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#21 DarcnightelSF

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Posted 23 November 2007 - 11:59 AM

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anyone got any thoughts on RAID at all?
saw an article on it somewhere about it whilst i was looking for hard drives

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Posted 24 November 2007 - 12:33 AM

I've run RAID on my system a couple of times before and its fairly useful depending on how you set it up.

I still don't trust it to use on your operating system drive, as air said go with a Western Digital Raptor for the OS.

RAID can be configured differently for different applications.
RAID 0 - Drive Striping (Combining two drives at a hardware level to function as one bigger drive in windows)
RAID 1 - Mirroring (Creates a clone of one of the drives in the array - it will only ever be as big as one of the drives)
RAID 0+1 - A combination of both functions above but requires more than two drives
RAID 5 - A more advanced version of 0+1, an example would be a 3 drive array. Two drives would be striped together to form a bigger one and the third would be Parity which if data is lost it can be used to rebuild the array of data.

Things to keep in mind, its more expensive to run RAID 5 due to most onboard hardware not supporting that level of raid.
RAID 0, contrary to many people does not result in double the performance of the drive. At most its a 30 - 40% increase due to the fact that both drives do not write/read at the same time.
Also data recovery is very hard to do on damaged arrays.
Running a RAID also means drives cannot be moved to other systems if they are in an array unless the drive is formated or you dont wish to keep any data on it anymore.

Read up about it on wikipedia or other articles from a google search if your a bit more interested. In my media server atm im running a different type of RAID called JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) allowing me to create an array with different sized drives.
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Posted 25 December 2007 - 06:17 PM

Don't know if you know Darc but nForce 780 motherboards are out now, so take a look at them bad boys.

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 03:16 PM

will do, should be starting to get the parts together some time after new years.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 03:04 PM

wow wow wow!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 04:11 PM

Just found out the 9800GTX cards should be released in March or April this year, so keep an eye out for them.

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 06:15 AM

Ok, as an OEM system builder, I figured I should offer my advice upon this one.

Ok, so, the new nvidia cards are a little dissapointing.

Here is my reccomendation:

Motherboard = Asus Striker Extreme - II 780i

CPU = Intel Quad Core 9300 "yorkfield"

RAM = 4GB Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400

Graphics cards: 2x8800GTS G92 512mb

PSU: PC Power & Cooling 1000W

Hard Disk: 2xSeagate 500GB perpendicular 32mb cache
Note: I advise against 1tb drives due to disk failure, I have RMA'd 6 already.

Case: Coolermaster RC-690 Dominator

Watercooling components:

CPU Block = Switech Apogee LGA775
GPU Blocks = XSPC Full Cover Water Block (G92)
Pump = Swiftech MCP965 or Liang DDC
Res = Swiftech Micro Res
Radiators = 2x Swiftech MCR320-QP Triple 120mm Radiator
Tubing = XSPC 1/2" Tubing (availible in UV Reactive)
Coolant = Feser One (range of colours)

If you need any other advice, my Xfire = 0cn1virus

My reasons for the 8800gts G92 is that they are technically 9800's, but are labeled 8800 for some reason un-known to me, also, under water cooling, they are faster than 9800GTX's.

Guys, whoever said that intel suck for overclocking, you need a slap, i have a 2.00ghz chip at less than standard voltage running at 4ghz rock solid stable. I always use intel because they run cooler, and currently, and for the past 4 years or so, have been faster. Phenom vs Penryn, Phenom gets wazzed on.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 05:57 AM

Ok ppl some of the retailers over here have caught on to the gaming requirements

http://www.packardbe...4111001-43.html

thoughts appreciated

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 06:07 PM

Looks like that rig could easily handle anything that is out there, and for a few years into the future. But where is the price? Gotta be a couple grand without the monitor.

To our 'pros' out there: do you save money by purchasing a 'package' like this or are you better off assembling it yourself?

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 06:37 PM

Lets play "The price is Right" those of you from the Uk will know the TV show i am talking about, in otherwords guess the price! The closest person will win a yet to be disclosed prize.

Little hint, it is over 1000 take into consideration exchange rates when you bid.
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#31 Malone|SF

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 07:53 PM

Umm, I'll start with 2,000 USD without a monitor.

And yes, we have "The Price is Right" here in the US, but I think the host, Richard Dawson (a former WW2 POW in Germany with another guy named "Hogan") died a few years ago.

If I win, I want a date with Whitestar.

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 09:16 PM

I'm gonna guess 1600 quid, which will be a complete ripoff for the shit parts they put in there.

CPU is balls. Ram is slow crap. Motherboard is probably 680i which are complete crap or even earlier. 2 shitty graphics cards. And who the hell uses a G11 keyboard these days? The case is bloody old too. With all the bloatware on that thing, it would take a month to boot.

Do I win?

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 03:10 PM

Squid, I think you should do articles for a computer magazine. Whether they agree with you or not, I bet they would read your reviews. They would probably write many 'Letters to the Editor' which I'm sure would please him greatly.

I will stick to my guns and say that comp should run pretty much anything out there. It's a lot more computer than what I have and mine runs Crysis pretty well.

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:50 PM

I would have to agree with Squid, he knows his components and the processing and graphics power put out by them.

DO A REVIEW SQUID!
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 05:13 AM

Ok, someone send me that PC (free of course) and I will sel...review it. *cough*

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 01:38 AM

Squid, need a cough drop?

Anyhoo, I'd agree with Squid, that thing is an expensive POS. You'd be far better off with Alienware. They might be expensive, but they are at least good.

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:22 AM

Squid, need a cough drop?

Anyhoo, I'd agree with Squid, that thing is an expensive POS. You'd be far better off with Alienware. They might be expensive, but they are at least good.



LOL Alienware

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 10:42 PM

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!
DID SOMEBODY SAY AMD???? wtf is wrong with you? lol... Intel all the way!
LoL.


Here are the specs on my baby:

- EVGA NVIDIA GTX 280 over clocked edition
- EVGA nforce 780i SLI FTW Motherboard A1 Version - NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI, Socket 775, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, Dual Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, USB 2.0, Firewire, Serial ATA, RAID
- Apevia tower case
- 21" LCD Samsung Touch of Color monitor
- 19" LCD dell monitor for extended desktop
- HD Omega Striker sound card
- 2x Western Digital 640gb Caviar hard drives
- Logitech G51 surround sound system
- 4gb corsair 800mhz ram
- 550W power supply. forgot which manufacturer
- 2x ASUS CD/DVD ROM burner drives
- Microsoft laser optical mouse, a cheapy lol
- Microsoft multi-media keyboard
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