Anyway, I've put together a list of what I'd like to put into my Core system, and would like some feedback.
Case: SUPERMICRO CSE-833T-550B - its a 3U rackmount with 8 hotswappable SATA bays in front.
Mobo: ASUS P5KPL-VM
Processor: Intel Core2Duo E8400 3.0GHz
RAM: 1GB Corsair CM2x1024-6400C4 (I got a free extra stick when I sent in an RMA, made my day!)
2nd NIC: Intel PWLA8391GT
RAID Controller: 3Ware 9650SE-8LPML
HDDs: 4x Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3500320NS 500GB configured in RAID-5
DVD Drive: ASUS DVD-E616A3T
Bluray Drive: LITE-ON DH-4O1S
The only thing I think I'm missing is a video capture card, which I have another thread asking about. Any suggestions would be wonderful - looking for a good HDTV capture card that does QAM and NTSC well.
I'd love any feedback that people have. A couple things to mention - I'm getting such a big case to add a 2nd RAID array at a later date (also the reason for the 8 port instead of 4 port RAID controller). This will be a Core only and not used for viewing. It will also be doubling as a home file server. I hope to be able to capture 2 video streams at a time as well as hopefully watch something.
Thoughts? Critique? Suggestions? Yea-go-for-its? Any hardware that won't work with MCE?
I've got a bit to work on everything, have to wait for my tax refund and stimulus check
EDIT: a link to my newegg wish list containing everything. https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.asp?ID=10944307