Review this system.... (revision 2.0)

Summary:

i7 (860)
ASUS P55 mobo
EVGA Gtx260
4x2GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) w/ XMP (7-7-7-20 @ 1.90V)
2xWD Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB @ Raid 0
X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series 7.1 (24-bit 192KHz)
CORSAIR TX 750W PSU
Antec 900-2 case

Detail:

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214

ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131601

EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 x16 HDCP SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130433

Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220285

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series 70SB088600007 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102021

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006


Purpose:

All around - CS4/gaming/1080p video

Future:

2xGtx260 SLI
2xRAM for 8GB total
PSU supports the above

Doubts:

2x 1TB Caviar Black @ raid 0 vs. 1x VRaptor (both options at matching prices...which wins?)

Does space a HDD space impact performance? Partition allocation? Logical drives?

Would a 80GB HDD with equal specs outperform it's 1TB twin? (no SCSI or SDD here)

Can 2x 7200 RPM 32 cache @ raid 0 match (or outmatch) a single Vraptor 10000 RPM 16 cache?

What else on this build can be improved?
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  1. I think one 5770 now and then another one later would be better. A;so you should look at get 1tb smasung spinpoint f3. Everything else looks fine.
  2. impaledmango said:
    I think one 5770 now and then another one later would be better. A;so you should look at get 1tb smasung spinpoint f3. Everything else looks fine.



    What's special about the Samsung f3? Less firmware errors? Better seeks? Cache?
  3. 2nd the ATI 5770 GPU, it is a better GPU at a lower price.

    I would hold off on a sound card. Onboard sound now-a-days is very good. I would try it first and add the sound card if you don't like the sound quality.

    I agree with the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. It is a faster hard drive because it is based off of two 500GB platters vs four 250GB platters. Larger platter size increases your speed. The F3 rivils or beats the speeds of the VRaptor, plus at a lower cost. It would be my choice if not getting a SSD or the WD 2TB Black hard drive. I'm not a fan of a RAID setup because the increase risk of data loss. Two F3's in RAID0 will beat the VRaptor but I don't see a need for you to do that... IMO.
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