I am about to embark on my first real computer build, and I was hoping some people wouldn't mind checking out my parts list for me. The goal is a high-capacity RAID1, but otherwise bare-bones network home file server, hopefully for around $500. It will only serve a couple PCs at the most at any one time. The drive capacity, RAID, and cost are the most important factors to me. Secondary considerations would be something that runs somewhat cool, quiet and with low power usage. I reason that since the sole purpose of this machine is a file server, I can scrimp on the typical performance features in order to keep cost down. Here's my list (all prices are before tax, shipping, and rebate)...
ECS GF6100-M754 (Micro ATX, Athlon 3200, 512 MB RAM)
$84 (really a sweet deal with a $20 rebate right?)
MASSCOOL 5F263B1M3 80mm Ball CPU Cooler
APEX TX-346 ATX Mini Tower
(I'll probably order this from Amazon instead since it's cheaper with free shipping)
(The case comes with one, but its probably not very good)
Rosewill RV350-2 350W ATX 2.2
Western Digital Caviar GP WD10EACS 1TB 5400 to 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
$170 X 2
TRENDnet TE100-PCIWN 10/ 20/ 100/ 200Mbps PCI Ethernet Adapter 1 x RJ45
As far as I can tell, the motherboard has all I need for RAID1 (two SATAII ports). Any thoughts and advice would be much appreciated. Thank you all in advance for your time.