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Old March 23, 2013, 03:51 PM
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Wow, thanks for all the good info guys! The 9260 seems like the way to go. Although a NAS might be a good solution as well, I will have to give it some thought!

As for 1155 support for these cards, the problem is the UFEI bios. I've setup a system with the 9240 and an 1155 board (P8H77 series, I think) running without issue. But it take a bit of setup to get working properly. The system is running Small Business Server 2012, which meant UEFI Secure Boot had to be enabled, the trick is that in one of the settings you have to enable Legacy boot for specific add in cards, after that it should work alongside UEFI without issue.
Of course, the other solution is to use a non-UEFI OS and no use UEFI boot
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Old March 24, 2013, 04:51 AM
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I was recently in the same boat. What I decided to do was buy a used dell poweredge 2950 III server for $300. It had dual quad core xeons 16gig of ram and came with 2 300g 15k sas drives. It also had a Perc 6i raid card. I then added 3 wd red 2tb drives in raid 5 and will add another when the funds are available.

This server is loud but it is in my basement so no one can even here it.
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Old March 24, 2013, 09:35 PM
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Wow, thanks for all the good info guys! The 9260 seems like the way to go. Although a NAS might be a good solution as well, I will have to give it some thought!

As for 1155 support for these cards, the problem is the UFEI bios. I've setup a system with the 9240 and an 1155 board (P8H77 series, I think) running without issue. But it take a bit of setup to get working properly. The system is running Small Business Server 2012, which meant UEFI Secure Boot had to be enabled, the trick is that in one of the settings you have to enable Legacy boot for specific add in cards, after that it should work alongside UEFI without issue.
Of course, the other solution is to use a non-UEFI OS and no use UEFI boot
Yup, I screwed around with my setup for a long time before I realized that it just wouldn't work with uefi even in legacy mode until I updated the raid card firmware.
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Old March 24, 2013, 10:47 PM
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Wow, thanks for all the good info guys! The 9260 seems like the way to go. Although a NAS might be a good solution as well, I will have to give it some thought!

As for 1155 support for these cards, the problem is the UFEI bios. I've setup a system with the 9240 and an 1155 board (P8H77 series, I think) running without issue. But it take a bit of setup to get working properly. The system is running Small Business Server 2012, which meant UEFI Secure Boot had to be enabled, the trick is that in one of the settings you have to enable Legacy boot for specific add in cards, after that it should work alongside UEFI without issue.
Of course, the other solution is to use a non-UEFI OS and no use UEFI boot
The 9211-8i of mine works like a dream in my P8H77-I. It worked in pretty much any combination of settings in the bios and every combination of firmware/bios on the 9211-8i. Now the Gigabyte wouldn't work in any combination of bios setting and RAID bios.

EDIT: You may want to checkout FreeNAS if this is going to be a dedicated file server. RAID-Z + ZFS should be a better solution than RAID5. You could also grab an IBM M1015 from ebay for about $125 shipped. They are a perfect card for FreeNAS, especially in IT mode.
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