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You are correct that the article is pretty dated, but luckily there are numerous threads about systems and components that are popular. It will take some time, but do invest to read what others have built.
Start here: How to get the best from a PC? Some guides...
I spend a lot of time review the guides, they are very valuable.
Here is where I am leaning now. Notice no raid for now - due to controller cost! Any feedback is appreciated!
Also, note that I have a Windows Home Server that backups everything up each night and serves as my NAS. Unfortunately, I populated it with 4 1.5TB 7200.11 drives before I realized the problems with them. Seagate does not consider any of these affected by the firmware problems (I checked their website tool) - but I thought I may try to repurpose these in this box and fill the WHS with 4 Black Caviars. This would ensure that the backups are more likely safe and failures in the editing machine could be recovered. I will keep media on the WHS box at all times for its redundancy and move it to the editing box as needed. This also means I would have 4 drives available in addition to the Velociraptor OS drive, which may help performance? (I am reluctant to throw away $400 worth of drives, but want to put them in the least critical useage)
Intel Core i7-920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
Item #:N82E16819115202 - $289
ASUS P6T SE ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813131386 - $204
A-DATA Plus Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820211388 - $260
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 100283-2L Video Card
Item #:N82E16814102864 - $154
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817139009 - $140
1 -Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136296 - $170
2 - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136284 - 200
LG Black Blu-ray Burner SATA Model BH08LS20
Item #:N82E16827136164 - $190
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811129058 - $110
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Item #:N82E16832116754 - $105
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Unfortunately, I populated it with 4 1.5TB 7200.11 drives before I realized the problems with them.
You are not the only one! I have a Thecus NAS with 7 identical 7200.11 disks and 5 out of 7 failed within two months. Having them flashed/replaced finally solved the problem, but it did make me a bit wary of Seagate.
Be aware that the Caviar Black range has some problems in a raid configuration. WD call it "Time Limited Error Recovery (TLER)". When a drive doesn't respond quick enough, some Raid controllers 'drop' the drive from the array because the controller thinks the drive is bad. WD had TLER enabled on their Black drives but disabled it somewhat recently. I have read numerous reports of the WD Blacks having issues with Raid arrays even on good hardware controllers, which probably has something to do with the deep recovery cycle.
An alternative might be to use the WD RE4 drives.
For memory I would look at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220386 or alternatives like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010170147+1052129233+10523460 24+1052528354&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&Subcategory=147&d escription=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&srchInDesc=
Thanks yet again! I wasn't sure why you suggested the RAM switch, but
then I took a look at the NE reviews - the RAM I selected can damage the CPU!
I will pay the extra for a more reliable brand.
Actually the NE memory options I suggested are less expensive because these are all hex kits, giving you 12 GB versus the 6 GB you mentioned.
Oh - yes I forgot to mention the price I listed was for 2 x 6gb kit ($129.99 each). So the price is great but not very economical if it does fry the CPU!
Does those Hexa Channel RAM kits run on Triple Channel motherboards. ??
Is there an advantage to getting kits in 6 or 2 sets of 3 ?
They are kits consisting of 6 DDR3 sticks, that were selected from the same production batch, so you have the best chance of them being nearly identical in performance and reliability. They are all suitable for X58 mobo's in triple channel configuration.
Thats what I was thinking.
Those Patriots look nice and cheaper then 2 sets of 3.
So far im thinking about the new ASUS P6x58D motherboard.
Next Gen 32nm 6-Core Processor Ready!
True USB3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s Support!
Do you think the new 6-core will take a higher speed ram then the 1333 Patriots ?
Faster RAM is definitely possible, just not suited for the OP, given his budget limitations. This is about the best memory one can get (shortly): http://www.guru3d.com/article/gskill-2200-c7-ddr3-pi-memory-review/ but of course in a different price range.