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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE: up to $1000.00

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: streaming movies to PS3, internet and general computing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case (already have an Antec Sonota 3 500 watt), hard drives

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: none please suggest COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel chip

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: need a RAID controller card to build a RAID system, I have 4 one terabyte drives and a 500 gig drive for the windows xp pro operating system.
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  1. Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215&cm_re=i5-_-19-115-215-_-Product ($229.99)

    GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128401 ($159.99)

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279&cm_re=ripjaw-_-20-231-279-_-Product ($101.99)

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151187 ($34.99)

    XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150337&cm_re=4850-_-14-150-337-_-Product ($118.99)

    Total: $645.95

    The motherboard above supports various RAID formats, and the motherboard has 8 SATA ports, giving you plenty of connections for your RAID array and boot drive.
  2. Thanks for all your suggestions
  3. I am told that it is better to have a separate RAID controller card rather than using the one on the board. Any thoughts on this? Thanks
  4. What kind of RAID array do you want, and what are its purposes?

    Hardware RAID controllers are expensive, and if you are only seeking some data protection or increased speed, then software RAID will be fine for you.
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