2x ASUS EN7800GTXTOP/2DHTV/256M Geforce 7800GTX 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 TOP Limited Edition
Corsair XMS TWINX2048-3200C2PT 2GB Kit DDR400
Pulled from my old system. 2 GB should be enough...
3x Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB Serial ATA II 7200RPM Hard Drive w/16MB Buffer
All three will run on Raid 5
750 total GB of space, right now I am using over 400 GB with various drives so the extra space will be nice
A Samsung 16x DVD drive, I got it from someone for $25 and am using it on my current system. It is extremly quite and has fast read times.
No reason to upgrade
Thermaltake Xazer III
I don't know the model number. It is a metallic blue and has 7 fans. It had a 420w power supply but im going to remove that.
I got it for $35 from a friend
Weighs slightly less than some small cars
Thermaltake W0049RUC Silent PurePower 680W w/Active PFC
A good friend said it is worth the extra cash to get a power supply that is SLi ready. Is this true?
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Sound Card
I was told these sound AMAZING with headphones and gain you FPS in games. I will see...
Sennheiser HDR65 wireless headphones
I got these when I lived in Germany. Sennheiser makes the very best head phones you can buy. Don't let anyone tell you differently
Heatsink and fan:
Zalman CNPS9500 LED CPU Cooler
120mm copper heatsink and fan
Was told this would shave 10 C off my cpu temp
Was also told it would sound like being inside a 737
PCI wirless network card:
Linksys WMP54GS Wireless-G PCI Adapter w/SpeedBooster
Picked this out at random, Linksys was the only brand I have ever heard of
A Sony drive I got for $12
Microsoft keyboard and mouse off my old system
Also a Saitek X52 joystick I paid $125 for since I am flight sim junkie
I think that is it and I didn't miss anything
If anyone has ANY suggestions or thoughts or sees a way I can save some money let me know.
Also if you see any potential conflicts or problems please let me know
RAID-0 will give you 750, but with one disk lost you are F*UCKED
RAID-5 will give you a 1 drive buffer, so you can lose one and still be alright.
If you have a large file, or a bucn of files "ABCDE" this is what RAID-5 does.....X's are just to keep things spaced out
When you want to acess file "D" you can draw from two drives, drives 1&2. And when you lose a drive....Takeout any drive.....you will still have all data.
So it gives you speed and secutiry as a cost of one drive. If yu have a 10 Drive RAID-5 you will have 9 drives and one redundant drive. but you can set the number of redundant drives to anythign you want.
So you will have 750GB with 3 250GB drives....but you will only have room for 500GB space of UNIQUE data....
Personally i would use 5 250GB so i would have an even TB....
Also for RAID-5 you will need a RAID card, no mobo comes with it as an option.
Is Raid 5 faster than Raid 0?
I have a 300 GB external HD that I use with firewire. So space is not a problem.
Having the added failure security is a good thing since I have alot of valuable work data on my machine and im not very good about backing up data.
Could you give me some examples of good Raid cards?
Is having three drives in Raid 0 faster than having just two?
I have read that three is the optimal number on Raid 0
Is this true?
Speed (from fastest to slowest):
. Raid 0
. Good Raid 5 (good controller, 5+ drives)
. Raid 1 (almost equal to normal)
. Normal single hard drive
. Crappy Raid 5 (crappy controller and/or only 3 drives)
. Floppy disk. (threw that in for effect )
Raid 0 splits data across drives for speed; 2 x 250g = 500g.
Raid 1 mirrors (duplicates) your data on 2 drives for safety; 2 x 250g = 250g
Raid 5 splits data across 3 or more drives but uses 1 drive's worth of space for redundancy (1 drive can fail and you do not lose data); 3 x 250g = 500g
Other types of raid aren't worth using in desktop environment - and not supported 99% of time)
Only thing I can think of is if you want quiet, get a Thermalright SI-120 and a quiet fan. Supposed to cool even better than the 9500 - but at this point we're talking fractions of a degree, so take it for what its worth.
Or, if you're not overclocking, use the stock HSF since its plenty good (even for mild OC - 10-15%) Both the Zalman and the Thermalright will lower your temps from there, but the A64 runs cool anyways.
Im not worried about quiet, 95% of the time I am at the computer I have headphones on or I am listening to my XM radio.
I was told by someone I trust that Zalmans can't be beat when it comes to heatsinks.
Haven't seen benchies on the 9500, but the 7700 vs Thermalright XP-120 with a high capacity fan has the XP-120 ahead of the Zalman. Maybe the 9500 cools better than the 7700, but the SI-120 is marginally better than the XP-120, so it seems to me both are winners...