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Old October 8, 2013, 11:45 AM
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Also, why use SSHD's as your media drives? The Solid State Cache likely won't give you any noticeable advantage if you're just using them as large scale media storage. You could cut costs a little by going with bog standard 7200rpm drives.
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great_big_abyss, the ssd are not media drives, OS and program drives. Hybrids were/are for media/streaming to 4+ network devices at home.
I'm aware the SSD's aren't meant for media storage. When I mentioned SSD cache, I was referring to the solid state storage that exists on hybrid drives as a cache. The firmware in the drive stores the most commonly accessed data there (required data for OS boot, software loading, etc). In a streaming application where you are accessing different media all the time, the cache won't get filled up with data, thereby being rendered useless. Like I said, there is no advantage to using SSHD's (Solid State Hybrid Drive) as your storage drives.

Plus, speaking from experience (my HTPC streams data to 3 PC's and 3 phones/tablets in my house) standard harddrives are enough to support that.
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Old October 8, 2013, 11:56 AM
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Oh, and greetings from monkeytown...... ;)

I'll second/third the concerns about using the hybrids, especially if you intend to try them in raid. They're really only intended as a drop-in improvement for single HDD installations (like laptops) when the costs of an appropriate sized SDD would be out of a person's budget. I'd question whether or not the caching feature (what gives the hybrids their improved benchmarks over standard HDDs) will even work under raid which if it doesn't would remove any and all benefits as well as inducing an extra layer of possible data loss.
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Since you are going to splurge 1000$+ on the mobo and cpu why not get an EVGA SR2 and a pair of Xeons L5639? The SR2 is 50$ more expensive than the board you are going for, and you can find very cheap Xeons hex cores on ebay. The L5639 overclocks very well, at least at 3GHz. You would have more processing power than your initial choice at 60% the price. As case you can get the Rosewill Blackhawk ultra it can take the SR2. SSD for OS and gaming is nice. As for storage I would go with regular 7200rpm HDDs but get 3 in a RAID5 matrix, not just 2 in RAID0. Cheap hexacore Xeon on ebay here Intel Xeon L5639 2 13GHz SIX Core CPU 12MB Cache QPI 5 86GT S LGA1366 SLBZJ | eBay
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Old October 8, 2013, 01:05 PM
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Lose the NH-D14 and get a H100i or Swifty 220/320. The Noctua really blocks access to your ram.
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Old October 8, 2013, 01:13 PM
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Since you are going to splurge 1000$+ on the mobo and cpu why not get an EVGA SR2 and a pair of Xeons L5639? The SR2 is 50$ more expensive than the board you are going for, and you can find very cheap Xeons hex cores on ebay. The L5639 overclocks very well, at least at 3GHz. You would have more processing power than your initial choice at 60% the price. As case you can get the Rosewill Blackhawk ultra it can take the SR2. SSD for OS and gaming is nice. As for storage I would go with regular 7200rpm HDDs but get 3 in a RAID5 matrix, not just 2 in RAID0. Cheap hexacore Xeon on ebay here Intel Xeon L5639 2 13GHz SIX Core CPU 12MB Cache QPI 5 86GT S LGA1366 SLBZJ | eBay

3.6ghz with mine on a SR-2. The ebay link shows an unbelievable price!
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Looks like you have really high budget for this. Well then, buy the best hardware your money could afford. That's my advice. The other areas are just preference such HDD, for me I dont need a lot of hard drive space. So Im good with one SSD and a 2 TB hard drive. Also I prefer close-loop cpu coolers such as the Corsair H100i, I just dont like a huge block of mass hanging on my motherboard since I move my rig a lot.

What I would change is your video card, might as well go all out on this one too, it is in fact a "dream pc" after all.
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The ebay link shows an unbelievable price!
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Those aren't very graphically demanding games but the card you chose is basically last gen mid-range. Get a 770 or a 280x. You don't need a 1000watt powersupply unless you crank up the video card selection.
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Thanks all. I really appreciate all the feedback. I get where you're coming from on the hybrid drives. Scrapping that idea for sure. I cannot see though much effect is putting SSD's in a raid? From what I have read there is little preformace increase? Entilza, I checked out NCIX, their prices are insane compared to the one one newegg. $50 more for the same processor and they do not have the same mobo. Sqeetard, the PSU is for if I ever decide to duel SLI the 670. For the extra ammount of cuda cores in the 680 I think the extra rpice isnt much eorth it. The 770 has fewer cuda cores and comes out the same clock speed.

For those of you mentioning Xeon builds... Compatibility issues and more cash really...? Oh... And all the RAM I mentioned earlier is because is a quad channel board with quad channel RAM. thats why 8x4GB sticks :)
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