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July 23, 2009 12:00:05 AM

Hey everyone, I am building a workstation for CAD and wanted to see what everyone thought. I also have questions that if anyone could answer that would be great. Thanks alot in advance.

• Case: Undecided

• Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V

• Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory Standard : DDR3 2000(O.C)/1866(O.C)/1800(O.C)/1600(O.C)/1333
Does this mean I would have to OC to use my 1600 ram? Does anyone know a motherboard where I would not have to?

• Processor: Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Bloomfield 3.33GHz
Mostly chose this over the 920 because I don't know how to OC and otherwise cannot use >1066 ram.

• RAM: 2x mushkin Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Unless anyone knows some that would be better for me?

• Hard Drive: 4x in RAID 10: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
1. Is a RAID 10 hard to set up?
2. Do I need anything else to set up the RAID on the ASUS P6T Deluxe that I chose?

• Graphics Card: PNY VCQFX1800-PCIE-PB Quadro FX1800 768MB 192-bit GDDR3

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July 23, 2009 12:14:08 AM

get the WD "RE3" HDDs instead:
"RE" means "RAID Edition":

e.g. no Time-Limited Error Recovery listed for the WD6401AALS:

I don't see PMR in any of the specs for the WD6401AALS either.

A MAJOR FACTOR with current HDDs is the rate at which
raw binary data passes under the read/write heads
e.g. compare horizontal magnetic recording at 10,000 rpm
with perpendicular magnetic recording at 7,200 rpm!!

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July 23, 2009 12:22:59 AM

> 1. Is a RAID 10 hard to set up?


> 2. Do I need anything else to set up the RAID on the ASUS P6T Deluxe that I chose?

Read The Fine Manual ("RTFM") FIRST.

If you plan to install your OS on a RAID 10,
you'll need to prepare the device drivers
to load during Windows Setup e.g.
the F6 option when installing XP/Pro.

Be sure also to enable the RAID Option ROM
in your BIOS, and follow the directions
for initializing your RAID array during boot-up
(typically CTRL-I at the right moment).

July 23, 2009 2:13:07 AM

Thanks for the help.
Do you Know if the WD RE3 750 gb with 32mb cache would perform better than the WD RE3 500 gb with only 16mb cache?