Non-Gamer..just a movie addict,
I need to upgrade my main machine. I currently have a Q6600 processor with 4 Gig of Ram- with Windows 7 64bit Home Premium. I have (2) Seagate 320 GB internal HD's Raid 1, and 6 TB's of external HD's connected via USB. The internal HD's store the OS and pictures/Word Docs/Music/Programs. The external HD's contain over 1,200 movies in VOB format. In the past I used Media Center to peruse my titles and watch movies. This quit working when my library exceeded 1,000 movies. When I start Media Center and turn on the power strip with the external HD's- the machine locks up. So, I have had to use Windows Media Player to open the movies which somewhat defeats the purpose of having a remote control to browse and play movies.
I realize that I could probably prolong the current config by doubling the RAM. However, it has been 5 years since I was bleeped out for buying a new computer and I think the time is right to make an upgrade.
I am partial to Intel- a friend of mine works for the company. I am planning to reuse my case, PS, and Graphics Card (750 watt PS and GTX 260).
Here is what I am thinking for MOBO and CPU:
i7-3820 and Intel BoxDX79SR
I will probably go with (4) 4GB DDR-3 1600 memory cards- leaving (4) slots for future upgrades. I will want a SSD for the OS and probably go with (4) 2TB's of internal HD's- RAID 0 for the movie collection (I always have the disc if a HD fails). I will use the old external HD's to make backups of other crap.
Any thoughts or suggestions?