1. Yes, go for the 64GB; the slower speed will not hurt and the additional RAM will help now and possibly even more into the future
2. Is a 970 4GB necessary, possibly not necessary, but probably a very good idea - and a good match for the rest of your system
3. Yes, but as in comment for #2, probably not the best choice
4. Hmmm... Didn't your old system just stop working after 6 years? Its probably best to go with a new 850w; pick a model that Johnny Guru likes (his p/s reviews are pretty good)
5. Samsung Pro drives are excellent; I prefer Intel 730, s3610, s3700, and s3710 SATA SSDs, but none of those models are even remotely competitive with Samsung unless you consider used drives
6. Dump the Raptor, re-purpose the WD Blacks for backups using either a hot-swap drive bay (for cold-swap use) or and external USB 3.0 sled, and RAID 10 the 4 1TB's (motherboard RAID 5 is too slow and they are getting up there in age so RAID 0 might be a bit risky)
Thanks for the response.
So I won't risk it by using an old PSU. The EVGA Supernova GS850 gets good reviews and performance is solid. $129 @ Amazon
Question: The ASUS GPU I selected has 2 DVI ports but one Displayport. I thought the DisplayPort connectors were preferred? I use a pair of Dell U2311H monitors
Thanks for the jonnyGURU.com tip.
Personally, I would prefer driving both with Displayport. Surprisingly, it seems that there are different display connectors on various GTX 970 cards. EVGA has some with the same ports as the Asus configuration you described, while others have 3x Displayport ports.
Thoughts on this card: EVGA GTX970 04G-P4-3978-KR 4GB FTW+ w/ACX 2.0+
Currently $320 @ Newegg
instead of this one: ASUS STRIX GTX870 OC'd DDR5 256-bit
The complexity of the naming protocol drives me nuts!
Using the Outer Vision PSU calculator if I include every piece of hardware I have even 4 HDD's I come up with 650W recommendation. If I bump that 10% i'm at 715w Maybe I should do a 750W PSU instead of 850w?
I'd go with the 850 W. You never know when you may need to add something later. It's less expensive to get the 850 W now rather than have to upgrade.
Can't find these sticks as many vendors are out of stock or way overpriced
G.Skill Ripjaws 4 F4-2666C16Q2-64GRB, 64GV, 8GBx8, Timings = 16-16-16-36
so I may end up using these...
G.Skill Ripjaws 4 F4-2400C15Q2-64GRK, 64GB, 8GBx8, Timings = 15-15-15-35.
If I ordered a pair of the F4- 2666, 32GB kits how do I insure the date codes are matched?