Am I using MrMalty wrong? I put in my OG or 1.104, type as ale, volume as 5.00 gallons, production date as 2/2/2011 for an 87% viability rate. Liquid yeast, intermittent shaking, default growth factor. It gives me 348 billion yeast cells needed, 4 slap packs needed without a starter, 2 slap packs needed with a starter, starter volume of 1.91 liters.
Also, I bought a quality $11 gallon glass jug of some really top shelf wine, which was promptly donated to the kitchen sink. I would imagine that would be sufficient for most of my starter needs!