Need suggestions for new 'Reliability' Rig

Hello All,

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.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Are dual monitors in the $1000 budget or are those seperate?
  2. Those need to be within the budget.
  3. You do know a single current state of the art monitor (2560x1600) cost's more than your entire budget right?

    Cheapest 24" monitors are ~$210.

    If you want a full tower sized case, cheapest is a HAF 922 $90.

    OS is another $100

    These items alone put you at $610

    $400 is not really enough to get RAM, mobo, Raid array, GPU, CPU, PSU, optical and peripherals.
  4. Thanks a bunch! That looks to be a nice build.

    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.

    Thanks again.
  5. banthracis said:
    You do know a single current state of the art monitor (2560x1600) cost's more than your entire budget right?

    Cheapest 24" monitors are ~$210.

    If you want a full tower sized case, cheapest is a HAF 922 $90.

    OS is another $100

    These items alone put you at $610

    $400 is not really enough to get RAM, mobo, Raid array, GPU, CPU, PSU, optical and peripherals.


    Sorry, I didn't mean state-of-the-art in the sense you mean. I only didn't want to get something that was being discounted because it has unusually low resolution or some other inferiority.

    With $400 into the monitors, that leaves $700 for everything else, including operating system.
  6. ... oh, I have a keyboard and mouse...
  7. Well you'll have to act fast but here's one possible build.

    Monitor
    Hanns G 24.6" 1920x0180 $180 x2 $360 total
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254040

    RAM
    G Skill eco 1600 cas 7 $105
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

    Case/Optical
    CM 690 and Samsung $73
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.435592

    PSU/HD
    OCZ fatal1ty 550 and F3 500 $105 w/ $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.441361

    GPU/OS
    Win 7 premium 64 bit and 5770 $250 w/ $10 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437534.14-125-309

    Mobo/CPU
    Ga 690 UD4 and Athlon II x3 $198 w/ $15 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.436574

    Total: $1091 before $45 MIR and shipping

    edit: If you really want Raid then I guess you can sacrifice dual GPU mobo.
    Grab this mobo /cpu combo instead and grab a second f3 500gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437016
  8. just addan oem win7 home to my build and that's all
  9. Thanks guys!

    I'm going to re-use a 19" monitor due to table space so that frees up another $200. How would you recommend I upgrade the two nice systems listed earlier with an additional $200?

    Remember, I'm looking for maximum reliability/redundancy. (Maximum $1100)

    Thanks again!
  10. here is another build sli capability of the gtx 460

    cpu&mobo: x4 955 & asus m498td evo
    http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3463938-10521304?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FComboDealDetails.aspx%3FItemList%3DCombo.444798

    case&psu: lancool pc-k62 & xfx 750 (both are top notch quality and can handle sli)
    http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3463938-10521304?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FComboDealDetails.aspx%3FItemList%3DCombo.440220

    ram: g.skill eco
    http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3463938-10521304?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct%2FProduct.aspx%3FItem%3DN82E16820231321

    gpu&os: gtx 460 1gb & win7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437534.14-125-333

    hdd: samsung spinpoint f3 1tb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    odd: lite on
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Subtotal: $962.91

    a gtx 460 preforms sometimes better or equaly to a 5850 and when overclocked it can be the same as the 5870.

    also if u sli them with the mobo i suggest it preforms 2-4 fps worse than 2 5970's in cfx (basicly the gtx 460 is the best bang for the buck)

    here r some benches
    http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=25498&page=3
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