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New PC--Partioning Raptor and 2 SATA

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September 28, 2006 11:14:13 AM

Greetings all:

I'm trying to put together my first DIY PC:
Intel E6600 DualCore 2.4ghz
ASUS P5B Deluxe
4gb Mushkin DDR 667
Antec P180 w/ TruePower 550W PSU
GForce 7800GT
XP Pro 32bit

Mostly, I do a lot of Photoshop and creative stuff. Not much gaming altho with this rig I just might dip my feet in.

Also, I ordered a 400gb Seagate Cheetah 7200.10 and a 300gb ditto.

I'm thinking I screwed up and should have got a 150 gb 10000 RPM Raptor as my boot drive. As this is my first build, I don't want to mess around with RAID.

I'm thinking if I get the Raptor I should partition as follows:

Maybe a 30gb partition on the Raptor for Windows.

THe balance, the really slow apps like Pshop, InDesign, etc. Plus Windows pagefiles and Photoshop swap files (altho with 4gb or RAM I'm hoping Pshop won't need to make too many swapfiles).

THe 300gb drive for all other apps like MSOffice etc.

The 400gb drive for data.

So, should I get the Raptor, and what do you think about the partitioning above?

Thanks,
Denton

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September 28, 2006 11:36:52 AM

The partition you're talking about should be fine.

Why are you getting a 7800GT? Get a 7600GT if you want to budget, or spend on a 7900GT or 7950GT (or even an X1900XT, if you want to spend a little more).
September 28, 2006 11:57:11 AM

<<<The partition you're talking about should be fine.>>>

THanks.

>>>
Why are you getting a 7800GT? Get a 7600GT if you want to budget, or spend on a 7900GT or 7950GT (or even an X1900XT, if you want to spend a little more).
>>>

Sorry, that was a typo. 7900 it is.

Denton
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September 28, 2006 12:01:07 PM

If you don't want to mess with Raid, which is ok, then I would get the for you OS. Then make a smaller 10GB partition on 300GB drive for pagefile. Although you have plenty of memory, you'll be cutting down seek\access times this way.
Also one comment about the Ram, 4GB is pretty intense, you could bump up your video card if you take away a GB or two, or the Raptor.
Looks like a nice rig though, Cheers!
September 28, 2006 12:11:08 PM

If your are serious about getting a Raptor for your OS and a few other Apps. I would get a smaller 36GB or 76Gb drive to save a little cash, unless you want the space. Just make a 10-15Gb partition on one of the other drives for your pagefile. Sounds like a nice rig.
September 28, 2006 12:32:51 PM

Quote:
Greetings all:

I'm trying to put together my first DIY PC:
Intel E6600 DualCore 2.4ghz
ASUS P5B Deluxe
4gb Mushkin DDR 667
Antec P180 w/ TruePower 550W PSU
GForce 7800GT
XP Pro 32bit



I've always thought that Win XP Pro 32bit had a problem recognizing any RAM over 3GB. Have you considered 64-bit XP?
September 28, 2006 12:37:10 PM

I would check on the memory cap for 32 bit as well. I just built my first comp and I think I remember seeing something about 32bit not recognizing over 2 gigs RAM. I'll check my MB manual when I get home tonight and see if it said anything about it in there.
September 28, 2006 12:47:38 PM

I think it's best if the windows pagefile, photoshop scratch disk and image files are all on separate drives. The way I've got my own PC set up is:

disk 1 - OS & apps

A partition per OS & swap partition per OS. A separate swap partition helps with defragmentation. About 10gb per OS does me but YMMV.

disk 2 - data

Partition this any way you like to help organise a large drive.

disk 3 - scratch disk & backups

Partition for Photoshop scratch disk, CD burning, audio recording or whatever else you need a scratch disk for. The rest of the space for data backups & OS disk images. One day one of these drives will fail...
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