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Motherboards AMD miniITX boards

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Booti, 15 Feb 2013.

  1. Booti

    Booti Member

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    I am after some advice on a miniITX board for my file / print /media server.
    At the moment i have an old ATOM board installed in a Fractal R2 mini NAS case (so i am limited to a 350W PSU, without upgrading the that as well)
    I am running 4 hard drives

    I have been considering upgrading to something like an AMD A4 5300 FM2 chip to give the box a little more poke (doing file conversions etc), but i cannot find a miniITX FM2 board for sale anywhere (everywhere is out of stock)

    My other alternative was a i3 chip, but the boards and chips make that solution way more expensive.

    Any recommendation to companies selling AMD boards please, or a different solution?
    (I have also considered a HP microserver, but i cannot find any reviews that tell me how much faster the N40L (or the newer N52) chip is over my current ATOM)

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Booti

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    Another question i have just thought of.
    I am currently running Vista on the server as i had spare copy.
    Would i see any improvement if i switched to Microsoft HomeServer?
     
  3. IvanIvanovich

    IvanIvanovich будет глотать вашу душу.

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    You could go for a Celeron or Pentium CPU and save quite a bit of money there. Performance is just as good in most purposes as an i3. I have H67 with a G620 for my server. It does what I need it to.

    If you want to keep your current set up and get more performance, have you considered using linux or bsd instead of Windows? Using a much lighter os would certainly be of a benefit.
     
  4. atc95

    atc95 I have the upgrade bug!

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    MSI do a fm2 mini itx board, its called a msi-fm2-a75-is e53, can't link on my phone. It is available in the UK at scan and there is also a fm2 mini itx board by Asrock.
     
  5. Booti

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    Thanks for the input.
    Im not good with Linux and too be honest just need it to work (i have a Raspberry Pi to play with Linux when i get 10 minutes)
    Ill certainly look at the Celeron / Pentium. Forgot about those

    I have searched for the MSI board and the AS Rock, but they appear to be out of stock, which is the issue i have.
     
  6. lancer778544

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