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  • I have a different take on the best MOBO and case. I would figure that I might have to go into the case a number times during the life of the home server and add or replace drives.  So I would want a larger case with easy access and a motherboard that will last 5 to 7 years. Most of my personal computers have been outdated by 3 to 5 years in the life cycle. My choices for case and mobo are as follows:
    CASE: I am looking  at larger cases such as this one at directron. a full tower case.
    I can understand those who posted suggestions about a micro Atx Mobo and smaller case solutions. For many having another big computer box is a space issue. I guess it depends on your home environment.
    MOTHERBOARD: Tyan Tomcat S2865 http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813151155
    because  it had 2 x IDE ( 4devices) and SATA as well as 2x gigabit ethernet ports.
    I had a TYAN board previously that ran forever (7 years) I hope this one does the same.
    Does anyone have any web sites on real statistics of life of different brands of mobo rather  that hearsay and testimonials?
    Sunday, June 17, 2007 3:14 PM


  • I don't know of specific long term analysis of motherboard life. In my years of experience any motherboard from any manufactuer can fail in a month, a year, or several years. That said as you mentioned the Tyan is a good brand and if longevity is your biggest concern any of the boards targeted toward the workstation market will likely be the best for you to use. The Intel professional boards are also very good. Intel and Tyan also have very good repair/replacement in case of failure. Sorry I don't have anything exactly matching what you were looking for in lifestudies though.
    Monday, June 18, 2007 3:34 PM