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Old 26th June 2008, 17:36   #1
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I'm looking for hardware which should comply with the following statements:

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motherboard that:
- allows the use of low-power-consuming CPUs
- support for 'a lot' of SATA ports (at least 8).
- onboard gbit lan, (video perhaps)
- not too pricy
- support for at least 2 PCI slots

CPU:
- for the motherboard selected above.
- Note that I have no idea which CPU uses fewest power. Note that computational power should meet Duron 1Ghz speeds at least.
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lots of sata + cheap mobo = asrock series
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And what CPU should I go for?

About Asrock: the only 8port SATA mobo I found on their website (looking at 775 mobo's) was a 130EUR Pyron (~something), so not that cheap (it's a SLI board btw).

Found this one though, featuring 6 SATA ports:
Asrock 4Core1333-VIIV P965 Sockel 775

Combined with this Conroe CPU (35W TDP):
Intel Celeron 420 1.60GHz S775 boxed

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yep that 4Core1333 will do nicely, add in PCI card with 4/8 ports for more; because you're mixing high end requirements (8 port SATA) with entry level price, very hard to find

CPU... I would go for E2140/E2160 just for that dual core feeling
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yep that 4Core1333 will do nicely, add in PCI card with 4/8 ports for more; because you're mixing high end requirements (8 port SATA) with entry level price, very hard to find

CPU... I would go for E2140/E2160 just for that dual core feeling
But it doubles the power consumption :/




How much would those CPUs use idle? (any idea how much the conroe would use idle?)
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12W @ Idle

http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/...160-page1.html
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E21XX series can run perfectly passive with big *** heatsink.
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I think we wants a file server with low power usage;
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I think we wants a file server with low power usage;
Correcto

BTW:
CPU: Celeron 420 (Conroe-L, 1.6 Ghz, 8w during Halt, 35w TDP)



8 <-> 12 is almost nothing, but I suppose computational power difference will be huge between both CPUs..

Was also looking @ the e1200, when I found this:
http://computermonger.com/intel-cele...00-review.html


Performance-wise I should go for the E21xx. Expected the e1200 to use less power, as it has less L2 cache.



How about e8500 & e8200 ? 3W idle, 28-33W load.
They are a bit pricy though (but have more underclocking potential)
MOD: forget it, those are too expensive

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E8200 are expensive, will require more power, will be more powerful then E21xx series;

Massman is selling a E2160 FYI
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