Originally Posted by kegobeer
Regardless of the board you like, visit the support site and make sure they have Server 2008 R2 drivers. If they don't, you'll have to gamble with Windows 7 x64 drivers. And, having dealt with WHS 2011 on a desktop board, you may encounter some hard to track down freezes, BSODs, etc. I'd go for a real server board if I were you. You can save some cash if you already have a Core i3 laying around - there are Supermicro boards that support the LGA1156 socket and will accept an i3, if you don't want to get a Xeon or Pentium/Celeron processor.
If you want a server, don't worry about BT and all the crap that is not necessary for a server. Stick with hardware that works with a server OS and you'll be happy you did.
I will be running WHS2011 and I only do socket 1155 at this point. I won't buy any older socket boards or cpu's. I clear out of that stuff. Ebay is my friend.
If I was not doing socket 1155 I would go LGA2011 since prices are coming down and they have about a bazzillionTrillion PCI lanes, Take insane Ram amounts and run it at crazy speeds, and overall just kick serious computing butt.
I am not going to spend $1000 on a CPU and $400 on a motherboard though.
But I would go $199+$199 for a decent set up.
That would let me use my current Asus Deluxe Z68 with Intel lan as a good server board. But that is not going to happen.
So I need an under $200 motherboard that is Socket 1155 - and I will use all the stuff I already have including a CPU.
I am using an H61 now. It's ok for a cheapo- but it's not a real solution. It's more a toy to play with for a short time.
Leading the pack is Asus right now.
But I guess I could get a different brand or non intel LAn board and just add a $20 Intel lan Card.
Is it worth getting a motherboard with dual lan that can be teamed?