This is my first post after trolling for years. I'm going to be building by 5th or 6th home system as my most recent build is approaching 5 years old. I'm looking to maximize reliability over everything else, as I do only a little gaming (golf and car sims) and don't need cutting edge performance. I'm looking for the best power supplies and stable components possible with dual HDs configured in a RAID arrangement, or whatever is now the most current technology (sorry, I haven't been really following this). I'd also like to use two 24"-26" monitors so the graphics card needs to support this and my budget needs to include the two monitors.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: September 2010.
BUDGET RANGE: $1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photo/Music editing, Browsing, MS applications
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I'll need everything!
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com.
PARTS PREFERENCES: I've had good luck with ASUS MBs in the past but I'm not fixing this option.
OVERCLOCKING: Absolutely not!
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No preference
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Current state-of-the-art
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I prefer a tower box so I'll have enough room to move my hands around during building. I imagine the more fans, the better. A bunch of USB ports will be helpful too. I have decent battery backup so I won't need that.
Would it be better to split the big hard drive into two 500gB drives, then mirror the data? I've already gone through one HD failure so I like the idea of two drives. Is the mirroring of data a hardware or software task?
Also, I'll need an operating system so I was going to go with Windows 7. With that, I'll 'up' the budget to $1100.