Originally Posted by Cheshire4
CPU : i7
Motherboard : something reliable
Heatsink/Fan : thermaltake heatsink + pwm fans (low sound)
Video Card : one for now, expandability via SLI / other in the future
Sound Card : integrated is fine
RAM : DDR3 preferrable, I dont know the performance expectations
Hard Drive : Have 8x 3.5" Barracude 500GB, may need a RAID card
Case : something quiet (Lian Li v1100?)
Power Supply : Modular
CD/DVD burner : yes
Floppy (optional) : no
Operating System : many! (not an issue)
Ethernet card : 1000MB min
What RAID card(s) you need depend on what array(s) you have and what level you choose for each, as well as details like whether you need to boot to one of the arrays.
Looks like neither the Lian Li 1100 and the obsidian support 8 HDDs, you may need to look into a mid-priced pedestal server case or a "normal" full tower with added HDD support.