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Old 05-06-2005, 02:54 PM   #11 (permalink)
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dont really know anything about raid but if it makes it faster/ run better than yes,
Yes, RAID makes them faster. You will definately want to RAID-0 those two Raptors. They will fly.

I don't know what your money situation is, but there is a point where every extra dollar gives you less and less performance. You could save a ton by getting an A64 3800+ or 4000+ and a single 6800GT or Ultra rather than the FX-55 and 2 Ultras and still kicks ***. You could always add the second vid later if you need it.
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I think, since you got the money, you should get a Venice 3200+, a 6800Ultra, maybe two, the DFI, and an extreme aftermarket water cooling system and OC the hell outta that badboy.
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Yes, RAID makes them faster. You will definately want to RAID-0 those two Raptors. They will fly.

Word to that. You should get at least a 50% increase in data transfer speeds.
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Yeah and remeber if those raptors are raided, no important data on RAID-0 as a rule of thumb, since if one goes out, the other looses it's data

Switch to a DFI Lanparty SLI-DR isntead, kicks the hell out of the Asus mobo by 10x in terms of reliability, peformance and speed.

And the video card, just get 2x 256 meg cards, 1 gig of video ram is overkill

Ram, right ram, but only get a gig unless your into video. The memory settings for 4 sticks comapred to 2 can decrease peformance, and 1 gig is enough.

Sound card, yeah it's a bit on the crappy sound quality side compared to what you can get in it's range, but it's an idiot proof card so meh :/

And if I were you, I would want a much better power supply

And dont forget, you want to get a good mousepad (steelpad, icemat) and a good mouse (mx1000, razer(sp?) dimiondback)
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And dont forget, you want to get a good mousepad (steelpad, icemat) and a good mouse (mx1000, razer(sp?) dimiondback)
Ahh, the small things. Everyone forgets about those. I always forget that when someone wants me to build them a computer, the budget also includes the money for a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. That always depresses me, since I have at LEAST $200 less to play around with at that point.

But for gaming, yes, good mouse good keyboard. DO NOT GET WIRELESS IF YOU ARE A HARDCORE GAMER! Response times are slower than a regular wired mouse. It may not be much slower, but in the midst of a firefight, a nanosecond can mean the game.
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I agree with a lot of these posts.

DFI LANPARTY SLI DR no doubt.

256MB 6800ULTRAS - 256MB 6800GT's are damn nice too. You won't see a difference only in benchmarks. 512MB cards are a total waste of money. All that memory is usless in modern PC's and games.

Forget the audigy 4. - Go with the Audigy 2 ZS gamer with that system.
unless you want the external unit for headphones, volume, mic... It's not really needed.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY... Do yourself a favor and visit www.pcpowerandcooling.com and buy the Turbo-Cool Deluxe SLI/Express PSU. It's rated the best PSU on the Planet. I also have one and it's flawless. Cost about $230.00 but it's worth it. With that system you need perfection when it comes to power.
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DJ, how is a 550W PS not good enuff for that computer? Especially if he gets adequate cooling, it is really all he needs.
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He means better quality. Enermax is not the greatest company out there.

Thermaltake, OCZ, and there are a few more really good ones that they name escapes me at the moment.
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Here's the best possible setup:

AMD FX-57 (when it comes out)
DFI lanparty ultra-d SLI
2x 6800ultra 256mb (not 512)
1 gig (2x512mb) G skill LA's
2x 74gb 10k raptors in RAID0
2x 250gb Seagate (raid0?)
M-audio firewire (better than creative)
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When is the FX-57 comming out?
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