As many of you already know, I'm chronically in shortage of money :o but because of I killed another mainboard, I think that is not a total waste of time to seriously explore what are my possibilities for a new hardware.
I did some searches, and found some interesting pieces of hardware, but I'd like to know feedback before to compile the definitive list for purchase.
I am a sort of crazy user, because I really stress my machines a lot. It is not unusual that I run the CPU at 100% for many hours and burn a DVD at the same time while moving files through the network.
I don't know if all this heavy work load kills faster the mainboard, I mentioned it just in case is useful to choose the right components
What I need is the higher amount of SATA connectors possible, because I need to connect at least 4 DVD burners and as much HDDs as possible.
If possible, also an IDE connector will be welcome so I can still use the Pioneer 116 drives (that are among the best drives for DL discs). The IDE connector, is not a must, but as I said is very welcome :bigsmile:
The most interesting options I found are the following:
AsRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional,
AsRock Z77 Extreme9
Asus P8Z77 WS
The asrock fatality caught my eye because it has the highest amount of sata ports and it also has the IDE connector. But the eSATA ports are shared
Another feature I need is a dual network card. There is any difference between having a dual NIC onboard or adding a PCIe card?
Because one of the most frequent tasks I do is convert movies using Handbrake, I need a powerful CPU, and I was thinking to get the 3770K CPU. With Quick Sync I can hugely reduce the amount of time needed to run video encoding, so Ivy Bridge seems the best option.
About the chipset, I think that Z77 is the best choice, and BTW all mainboard with the higher number of SATA ports I found use this chipset.
Overclock is not a priority. Currently (due mostly to the low powerfulness of my current CPU) it is not unusual that I run the CPU at 100% for many hours, and I'm not sure that is a good idea to run for a so long time an overclocked CPU. However, if possible, I wouldn't mind a slight overclock just to improve performance of quick sync :bigsmile:
I already have the case: an Antec 1200. This case is huge, so I need a PSU with cables long enough to reach the higher bays. Any suggestions?
What about RAM? I think that 8 GB is the minimum, maybe I can add some more later if needed. Any suggestions? If I'm not wrong I must search for 1.5V memories.
About graphic card, I think that I'll use the one embedded in CPU, and if needed I can purchase another later.
About the CPU cooler, I think I'll get the Hyper 212 EVO, the same used by Dee :bigsmile:
Finally, any suggestions about a SSD drive? I'll use it only for operative system and programs, so I think that 60-80GB is enough
Thanks in advance for any suggestion