First of all let me say thank you to Harm and all the knowledgable people on here. I've been reading all the articles - sometimes twice. That said, I'm new to all this. I'm going to be using this to edit h.264 files(canon 5d and t2i) and maybe nikon from time to time.
I'm going through Digital Storm and this what I configured. Sorry, I'm not brave enough to build yet. And the parts for this looked about the same if I bought them myself. It comes to about $2,400.
CASE: HAF 932
PROCESSOR: i7 930(O.C'ed)
MOBO: ASUS P6X58D PREMIUM
MEMORY: 12 GB DDR3 1600 MHZ
POWER SUPPLY: 1000 WATTS
EXPANSION BAY: HARD DRIVE HOT SWAP BAY(E-Z RACK)
HARD DRIVE SET 1: O.S AND PROGRAMS 1X500 GB WD 16MB 7200 RPM
HARD DRIVE SET 2: SCRATCH (RAID 0)2 X 500GB WD 16MB 7200 RPM
HARD DRIVE SET 3: SAVED FILES 1X 1TB HITATCHI/SEAGATE 7200 RPM 32 MB
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 470
COOLING: NOCTUA NH-D14 EXTREME PERFORMANCE
O.S- WINDOWS 7 PRO 64 BIT
The hard disk always seems like the trickiest area. I've read it over several times(disk set up/to raid or not to raid) and I was trying to come up with the most economical for me at the time while giving me good performance. I added the hot swap for like $30. I feel like I could use that to empty out the data from hard drive 3. I could create a library of saved files and keep things clean. Does this sound okay? Any and all advice is welcome.
It looks like a good setup.
Check that the memory you choose is not too high with the cooling fins to get in the way of the Noctua.
Thanks Harm. That's a relief. Will it be hard to extend the raid in the future to say a raid 5 with this mobo? Or possibly a 4 disk raid 0 and constantly backup?