I used to build systems but it’s been about 8 years since my last build & I need some advice on parts. Currently, I have all of my DVD’s, CD’s & business files on two MYBOOK World Ed. harddrives & would like to get away from these, and go to an internal raid array. Would love to put a Blueray drive in this baby.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Dec-Jan BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 not etched in stone
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Movie viewing, network file storage, DVR & TV viewing(Sat-tv) light gaming(future).
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
keyboard, mouse, monitor, Speakers - currently picking up audio thru hdmi cable at TV & rerouting thru analog aux into home theater receiver
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: open
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
MOBO – 10/100/1000Mbps, SATA 3Gb/s – 6 to 8, SATA RAID - 0/1/5/10/JBOD
HDD – 2 HDDs(1- 1.5tb ea)
Optical Drive – DVD burner & would like the ability to go to Blueray if $ permit
GPU - currently running my pc monitor (1920x1200) & my HDTV(1080p) at the same time thru video card & would like to keep this arrangement with a new card.
PSU – I have no idea what wattage I will need for my complete plan with 8 HDD’s
Full tower case
OS – Windows 7
OVERCLOCKING: no SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My current Media Center PC coughs, spits & sputters & ticks me off. Is $1000 unrealistic for this new system? I am planning on future expansion on the HDD’s to 3-8 more, so this will be a work in progress. (beyond $1000 budget)
For what you need and what you want I had to go over your $1,000 mark. You should be very satisfied with it. Some people may find you a cheaper setup but I feel I gave you the best options for a few dollars more.
You can replace the optic to a Blu-Ray read only to shave $50 but I feel everything else you should consider.
I may get the video card last. I have a Radeon HD 4670 right now. That way I can either get better pricing on the Sapphire 5850, or get the latest if something better comes out in the next couple of months. I also already have a Seagate Barracuda 1.5tb sitting on my desk still in the shrink wrap. That's probably a null idea anyway since I'm planning on having 6-8 HHDs in an array at some later point.
When I added all the items you listed I came up with $1294, plus there was a combo discount of another $20 bringing it down to $1274 shipping not included. Minor detail I guess when you get over the 1k mark.