Hello, steady visitor to the site but first time member for the forums. I hope this is in the right section.
I am planning to build a system quite soon and needed some input and advice before purchase the remaining parts I need. I plan to do some gaming on it, and video transcoding. I will only turn on this system to do those two things. I've built many system before but never a AMD built and I've never done RAID which I plan to do, more on that later.
List of Parts I have/plan to get :
CPU - AMD Athlon II X4 620 : I received this CPU as a gift a last Christmas so will plan to use this instead of buying a new one.
I want to be future proof so I felt getting USB 3.0 and SATA3 was the right choice. I also plan to use the IGP (I know it sucks, 4290) or reuse my 3870 card until ATI's new card came out. I was planing to buy a 5770 then another for Crossfire but then I read that ATI plans to release their new series in November along with a price drop for the 5000 series. If the new series don't perform well, price dropped 5770s would be sure bet.
Ram - G-Skills DDR3-1600 4GB (2x2GB) : I also got these as a Christmas gift. I said I was going to built a new system back then so my friends got them for me because I said I wanted these but haven't had a chance to build one till now.
SSD - 2x Intel X25-V Sata 40GB : I got these when they were on sale at Newegg for $80 each. I plan to RAID 0 them but I have no idea what to do. Would it be best to just use 1 as boot so I can have TRIM and use my 1TB drive as storage or RAID them still? If I do RAID, will I need anything? I read something about RAID controllers and what not. If it is the best idea, can someone link me to a good guide I can follow? Thanks.
PSU - PC Power and Cooling 750W PSU : Reusing my power supply from my X38 built.