OK, so here is the system I just built over the last month.
Mobo: Asus Sabertooth X58
CPU: Intel Core i7 920
Mem: Patriot Sector 7 1600Mhz 6gb
VGA: XFX HD 5670
HDD: 2x WD 500Gb in Raid 0
I got a smoking good deal on pretty much everything. Currently using the rig for some gaming, but doing some overclocking on the CPU to see what i can get it to run at(currently @ 3.2ghz on air) now I want to finish the system. I'm looking at getting a few upgrades for it, but am running low on funds. I want to use this build for 3d rendering in the near future and am wondering what would be my best choice. I got the CPU from a friend at a very low price so upgrading that is a possibility. The video card is where I want to start, but am not sure of what to use. I am thinking that my best choice is to go with two GTX 460's. Pretty impressed with the reviews and overall performance compared to the 470 & 480. I would consider going ATI but have not found much in the department of reviews of them in crossfire, the reviews that I have found say that getting ATI's to run properly in crossfire seems to be a chore in and of itself. Sooooo..... I'm open for suggestion.
Oh and would appreciate any insight on running two SSD's in Raid 0. Gonna swap to them after I get a bit closer to finished and set up a Raid 5 for storage... later on of course.
I can answer your SSD question anyways...
Got two Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD (250GB) in a RAID0 for O/S and Games...Luvin it! My goodness this is fast!
Got two 150GB VelociRaptors 10kRPM (300GB) in RAID0 data.
Also use a hot-swappable eSata 1TB SpinPoint drive for Acronis System Imaging.
You would be fine with a single SSD. I have heard it is not a good idea to run them in a RAID setup. However, you also need to consider your budget. SSD's are not cheap. You could go with a 60-80GB one for your OS and main programs, but that doesn't give you much room to work with. For now I think you would be better off with a RAID 0 array of 1TB Caviar Blacks or Spinpoint F3's. The latter is cheaper, and it's faster from what I've been hearing.
Also, an SLI setup with GTX 460 (1GB models, don't bother with the 768MB version) would be awesome. They consume a lot less power than the other GeForce 400 cards as well, so you could probably get by with a 650-700W PSU on your build with those cards.
As for your CPU, don't replace it. Even the i7 920 is awesome, especially if you overclock it to the 3.5-4 GHz range, which you're not far from.
excellent, thanks for your help. only other thing that i can really ask is what make of 460. I'm thinking either EVGA superclocked or MSI Hawk versions.
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