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Master Geek

# 100555 13-Apr-2012 12:09
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Hi there, I've been running an Unraid server for a while and now have about 10Tb of space in it, so very pleased. It's a great cheap solution and seems pretty resilient (even for a total Linux noob like me)

But I'm having some stability problems and am now considering upgrading the motherboard etc to something modern and solid. Problem is I've been reading their recommended hardware list and simply can't find any of their recommendations for sale locally here in NZ.

Does anyone else use this and if so do you recommend any (locally available!) and hopefully not too expensive options? I'm feeling somewhat baffled by it all, and it seems their compatibility list is somewhat outdated and doesn't seem to have many modern motherboards on it.. or am I missing something?

Any help would be appreciated otherwise I'm probably going to have to chance it and just buy something and hope it works (which fills me with a sense of utter dread!)


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Ultimate Geek

  # 608744 13-Apr-2012 13:06
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I'm currently deciding to build a new NAS box with either unRAID or WHS 2011.  unRAID is winning the battle so far and I'll probably buy the parts within the next few weeks.  Like you I also couldn't find compatible hardware suggestions here in NZ.

So for my build I'm planning to go with a Sempron 145 CPU and either the ASUS M5A88-M motherboard:

or the ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS:

From what I have read in the unRAID forums a lot of problems occur with motherboards that have an onboard Realtek 8111E NIC.  So to avoid this I'm going with this Ethernet adapter: 

Apparently the Realtek 8111E NIC does work with the unRAID 5.0b13 beta and above so I might try it before purchasing a separate card.

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