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January 29, 2010 10:16:36 PM

I am working on building my new computer, and have a few questions I am not sure about.

I do a lot of gaming, and am trying to figure out what setup would give me the best performance for my money. Does running two video cards in SLI or Crossfire with a single Velociraptor 10,000RPM HD perform better than say a Raid setup with two Velociraptor 10,000RPM HD's and one high end video card?

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January 30, 2010 11:11:13 AM

^ Faster HDDs dont offer any significant performance in game...maybe just improve the load time...
The Graphic cards are the most important, next the CPU...
And going Crossfire/ SLI will benefit if the resolution is high...If a single powerful card will be able to play the games at your resolution, stick with that as it would give room to add another graphics card later on...
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January 30, 2010 12:12:40 PM

Agreed with what is said above.

Besides, 10k RPM drives are outdated. Modern 7,2k drives are close in performance due to larger platters. If you truly want a fast HDD, go SSD.
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February 6, 2010 1:35:30 AM

Thanks for the help guys! I think I'm gonna settle on this system, should be pretty solid once I can afford the second video card.

MB - Gigabyte EX58-UD4P
CPU - Intel i7 920
Graphics - GTX280
RAM - 6 MB DDR3
HD - 300G Velociraptor - (I do enjoy the fast load times)already had this in my current computer.
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