APP DRIVES RAID 0: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
KEYBOARD: Logitech G15 2-Tone USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard
2x 1TB drives? Should I just put one in? Raid 0? or Raid 1? I do setup backups to my server.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
1x SSD: OCZ Summit OCZSSD2-1SUM120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
3x MONITORS: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
DVD ROM: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
VIDEO CARD: SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video ...
This is pretty much my PC.
Now I know how to build, and if i have any questions about tweaking i will open a new forum discussion.
However, I am not sure what to do with my drives
SSD drive in SATA 3 port (this will be updated in the near future, maybe around my birthday next month)
2xRAID 0 APP DRIVE (10k raptor drives) - I plan on doing this to increase performance on my games/IT Work.
now - what do i do with my TB drives. I have 2, should I keep on in an external USB? or should i make it into a raid system?
I am not 100% concerned with loosing a drive. That is why i do backups. I move my media over to my server.
I do plan on upgrading this as well in the future with a sata 3 2TB or 3TB drive and knock out the raid array, or create a new one..
Thoughts on the pieces going in ? i will provide benchmarks next week with my new machine.
Coming from a 3ghz Duo Core Processor. 8 gigs of ram. same video card and hard drives.
reason for upgrading is bluescreen win32.sys.
If you don't mind/the size/price for the casing, I would recommend Antec 12000, HAF X or DF-85. They are huge, but you will be able to fit plenty of drives if you want to and it will keep everything well ventilated; I personally have a bias toward the HAF X.
For your kind of multitasking, I don't think the 2600K would give you much of an edge over a 2500K as most of your application, when in the background, will be idle, not actively processing something. Going for the 2500K is 100$ you keep in your pocket (or just spend elsewhere ).
For the MB, I would also suggest ASRock P67 Extreme4, Gigabyte P67A-UD4 or Asus P67 Pro for their better support of dual video cards which you might want having 3 monitors.
Coming back to the Velociraptors, the only edge they still have over 7200RPM HDDs is random access. For raw sequential access, most recent HDDs can beat the Raptors. How much GB of apps do you actually need? Depending on your actual, needs, maybe you can just get regular drives or, replace the OCZ Summit and those 2 Raptors for a single Crucial C300 256GB (should end-up costing the same, ~550$); you would probably get the best of both worlds, just with a little less space, but I don't know anyone with more than 100-150GB of applications anyway.