@OzoneNZ , thanks, that's a very generous offer.
I'm near Auckland, in Pukekohe.
I see the card in the link you gave me is in China??
So could be a risk freight-wise at the moment?
I think the only risk is shipping delays, me and my partner have had several packages from China turn up during lockdown but obviously the couriers are running quite behind at the moment.
Chinese vendors on eBay are probably the biggest sellers of recycled server hardware hence the low prices but nothing to be concerned about otherwise. That particular LSI card is originally used in IBM servers hence the IBM branding. The firmware flashing process involves flashing un-branded LSI firmware to turn it back into a normal SAS/SATA card.
I ordered my card from a Chinese seller back in 2018 and chose expedited shipping over the free shipping option, took about 5 business days to get here.
Anyway just food for thought! I had an el-cheapo SATA expansion card from PB Tech prior to the LSI card and would say the LSI card is leaps and bounds better - it's properly proven enterprise-grade stuff, guaranteed to not mess with S.M.A.R.T information from your drives, no dodgy RAID implementations etc. like cheaper cards. Also has very wide driver support across different operating systems, VMware ESXi, FreeNAS, Unraid to name a few.
Not sure if it's important to you but they also do SATA 3 (6 Gb/s) so you'll get good speeds even if you add SSDs to your drive pool.
EDIT: forgot to say, I'm on the North shore - so not too far away