I almost bought this system after studying these forums several weeks ago, but I never got around to actually placing the order. I'm finally ready to buy, but I wanted to run it by you guys first:
$2020 USD via online custom builder
I'm planning on using 2 identical 7200rpm HD's I already own for a RAID 0 to start with, and switching out the builder's 1TB OS HD for a smaller OS HD so I can eventually use the 1TB HD for future RAID setups.
1. Is anything an odd choice or poor use of financial resources?
2. Should I save $150 by getting a GTX 470 instead of a GTX 480? Will the 480 give any advantage if I'm mostly editing RED 4k with only 1-2 layers and 1-3 effects?
3. I've always bought DeskStars in the past. The "C" version of this HD is cheaper than the "B" version, but the C has 32MB cache compared with 16MB on the B. What's the difference and which is better? I'm considering eventually getting a total of 4 of these HD's to make a faster/larger RAID 0 or maybe a RAID 10.
Thanks for your help!
Good choices all around. You could consider a big tower instead of a mid tower however. Better airflow, more expansion room, easier to install.
The 470 currently seems to be the most attractive option. We haven't yet seen anything that shows a clear advantage in terms of performance to justify the higher price of the 480. Saving those $ 150 could go towards the smallish OS disk and an additional 1 TB disk.