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Next pcs for my new build -- A little guidance plz

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March 24, 2010 9:43:44 AM

Well I've picked up case/psu (550w). I have i7-930 on the way thanks to someone picking it up for me at an awesome price.

Now my use is primarily insane amounts of poker. 20+ tables up at a time, with tracking software that records the actions of every play on a hud (head up display) every 5 secs. This software displays key historical stats on players and updates as mentioned every 5 secs. It also tracks me and my results/hands etc for later review.

I am acting on hands to the tune of 1000 - 1500 hands per hour. My data base in the previous mentioned software has 450k players historical data and I will have played near 2.75 million hands by years end.

presently my 4 yr old vista os, dual core crapola which was great for games, has problems if I refresh my tracking software database during play, lagging out all other processes. And I currently run on 4gb ram. Hopefully you get the picture.

So things I need:

Mobo to match above chip. I dont know what brand/model to get other than the right socket. But I want decent quality with ability to go sli if I choose so later for games (I dont play much anything now)

Hard drives; raid 0 hdd or ssd? if so what do I look for? My builder friend says to get 2x 1tb hdd's Samsung or WD. But there are so many I dont know what to look for.

Ram: I want no less than 6gb, maybe 8gb, but wont need more. I know I need triple channel. Any specific specs I need to look at when selecting?

Edit: I do use dual monitors but I'm not worried about Video card selection atm.

Thanks for any guidance!

Budget: not unlimited by any means. But I dont want some cheap junk parts. Quality/value is what I'm looking for.

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March 24, 2010 10:19:03 AM

Mobo - Gigabyte X58A-UD3R - A very good value high quality mobo with nearly all the features that you will need and also has SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - I would say if you are not on a tight budget, then a 64GB SSD for OS and the games
And a 1TB for other stuffs...

RAM -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

Graphics card - XFX HD 5770 1GB - Should be able to handle 2 screens without any issues...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 24, 2010 7:57:46 PM

gkay09 said:
Mobo - Gigabyte X58A-UD3R - A very good value high quality mobo with nearly all the features that you will need and also has SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - I would say if you are not on a tight budget, then a 64GB SSD for OS and the games
And a 1TB for other stuffs...

RAM -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

Graphics card - XFX HD 5770 1GB - Should be able to handle 2 screens without any issues...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



1. why a HDD AND a SSD?
2. I dont understand SSD's being so much smaller in terms of gb than HDD's?
3. Whats the difference in the ram you linked? I see the speed but I dont know what to look for in those #'s and where the best value is for my needs.

Thanks.
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March 24, 2010 8:02:30 PM

I would not get an SSD for the database. If you do get an SSD, use it for the OS and apps, but make sure that you put the database on a traditional hard drive.

SSDs are smaller partly due to the technology, and partly due to the cost to manufacture them. They are non-mechanical hard drives, basically a larger, more robust flash drive. They really speed up your experienced speed of the system, but they're not recommended for storage of high rewrite applications like databases and audio/video files that are being edited.
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March 25, 2010 3:08:33 AM

^ Coldsleep has given the reason why SSDs are costlier...
For DB operations like he said they might not be suitable because the wear and tear of these drives are higher than HDDs...that is the reason why I suggested 2 separate drives - SSD - For OS and games and the HDD for other stuffs...

If your DB operations are much more critical, then you can look into the 10K HDDs like the Velociraptors...they offer very high I/O operations/ sec and will be very suitable for DB...
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - I dont remeber which RAMs I linked and also the link is not working now...
Get this RAM...
GSKillz 1600MHz CAS 8 - Very good speed and timings...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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