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Hi everyone I am thinking about setting up a WHS. I have two different systems I am considering for this. The first is an Asus M3A78-EM matx motherboard with a AMD 5050e CPU, and 4gig of ram. The other is an Asus P8H77-I ITX with an Intel 3220 CPU, and 8gig of ram. I was wondering which would be the better choice, and why.
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Both would work fine for WHS, we really need to know what you plan on using it for? How many clients will it need to serve media to at the same time? How many systems will it need to backup? Do you have wired ethernet to all the systems?
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Thanks for responding. I will be using it for a media server movies, music, and recording with my Hauppauge 1212. I will have 2 HTPC's, and possible a BD player. All are on wired connections to a D-link 655 or a Gigabit switch. I don't really care about backup capabilities. I currently have 3 HTPC's with a 2 terabyte drive in each, so I planned on pulling all of them to put in the server.
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I went with the B75 (LGA1155) in ATX form just to have future expansion capabilities, and at the time, the price was right.
I had decided I wasn't going to Overclock, or use hardware RAID, and was using a low power Sandy Bridge Pentium that will be up 24/7.

Specifically this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130651

I got it on sale, and it's from what I consider an upper tier manufacturer (Gigabyte, ASUS, MSI, AsRock).

It has (1) PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, (1) PCIe 2.0 x16 slot, and (2) PCIe x1 slots in addition to (3) PCI slots.

That will allow for plenty of options for controller cards when I need to use more than 6 drives (6 SATA ports).

Looking back, ideally a Micro ATX board, w/8 SATA ports, (1) PCIe 3.0, (1) PCIe 2.0, and at least (1) PCIe x1 would be enough, but you probably have to look to H77 chipset to get that in Micro ATX (uATX).

Ultimately, I think you have to decide how you want it to function, not only now, but down the road as well.
Select the chipset that will allow you to accomplish those goals, and then select a corresponding CPU.

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Thanks for the reply. Right now my funds are nonexistent, so that's the reason for my motherboard choices. I'm leaning toward the Asus M3A78-EM with the AMD 5050e CPU. It only has 5 SATA ports which will handle all my drives I have now. When I need more hard drive in the future I was thinking I could install an add-on card for more ports, or I might have the funds to do new hardware then. The main reasons I'm leaning toward this setup is: 1) The board is very stable. 2) The CPU is it runs very cool and is 45W CPU.
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OK, I misunderstood the request, these are systems you already have.

I would go with the Asus M3A78-EM & AMD 5050e combo.
A Media Server does not have to be a robust system, and would say that the more powerful H77 & i3 combo would be better utilized as a client computer.

The 5050e is a dual core CPU, the MB has a Gigabit LAN, and a PCIe 2.0 slot in addition to a PCIe x1 slot, so a future controller is possible.

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