A list of things I haven't bought yet are PSU, WIFI, CPU, MB, and I will look around for RAM kits. I bought the case yesterday. http://ca.pcpartpick...kayj/saved/2t7f
Yes, at this point I already bought all the HDDs.
- WD Caviar Black 1TB (WCAW33702631)
- Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB(ST2000DL003
- Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB (ST32000542AS)
- Seagate Barracuda 3TB (ST3000DM001)
I read that I don't really NEED to have identical drives. It may affect access speeds by 20-30% though. I might not do the RAID setup just yet until I learn more about it and how to set it up. I was thinking either RAID 1 or RAID 10.
RAM: Okay, I understand. I will look out for deals on kits. In the meantime will a single stick of most DDR3-1033/1600 suffice?
My calculations come out different from yours, so we need a little clarification.
Have you already purchased the HDDs? if so, what are the models?
You have listed 2 separate RAM sticks, This is not best practice. When you buy in a kit, 2 x 4GB = 8GB, they are guaranteed to work. when buying separate sticks, there may be subtle differences and some MBs are very picky, then you can get memory errors and problems.
PSU: I was thinking this PSU instead for $39+tax vs $59+tax for the Antec. It is 80PLUS Bronze, Corsair (reputable), and 430W should still work. http://ca.pcpartpick...r-supply-cx430.
I know you said not to buy used but this looks like a really good deal... http://vancouver.en....055281759.html.
Seasonic 450W 80PLUS GOLD.
CPU: I'm getting this for $68.31+ tax. AWESOME!
MB: I did quite a few searches and this is very good for the price. A couple alternatives I found were...http://ca.pcpartpick...board-gah77md3h
for $79.99 and http://ca.pcpartpick...rd-gaz77md3hmvp
for 97.48 but I read a couple negative reviews (both were in the 3* range). Would either of these work?
Not at all. MB. Needs to have a min of 4 SATA connections (but limits your HDD capacity) RAID capable, (H77 Chipset) you could look for other brands. Personal pref, I do not like Biostar or ECS.
PSU. Min Bronze certified. There is a very limited choice at this low voltage range. The Antec is about the best but if you find another, please post a link,
Parts list. Please correct if wrong, this is what you still require? If you wish to make alterations use the edit button, top right, and when finished post the new URL generated. This list will still remain > http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1HLR2
Edited by kayj, 27 September 2013 - 04:17 PM.