i'm waiting until sometime around the end of september when all the new stuff starts hitting the market. this year will bring a radical change to the entire PC design and one that is long overdue. the ATX form factor is DEAD. the new BTX form factor will usher in the newer cooler, quieter, feature rich products.
i currently have a new Intel motherboard (D945GCZ) with onboard SATA Raid 0,1,10,5 that is whisper quiet when running. it is in an Antec BTX case that has the new "instant-on" technology. the MoBo has the 945 chipset, but the 955X chipset is the one to wait for.
when intels D955XBK with the 955X chipset arrives in abundance it will have support for 8-SATA drives. 4*SATA-300 (with 4*SATA-150 drives on a seperate chip. the SATA-300 controller will support RAID 0,1,10 and 5.
http://www17.tomshardware.com/motherboa ... 55-03.html
http://www.intel.com/design/chipsets/ma ... age_sb.htm
with the new BTX form factor and intels 955 chipset supporting RAID5 and matrix storage technology, there is an awesome offering for those of us with less money to spend and plans for a new theater server.