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Old 03-25-2011, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default Asus Sabertooth P67 with i5-2500K System Build - Parts Review

I want to build a system for one of our loan/finance offices that will be handling our finance and accounting software... and basic office function. Not seriously heavy duty use, but steady.

Cooler Master Elite 341 m-ATX Mini Tower Case Black - (RC-341C-KKN1-GP) @ $44.99

Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W Power Supply ATX12V W0388RU @ $59.99

ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 1800 ATX Motherboard @ $219.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Processor with 6 MB Cache, 3.30 GHz for Socket LGA1155 - Unlocked Boxed @ $224.99

Mad Dog Techie Toyz Arctic Silver 5 Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound - Thermal paste @ $7.49

Kingston Technology Hyper X 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM (kit of 2) KHX1600C9D3K2/8G @ $99.99

Crucial RealSSD C300 - Solid state drive - 64 GB - internal - 2.5" - SATA-600 2 each @ $123.45

SILVERSTONE SDP08 3.5 to 2 X 2.5-Inch Bay Converter @ $7.99

19 inches Super Fast SATA III 6 Gbit/s Round Cable with Latch, Black 2 each @ $7.99

Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black) @ $24.49

Sony MRW620/U1/181 Internal 17 in 1 Memory Card Reader/Writer @ $14.99

Sapphire Radeon HD4550 512 MB DDR3 VGA/DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card 100252HDMI @ $43.12

ASUS VE228H 21.5-Inch Wide (16:9) 5ms Response Time LED Monitor @ $159.99

Logitech Wireless Mouse M305 (Black) @ $19.74

Logitech Keyboard K120 @ $11.97

BlueRigger High speed HDMI Cable 6.6 feet (2m) - Supports Ethernet, 3D and Audio Return [Newest Version] @ $4.15

Total Shipped Price: $1206.76

These are all priced from Amazon, but a few items are 2-4 weeks out on shipping and possibly by the time I order a few items may change in price, but between Newegg and Amazon... this is close to what I am looking at, pending any changes.

We already have an unopened W7 Pro 64-bit OS DVD.

I want to run the dual SSD setup in RAID 1 and am not sure if I should get a hardware RAID Controller. I have never setup a RAID system before.

What I will be looking for are suggestions on compatibility issues and/or reasonable upgrades or additions that might be worth considering... along with recommendations on the best method to setup the RAID 1 SSD mirroring. I also want to make sure I am not forgetting anything.

Your thoughts are appreciated... Thanks!
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