Thanks for replying, eventually the goal is a rather potent server. It will serve files both on the LAN and via internet. Because of picture gallery software it will run mySQL/Apache/lighttpd. It will probably end up running squid as well. The plan is to, eventually, use RAID10 (as you mention) + lwm, this seems a superior solution from the articles I've read around the net. Today I run sql/web server and samba on a laptop with 192MB of RAM
Great for low power/space, not so great for heavy loads.
Budget is roughly 5000NOK = approx. 850USD, complete with wife approval
I already have a E8400 cpu and a asus p5k-e motherboard with 4gb ram + plenty of fans, so budget is mainly about hdd's
EDIT:: From what I have read ssd's seems to be potential trouble unless running kernel 2.6.33. I have no problem with compiling my own kernel, but I want everything on a server to be from stable repositories. So I'm thinking maybe have 4 regular sata-disks with each disk having 2 partitions. One smaller partition for RAID10 for the / filessystem, except for /home and /var that will be on the bigger array. When it comes to regular sata-disks, is there anything in particular I should be careful about when choosing harddrives for RAID10 ?
Interested in 4 of these (info in Norwegian, but numbers are international..):