCI-e controlelr is secodn link.. Its just $29
It only controls 2 drives though, plus it's another component. Are you saying there aren't any motherboards that fit my criteria? What about the AMD side of things?
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Not sure... Most SATA ports I have ever seen is 8, and it was a $160 Gigabyte baord. you want 8+? Could get pricey bud.
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The DFI P35 board has 8 sata ports, not sure how much it costs there though.
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Why the need for so many ports?
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I'm in the same boat as you. I need at least 13-14 SATA ports 12 for HD's, 1 for BlueRay and 1 for DVD/RW. I have been looking at this motherboard if you go intel http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=GA-P35-DS3L its only about $100. It also has 8 onboard SATA and it has two PCI Express x1 for controllers. The case I'm planning on upgrading to is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112062.

How many sata ports do you need all together?
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wow..12 hard drives? i'd be looking seriously at an enclosure for most of them
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WTF does anyone need 12 drives for? Seriously.......
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Old 02-18-2008, 12:41 PM   #13
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Sorry I posted the wrong link for the motherboard. If you go to this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ntel+P31%2fP35 It will give you a list of a couple different ones. Most of them have 8 SATA ports. I cant remember the exact model number but when I went into Frys if there is one close to you they had a gigabyte motherboard with 8 sata ports for $129

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The reason I need 12 HD's is because I run a media server with all of my DVDs stored on them. I currently have 3 500gbs full and a 750gb almost full. Plus I have the OS hard drive and another 500GB for recording.

I currently have an ASUS P5B deluxe that the sata ports are maxed out not to mention my case P180. After doing some research I think it might be less expensive if I just build a second computer dedicated to hard drive storage rather than getting the controller cards.

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Old 02-18-2008, 03:46 PM   #14
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Why the need for so many ports?
To control many hard drives.

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How many sata ports do you need all together?
10 would be ideal I suppose. I'll take 16 if it can be done for $100 of course.

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wow..12 hard drives? i'd be looking seriously at an enclosure for most of them
I have, Lian-Li PC-A71B. It holds 10 hard drives, then I can get an EX-33B to hold some more. The V2100 Plus II would be my next choice, but it's HUGE and more expensive.

A71B $270
V2100B $303

Hmm. With the EX-33B added on the V2100 is almost the same price. But it's so big.

I have 10 SATA drives and also want to try using 4 x 15k rpm U320 SCSIs in RAID 0. Because those seem like they'd kick any raptor's *** in access time and bandwidth.

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WTF does anyone need 12 drives for? Seriously.......
There is more to do with computers than buying a WD raptor and installing games on it. I store everything. TV shows, movies, ISOs, installers, photos, and music. I'm through with burning DVDs.

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If you go to this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ntel+P31%2fP35 It will give you a list of a couple different ones. Most of them have 8 SATA ports. I cant remember the exact model number but when I went into Frys if there is one close to you they had a gigabyte motherboard with 8 sata ports for $129

I currently have an ASUS P5B deluxe that the sata ports are maxed out not to mention my case P180. After doing some research I think it might be less expensive if I just build a second computer dedicated to hard drive storage rather than getting the controller cards.
Gigabyte makes a lot of P35 boards and I don't see much difference.
GA-EP35-DS3P looks like one I could use.

I also have a P180, the first make with the warped door and extra plastic crap all over inside. I have a 2nd computer for storage too, but I want to get rid of these extra machines and just have one.

There's a Fry's 2 miles from me. They've been in Sunnyvale forever.

What 775 CPU compares to a FX-60?
Could my 520w psu handle all of this?
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I wish I lived as close as you do to frys. I'm in Pacifica and its about a 30 -40 min drive.

Stupid question but are there any PCI express SATA host cards that can run the hard drives individually or only in RAID?
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So why not just throw in 3 or 4 of these and call it a day???

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136151
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Because those will eventually fill up. I'm looking for a long term solution. I already filled up a little more than 2TB within a year and half.
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I think the best solution for you 2 would be to get a PCIe controller card. It might be a little more expensive but you will get all those ports as well as no performance decrease because 8 drives RAIDed on a SATA bus will require a certain amount of power from the CPU depending on the chipset of the motherboard.
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Well the media server I runs off of SageTV and I found this on their forums http://forums.sagetv.com/forums/showthread.php?t=30409. My question is if do something like this can each of the hard drives be accessed individually or do they have to put in JBOD?
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