Motherboard Replacement Recommendations

I have an ASUS Motherboard M4N72-E with 4 1TB sata drives.  I'm looking to upgrade this motherboard to something that supports Server 2012 64 bit standard.  Can someone recommend something?
WellingtonISAsked:
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Trenton KnewOwner / Computer WhispererCommented:
Why won't that board do it?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Near as I can tell, that board supports 2012.
WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
Well I looked it up on the website of ASUS and there's no drivers for it. This model only supports up to server 2003.   When you try to install server 2012 64 bit it errors out.  Hardware issue doesn't say what and will not install.
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Trenton KnewOwner / Computer WhispererCommented:
Is there any error code?  (an 0x number?)
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If a 64 bit OS installs at all, then it's capable of running 2012.  Don't expect Asus to support or give much support to an OS that was not intended to run on a consumer level board.  Windows 8 x64 drivers should work.

If you really want to upgrade, you can, but you're basically building a new computer - you're not going to find many boards with DDR2 RAM support (if ANY).  So you need new RAM, likely new CPU, new motherboard... what's left?  (I don't count hard drives and graphics cards).
WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
Understood but that board is over 5 years old already and perhaps an upgrade would be the best thing
Trenton KnewOwner / Computer WhispererCommented:
then I would suggest as Lee mentioned, just buying a new server.
rindiCommented:
If 2012 won't take the windows 8 drivers, and if you mainly use this for doing some testing, I'd suggest you install 2012 within your current OS as a VM using the free VirtualBox hypervisor. As long as you have enough RAM that should work fine.
WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
I think the new server option is most likely the way we are going to go
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
You need a new motherboard and cpu and ram.. The newer requirements might also involve a new power supply.  I'm guessing that you don't already use RAID if you do then you have to backup all of your data (backups are always a good idea and usually a neglected item).. So you are left with purchasing a new server . you can stay with AMD cpu's or cross over to Intel .. AMD have given up on the raw speed and die size wars and instead offer more cores instead. My standard recommendation is to buy the best you can afford and give yourself a lot of growth room. This way you're total cost will be lower than having to upsize more frequently.  Many customers just lease their servers and every 3 years upgrade to the latest and the greatest at the 3 year point. There are tax implications that one must take into consideration. If you've had a spectacular year buying will reduce your taxation as it follows the depreciation rules.  Only your accountants can tell you whether or not to buy or lease and which works out for the company to be the best option at this date.  Your cash flow will also determine which is the better option..
nobusCommented:
is this server running raid?  this will influence your options also
or is it 1 drive for OS, and others for Data?
if you are running raid - i suggest either to buy a real raid controller, or use software raid; don't use onboard raid aka Fake Raid.
WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
No it has 3 - 1tb sata drives.
nobusCommented:
here a server 2012 compatible list of mobo's :  http://event.asus.com/2013/server/windows_server_2012/

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WellingtonISAuthor Commented:
thanks for the information
nobusCommented:
enjoy!
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