I am a professional photographer, most of my day is spent on CS5, as you all know, it's a
resource hog. Every machine PC or Mac that I have bought just don't have the horse power to drive it. You
spend most of the day waiting for things to happen.
So, I have decided to build a new PC that will handle the load.
First, I would like to install Win 7 - 64 on its own on a 60Gb SSD. I do not want anything else on this drive
except for the OS. I could be wrong, but I belive the system will run more efficient and be more stable, also in
the event I need to reinstall or upgrade the OS, I don't have to worry about my programs and files.
My config would be as follows, but I am open to suggestions and recommendations
CPU - Intel i7-2600k
Memory - I have been recommended 16Gb x 2 of Corsair CMX8GX3M2A2000C9 8GB kit (2x4GB) DDR3 2000MHz
Unbuffered CL 9 DIMM Memory
Motherboard - I have been recommended Gigabit - G1.SNIPER or G1.ASSASSIN
Video Card - I have been recommended the nVidia Quadro 600 1GB Dedicated Graphics Card
Monitor - I am currently using the Samsung SyncMaster P2770HD
Case - I have been recommended COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942 RC-942-KKN1 or the Xigmatek Elysium Super
Tower Case CCC-HSA0DS-U04
Power Supply - I have been recommended the Xigmatek NRP-MC802 800W 80+ Modular PSU [CPH-0800K-C02]
Card Reader - I have been recommended the Shintaro Internal Card Reader 3.5" 30-IN-1 MULTICARD READER
c: 60Gb SSD - Win 7 - 64Bit
d: 250Gb SSD - All applications (No work files)
I went with 2TB enterprise drives to save a little $. the WD RE4 family is made for raid and the is what you should be using. yeah you can put in cheaper drives, but I wouldn't. the Seagate Constellation series is an alternate and they do make a 3TB drive, but it is a lot more $. I went with Crucial M4 for the SSD drives, they are almost as fast as the Vertex 3's and have a better reliability reviews (less issues). I include the HAF X case, not the one I would choose, but its quite capable. I would have choosen a Fractal Design Define XL (adding xtra silent 2 fans) as it looks more professional and will help keep the noise down. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Although I am a long time WD fan, I'd recommend this Samsung HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... Although it is only 2 TB it has a 70% positive feedback. HDDs over 1 TB have a terrible failure rate. If you scan the feedback on the best rated HDDs at Newegg you will see that the best have only 65% good feedback.
The downside to the Samsung 2 TB model is that it is a green drive, and sleeps. You can't really set it up in RAID. But the Samsung makes a great storage drive where you have an SSD for your boot disk.
Why are you using a redundant RAID? RAID 1, 5 and 10 are good for mission critical server setups, but unless you are setting up a server for remote access RAIDing is a waste of resources. Any redundant RAID, to be secure, needs a backup. If you have a RAIDed setup and it becomes infected with a virus, the vorus automatically spreads to the RAID backup. RAID setups insure against hardware failure, not against malware. You need to keep backups to insure redundancy and establish restore points.
If you are not setting up your own photo server for outside access, I would advise you to dump the RAID idea, and set up a periodic backup instead. That way if you have a mechanical or malware crash you will have a recent restore point to work from to rebuild your system.