gurus, I'm not far from building my first core and at least two MDs. I'm keeping my eye on the v8 MCE, but no news posted in almost 2 months. I could wait if 8's getting close, otherwise I'll go to 710. Some strategery from you would be most welcome, I don't want to build this thing twice in a short period of time.
I think you'll end up building it a couple times anyway, as it's a lot to take it in and will likely require a few runs at it the first time anyway.
So given that though, I'd go ahead and use the single layer 7.10RC2 DVD and start learning.