Hi, there.\n\nI posted earlier this month in alt.comp.homebuilt on my next "god box"\nworkstation ideas.\nI've narrowed down a few specs and want opinions as to whether I'm on\nthe right track.\n\nIntended use is as a graphics design (2-D) workstation and file\nserver, with multi-tasking/multi-threading capacity today, and with an\nupgrade path to full 64-bit computing over a five-year work cycle.\n\nAll prices current today from my usual assembler and in Canadian\ndollars.\n\nCurrently looking at:\n\nTyan Thunder K8WE S2895A2NRF 9 (see\n[URL]http://www.tyan.com/products/html/thunderk8we.html[/URL] )\n\n\n2 x AMD Opteron 242 1.6GHz CPU 2 x 8 (May go for a faster pair)\nunder Windows 2K to start, then Win XP64 in 2006. Probably will add\nZalman processor fans.\n\n8 x Kingston 1GB Reg ECC KVR400D4R3A/1G 8 x 7\n\nOR\n4 x Corsair CM72SD1024RLP-3200/S PC 3200/DDR400 sticks...See a\nCanadian price of 0 for these at\n[URL]http://www.atic.ca/index.php?page=showall&man=129&cat=4[/URL] .\n\nIf I am running a 32-bit OS for the near term, it's stupid to install\nRAM the OS can't see until I go to Win XP64, right? This will save\nmoney, unless anyone thinks there's a reliability problem with\nCorsair. Other recommended makes/prices?\n\nWestern Digital 74GB SATA 10K 9 I like this model, and that\nprice is OK. This computer will likely have at least two more drives\nand/or be linked via Gigabit Ethernet to my current dualie PIII as a\nRAID backup/file server.\n\nATI Radeon X1600XT 256MB PCIE 9 I like this model, and that price\nis OK. This won't be a game box.\n\nAntec Titan Server Case 9 If this case (which I like A LOT)\ncomes with the True Power 2.0 550 W power supply (TP2-550EPS12V) and\nthe included HD fan, then I have to do more research on other power\nsupplies, but that's also a good price. There is currently some debate\nover this PS and the Tyan board I favour. Any alternatives that\nemphasize QUIET and COOLER will be favoured (Zalman, Silverstone?), as\nwill alternative case recommendations that can deal with the Extended\nATX form factor.\n\nTIA,\nR.