to RAID or not to RAID

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:, 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.

These are the components I am considering:
CASE: Corsair Carbide Series 500R $130 @ (yeah, I sprung for a window)
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified High Performance Modular Power Supply CP-9020002-NA $99 @
CPU: i72600K LGA 1155 $320 @
MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $270 @
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666). $50 @

BOOT DRIVE: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD. $210 @
(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 @
(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.)

MEDIA: ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS – OEM. $58 @
VIDEO CARD: XFX HD-679X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6790 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready. $140 @

I usually build as much PC as I can afford and I get 5 and sometimes 6 years out of it. With growing number of users in the house - the system needs to be stable and sturdy.

Thanks to the folks who weigh in.

Case 130
PSU 99
CPU 320
MOBO 270
RAM 50
Boot 210
Data 170
DVD 58
Video 140
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  1. Need RAID advice
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  3. Why raid1? Just raid 0 it lol. Or don't raid at all... Just back up your stuff on a external HDD's another another HDD.
  4. 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.
  5. and ASRock, i don't think they are good. Review it up, if you want stability get a sabertooth... That has 5 years of it.
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