The processor is fine, what I would look at for your drives are a 40Gig SATA for the OS,
Originally Posted by whatever_works
If you are reading and writing to the same RAID array, you wont benefit from speed boost,
You can write RAW to a Single SATA2 as you should be able to match the data rate with the disc's speed - I know that the WD2000JD will run at 50MB/s
As the disc performance from the read and the write drives will play a factor in the rendering and processing time, its best to use seperate arrays.
I would also consider not keeping your final work on a RAID array disc as if one should fail the whole array will fail and loss all the data.
Two Gigabytes are fine for most work, if you delve into more complex work then upgrade. Once you have installed and updated XP Pro you will find that most OS processes will fill around 715MB of the swapfile and Cached PF as well as your RAM (not equally). You should take a good look at the clock cycles on the RAM as the lower you get the faster you can work.
2 Gig of memory will have to suffice but with expandability to 4,
Check the motherboards site to ensure that the power supply is right for that board, We have read reports on some PSU which cannot run the board, You will need to check the amp's and the wattages, Most users had to upgrade their PSU's with 550 and 600 Watt PSUs to make the system run.
more than enough video card, win xp pro, and a power suply that is more than enough.
I would take this one. It is a current board and has a good specification. With All Asus products, you will need to update the bios on a regular basis until they iron out the issues that they have.
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