Looking to put together a quiet system that is well balanced for disk, memory and cpu access for software development and system/database testing. System will consist of approximately 15 virtual systems, with only a few having significant activity at one time.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a couple of days
BUDGET RANGE: US$ 2000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: software development, virtualization, database and system testing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, video (on-board)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, although will consider others
PARTS PREFERENCES: raid ready disks, fast system disk
OVERCLOCKING: Probably, if system remains stable and cool (quiet).
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is what I've spec'ed out, but I would be interested suggestions and comments from more experienced builders.
The raptor isnt worth it, 3 of the RE3 drives in RAID will provide you with better peformance, if you need an extra disk to hold the OS get a samsung F3 500GB drive, its as fast as the raptor but only 50 instead of 230.
I went with your recommendation on the LGA 1156 rig, and the power supply, but kept the raptor, and got a different video card. The raptor is expensive, but it's seek time is 100% better, which should help the database. Some comments I read about Radeon 4670 suggested it wasn't quiet. Thanks for your help. I have a much better system now and was still within my budget