- 72 months ago
First the link to my parts list.
So I have not built a PC in over ten years now. I know many things have changed and some things are shockingly still the same. This came up when I was looking to both build a computer as well as needed a new computer desk as I was redecorating my office at home.
The first thing I came across was the Desk/chassis http://lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/dk-02/ using this desk/Chassis I decided I wanted to build two separate machines. The reason for this post is I feel I may have gone way overboard with the builds I priced and as such I am looking for peoples opinions on where i can cut back and trim fat and why. I look forward to hearing people's thoughts.
***Machine One (The E-ATX Motherboard) will be used for the following purposes:
1) Gaming: Primarily using Steam and sticking more to RTS and TBS games with the occasional FPS game.
a) The gaming rig is the reason for the 8 SSD drives as I plan to run them in a RAID Configuration b) This was why I decided to go with Dual SLI Graphic Cards, however I thought about going 3-way SLI.
2) AUTO-CAD: I have a map and dungeon building software that utilizes AUTO-CAD as its base. Some of these Maps can be very large but I will not be doing any 3D rendering.
3) Photoshop/Lightroom: I am aware that for most of these applications the argument is Mac > PC but really with Adobe its more an issue of hardware than anything, since the software doesn't work that much differently between the two according to the guy I spoke with at Adobe. For those Photography buffs I am looking at getting into HDR and more editing than I currently am doing.
a) Due to the critical nature of the Photoshop & CAD Files I want to have Disk Redundancy while still having adequate speed. Currently I have over 1.8 TBs of Photos and CAD drawings and shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III camera shooting RAW (for those who understand the average photo size) During a given photo-shoot I will shoot around 500 images, keep about 100 and edit about 25. Because of the need for a faster read and a moderate write I decided to go with a RAID 10 over a RAID 5 for the four HDDs that will hold my Photo and CAD drawings.
***Machine 2: Mini-ITX
This machine will serve the following purposes
1) Media center for streaming movies, videos, and music to my TV and also remotely to my tablet when I am away on business. a) MB has on-board video, and I am not running games, hence no graphics card.
2) Internet surfing, Netflix, HULU, Coke & Popcorn, email, etc.
3) Torrenting, Streaming, etc.