like so many others i am building a new system. i would like to have comments and advice.
case : shuttle sn27p2
cpu : am2 x2 4600+ ee
ram : g.skill pc6400 hz (4-4-4-12)
system disk : wd raptor 150 go
data disk : seagate 7200.10 320 go
graphics card : xfx geforce 7900 gt xt + zalman vf-900cu
burner : plextor px-750a
i have been thinking a lot about a raid 1 system as well to improve the security of my data. my search through the forums has almost lead me to abandon the idea.
Maybe I'm overlooking it, but have you selected a motherboard? Personally I am going with the M2N-E by ASUS. I have also selected that G.Skill memory and I am praying it will be compatible. I emailed G.Skill tech support and they said it is, but I'm still leary with all the problems I read about between AM2 and DDR2.
Ph, the Shuttle barebones come with a case, PS, and motherboard all designed for each other. I'd be a little worried about having enough power for everything (including the gfx), and also about heat, with 2 hard drives + optical along with a hot video card and fast processor (I'm not familiar with this model Shuttle, maybe it's OK).
Power won't be a problem. The Shuttle PSUs are extremely efficient, and their 400Watt PSU with the SN27P2 will be absolutely fine.
If you're concerned, you can just e-mail them fromtheir contacts page. I did so regarding the new 300Watt DX10 cards that are planned to come out next year, and they said that their 400Watt PSU's will be fine handling that + a C2D/AMD x2 + hard Drive and Optical Drive.