Hello, I've never built a Tower before but am going whole hog into a server/HTPC combo, with 8 sata drives. My goal is to have at least 10 TBs of backed up and useable space, and to play 20gb bluray rips and battlefield 3 on medium settings at 1080p. I'm planning on using Windows 8's storage pooling for software RAID. I'm not sure if i will use RAID 1 or RAID 5 yet, but i'm sure that i want 8 trays for 3.5 HDDs. At the same time i'm trying to keep costs down. I'd like to get advice in case i'm missing something obvious with compatibility, wasting money on something, or if it doesn't make sense in any way. Approximate Purchase Date: next week Budget Range: $400-$800 without HDDs System Usage from Most to Least Important: file server, HTPC, gaming Are you buying a monitor: no OS: Windows 8 System builder, already purchased Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, but any is fine Location: Los Angeles California Parts Preferences: none Overclocking: no SLI or Crossfire: no Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 Here's the parts i've picked so far NZXT Source 220, $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811146083 ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77, comes with free CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3, $160 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157295 Intel Core i5-2500S, $155 http://starmicroinc.net/intel-core [...] -p-60.html ASUS EAH6670/DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6670, $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814121442 CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W, $140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139010 Samsung MMCRE28G5DXP 128GB 2.5-inch MLC Solid State SSD, $72 http://starmicroinc.net/samsung-mm [...] b6tbmjqn92 Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB, $128 each, x8 is $1024 http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.ph [...] DOvPAptTp0 StarTech BRACKET Metal 3.5" to 5.25" and IO Crest 2 Port SATA III PCI-Express x1 Card (to fit an extra 9th drive in the external bay), $20 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 7xdodnur7z http://www.amazon.com/Crest-Port-S [...] B005B0A6ZS Total before HDDs (before tax and shipping): $687 Total after all HDDs (before tax and shipping): $1711 Yeesh. It's definitely more than i was hoping, but i'll just start with less than 8 harddrives and expand later. I'll start with 4 HDDs, giving me 6 TBs at RAID 1: Total with 4 HDDs: $1199 So what do you think? Am i an idiot?