So, I currently have an old Q9550 running Linux with 8Gb ram and a 12Tb RAID array plus a 120Gb SSD for the OS. The RAID/SSD are fine and whilst upgrading the capacity of the RAID would be nice, not really viable at this time. However, the Q9550 is getting a bit long in the tooth. I could do with upgrading it. Graphics isn't important, this things is a file server, mainly for Plex (hence the RAID array), and the Q9550 gets a hammering on transcoding. My desktop is currently a Z170 + i7 6700K with 970, so whilst that could do with a upgrade (the 970 mostly) and more memory), the priority is the server for now. Is it worth looking around the old 61/71 chipsets and a lower spec cpu I'm wondering or better to get another Z170 board (or replace the Z170 board with a newer board that can still accept the 6700K and use the Z170 for the server with a cheapish quad core cpu of some description with the aim to upgrade later). miniITX/microATX are not really suitable, as min. of 6 SATA ports is required (whilst I could use a PCI-E SATA controller, Linux performance/support can be troublesome for some cards, so the Intel chips are generally a better bet IME) I have considered AMD/Ryzen, but I haven't really a clue of what is what with that tbh! Budget is tight unfortuately, so I can't go out and buy a board, chip and memory in one go sadly. So it'll have to be a gradual thing collecting parts. Any suggestions?