And not to break subject, but im back at what type of core to build, or buy, as that will be coming first...I've looked at a few pre-packaged boxes, but there always seems to be something lacking. The core will be housed in a closet in the middle of the house, and truly just be a dedicated slave box to serve the MD's., so im not so prone to buy the best video card for it, im more concerned with it's ability to serve all the functions of LinuxMCE at this point. And im taking the advice and looking to setup NAS for media storage and keep this out of the Core completely. I know there is a push at this point to make a clean core install and i've been taking notes from the forum on what to watch out with the first installation, and for my purposes, it seems like once I get to that point that the DVD install will work fine, as there will be nothing on the harddrive. My question is, based off of just these parameters, are there any suggestions for a "off the shelf" box that i can use as a core? Everything i see that has a i-7 chip, seems to over the top in other areas (graphics card, sound...etc.)?
I have been following your progress and I'm also at the point of deciding what type of dedicated core to build so I am curious to see the recommendations. I have not yet decided if I will do a NAS. Won't that increase the cost rather significantly? I'm also toying with rack-mounting as much as possible (core, switch, UPS, power strip, patch panel, multi channel amplifier). It would make the setup extremely clean but it would also significantly increase cost. It looks like I'm on a slippery slope. I started out planning on just using an old PC as a core.