Ever since purchasing the I7 3930k chip 3 weeks ago, i've been literally too busy with projects to research and buy the rest of my new workstation. I've now found a small window in my schedule to finally get this thing done, problem is i've again forgotten much of what I learned these past 2 months. So if any of you more knowledgeable folks would be so kind as to give me your opinions and suggestions on the system i'm about to buy, I would greatly appreciate your time and knowledge!
Right now, I have collecting dust: i7 3930k chip, Thermaltake 1050W 80Gold certified, win 7, production premium cs5, autodesk entertainment creation suite.
My budget is $3000.00 Presently am doing only Canon 5D stuff, but am planning on R3d later in the year. All these prices and products are from newegg (though I may be buying from amazon since I have prime).
$549.99 - EVGA 03G-P3-1595-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Classified ULTRA 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
(note: I see the there's a new GTX coming out at the end of this month, i need my system to be operational by this month, should I just buy a cheaper gtx 560?? and wait??)
$369.99 - ASUS P9X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS (although I prefer a board with an iEEE port)
2 x $129.99 (for a total of 32 GB of ram) - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL
$449.99 - areca ARC-1222 PCIe x8 SATA / SAS RAID Card
5 x $109.99 - Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
(note: planning on doing a RAID 3 data drive with 4 drives with 1 backup, also these drives are on sale until 3/12 so if these are good to go I would like to buy them immediately)
$169.99 - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$159.99 - HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
(the allpurpose drive)
EVGA video card is a good choice, but indeed, if rumors are correct, the Kepler 6xx series will be announced shortly. However, accouncing and having them in stock at a local outlet are two different things, not to mention the premium price right after introduction.
ASUS mobo alternative might be the ASUS P9X79 WS, which has IEEE on-board.
Check carefully that the Ripjaw X works on that mobo. IIRC for the X79 platform the Ripjaw Z series are the advised range.
Make sure that you put a fixed pagefile (min=max) of around 16 GB or even 32 GB in the Hitachi allpurpose disk before using it for anything else to ensure that the pagefile is the first file on that disk and remove the pagefile from the C: drive.
To prevent too much writing to that OCZ SSD, make sure you tune your default file locations away from C: and to another drive/location. This can apply to My Documents, My Music, Cookies, Internet Cache, Download, Internet History, Temp, Application Data, Common Application Data, etc.
For the rest it look OK to me.
Thanks Harm, especially for your time and knowledge on RAIDs, appreciate it!!! cheers