This looks like a great system. For your F and G drive you could consider the normal Caviar Black drives, since they will not run in a raid and that saves you some $$. Instead of Win7 Ultimate, you can choose Pro, unless you need the multi-language and bitlocker capabilities. Do get the Areca with either 2 or 4 GB cache memory instead of the default 512 MB.
You are in fabulous shape with this system. Well done.
You might want to take a look at this versus the Intel 160Gb
This looks like a fabulous system, but take Eric's comments about the SSD into consideration.
There is one remark/alternative I want to make and one addition.
Your intended E drive with 6 x 500 GB RE4 drives is very good. No doubt about that, but if you need to shave off a few $$, consider 6 x 1 TB Samsung F3's. It will double your storage capacity, save around $ 120 and will not be noticeably slower.
The addition is the BBM (battery backup module) for the Areca card.
With this system I foresee that you end up in one of the top positions on the PPBM5 Benchmark
Just ordered all the parts. Yikes!
I've read a number of postings about the Marvell 9128 controller in getting ready to build this workstation utilizing the ASUS P6X58D-E motherboard...
Almost universally the recommendation is to avoid creating a RAID array on this controller. I had originally planned to create a RAID0 stripeset using 2 - 6gb/s WD VelociRaptors on the two SATA 6gb/s ports controlled by the Marvell 9128. . I'm rethinking that approach based on my research.
Do anyone see an issue with configuring the disks in this workstation as follows (from a controller perspective):
C: Mushkin Enhanced Callisto 120GB SSD for Win 7 and CS5 program files.
Installed on the ICH10R controller port 0 as a single disk.
D: RAID0 stripeset consisting of 2 Western Digital VelociRaptors 10K rpm, 450GB,
32 mb cache, SATA 6gb/s disks for pagefile, media cache and previews.
Installed on ICH10R controller ports 1 & 2 as a RAID0 array.
(I ordered the 6gb/s versions of the VR's before reading all the negative feedback
on the Marvell RAID support).
E: RAID3 array consisting of 6 Samsung Spinpoint F3 7200 rpm, 1TB, SATA 3gb/s
disks for media assets and project files.
Installed on the Areca 1680IX-24 controller.
F: A Western Digital RE4 2TB, 7200 rpm, 64 MB cache SATA 3gb/s disk for exports.
Installed on the ICH10R controller in port 4
G: A Pioneer BDR-205 bluray disk burner.
Installed on the ICH10R controller in port 5.
I'd disable the Marvell controller.
Does this seem reasonable? Other ideas?
Regarding D and E:
First of all, if you still have the opportunity, I would exchange the Areca 1680 for the 1880. That one supports SATA3 arrays.
Second, if the first is feasible, I would use the D raid on the Areca too, not on the Marvell or ICHR chip. So two arrays on the Areca.
Third, I suggest you get at least a 2 GB stick for the cache memory on the Arreca and add a BBM (battery backup module).
Hope this helps in making your final decisions.
I'll look into the feasibility of exchanging the Areca controllers. Good suggestion.
When I ordered the Areca 1680 controller, I included both the 2GB memory upgrade and the battery backup. So should be good to go there.
Thanks for having a look.
Got the new Areca 1880ix-12.
Several hours and alot of empty boxes later this system is up and running. Wow! It's fast. Thanks for your suggestions and advice. It was very helpful. Will run the Premiere Pro Benchmark once I have CS5 installed and configured.
First time builder. It was a bit nerve wracking, but everything went very smoothly.
Good to hear everything went smoothly and is now running fast. Look forward to your results.