I have been poking around for awhile and finally finished my build! I really appreciate all the information Ian has put together (possibly because nothing was out there!!!) here.
I have had trouble with Lucid so I stepped up to the Natty (11.04) so my network port would work, as well as system crashing after some tweaking. Reloaded several times.
My specs, for what its worth, are as follows, all purchased from NewEgg.com
Case: NORCO|RPC-450B (10 drive capacity)
Motherboard: INTEL|BOXDH61BEB3 H61 LGA1155 R
Power Supply: ROSEWILL|RG700-S12 700W RT
CPU: INTEL|CORE I3 2100 3.1G 3M R
Memory: 2Gx2|GSKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Drives: 60GB SSD for OS 1TBx5 Seagate for data
I already had the hard drives so the build was under $400
This has been a fun, hard, educational, steep learning curve! Now, just to get it fine tuned ;(