Spent so far: 1245$ that leaves @ $755 - 850. for the rest that I am .......................>>>>>
Still undecided about and need help with:
I can't make up my mind re: Hard drive (s) -- at first I was thinking 1 HD would be good. Then reading up on Raid 1 and the goodness of backing up everything, I started thinking 2HDs. My first thought then, was WD 1tb black x2 in raid 1 config. Then I read a few reviews that indicated that WD is difficult to put into raid? Is that true? Also that they run hot. I saw some advice here re: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb. Would 2 of those in raid 1 make sense?
RAM -- suggestions for good DDR3 = to @6gb or so -- for video editing do I need more RAM? 8? 12?
What will I need for extra fans/cooler for case - and replace aftermarket cooler for ?? cpu? Sorry -- beginner coming out here.
Also - I like the idea of 2 gpu's, but right now I think one 5870 is good. and can always add it later. Plus budget is getting smaller and smaller.... Agree? Disagree? I have a good PSU for an upgrade to two cards.
Would like Blue Ray reader -- can they also read regular dvd's?
Just need any cd/dvd burner
Any other optical device I have forgotten??
Is the wired online connection already in there somewhere?
Ok.. that outta do it for now. Thanks for any feedback ... well, within reason
If you will be overclocking, get the Xigmatek Dark Knight or Core-Contact Freezer with separate LGA-1366 bracket. If you are not planning on overclocking, you don't need anything other than the stock cooler.
You need a fast hard drive, better two hard drives, for video editing. Consult the charts here at Tomshardware.com. You can run the operating system on one drive and use the other as a data drive.
The reason I chose the AsRock xtreme as MB is because it has received good reviews overall, and it's price is lower then others. I understand that other AsRock boards have bigger/worse issues, but that the Extreme has been updated to perform well.
I will check out your cooler suggestions (because I will most likely OC) as well as the reader/burner links.
Raid 1 does not replace a backup. If a file is deleted or corrupted it gets deleted or corrupted on both drives at the same time. Raid 1 is only protects against a hard drive crash (which is far more rare than the many other reasons you would want a backup.)