I was looking to buy a new computer and a few things came up...
Hard Drive/RAID Related:
1. How much faster is Raid 0 then No Raid?
2. If I have 2 80GB HDs with Raid 0 will it be 80GB or 160GB?
3. What's the difference between Raid 1 and Raid 5 other then the number of HDs they use?
4. What are the effects of Raid 0+1, and 0+5?
5. What Raids are there other then 0, 1, and 5 and what do they do?
6. If the seek time is half as much on 1 HD then another and you have to use the HD for the game you're using will it be twice as fast on the one with half the seek time as the other or will it just be a little faster?
Video and Audio related:
1. What's the best value, 2X6800GT, 2X6800Ultra, or X800 XT?
2. Whats best overall 6800 Ultra or X800 XT?
3. Is SLI really worth it? How much better is it then the regular?
4. What's the best Audio card/adaptor for 7.1 value-wise/overall?
5. What's the best set of speakers value-wise/overall?
6. What's the best headset (no microphone) value-wise/overall? (I need both headset and speakers because I don't want anyone else hearing the porno from outside this room
1. What are the Pros and Cons of each line of processors compared to each other? Athlon 64, Athlon FX, Opteron, Pentium EE. Please direct these at gaming and web mostly and movie playing slightly.
2. Does the cache really matter, I mean what's the use of 1MB of memory?
3. What is Hyper transport and how useful is it?
4. Since most processors can safly be overclocked whats the best processor of all value-wise/overall considering that it can be overclocked to the highest safe amount possible for gaming and web mostly and DVD playing moderatly.
1. What does the speed of the memory mean?
2. What's the difference between physical memory and virtual memory and for games when it requires a certin amount of memory is that physical memory or virtual memory?
1. Should I wait for a 512MB video card by eigher nVidia or ATI (Probabally GeForce or Radeon series) or go with a 256MB one now? How long will it take for one to come out by one of those two companies (I know some companies already have them but I only care about one of those 2)
2. Should I waid for the Athlon FX-57? When will it come out and what will it's clocking speed/estimated price be?
*Note, when I say overall when refering to "The best" I mean what's the best disregarding price.
and sorry about the stupid questions