Probably better to stick with a single thread.
Please note this parts-list is tentative. I'm still trying to iron out the wrinkles, trim the fat, make sure there are no incompatibilities, and ensure this build will run all (or most) of the legacy distro releases I want to test drive.
Phenom II X6 1055T (95W)
MOTHERBOARD- in order of preference:
MEMORY- Depends on board chosen, but I want the high end sort, and to fill all DIMM sockets...if anyone wants to recommend memory modules for the five boards above, please do!
NIC CARD- in order of preference:
Intel EXPI9301CTBLK PRO/1000
Asus Xonar D2
Either Geforce 6800GS or 6800GT (PCIe x16, 256 to 512MB)
VIDEO CAPTURE CARD- Must include 'framegrabber' function.
No idea! Suggestions welcomed for PCI or PCIe card type.
SATA DVD (3Gb/s) BURNER- I'm considering Plextor PX-880SA, but welcome suggestions, just no Sony brand.
SATA HARD DISC DRIVE- SATA 3Gb/s & 750GB required. Maybe:
SATA HDD MOBILE RACKS- Maybe:
5.25" BAY DEVICE-
Lian Li BZ-UO1
EXTERNAL HDD DOCKING STATION- For making backups. Prefer eSATA or firewire
FLOPPY DRIVE- For internal floppy drive connector.
PCI/PCIe EXPANSION CARDS- Depends on motherboard chosen, and which chips Linux rejects, but will likely need at least eSATA and Firewire cards that work with Linux:
Startech PEX1394B3 Firewire PCIE Card
LCD MONITOR- Require 1024x768. No touchscreen.
WIRED ROUTER- Require NAT & SPI;gigabit WAN.
TP Link TL-R600VPN
Cisco Linksys RVS-4000
UPS- It must cover minimum 675W, and have quiet operation.
APC BR1500 LCD
MEMORY CARD READER-
Plugable Technologies Plugable 2.0
Canon Canoscan LIDE 30
COLOR INKJET PRINTER- Require each color to have separately replaceable ink cartridge; above average color graphics & photo print quality, & easy Linux setup. Much prefer single-function printers.
HP Officejet Pro 800 Enterprise
" " 6000 Wireless Printer
MONOCHROME LASER PRINTER- Require double sided printing (auto-duplex), use reasonably priced toner, have above average text print quality. Single-function printers much preferred.
HP Laserjet Pro 400 M401DN
" " " " M401DNE
" " " P1606DN
Xerox Phaser 3250
* These components are already decided on, so its very unlikely I'll change them.