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Old 04-15-2009, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking about building a new desktop and was looking for some recommendations. I am pretty sure I wanna go with an i7 920 and NVIDIA card. My budget is about $1500, I am not really concerned about cutting it cheaper than that, unless the price to performance ratio is far out of line. I already have a nice 24" LCD monitor, so I won't need one of those.

I have a NAS, so performance > storage capacity. Also, my preference is to do all my business with newegg, they have always been reliable for me, and I find it easier for everything to come from the same place.
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am thinking about this case:

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail


I was thinking about overclocking to 3.8ghz, any suggestions on cooling?

Also, I was thinking about getting 2 of the hard drives you linked for raid 0, do you think it would be worth it?
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the core contact cooler, with the i7 retention bracket.
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That would be a massive raid0 array. Would be faster but with increased chance of data loss. If you back up regularly and want a speed increase go for it. If not I would stay away from it.

I prefer a raid0 or an ssd (if they were more affordable) for OS and programs and a large single drive for data.
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If you're writting and transfering a large amount of data, that is a sizeable increase over what your average user and gamer would do, then a RAID-0 would be worth it. Like what was stated above, you add twice the risk of data loss. If one HDD goes, you're done. What's the alternative?

RAID 0+1

Here's a wikipedia entry on various RAID levels

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You're better off getting an SSD over a RAID-0 for your desktop, unless you're doing some heavy file work.

But with your budget and wanting an i7 rig, you're better off putting that money elsewhere.
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Warning SDD's have low download speed
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correct that is why you would only want one for an OS drive not a data drive.
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I am thinking about this case:

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail


I was thinking about overclocking to 3.8ghz, any suggestions on cooling?

Also, I was thinking about getting 2 of the hard drives you linked for raid 0, do you think it would be worth it?
that is a pretty nice case. my friend has it and for the price it's a very good case.
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