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post #1 of 7 Old 05-30-2012, 09:20 AM - Thread Starter
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I was going to upgrade a my HPTC main drive to a SSD and then build a server later. But since I wanted to move the TV cards (2x Duets) into the server I was wondering if I should just try to use my current HTPC as the server and build an ITX box.

The mobo is a Gigabyte E7AUM-DS2H mATX HDMI. It only has 2 pcie slots which are using the duet cards.



I've never built a sever before and I'm not sure if there are some decent PCI controller cards for additional hdds and if it's worth it to use them. I would keep the BR drive in the server so I could rip new movies directly to it. That would leave 3 sata and a esata port.

I could just keep Win7 on it and access the hdds as shared drives over my wired network, I do this anyway. Think this could work? Could I reasonably expand the number of drives or should I just build a server from the ground up?
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Looks like the mobo still has 2 PCI slots. You can get PCI-to-SATAI/II controller card. I have Rosewill 206 or 209. One is SATA I and the other is SATAII.

Despite what someone may tell you, spinning hard drives will never saturate the PCI bus on constant read. Yeah, it may saturate it on a burst from the cache, but that is just a small amount of data. When you are "reading" a movie or a file from the server, the PCI bus will be more than enough.

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Thanks. I'll look into it.
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PCI has a maximum bandwidth of 133 Megabytes per second. Hard drives on the PCI slot is not a problem when streaming movies. Most blurays are around 30 megabits which is 3.75 megabytes. The problem comes in when you read or write multiple files from multiple drives.
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It looks to me like that is an entirely appropriate server motherboard, and a perfect way to reuse your older hardware.

If you need more SATA ports, you can use the x16 PCIe slot for a higher end adapter card. The x1 PCIe and PCI slots won't give you full SATA bandwidth, but for a home server application that is generally not necessary. (I'm using a x1 PCIe to SATA adapter in my server, BTW)

Since I said that, someone will chime in with a use case where they are streaming blurays to 5 different computers at the same time. /roll eyes/ That's great - I'm talking generalities here.
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the mobo is fine.

go to newegg and search using "PCI SATA Controller Card" you find plenty to expand sata slots if you need them.
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