You want 32GB of ram. 16GB means 4GB sticks which you will likely want to replace at some point. 32GB means 8GB sticks and you will continue the investment if you upgrade to 64GB at some point. Do not use a parity raid on the onboard controller. Theya re very poor at that and the rebuild times are atrocious. Raid 10 is ok though it still performs better on a raid card. Beyond that the rest looks ok. I would suggest a 970GTX over the 770GTX though and the Micron M600 versus the previous gen Crucial M550. Crucial is the retail division of Micron and the M600 series drives have a far greater endurance rating.
Thank! I understand the memory and agree 32 is better than 16. I also agree with raid 10 - this is currently what I run on my current pc and it works well. As for the video card, I am using my old one until I determine the final cost of my new rig - I may buy it sooner than later - I will compare the specs of the two. Lastly, I was not aware of the Micron - I like crucial and will look into the M600.
Eric - Based on your feedback, I have researched the Micron M600 vs Crucial M550 and agree the M600 is a better drive. I believe I will change as this is the OEM drive. One question is that it appears as though it comes both self encrypting (SE) and non SE. The one I found is self encrypting. As this is a home PC, will this affect performance, or more importantly, if I have drive issues, will this not make data retrieval much more difficult or impossible? Should I stick strictly with non SE? I will not be running raid on this OS drive.
Second question, any recommendation on raid card? I believe I am heading that direction vs. on board.
With that i7-5820 being crippled on the PCIe lanes you may have a problem adding a RAID card. Consider an good SSD (probably faster than your 6 harddrives in RAID 10) for active projects and then fewer hard drives for individual archival.
Went with the i7-5930K instead. Spend a few more dollars now to get more potential. I will consider another SSD for active projects. Thanks.