Use caution with XP 64-bit, it is not as compatible or as stable as 64-bit Vista. XP has also left mainstream support and is in its extended support phase. Also, keep in mind that with RAID 0 you will lose your data on both drives if one hard disk fails. Alternatively, you can get an AMD system and save a little cash, though fairjoe is right in that you will need a powerful power supply, good case, and cooling to run either the below AMD configuration or his Intel configuration.
Motherboard: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 DDR3 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard
- A new motherboard designed for AMD's AM3 processors, it too has Crossfire and can handle 16GB of RAM. $139
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
- This is AMD's latest and fastest processor. It performs slightly faster than the Intel CPU but is about $80 cheaper. $255
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
- Although your sticking with the XP dinosaur, this RAM will do well. Note that you will need a 64-bit operating system to use 4GB or more of RAM otherwise you will be limited to roughly 3GB. Having 4GB in two slots should be faster and if you later decide to add more RAM or go 64-bit, you will have an immediate benefit during the upgrade. This RAM is more expensive than the one in the post above, but that is because it is DDR3 and runs at a faster speed. $59
Video Card: ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP/HTDI/512MD5 Radeon HD 4870 512MB
- The 4870 is a very good card, as fairjoe pointed out, this one is a bit less expensive. This is because it is a 512MB card and not a 1GB card. Unless you're a gamer or into 3D modeling, a 512MB card will be adequate. If you are going for a dual GPU solution at the time of building, a 4870X2 would be a better choice. $169 (Before $30 mail-in rebate)
Operating System: Windows XP 64-bit
- This is suggested for systems with 4GB of memory or greater. I don't suggest XP 64-bit systems due to compatibility issues and the lack of updates with the WoW64. For x64, I suggest Vista. That said, the 32-bit edition of XP
will do nicely if you wish to skip Vista and wait for Windows 7 or just simply want XP. $89-$139
Cost: $754 or $704 depending on OS.
Edited by DJBPace07, 06 May 2009 - 03:34 PM.