I would like to get some feedback on this new build ... specifically want/need to know if anything that I have selected is totally wrong (i.e. INCOMPATIBLE).
My primary use for this computer will be Web Development (ASP.NET / Visual Studio 2010 / SQL Server). I would also use it for basic things like surfing, e-mail, watching videos (YouTube), and uploading photos (Picasa).
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!!! :-)
Approximate Purchase Date: This month (want to order the parts before the end of January)
Budget Range: $1,500 to $2,500
Most Important: Web Development (ASP.NET / Visual Studio 2010 / SQL Server)
Least Important: Surfing; Watching Videos (YouTube); Listening to music (iTunes)
Parts Not Required: N/A (need everything)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com
Country of Origin: United States
Parts Preferences: I like Antec, Gigabyte, Intel, and Samsung (but I am open to all suggestions)
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200 or better
Additional Comments: Noise level is not (very) important to me. Performance and *STABILITY* are extremely important to me.
Good build. The only thing I would tell you is to wait a few weeks and go with Sandy Bridge (LGA 1155). For the same money as the LGA1366 build you can get a little better performance out of SB, and have a CPU upgrade option down the road. Otherwise you are on the right track and have quality parts!!
The costs for SB should be in line with what you are looking at today. The stuff you are looking at today is expected to drop slightly in price (as the new stuff takes its place). The only things that really change for a SB build is for a P67 LGA1155 MB and either a i5 2500 or i7 2600 CPU. The "K" at the end of some processors designates an unlocked CPU making overclocking possible. If you don't have any interest in OCing, then ignore this when selecting a CPU.
Just noticed your RAID10... The Spinpoint F3 is a good drive, but think about going with 2TB drives (not an F3). 2TB drives are not much more than 1TB drives and would double your space (maybe at a small cost to speed)...