OK so our house has been set-up with a basic PC network for the past couple of years. We have a central PC in the office, a couple of wireless laptops and a wired switch in the living room for the DVR, X-Box 360 (used as a media center), PS3, etc... This fall i decided to take the plunge into the world of Apple. I picked up an 27" I7 iMac which will replace our central office PC. I also picked up and iTV which will replace the X-Box 360 as a media center. I have been researching various technologies for the last month or so. I think that I have been able to define my general requirements and have even made decisions on the hardware that I have/intend to purchase. I would like some feedback on this setup as this is more advanced than what I am used to and I am a total newb with Apple products. My requirements are defined bellow 1. Setting up the iMac to be a fast and effecient app machine -running windows for previously owned engineering software -editing movies and photos -graphic design 2. Setting up a centralized NAS media server 3. Setting up a centralized NAS Back-Up server 4. Maximizing media sharing throughout the home/network. 1. I love to tinker and try to make things better. As well equiped as the I7 is I still have the urge to mod it. I picked up 4Gb additional RAM to bring it up to 8Gb. I also picked up an Intel INSSD160GB25 160GB X25-M SSD which I will replace the 1Tb HD with. This will be my boot/app drive. I Also picked up an external Firewire 800 HD case for the 1Tb drive. This will be directly connected to the iMac and be used as basically a data folder where everything is saved/dumped/pulled to and from the iMac. I am also planning on installing VM Fusion 3 and Windows 7. This seems logical but it doesn't seem like too many people are going this route. Is there any advantage to using bootcamp over VM Fusion or Parallels? I know that bootcamp doesn't even support windows 7. The Windows OS is mainly for my engineering/modeling software that I use daily. 2. Like most families we have a bunch of media and it's spread out over various computers. I would like to centralize this media and setup a NAS media server. The first step to this is to replace our wireless router/switch with an N-type Gigabyte wireless router. This is the unit that I am looking at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...t_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance For the NAS media server I have purchased an HP media server unit based on the recommendations of a software buddy of mine. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015313O8/ref=oss_T15_product I am planning on replacing the 500Gb HD with two 1Tb WD Green drives. 3. I have come to realize that all of our memories are digital and un-protected. I have come to the conclusion that for our home network the best method of redundancy is to have a dedicated back-up server. It's sole purpose will be to back-up HD's on the network. My logic was that it would be highly unlikely for the back-up drives and the primary drives to fail simultaneously. If one or the other were to fail I would be able to restore it from the other drive. The server that I am looking at is a 4-bay version of the media server from above. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t..._shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=A29PHU0KPCGV8S&v=glance I will put the 500Gb drive and two additional 1Tb WD Green drives into this server. My only question I guess is how the server will handle the odd sized drives but I don't think this should be an issue (maybe with raid?). 4. I picked up the 160Gb iTV that will be used as a media server to the Home theater. This will pull the media from the NAS media server over the gigabyte network. The last piece to the puzzle is a network printer. The printer I have has wireless capability. However, I am inclined to wire it to a print server to help with print speeds of high res photos. Also I won't have to keep a local computer always on to serve the printer. That's it in a nutshell. If you see any flaws to this set-up please speak your mind.