Hi, I'm a photographer and I have the need to store large RAW files and volumes of RAW files. Some of which I would need to keep handy and of which I just need backup and store.
I'm currently running a 2 x 3TB Dual Core + 16GB RAM. I'm currently using bluray discs to store most of my raw files, except it sometimes becomes tedius trying to re-locate discs etc, my cataloging system is piss-poor at the moment.
I want to look at building a new computer and I've been having a look at parts sporadically, and I wanted to get some advice from here. I've been looking at Motherboards with the most SATA ports, so that I can add as many HD's as possible. However, in some forums they have suggested to go for SATA Controller (not sure why I would need this unless I want to expand the number of SATA ports).
So here's what I'm looking at:
Intel Based Motherboard with the most SATA ports (8+ ports)
Quad-Core or Six-Core i7
32 GB of RAM and if possible to upgrade to 64GB RAM at a later stage
Fit about 8-10 x 3TB Harddrives + 2 SSD
The best RAID formation with 8-10HD
Space to fit in a bluray burner
USB 3 ports
USB 2 ports
Wireless Built in (if possible) or continue to use my Wireless Card
Bluetooth built in (if possible) or I can continue to use my USB dongle
A Case to Support all the HDs, I was considering a Lian-Li PC-V2120
Graphics card - Support Maya, Photoshop etc... I'm using two 2 x 27" Monitors so would love to connect them using DVI instead of DVI + VGA. HDMI would be great as well.
I have a 7.1 Logitech Sorround Sound system which I would love to continue to use, and happy to go with 5.1 if required.
Should I add Energy Concious, or is this asking too much ?
Also, regarding RAID setup. I have 2 x 3TB HD with information already. Can I get these included in a RAID setup or would I need to remove the information and the reformat the information and then get included in the RAID setup ?
And, can I start small with the RAID setup and add additional HD as required or do I need to purchase all the HDs that I want in a raid at once ?
I can recommend on the hardware side, but the RAID set up is not my specialty.
I could not find a mobo that had more than 6 6GB/s SATA ports, so I believe that a SATA card may be in order, but I would hold off until you actually needed to expand.
Anyways, I'm not sure if you could even use the 32GB of RAM, but I included it. However, I recommend going with only 16GB, and if you believe you could benefit from more, then add more.
I went with this particular case because its $40 off right now, and it fits your needs.
If you have any questions, just ask.
the reason you got told that you need a sata controller is because intel board only comes with limited number of supported sata devices, if you wish to include more you need a separate controller. Some boards already come with built in AS media controllers, unfortunately those do NOT support RAID, afaik.
as far as including HDDs later. I believe if you go from RAID 0 to RAID 10 (1+0) you can include the blank drives for back up without a problem. However, you will not be able to set your existing drives with data into a RAID 0 without formatting them.