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Your build looks well thought out, so just a few minor thoughts...
- Suggest substituting 2 1TB 7200 drives in a RAID 0 configuration in place of the single VR 150GB you were planning (much faster for video purposes, not much more cost)
- Stick w/ RAID 10 for your 4x3TB RAID; RAID 3 is not supported by Intel Z68 solution and RAID 5 is not advised unless you get a good hardware controller (for speed and robustness reasons)
- GTX 480 is a good solution, but choose one with dual or tripple fans; those designs tend to cool better and run quieter than the "reference" design; Zotac makes both reference and dual-fan GTX 480 cards
- I can't comment on the Fractal Designs case, as I'm not familar with them at all
Jim thanks for your knowledge,
I'm not that kind of tweaker, just want a great edditing machine so sorry for any stupid questions like:
Is it possible to make more then1 raid conf. on the Z68 board?- like you suggest a raid 0 and a raid 10? and
I suppose you mean the raid 0 for scratch and pagefile etc and not for the OS velorap disc?
The Fractal towercase is well tested as very low noise (isolation) and I like the non ''bling bling'' non game design.
Jim, thanks again,
Regarding can you have multiple RAIDs using motherboard SATA ports, for Intel ports, I can say yes. The board you are getting has 6 Intel ports (4 Sata II, 2 Sata III) and I'm pretty sure you could even make up to a single 6 disk RAID dubbed down to run at Sata II speed.
I was thinking:
- C: VR 150GB OS/programs - on one of the two Marvel Sata III ports
- P: 4x3TB RAID 10 array (projects, media, data, etc.) - on the 4 Intel Sata II ports
- S: 2x1TB RAID 0 (scratch, render outputs, etc.) - on the 2 Intel Sata III ports (doesn't benefit from the Sata III speed, it just seems like a clean way to set up everthing)
Thanks a lot Jim !
Good luck, Luc