I fully Agree you can have a killer Nas on a X9 boards and not kill the pocket book! if you would take that $300-$700 and get a better Chassis or more Drivers. I think this is a better option then X10/X11route. As that at min is $300-$700 More, just for Cpu/MBoard/Memory and a gain of maybe 10%-15% in performance and efficiency is just not worth it. Good wright up dude!