My first build - Intel High End office PC build assistance requested

Summary - I am still shopping and looking to build my first PC for the following applications. Any and all advise and recommendations are greatly appreciated.

The PC will be used primarily as an 'office' PC, with some specific usage/limitations and criteria.
Also, as this is my FIRST build, if there are any items that are close, but one is easier to install, I'd opt for the easier one.

Office use * See also note on virtualization/VPN access * - Very heavy MS Office 2010 suite user [including SharePoint Designer, Large (200,000 row) excel files, Access and Outlook with several 10 gig .pst files.]

Media use - some video transcoding

WMC - Limited media center duties

Virtualization - Much of my day-to-day activities MUST occur within a virtual Windows 7 machine hosted by vmWare.
(due to VPN tunnel/lock-down [Virtual PC <==>Locked down to corp network Host <==>to public network])

Storage - I want a large case, for my fat hands, and at least 6 SATA II ports

Existing Equpment: Monitor I have 2 Dell UltraSharp U2410 Resolution:1920x1200

Approximate Purchase Date: (1/2011)

Budget Range: Under $2,500 if possible. Excludes the monitors

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Most = 10 Least = 0
Virtualized 'Office' PC: 10
Media PC: 7
File Storage : 6
Gaming: 3

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (

Country of Origin: (USA)

Parts Preferences: full tower case

Overclocking: Maybe, but value system stability and limiting heat over any overclocking needs.

SLI or Crossfire: / No / not needed

Additional Comments: Will need to be able to have 24gig+ of memory for virtualization.

Thanks very much for taking the time to read this. Any advice you may have would be appreciated!

My current build thoughts are here.

Some of the questions I have are:

Regarding the SSD, since the mobo has SATA III, instead of

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Sequential Access - Read:
up to 285MB/s
Sequential Access - Write:
up to 275MB/s

Should I go with

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Sequential Access - Read:
355MB/sec (SATA 6Gb/s) 265MB/sec (SATA 3Gb/s)
Sequential Access - Write:
140MB/sec (SATA 6Gb/s) 140MB/sec (SATA 3Gb/s)

or maybe

OCZ RevoDrive OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120 PCI-E x4 120GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Sequential Access - Read:
up to 540MB/s
Sequential Access - Write:
up to 490MB/s

Regarding memory
Should I go with 1066 or 1333?

Kingston 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model KVR1066D3N7K3/12G
Kingston 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9K3/12G

Regarding the mobo:

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Anyone have any alternative thoughts?

Regarding CPU, ,
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

any thoughts?

I chose this card:
PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-M2DH Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
as it supports up to 4 monitors

Just some basic DVD burning here
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

for the case, I like the look of this one:
Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

This PSU seems good, and I like modular:

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply


Thanks very much for taking the time to read this. Any advice you may have would be appreciated!
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  1. I would go with OCZ drive because of the write speed. Beware some people have had issues with OCZ. Other Sandforce based drives are very good. Maybe consider velociraptors.
  2. As for the memory, if you say you need 24Gb or more, I'd go with a dual CPU worstation motherboard that can support up to 48Gb of memory.

    2xIntel Xeon E5620
    EVGA Classified SR-2
    2xG.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB (6 x 4GB)
    Lian-Li PC-2021B

    This alone is 2500$, but you won't find any better for virtualisation. Plus, it's one of the only "worstation" type motherboard that supports 48Gb of memory AND Windows 7.

    The EVGA GTX 460 FTW EE outperforms the 6870, for the same price tag.

    For storage, I'd go with the Crucial RealSSD C300 128Gb

    For the PSU, I would take the Corsair AX1200. It's rated 80+Gold so your efficiency will be very good. The one you chose is good though.

    A rig like that will last you until a component breaks down. It's over your set budget, but you'll be able to do anything with it. It comes down to 3285$, but if you decide to use only 24Gb of RAM, the price just dropped by 350$. But for virtualization, I really reccomend as much RAM as you can get.
    Also, if you decide to go with a single processor, the choice you made is a good one.
  3. Instead of P6X58 Mobo Go For Sabertooth
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