Well guys. Everyone's Input so far has help guide me along my decisions. I am open to any suggestions as far as how I should Handle and store my data. I am flexible. I'd spend up to $2000 to setup My core and storage system. My data is very important. Worth the investment.
I like to keep things simple. I think the best engineering practices have been the simplest solutions. I'm open to NAS,RAID...whatever.
Here's my intentions. maybe this will help with the suggestions:
I want to store my data in a central location in the house.
I want a "Storage" directory where all my personal documents/files etc reside.
I want a "Video" directory where all my DVD's are ripped to. (And T.V. show's stored)
I want an "Audio" directory where all my Music reside.
I want an directory for "sharing" (public uploads etc)
The Video directory will always tend to be twice as large as the Audio directory due to the size of DVD's and television shows.
I am making direct copies of my DVD's without compression.
I will be ripping my Audio Discs in the FLAC format.
I will have various PC's in the house. Some running wireless. All the PC's share data through the server.
The server has to be easily upgradable in size.
The server's data has to be able to be readable/writable from a windows or linux PC.
Data transfers have to be FAST. I want to be able to stream a DVD or 2 while downloading/uploading and talking on VOIP.
Here is what I currently have for equipment
Cpu:Intel Dual Core 6600"
2 Gigs RAM
Gigabyte GeForce 8600 GT (dual DVI)
2X 500 gb seagate drives
1X 320 gb seagate drives
Silverstone Grandia Case.
Linksys WRT54GL router
Here is what I want setup in my home:
PC1 hooked up to a large HDMI T.V. and 22" LCD Monitor
PC1 boots into LinuxMCE for media and general applications
PC1 also boots into Windows to work on Audio/Video Projects and anything else linux doesn't do.
PC1's Processor (6600) will be swapped into the Core Server.
I am purchasing a Quad Core to put into PC1.
So if you notice, my core system mobo needs to be Intel LG775 based so I can put my PC1 dual processor into it and put a new Quad-core into PC1.
I am in no rush to run out an buy all this equipment . I want to make the right purchasing decisions. I am by no means rich, so I have to stretch my dollars.
So what do you think?