New build, $2300

Alright... Here are the base requirements

1. I need everything but an monitor, CPU cooler, OS and case+case fans, this will be run on an big screen TV at 1080p.

2. A fast RAID array is a must (current concept had 4 disk RAID 0)

3.This will be mounted in an Cosmos 1000, with Noctua fans.

4. OS should be W7 Home premium

Budget is $2300, including keyboard and mouse (hopefully)

Server CPUs are an option (Concept had x3440)

This will be purchased by the middle of this month.

Current concept (P55)

2 Dvd/CD burners $50

4 WD Caviar Black 1TB $400

2 XFX 5870s $800

Corsair 850hx $180

TX-3 $10

Mushkin Enh. Redline 6-8-6 1600 2x2GB $160

Asus Maximus III Formula $250

x3440 $240

Total $2300
Secondary Concept (x58)

Single Disk drive

1 less Caviar Black

Asus P6T v2

i7 920

Corresponding compatible components

Total $2300

I look forward for your recommendations and alternatives.
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  1. WHAT do you plan to do with this build? Gaming? Rendering? Photo/vid editing?
  2. Hoy.. Got a bit excited here... Gaming and media, no work whatsoever in general.
  3. The RAIDwill be of use in media editing / conversion but won't help with the gaming end.

    Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

    (,1006.html?prod[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on), look at the tests that refelct your usage and choose accordingly.

    With the RAID bent, I'd say 1366 socket as P55 won't give you the bandwidth for hi end RAID controllers.

    Look at the Asus P6X58D - it's one of the 1st USb 3 / SATA II boards w/ many more expected to drop in the next 6 - 8 weeks

    For the rest, there's been a dozen or more #2k-ish post in the last week, look at some of these
  4. Would there be any real problem with using the IC10R controller?
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