The Price tag for 'Harm's Monster'

Prices are in Euro's excluding VAT at the moment of purchase, including transport.

Areca ARC-1882-iX-24 Gen 3, raid controller PCIe-3.0, 4 GB cache and cables
1 € 1152 € 1152
Areca Battery Backup Module, for the ARC-1882 series
1 € 100 € 100
Asus P9X79 WS, motherboard 1 € 277 € 277
CaseLabs Magnum TH10 chassis, complete, incl. $ 300 transport cost * 1 € 757 € 757
Chenbro AESK33502, 5-in-3 3.5" hot swap drive cage 3 € 117 € 351
Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra, extremely efficient cooling paste for the CPU 1 € 8 € 8
Corsair Performance Pro 256 GB SSD, Fast SSD 2 € 241 € 482
Corsair Professional Gold AX1200, Gold+ certified 1200W PSU 1 € 196 € 196
DemciFlex custom filters, made to order to fit the 'Monster' 1 € 42 € 42
EVGA Geforce GTX 680 Classified, overclocked 680 with 4 GB 1 € 503 € 503
G.Skill RipjawsZ F3 DDR3-2133, 8 x 8GB sticks @ 1.5V 1 € 663 € 663
Icy Dock MB994SP-4S, 4-in-1 2.5" hot swap drive cage 1 € 50 € 50
Intel i7-3930K CPU, much more affordable hexa core than the i7-3960X 1 € 441 € 441
LG BH10LS38, BD-R burner with LightScribe 2 € 68 € 136
Noctua NF-R8 fans, low sound 1800 RPM fans with high CFM 3 € 15 € 45
Noctua NF-SP12 fans, low sound 1300 RPM fans with high CFM 6 € 15 € 90
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011, massive CPU cooler 1 € 60 € 60
Raidsonic ICY BOX IB-863-B, multicard reader with USB2, USB3 and eSATA 1 € 24 € 24
Seagate Constellation ES ST1000, enterprise 1 TB disk 25 € 76 € 1,900
Zalman ZM-F3BL, quiet fans with high CFM 5 € 9 € 45
Total investment     € 7,322


* I warned you that the case will be considered exorbitant by many. It is way more expensive than a regular mid-tower or even a big-tower, up to 10 times the price (including the shipping costs). But keep in mind that a case has an almost everlasting life. It is similar to a tripod that outlives a camera many times. I'm pretty confident that I can still use this case when the third generation i9 CPU's with 32 cores plus Hyper Threading with support for 256+ GB memory are available, or even dual 40-core Xeons with up to 1 TB memory. I consider this a long term investment.

You will notice that I changed some components from what I figured in the Intro. This was due to availability and price. The chassis is unchanged, as are the Chenbro drive cages, but instead of the Addonics drive cage, I chose the Icy Dock, because it supports SATA III and was less costly. The LG BR burners were readily available, slightly faster than the Optiarc's and somewhat cheaper and the LG's in my current systems perform quite well. This list is complete now.

As you can see, the cost of the disks and raid controller amount to 50% of the total cost (hover over the different slices to see the % of the total cost). The long-term investments in case, PSU and drive cages, what I would call the 'infrastructure', amounts to nearly 20%. This means that the rather staggering cost of this system is very heavily influenced by these three categories and thus one can expect, when the time comes to upgrade to a new system, that the cost of that upgrade is limited only to the CPU, mobo, memory and video card, currently only 27% of the cost. That is reassuring for the future.

I suggested another 'Warrior' system on the Adobe forums, What PC to build, an update... and there the cost distribution looks like this (while the size of the pie reflects the absolute cost on a logarithmic scale in €:

Even though this 'Warrior' system is far less expensive, it still shows that out of the total budget around 40-50% should be reserved for the disk I/O system. One thing to note is that there is no cost for additional fans, filters or drive cages in this last pie chart. This also applies to the 'Economical' build I suggested in the article mentioned above. The main savings are in the lack of a dedicated raid controller, as shown in the graph below: