LOL, no worries. I just started reading these forums earlier this month and thought the 5.0 thread was brand new, not realizing it was a year ago. Sorry for the belated nudge on the unfinished part.
My experience with tinkering with computer hardware so far does not go beyond upgrading ram and replacing the occasional hard drive with an ssd, so prebuilt is probably the way to go for me. This server actually is intended for my parents house eventually so we can do some offsite backups. If I can, I would like to get a tower server with 8(ish) bays or so since we would be sharing the storage space somewhat between two households. Also the hotswap is preferable to me since I am used to that with my own server and it would be convenient if I have to go over there and add or replace drives.
The used T320 caught my eye, but after looking into it a little more I see that it is a socket 1156 which puts it at NAS Killer 1.0 level… certainly very capable for our needs but I was wondering if there are better prebuilt options at a pricepoint that makes sense.