Workstation Help

Hey everyone, I am building a workstation for CAD and wanted to see what everyone thought. I also have questions that if anyone could answer that would be great. Thanks alot in advance.

• Case: Undecided

• Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006


• Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365
Questions:
Memory Standard : DDR3 2000(O.C)/1866(O.C)/1800(O.C)/1600(O.C)/1333
Does this mean I would have to OC to use my 1600 ram? Does anyone know a motherboard where I would not have to?

• Processor: Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Bloomfield 3.33GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115212
Mostly chose this over the 920 because I don't know how to OC and otherwise cannot use >1066 ram.


• RAM: 2x mushkin Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226052
Unless anyone knows some that would be better for me?

• Hard Drive: 4x in RAID 10: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
Questions
1. Is a RAID 10 hard to set up?
2. Do I need anything else to set up the RAID on the ASUS P6T Deluxe that I chose?

• Graphics Card: PNY VCQFX1800-PCIE-PB Quadro FX1800 768MB 192-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133272
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  1. get the WD "RE3" HDDs instead:
    "RE" means "RAID Edition":

    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/productcatalog.asp?language=en

    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=504


    e.g. no Time-Limited Error Recovery listed for the WD6401AALS:

    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=551


    I don't see PMR in any of the specs for the WD6401AALS either.


    A MAJOR FACTOR with current HDDs is the rate at which
    raw binary data passes under the read/write heads
    e.g. compare horizontal magnetic recording at 10,000 rpm
    with perpendicular magnetic recording at 7,200 rpm!!


    MRFS
  2. > RAM: 2x mushkin Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

    Take a look at Corsair's Dominator series:
    their matching RAM fan is very well engineered:

    http://www.corsair.com/corei7/default.aspx
    http://www.corsair.com/products/dominatorgt/default.aspx
    http://www.corsair.com/products/dominator/default.aspx


    MRFS
  3. > 1. Is a RAID 10 hard to set up?

    No.


    > 2. Do I need anything else to set up the RAID on the ASUS P6T Deluxe that I chose?


    Read The Fine Manual ("RTFM") FIRST.

    If you plan to install your OS on a RAID 10,
    you'll need to prepare the device drivers
    to load during Windows Setup e.g.
    the F6 option when installing XP/Pro.


    Be sure also to enable the RAID Option ROM
    in your BIOS, and follow the directions
    for initializing your RAID array during boot-up
    (typically CTRL-I at the right moment).


    MRFS
  4. Thanks for the help.
    Do you Know if the WD RE3 750 gb with 32mb cache would perform better than the WD RE3 500 gb with only 16mb cache?
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