I'm very interested in the parts for building a home server as you guys built in the Nov issue. However i have two questions:
1. The power supply, i checked the web and found 3 different ones from Rosewill RP550-2 & RP550V2-D-SL & RP550V2-S-SL. I'm not sure of the difference between the 3 but the price is $49 - 69.99. i did a compair on the three but still couldn't tell much different, one had 2 smalller fans, 1 had 1 bigger fan, but nothing huge that i could tell the difference on - especially for $20 difference.
also you said the system will support up to 6 sata drives but i'm seeing that all 3 of these power supplies all have 4 sata power connectors. so how can you plug up to 6 sata drives when there is only 4 sata power connections?
2. The memory, i know ddr2 but there are different types still even for ddr2 800. i found this kit at newegg: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail for about $25 more and you get twice the amount of RAM
this should probably be split, but I'll go ahead and help you out. First, you don't have to use a Rosewill PSU, nor a 550W, its just what they happened to use. a server with integrated won't really pull much of anything, getting a cheaper SeaSonic PSU or other reliable brand (don't mean to criticize MaxPC, but I haven't had the best experiences with Rosewill quality), such as this SeaSonic 300W
. That'll be plenty of power for a server. also, as for SATA power connections, drives don't pull enough power to make using a Y-adapter to get the extra connectors a problem.
As for RAM, what matters is you want a heat spreader to prolong the RAM's life, and then just get the best deal. You can even get slower DDR2 667 and be just fine. For a server, if you're not running VM's and such, you can just get 2GB of RAM and save the cash.
hope that helps.