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Jsunn
12-31-08, 12:02 PM
Hello all,

I orgionally started down this road with a purchase of a new E8500 that I didn't have a lot of luck O/C on my 680i board. So I started looking for purchasing a new MoBo and then it turned in a completely new system!

Let me know what you think of my choices.

My systems is going to consist of:
1. GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 (not going i7 for the time being)*
2. E8500 (hopefully clocked to 4.0+ GHz)*
3. G.Skill 8800 (2X2GB) 1100MHz RAM*
4. Corsair 750W PSU*
5. 2X500GB WD hard Drives in RAID 0*
6. 500GB and 160GB external USB HD for file backup*
7. GTX285 (when they are released)
8. G92 8800GTS running PhysX*
9. Vista 64bit*
10. MM U2-UFO case*
11. G15 Gaming Keyboard*
12. G9 Gaming Mouse*
13. G51 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers*
14. DVD RW*
15. 3.5" Floppy Drive (nostalgia)*
16. Razor Barracuda 5.1 Gaming Headset*

*items already purchased or owned.

What do you guys think. I just purchased the MoBo and the second drive yesterday.

Have a Happy New YEAR!!

Tr1cK
12-31-08, 12:21 PM
Looks good. RAID0 is a waste.

Jsunn
12-31-08, 01:15 PM
RAID0 is a waste.

Why?

-J

Toss3
12-31-08, 01:20 PM
Why?

-J

It's not just remember to set the stripe size to 16kb and not 128 like everybody seems to recommend! :) Had raid 0 for a while - it's faster but one of my hdds is already failing.

Tr1cK
12-31-08, 02:26 PM
Why?

-J

It really depends on how you set it up, but with only 2 drives you are better off running them independent. I ran it for about 6 years and was a firm believer until I separated my drives. I used to have everything besides my storage stuff on 1 set of RAID0 drives. My latest incarnation is to separate my OS and pagefile drive from the game install drive. I've found my real world game loading times quite a bit better. I didn't measure it, but it was definitely noticeable. RAID0 excels more in synthetic benchmarks than they do in real world usage and not to mention a 1 drive failure kills your whole setup.

Old setup:
C: = RAID0 2 drives; OS, pagefile, and game installs
D: = single drive for storage

New setup:
C: = single; OS, pagefile
D: = single; storage only
E: = single; game installs and big programs like AutoCAD


We had a big thread on this a while back, might want to check if interested.

bu1basaur
12-31-08, 03:19 PM
Didn't want to start a new thread, but I don't want to hijack yours. I'm looking to upgrade as well:

Current:
Mobo: EVGA 133-K8-NF41 SLI
CPU: AMD 64x2 3600 2.0 @ 2.7
RAM: 2x1GB Patriot PC3200 2-3-2-8 @ 430mhz

Upgrade:
Mobo: Giga-Byte P45 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345)
CPU: Intel E7200
RAM: 2x1GB Corsair XMS2 PC6400

I can get all three for about 300 bucks. I don't want to spend more than 350. Any info, critique, or objections would be very helpful.

Tr1cK
12-31-08, 05:34 PM
Shoot for 4gb Bulb. It's the sweet spot and RAM is cheap right now.

wolzen
01-01-09, 01:29 PM
Didn't want to start a new thread, but I don't want to hijack yours. I'm looking to upgrade as well:

Current:
Mobo: EVGA 133-K8-NF41 SLI
CPU: AMD 64x2 3600 2.0 @ 2.7
RAM: 2x1GB Patriot PC3200 2-3-2-8 @ 430mhz

Upgrade:
Mobo: Giga-Byte P45 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345)
CPU: Intel E7200
RAM: 2x1GB Corsair XMS2 PC6400

I can get all three for about 300 bucks. I don't want to spend more than 350. Any info, critique, or objections would be very helpful.


keep the board
get a e8400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134634
and get 2 of these

bam! only 270$ lol e7700...lol that's trash

Logical
01-01-09, 01:38 PM
Complete system rebuild for me within the next month

Coolermaster ATCS black
Coolermaster Real Power 1000W PSU
Intel core 7 920
EVGA X58 mobo
6GB corsair 1600Mhz ram
Nvidia GTX285 (just 1 for the time being)
LG Blu-ray Multi Writer
640GB WD Black Hard disk
NEC 24WMGX3 PRO 24" Monitor

My wife calls it a late Christmas pressie. Will post pics and benchies when its finished :)