Over a year ago I came to this forum looking for help on a PC build, like many others, and I got it. Just wanted to share the build that has worked out for me for over a year with anyone out there that may be looking to build for themselves. A big thanks to Harm Millaard for his help with this process.
It has performed well and has been very stable. I do not overclock. There are some short comings as well. Below is the parts list and a couple of images. Overall, I love my PC! Shortcomings included, from the very beginning - issues with the usage of the USB3.0 ports. USB3.0 had connection issues for awhile where my external drives would not connect or remain connected. I believe this issue was caused by drivers and inattention by ASUS in updating the drivers/bios. Since then the issues have been fixed. I've updated the drivers numerous times as well as the bios. I hated ASUS for these needless issues in the beginning and cursed them for sure.
Another potential issue with my build are the dual raid0 drives, they are lightning fast, but as everyone knows if you are going to use raid0 you need to backup as you work. I use 2x 3TB USB 3.0 external drives for backup, so I don't mind this -- I just want the speed, but it may be for someone else.
What I'd like to do as prices keep coming down is replace my OS drive with a 500GB SSD, and also replace the 4x RAID0 drives with either 2x SSD in normal config OR 4X SSDs in RAID0. I'd have to do some research, because I suspect with their speed - it may not be necessary to use SSD drives in RAID0. It will also make the difference between buying 2x or 4x drives...
Another upgrade I'm planning that I wish I just made up front is replacing the CPU with the i7 3930, as was suggested to me in the beginning. The windows experience rates everything at a 7.9 except for the processor at 7.7, not sure how much weight that holds - but it makes sense that it's the slowest link in the chain.
The only other issue I've had, more so in the past and much less often after my recent BIOS update is that this PC will sometimes not want to come out of standby. It used to happen fairly regularly, but as I said, it is rarer now. I blame ASUS for this as well and I've read several others having this issue. I've applied all the recommended fixes and found that many just shut down instead of using standby.
Overall, I love the machine. Can hardly stand to work on a slower PC and now that I'm used to the speed I just want it to be faster. Bad, and expensive habit... Here are the details:
PC Build Parts List:
OS: Windows 7
Drive Config: 1=Operating system, 2x1TB=RAID0, 2x1TB=RAID0 (Backup will be to dual 3TB External Drives)
Case Speaker: APEVIA Model CVTCSPK 2" Case speaker
USB 3.0 BackUp/Export Drives: Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 Black Desktop Hard Drive STBV3000100
Extra Case Fan: Rosewill ROCF-11003 Hyperborea 140mm Case Fan
Drives are being used as follows:
SSD- C:\ - OS
2 x 1TG in RAID 0 as E:\ for Media, Projects
2 x 1TB in RAID 0 as F:\ for Export, Previews, Media Cache
2 x 3TB USB3.0 External for Backup and Storage