Same here. It's not any specific game, it's pretty much *any* game. If I want to run Deus Covert Ops VI: Metal Edition on release day, chances are I'd have to boot to windows. I have linux partitions on all of my systems and run linux everywhere I can (media server, xbmc, etc) but when it comes down to which partition to boot into - Windows usually wins simply on the off-chance that I might want to play a game and don't feel like rebooting every time that happens.
Specalized tools are necessary to remove half of the front end and 1/3 of the engine to change the frickin' oil.
Desktop or Server ram? Because server ram is generally ECC and cannot be used in desktops.
I'm doing about the same thing, though my overall capacity is much lower due to the fact that I haven't been able to upgrade my 5 750gb drives in a few years. However I went to an external enclosure (Venus T5 from Newegg) and raid5. If the box is in the house, yeah I can see how you might not want an external enclosure next to the tv. However, once you stick it in the garage, that becomes moot. Who cares what it looks like in the garage? Run some cat6 to it, put a gigabit switch on the network (or 2 or 5) and enjoy having a nice, quiet living room. I'm using boxee boxes as the media frontends - one actual dlink box and a pc running ubuntu and boxee.
I personally hope HD prices start to drop sometime soon, I'd REALLY like to upgrade those drives but can't justify the prices right now for the size I'd like (at least 2TB).
Boxee for the frontend, Giganews for newsgroups, Newzbin to grab the news feeds, and Sickbeard to grab the shows I watch and update Boxee automatically. Works FABULOUSLY, and it's only about $30/mo for the Giganews subscription.
Do you REALLY want to be tied to xXxcockxhungryxXx@aol.com for the rest of your life?
"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982