Due to increasing amount of my media being stored in HD formats I am thinking about building a file server and would like to know if any of you have previous experience. Ideally I would like around 10tb of storage to start with, but may expand in future. The server would primarily be used as a headless PVR/file share, most likely with either XBMC installed.
So I am thinking about running 5 or so 2tb drives in a RAID 1 array, but I want advice on what sort of controller/cpu/ram I would require. Would it be best to go for a dedicated raid card or would onboard suffice? I don't really have anything in the pipeline as yet so am completely open to suggestions.
Budget of around $1500 though could be flexible....