Hey y'all, @pcrecord @Boswell @anyone I'm getting ready to pull the trigger soon on some new PCs for an interim recording rig to be put together over the spring/summer. It's a job is to get me by for a couple years, and to be a prototype for a larger higher end system, and to help me gauge how much computing power I ultimately need for my software set and workflow. These are essentially supposed to be Bang for the Buck builds capable of mid level professional performance for a single writing/editing/mix rig. The PCs are based on i7 6800k 6 core processors, seasonic titanium PSU, asRock tia chi MOBO (Bang for the buck- opinions on asrock MOBOs welcome!), and some rack cases. I'm gonna make two of them one as a master- daw, one as slave for BFD, VSL, and effects busses. Then when I make an 8-12+ core flagship master daw in a year or two, I'll have twin slave computers, one dedicated to BFD solely. Questions: 1. The mobo can handle xeon chips, and 256gb of registered memory, or 128gb of un-registered memory for i- series chips. Aside from 'more is better' are there any advantages to going w the more expsensive ram (registered)? This also requires a xeon chip which is considerably slower clock speed than the 6800. Do is registered memory worth it in general? In my particular case? Regardless im gonna start w 64gb in each machine then upgrade asap. At least that's the current idea. 2. The SSDs are lighting fast samusung 960 evo that are like 1,500-2,200 mb/s!!! And they're affordable. My plan is for 2x 500gb drives for the samples on the slave machine, as well as 1x audio drive for the daw. The others will be 250gb for the OS. I'm thinking of splitting the 400gb of BFD to one drive, and then the VSL, and UVI ocrchestra and synth stuff to another drive. Am I any better off running those in RAID (striping) mode, where they would be teamed up and acting as one large drive with a 2x transfer speed? Or is it better for them to be split, giving BFD and VSL/UVI their own dedicated bandwidth running in regular non raid mode? I'm interested in reliable performance, and ok w pushing things a bit like overclocking a few hundred MHz provided it's all running generally well day to day. ----- Also a big consideration is avid media composer video editor is heavy duty and some of the 'approved and tested' by avid PCs are grossly powered 12-22 core beasts! Bare min reccomended was i7 quad core, so I'm barely a step up from the min from a single computer perspective. So that's why I think i might need an 8-12 core eventually for the flagship daw computer. It's also why I'm wondering if maybe the xeon/256gb registered memory might be worth it for the current master daw. Which is fine becuase it'll be a great for VSL when the flagship comes. The xeon chip I can afford right now is like 2.6ghz, the i7 is 3.4, both similarly priced around 400$ and fit into the asrock MOBO. Any thoughts are welcomed. Thanks!