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#1 +McCordRm

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 14:39

So no love in the HTPC forum.

 

What I need is a good mini-itx motherboard/CPU combo to run my

XBMC server. It needs to have (at least) 6 SATA connections. I don't

care if they are 3/6 since it won't make any difference when serving

media. But the six is important because it will have 6 WD Red drives

in it.

 

Some videos will be 3D, and all are 1080p, so the processor needs to

be able to handle that. Oh, and I would prefer it have Wireless capability

integrated. Thanks!

 

This is the case I went with:  http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811112339




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Posted 05 September 2013 - 14:48

You won't get 6 SATA ports with Mini-ITX. The least you could do is get a PCI-X SATA card.

 

Wireless: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813132028

 

Oop, nevermind, this one has 6 SATA ports: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157374



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 14:53

Yep... $170.

Thus, the reason I came to ask for other options.  :)

 

The system is ONLY powering my media center, so I wasn't sure if their were

any good all-in-one options like ION systems and the like. The multiple SATA 

connectors are the limiting factor here.



#4 Mindovermaster

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 15:00

Why didn't you post that in the first place? :rolleyes:

 

Just look on newegg, use the choices on the left, there is your answer.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 15:11

1. Because that's the Newegg price, and someone may know a cheaper

option, other places to get stuff.

 

2. That's still just one Motherboard. I don't like to limit suggestion options

by giving options. I'd rather hear what everyone else thinks/suggestions

based solely on my needs.



#6 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 15:16

I think that ASRock one might be the only one on the market with 6 SATA ports and internal Wi-fi.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 15:28

Actually, there is, Astra. http://www.tigerdire...6760&CatId=8586



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 20:23

How does this look?

 

Case: CASE LIANLI PC-Q25B
Motherboard: Zotac H87ITX-A-E
CPU: Intel Pentium G3220
Memory: Kingston HyperX XMP Blu Red Series 8GB
Power Supply: RAIDMAX | RX-735AP R



#9 Mindovermaster

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 20:41

Just like you said, where are you buying this? I thought RaidMax was a non-reputable brand. If you wanna go cheap, get a Antec Earthwatts.



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 20:50

I'm looking at Newegg since they seems to be the cheapest.

As for Raidmax, I've never had a problem with them.

 

Will this combo do what I want? (Minus the Sata, of course. The one's with 6 Sata ports are expensive.)



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 18:04

If you are looking for a Mini-ITX Motherboard with 6 Sata Ports take a loot at the Asus H87I-Plus



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 18:48

It doesn't have wifi onboard, Fractal.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 19:01

It doesn't have wifi onboard, Fractal.

 

You could buy one of those Little USB WiFi adapters or buy their Z87I-Deluxe.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 18:24

its a couple years old, but there are a few on Ebay still http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813500027

 

I used one of these in a NES PC build last year, handled XBMC, 1080p video, emulation up to PSX/N64 (PS2 worked but was choppy with a lot of games), has built in wifi, only 4 SATA slots, but its under $100 now.