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LGA1155 + RAID MB Recommendations

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Need machine to:

1) Act as a WMC HTPC serving live TV (Ceton PCI), recorded TV, ripped DVDs, and music directly to one TV and to extenders (Echos when released) at 2 others.
2) Function as a central repository for other important files not necessarily entertainment related.
3) Provide redundancy for the files stored (thinking RAID 5 w/ hot spare).

Settled on an i3-2120 for CPU and graphics (thanks zon2020 and assassin). Want to keep power use to a minimum. Also trying to keep the motherboard price down (under $100). I'll probably end up with 5 drives (1 small SSD for OS and very few programs, 4 HDDs in RAID5). My machine is tucked away right now and I'd like to keep my new build in one box (don't want a NAS/MB can be full ATX). Any recommendations on a MB that will do what I need?

Thanks.
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Originally Posted by ryeandi View Post

Need machine to:

1) Act as a WMC HTPC serving live TV (Ceton PCI), recorded TV, ripped DVDs, and music directly to one TV and to extenders (Echos when released) at 2 others.
2) Function as a central repository for other important files not necessarily entertainment related.
3) Provide redundancy for the files stored (thinking RAID 5 w/ hot spare).

Settled on an i3-2120 for CPU and graphics (thanks zon2020 and assassin). Want to keep power use to a minimum. Also trying to keep the motherboard price down (under $100). I'll probably end up with 5 drives (1 small SSD for OS and very few programs, 4 HDDs in RAID5). My machine is tucked away right now and I'd like to keep my new build in one box (don't want a NAS/MB can be full ATX). Any recommendations on a MB that will do what I need?

Thanks.

Have you considered software RAID for your HTPC?
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Have you considered software RAID for your HTPC?

Does Windows 7 Ultimate do RAID 5? What are my options with software RAID? I would love a redundancy solution that has features offered in the some of the shelf bought NASs (expandability, different sized drives, etc.) but don't want to drop $300+ on one. To me $300 = 6TB of drives. Plus, I've set up a "node-zero" and am running the video over HDMI-CAT6 extenders from there. The area is pretty small and I'd like to keep all my drives in the HTPC box.
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Originally Posted by ryeandi View Post

Does Windows 7 Ultimate do RAID 5? What are my options with software RAID? I would love a redundancy solution that has features offered in the some of the shelf bought NASs (expandability, different sized drives, etc.) but don't want to drop $300+ on one. To me $300 = 6TB of drives. Plus, I've set up a "node-zero" and am running the video over HDMI-CAT6 extenders from there. The area is pretty small and I'd like to keep all my drives in the HTPC box.

Look at software additions to Windows 7 (or WHS 2011).

Flexraid and Snapraid are two worth looking into. I have guides for both if interested.
post #5 of 12
is flexraid the only one that can use an empty or full drive?

Also- seems like flexraid has a faster transfer speed? Yes?
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

is flexraid the only one that can use an empty or full drive?

Also- seems like flexraid has a faster transfer speed? Yes?

Snapraid can as well.
post #7 of 12
How does it compare to hardware RAID5 from a throughput standpoint?
post #8 of 12
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How does it compare to hardware RAID5 from a throughput standpoint?

What do you mean by throughput?
post #9 of 12
Software based RAID5 usually has horrible write speeds. Just curious how Flexraid is.
post #10 of 12
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Software based RAID5 usually has horrible write speeds. Just curious how Flexraid is.

You mean "horrible" speeds like these?

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...9#post22082169

Plenty for HTPC applications and has many perks that are relevant to HTPC compared to hardware RAID.
post #11 of 12
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Have you considered software RAID for your HTPC?
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Look at software additions to Windows 7 (or WHS 2011).
Flexraid and Snapraid are two worth looking into. I have guides for both if interested.

I spent the morning looking over the two. I've been leaning toward hardware RAID as it's always been my understanding that it was the way to go, but software RAID seems to be gaining ground in performance and can't be beat for cost; especially given a home user's budget. I'm giving serious consideration Flexraid though it seems to me that software RAID should be an integrated function of the OS.

On the motherboard side of my question, any old 1155 board with HDMI and 6 SATA ports work then? This is my first build specifically focused on home theatre, media storage, and redundancy. Since the machine will be stored in a closet and I’m not really concerned about shoving it into a little box, are there any specific motherboard features I should be looking for from HTPC perspective?
post #12 of 12
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Just ordered a Biostar B75 board for $53.99. Seems like a good LGA1155 board for a HTPC with enough SATA ports to do what I'm looking for.
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