Hi everybody. I am putting together my own DIY3 dual Xeon system following the DIY3 recipie with a few ingrediants changed. For my system I will be running the Matrox RTX100 extreme pro, but wanted to be able to upgrade it to something HD or HDV in the future. So here is my configuration....
Case - Thermaltake Xaser, Armor Black Full Tower #VA8000BWS = $149.99 - [ The recomended Thermaltake Highest Xaser III #v2000A was great, but I just thought that it was a bit ugly, and I didnt like the big logo runnign down the front "in your face" add ]
Graphics card additonal - PNY VCG66256XPB Geforce 6600 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail = #124.00 [ I needed a second PCI-express video card so I can run a 3 monitor editing setup. Hopefully this cheaper one will work together with the 540 but i will have to test it and see.
Processor - 2x Intel Xeon EM64T 3.4GHz Irwindale #BX8546KG3400FA = 946.00 [ I went with this model Xeon because it included a fan, otherwise i would have to pay around $100 for additional fans for CPUs without them. ]
RAM - (2GB) of CORSAIR 1GB DDR2 400 (PC2 3200) ECC #CM73DD1024R-400 - OEM = $258.00 [ I chose Corsair over the recomended Kingston becasue with Corsair the same type ram was a lot cheaper - the kingston 2GB came to around $340. -A bit more. ]
System Drive - Maxtor EIDE133 250GB - 7200RPM = I already own from previous system.
Video Drive - Maxtor S-ATA-II 250GB OEM #6V250F0 = $96.00 [ plus an assortment of old S-ATA drives I already have. I will RAID 0 my two S-ATA 250GB drives for a 500GB S-ATA disk for editing big projects that need the highest performance.
DVD burner - External one I alrady have from previous system.
OS - WinXP Pro OEM = $146.00 [ be aware of OEM versions that you cant change your configuration ]
S-ATA-II controller card - Promise FastTrack TX2300 S-ATA-II 2-Port - OEM #FastTrack TX2300 = $56.99 [ The Motherobard only has 2 S-ATA ports on it so i needed 2 more and decided to go with S-ATA-II ]
Additional Fans - Thermaltake A2018 120mm 1 Ball, 1 Sleeve Blue LED Light Case Cooling Fan - Retail = $14.99 [ I feel the need for one more case fan in the front ]
TOTAL = $2,530.97
I will be putting this together and testing it with RTX100 this week! Wish me luck. Theres always something that goes wrong.