Okay so I feel almost "ashamed" for making a thread like this but I need help deciding how to put my systems together. I recently tore my builds down and want to optimize each for maximum performance. I have a bit of cash(I'd say conservatively $400.00 or so) to purchase a few new parts if need be but I know with what all I have there is something I can do to make it work best . I would like your opinions on how you would combine the components. The only requirements I have are that airflow and cable management must be addressed.
I have been doing research and playing around with configurations for over a month now and none of them are hitting the sweet spot really. My idea is to have one lean and mean machine for gaming, one for file servicing (i've backed all my data up to an array of external drives but would like to get an internet ready file server running), and one for HTPC/media for the family. I have a few operating systems to choose from to run all this: Win7 Professional 64bit, Winserver 2008, and Windows Home Server. I know this is a huge list of parts to choose from and a lot of combinations but that is why I am asking. I need a new view on this. So I am eager to see what we come up with. I can post how I have it set now if that helps.
1x 1Tb sata 3
coolermaster V6 (had to remove a fan and shroud to fit the ram in and i'd like to get it back on)
File Server and CAD system:
2x Geforce 9800GTXs
1x Geforce 8800GTS
All remaining HDDs
Parts I had laying around from a recycled build:
Amd board, Gskill ram, 200Gb hdd, apevia case, coolmax psu, 8600gt, etc.
I suppose the way I had it is fairly well fine "tuned" but I am being plagued with cable management and routing issues. That many hard drives is causing a serious problem inside the case along with 3 GPUS. I think maybe removing the 8800GTS will help a lot. But I'm also considering moving the file servicing system to the Storm Trooper case because the HDD drives can be mounted horizontally which allows for great cable management even though the antec 1200 can "hold" more drives.