Ok, so, here's the story. A few weeks back I posted whether or not to go dual Xeon vs. i7 for a video editing/gaming rig. After much thought and research I've decided to go the i7 route...
Now I'm looking for opinions on the i7 build. I've done a fair amount of research, but being that this will be my first home built system, I figure I can not ask too many questions or find enough answers...
So here it goes...
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (1) HD Video Editing, (2) Gaming, (3) Memory Storage (home movies/pictures), (4) Other misc. computing needs
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Microcenter, cheapest overall price...I'm not picky
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200
CPU - i7 920 - I plan on OC'ing to the 3.2-3.6 range - $280
Since I'm 1 drive shy of RAID 5...should I buy one more drive and RAID 5 my storage???? Would that be a little faster than the RAID 1 - 4 drive setup??
Yes, RAID 5 is definitely faster. It is almost as fast as RAID 0 but with parity. However onboard RAID 5 is not exactly the most performant one, but for what you do it will suffice nicely. You are not running a server. Having said this, ICH10R is the better onboard RAID (almost on part with external devices and in some cases better) so you have no problems of platform on running a RAID 5 array if you want to do it.
As for the mouse if you want two really good options you can get the OCZ Equalizer or Dominatrix (this last if you have big hands) but they costs a lot. However if you want a professsional mouse the price is definitely good spent.
I'm going so far with the Prolimatech Cooler....while it's oft compared with the one you have, it has a bit of a performance edge and it's got an excellent mounting system. Just don't follow the general mindset and try and lap the thing. Voids warranty and decreases performance.
For vid card / MoBo, we're on the same page in that we both chose to get them from same vendor .... you went with EVGA, I went with Asus. Main reason is I have a long familiarity with their products.
We chose the same case but I went with the Antec 850 .... yours was my 2nd choice. Again, I liked the idea of having one person to call if any fit / cable length issues arose and the reviews on the Signature series of Antec PSU's rank it extremely well.
I may move to your memory choice. I liked the Mushkins 6-7-6-18 timings but they $80 more and I'm kind aleaning to getting a set that is on the HCL.
I'm going to just get a BR player at this point .... will eventually add a burner.
We have about 20 Seagate HD's in the house now. Our NAS also came with Seagates, so it will be easy to find a quick swap if I need one. It's tough choice but with the performance advantage and the ready replacements, I went w/ the Seagates.
I'm not getting one now but when I do it will be an S-PVA monitor for my photography work. Also gives me opportunity to watch movies with more than one person watching due to wide viewing angle. So far, I'm still liking the Lenovo L220x.
Mouse and KB are basically "get best bang for the buck". I was going to get the Logitech G19 / G9 as I figure I'm gonna treat myself. I'm done w/ cordless KB's and mice. The logitech MX518 is a great cheap alternative.
OS - Windows 7 Ultimate
Unfortunately, newegg doesn't carry my cooler and the monitor.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116677
Return Policy: Software Return Policy $109.99
LG Blu-ray Burner Model BH08LS20 - Retail $179.99
Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate - Retail - $11.99
Total Newegg - (w/shipping and all MIR's taken into account) $1129.94
Total System Cost - $1844.34
I decided not to do RAID 0 with the OS drive for now...save a little coin and see how it goes with just the 1 OS drive...I've also decided to only RAID 1 two of the WD 1tb hard drives for the same reason...save a little coin now...I can always add more hard drives...maybe some 2tb later on...who knows where the tech will be in 2 yrs....