New non-gaming system... Advice needed :o)

Hi,

I've been reading as much as I can, but still cannot decide for parts. I'd really appreciate any help...

Here is some info:
* $2000-2500 budget
* definitely not a gaming machine (may play a game once in a while though)
* not thinking of OC, but won't say no to it if I can (I don't think it's bad idea to pay $50-100 for a cooler in order to get the perfomance of a much more expensive CPU)
* RAID is a must. If possible, I'd like to have 2 RAID arrays (System: RAID1 on 2x WD Raptor 150GB | Storage: RAID5 on 4x Seagate 750GB 7200.10)

Motherboard: ?

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (seems like it's a good value and everyone's fav)

CPU Cooler: Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme CPU Cooler (to keep OC option open)

Video: No clue. I'll use a 24" Dell widescreen monitor. I just need a good performance/value card. Don't need a very powerful and expensive one.

Memory: Crucial 4GB

Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Fatality Platinum

Hard Drive: 2x WD Raptor 150GB (RAID1) & 4x Seagate 750GB 7200.10 (RAID5)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-203B

Power Supply: Ultra X3 800-Watt (Do I need a bigger PSU? I'll have 5-7 hard drives)

Case: Ultra Wizard
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  1. This case is ok for your budget:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119138

    This can help you decide on the video card:

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_family.html

    Don't know how good the Ultra psu is. I would get one of these:

    http://www.tomswiki.com/page/Tiered+PSU+Listings?t=anon
  2. I would consider a dedicated RAID Controller Card.
  3. zenmaster said:
    I would consider a dedicated RAID Controller Card.


    What if I decide to have only one RAID5 array instead of two? Would you still recommend me using a dedicated RAID Controller? What's the disadvantage of integrated onboard RAID controllers? Aren't they reliable?
  4. My question is if this machine isn't for gaming, then what will it be used for that you need that much performance considering you won't be running software, i.e. games, that would actually push that system?
  5. norad said:
    What if I decide to have only one RAID5 array instead of two? Would you still recommend me using a dedicated RAID Controller? What's the disadvantage of integrated onboard RAID controllers? Aren't they reliable?

    Alot of them crap out when one your disks goes bad, they put more load on the chipset and cpu.

    Get a good pci-e raid card and a board that has a x16 slot for video and a x4 or better for the raid card.
  6. runswindows95 said:
    My question is if this machine isn't for gaming, then what will it be used for that you need that much performance considering you won't be running software, i.e. games, that would actually push that system?


    ditto
  7. runswindows95 said:
    My question is if this machine isn't for gaming, then what will it be used for that you need that much performance considering you won't be running software, i.e. games, that would actually push that system?


    it will be used for:

    * virtual machines
    * home server for development
    * some (not intensive) video and photo editing

    any other recommendations? especially for mobo?
  8. Oh ok that answers why you need all that performance.
  9. Okay, here's my suggestions:

    1) With this kind of budget, get a Tier 1 or at least 2 PSU:

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=108088

    2) If you're planning to mess around with Linux, get a Nvidia based card. My suggestion would be the 8600GT since you're not doing that much gaming.

    3) If you're not that concerned about audio, you could always drop the sound card to save some money. The integrated cards are good enough these days.

    4) Ditto on the suggestion of the dedicated RAID card.
  10. What about the mobo? What do you guys recommend?
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