SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, multimedia, storage
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS (Win 7 64 Bit) , Mouse, Don't need monitor for now
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg only (preferably)
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: Core i7 (thinking about the X58 chipset), also prefer Nvidia/ATI unless there is some significant cost advantage
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: SLI down the road, would like to start with 1 nice card and add another later.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: currently - 1280x1024 - but planning to upgrade to something widescreen soon - eg. 1920x1080, 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: prefer quiet, but don't plan on watercooling. I have planned for a SSD drive as my 'main' boot / application drive & I want to have a RAID 5 array with 4x 1TB disks. I've had bad luck with data loss. As you can see i've specified a hardware RAID card. I would like comments on that vs. doing something like ZFS (can you on win7?). I'm more inclined to go the hardware RAID route and I don't mind spending a little money on that. Preferred brands include Antec. Avoid Zalman.
adding in some AS5 and a SSD mounting bracket and some cables brings the total to just over $2,000.
I've heard that 3ware is the best brand for raid controller, but it does seem a bit expensive. I am also not opposed to getting a different type of hard disk that may be more reliable (suggestions?). Spending a bit more on graphics would not be bad if there is something better in that cost area. Fire away!
You might have a problem getting an i 920 CPU - they don't sell it much anymore and and Intel has gone to the i 930. For some reaon Microcenter sells them (and a bunch of other CPUs for that matter) at a ridiculously low price. Save yourself $80: http://www.microcenter.com/search/search_results.phtml?...
I prefer Samsung Spinpoint or WD Caviar Black hard drives, but the Barracudas you have chosen are good performers at a very decent price. Buy them.
Reconsider the SSD mounting bracket. I have an extra one if you want it for free, because my coolermaster case (I bought the scout) already included the bracket to fit the 2.5 inch drive. No screws, just snaps in. I really like the cooler master products.
I am not sure about the Raid card - My EVGA x58 SLI LE board has raid controllers on it - if the Gigabyte does not have it. You could get your second graphics card for that price, a big Intel SSD or your monitor upgrade instead. Will it give you that much? Anyone else have advice on this?
I know you prefer NewEgg, and they are a good company, but with the savings from above I think I got you down to $1900. There are not an awful lot of stores around - but I have two close to where I live, and that is how I know about them.
Thanks for the replies, I'll definitely check out that other site, and I might PM you about that mounting bracket.
The reason I went with a dedicated controller was incase the motherboard died, I wouldn't lose all my data. Plus it would unload the processing onto a dedicated ASIC as in the 3ware series. I was hoping for some more feedback related to the RAID issue. I realize that I could easily beef up my graphics capacity with that money or get a monitor, but right now the RAID issue is still a priority, unless I'm convinced otherwise.
I think I'm going to stick with my case though, more of a personal issue I guess
My previous case is the antec P130 with the really thick doors, I like how it keeps the sound out, but with a new build I need a new case .