Wow, lots to catch up on overnight.
Funny that you mention "old hardware failure" concerns with regards to the SCSI drives. My experience has been that if drives are going to fail, it'll be in their first couple years of life. After that, they're good indefinitely. Now, I realize that's not literally true, but I've had backup IDE drives last for something like 12 years across 3+ different computers, and I've yet to have an issue with the older SCSI drives. Yeah, your point is valid, just it doesn't terribly worry me. If I were to be totally honest, though, my one concern with SCSI is OS compatibility (card and drives) in Linux, as not all the cards indicate being supported and it'll require some research/luck.
I went with the ASRock H77M motherboard which has 2x PCI and 2x PCI-E slots. You're right that most PCI-E SCSI cards are still selling for a lot more, but I've seen some in the range of regularly PCI. Too bad it doesn't have PCI-X, those cards are plentiful.
Thanks for the software recommendation (MadVR). Sounds like it would be good one to use, although from what I gathered, it's Windows-only, right? I'm not 100% against going with Windows for this build, but I'm hoping to be able to pull it off with Linux. (I did order 8GB of RAM, though, a) because it's hardly any more expensive than 4GB and b) in case I have to fall back to Windows.)
You realize your system is probably going to use less that 40 watts at the wall right. Which means that the computer itself is probably using less than 30. So if my late night math is right that's about 5 percent. Not trying to pile on. I really don't have a problem with the PSU. It's next to impossible to get a good quality ATX power supply that will run in it's efficient range with the systems we're building now a days. It's just that you were basically proving the previous poster's point.
No, I didn't know that... Why is 400W the minimum requirement for stuff then? I haven't read up on that aspect, but I find it thoroughly counter-intuitive. That means even decade-old 200-300W PSU's are inefficient in current builds.
That would seem to support duff99's comments and my own confusion.
Where did you find a 128GB SSD for $70-80? (edit: I see the Samsung 830 is $89 on Amazon, but it's another $20 if you want the 3.5" bracket and cables, which are somewhat essential to a new build.)
That's my fear with SSD. Granted, your mom's was the brand that StanF said to expect problems with, but in reading up on SSD reviews, there's still too many issues for my taste, going back a year or less. True, computer stuff matures quickly, that doesn't leave me feeling like the bulk of the kinks have been ironed out yet. I've never been an early adopter of technology. My preferences lean toward the tried and tested. That said, I haven't 100% decided on SCSI yet ... still watching prices on a couple things; will decide in the next day or two.
DanEdited by dkap - 10/7/12 at 8:18am