Hey everyone, I currently have a system that I built about 2 years ago, and it's still holding up nicely. My hard drives are becoming outdated and I'd like to upgrade the system to meet my current and future needs.
I haven't kept up to date with current hardware specs, but after reading some reviews I feel like I'm somewhat up to date. I used to game a lot, but lately I've been using my computer to rip blu ray movies, and encode them using handbrake. This means I will need plenty of storage space, with possibly a primary SSD to handle the ripping/OS/games (I primarily play modern warfare or other FPS games).
I'm going to be getting a boxee next week, so the computer will stream my movie collection to the TV in my room. Here is my current setup:
1 x COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
1 x G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ 1 x Western Digital Caviar
It's currently running on 2 SATA 500GB hard drives in RAID0, and I will need some sort of redundancy with my new configuration, most likely RAID5. I also have a 24" monitor so I'm good to go in that category.
My question is, what parts should I go about upgrading to make this the media workhorse that can store all of my files and also play games? It currently takes about an hour to rip a blu ray to my hdd, then about 4 hours to encode it.
By no means a bad setup. Biggest gain would be from overclocking the CPU so a good aftermarket cooler would be worth it. A decent size SSD (120gb) is a good idea and storage drives is just how big do you want 1TB drives are readily available for about $60