Yeah that's the one I contacted the seller and they can provide rails (40$) and the chassis without the motherboard (didn't discuss how much off for that). Just wondering if there is a big difference in single port expander vs dual port expander?you're talking this unit? Supermicro SC846E16 R1200B X8DTE F BAREBONES 24 Bay 4U Server | eBay
That should have 2 1200watt PSUs, the seller lists 900watt units which might mean the fans are louder, it doesnt include rails..if it's like my sc836 then rails are required unless you put it on a shelf.
Thank you for the reply. I currently have 20 drives running off of a Supermicro X9DR7-LN4F (LSI 2308) and a RES2SV240 inside of a full size Lian tower. I'm looking to obviously replace the full tower with something more functional for when I actually need to replace drives or add more. I did get a confirmation over email that the expander is the SAS2-846EL1. I'm assuming 300 + shipping for that configuration isn't a bad deal? Sorry for thread jacking.You will probably have little need for the dual-expander (vs the single-expander). It is of most use when putting together High-Availability clusters using dual-port SAS drives. I'll wager that is not your use case - and for you the single-expander is just fine.
What is more important (vital, really) is that you make sure you are getting the SAS2 expander and not the older SAS version. There is nothing in that listing to confirm that this is the SAS2-EL1. If the seller can confirm that then you should be OK.