New i7 2600K build

Hi all -

I am looking for your comments before I order this system. The use for this PC are HD video editing, software development and games. I plan on running at least 2 VM's at all times.

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Qty 2 - (16 GB totao) CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9

Qty 2 - ASUS EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5 Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...

Qty 2 - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
--------RAID 1 off of Marvell SATA III connections (Win7K - boot and VM 1)

Qty 2 - Western Digital Caviar Black WD7502AAEX 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
-------RAID 1 off of Intel SATA III (VM 2)

Qty 4 - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
--------RAID 5 off of Intel SATA II

CORSAIR Professional Series AX850 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

ENERMAX SPINEREX ECA5010M-B-B Black SECC 1.0mm ATX Full Tower Computer Case


My questions is it wise to buy a SATAII controller for the RAID 5 set. I do not care much at performance on this, however do care greatly about the SATAIII. Are the SATAII and SATAIII on the same bus?

Is the PSU big enough. Hugh price diff to get to 1000 Watts.

I run four monitors (currently in a MAC PRO). Any thought on using the built in displayport/HDMI and ATI in crossfire? Can I, would it, be better to run all four monitors off the ATI cards?

The only reason I am looking at this MOBO instead of ASUS is the PCIe 4x slot. Some day I may want to run a external SAS raid 1 array for HD video capture. Anyone else running SAS in this type of rig? Thoughts on the MOBO choice?

I am currently a MAC user however MAC PROs are to behind the times. I will either run Linux with Win7 in a VM or Win7 with Linux in a VM? Any thoughts?
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  1. Best answer
    That is a pretty serious machine and a good build overall! My comments are below...

    MB - Good choice. Check the recent article below if you haven't already.,2939.html

    GPU - Consider dual HD 6950 cards instead of the HD 6870 cards. Using the display port, running four monitors will not be a problem while in crossfire.

    HD - With spindle drives you aren't going to see a difference between SATAII and SATAIII. The SATAII RAID controller will be just fine.

    MEM - If you are going to run VMs, go ahead and opt up for 16GB of memory now. You will find that 8GB will be pushing some limits while the host and VMs are busy.

    PSU - The Corsair 850w should be enough for that system.

    COOLING - IMHO, with the components you have add some cooling. Hyper 212+ CPU cooler and some additional case fans would keep your temps in check...

    Have fun with that beast!!

    EDIT: MEM - Bump the memory down to DDR3-1333 CL7 1.5v modules. You will not notice the speed difference and the lower latency will be better for video work.
  2. Hi sadams04

    Thank you for the response. Good catch on all accounts. I will update everyone with my experiences and pics.

  3. Best answer selected by ryantischer.
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