Approximate Purchase Date: Jan 2, 2012 Budget Range: $1,500USD before rebates, combo deals, and shipping Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitors, speakers, OS Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect Country: USA Overclocking: No SLI : No Monitors Resolution: Dual monitors. 1440x900, DVI input Additional Comments:
Goal – Family system that will last 5-6 years. I may have extensive travel for next 36 months and need a very reliable future-proof (I know that’s an oxymoron) system for the family. Air cooled, mid tower ATX case with PSU on bottom for stability (2 cats in house).
Usage – Productivity (Office Pro 2010, QuickBooks, misc accounting software, VPN, Dragon Naturally Speaking), Video chat to Mexico, Music Editing (Pro Tools SE), Games (Nascar racing, FSX), large itunes libraries for 5 users. Will run Windows 7 64 bit.
Future upgrades: Over-clocking towards end of CPU life, additional SSD in RAID 1 for redundancy, add second HDD in RAID 0 for performance, additional RAM, TV tuner card. I have an existing external 2 TB eSata HDD that I’ll use to backup the data drive.
BOOT DRIVE: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD. $210 @ newegg.com http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(I was trying to find a MOBO that would let me in the future add a second SSD in RAID 1 for redundancy, but cannot find a Z68 mobo that lets me operate both RAID 0 for storage and RAID 1 for boot with all SATA 3 drives)
DATA DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s $170 @ newegg.com http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(I was really trying to figure out how to get two of these in RAID 0 in the initial build and also have a SATA 3 port available for an additional SSD that I can afford by summer in RAID 1.)
Overclocking towards the end of its life (5 years) is not needed, you will just kill the thing faster. I've had my Q6600 since 2007 and its good to go... thats 5 years. Just keep it free of dust and buy a decent CPU cooling and prehaps a HX not a TX corsair.
You don't need blu-ray either unless your planning on pirating some home movies. Even then a USB stick works just as good.