I'm a first time builder and have been looking at components for a while trying to pick compatible parts. I need to replace my outdated and overtaxed Pentium III system. I'm not a gamer, but want a good system that is STABLE which will allow me to do video editing, HD video, music, and just the normal stuff. The following are the components that look good to my newbie eyes, but I wonder if I'm really overbuilding for my needs, especially as I look at what my dollar will pay for from vendors like HP which are already built. I'm open to any and all comments and guidance as I know this group has much experience.
I wouldn't get either of your two processor selections. Get one of the new E8x00 processors instead. The E8400 should be the same price as the E6750, but it's as fast as the E6850. It also runs cooler, and will run multi-media stuff even faster when more software supports the new instruction set it comes with.
You're not a gamer, why get an SLI board? The P35 mobos are fast and easily OC'able if you want. Try the DS3L. Wait for the E8400, which should be the same price as the E6750. Avoid RAID like the plague. Stick with XP, you'll get better performance and compatibility. Vista is nothing but hype and cash out of your pocket.
Great suggestions... thanks! Had not considered the benefit of a number or hard drives and use of a quad for video editing.
QUESTION..... on SLI versus non-SLI MBs.
I was thinking there was little penalty for getting an SLI board, and that would give me the option of adding another graphics board in the future if desired. Is this the perspective correct?
The idea of adding another card down the road is valid, but not really for your purposes, unless you're going to get into games. AFAIK, it won't help with any video work.
I wouldn't go with HD's in a RAID 0 array. You might get slightly better performance, but the risk of having something go wrong is greater (about twice as good, as a matter of fact). So have a good backup strategy if you go that route. Well, you should have one of those in any case... But more so with the RAID 0.