Thank you duff99 for the input. It is well received.
A couple of notes. I'm not dead set on mITX, but like the SFF it offers. The MB and Prodigy give me the ports and bays I need.
I wanted a CPU with enough horsepower as there are some post-processing actions that occur on the recordings:
- Commercial skipping
- Transcoding / compression
In my current PVR I have a QX6700 that has proven that it's not up to the task. I get a lot of performance issues when trying to record or view while the commercial skipping is working, so I turned that option off. I haven't even tried doing transcoding/compression namely for that reason. I may also install Plex or some other media server software, possibly even switch to NextPVR from BTV. Not sure yet, I may just keep it a dedicated PVR.
As far as RAID 0, I understand the risk of losing data and I was only considering that with a RAID 0 eSATA storage as a backup or possibly a NAS. Technically no different than having 1 drive for recording and another for backup.
Because of the post-processing, I wanted to make sure the CPU was kept cool. Although the PC will be in another room away from the TV, silence is still key. Not sure if upgrading to H100 would be more silent or not. Though I'm certainly open to suggestions on silent coolers.
Not that it was mentioned, but there's no need for a dedicated video card as this is a server only. I have extenders on the TVs for viewing. Unless the GPU is best suited for the tasks of commercial skipping and transcoding, then I would only need one capable of those tasks and obviously not "top-of-the-line".