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My 2010 Build: Any advice?

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November 12, 2010 6:35:36 PM

I plan on using the SSD drive for my Windows 7 Pro 64Bit op sys.
I will also install the games that could use a boost from an SSD drive on it.
The V-Raptor will be used to hold and run all my less played games.
The 2 tb drive will be used to hold my library folder which contains docs, pics, music, and vids.
Overkill? I’m not sure, but the test results I have read about on the individual pieces of hardware don’t lie. I mean major differences.

What do you think?

Thanks guys


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a b B Homebuilt system
November 12, 2010 7:00:04 PM

Overkill? What are you going to use this for? Also, do you have a budget?

Regardless, the motherboard, CPU, and RAM are all good. What do you plan to do with that 1200W PSU?

As for your SSD, I would get the Vertex 2 or one of A-Data's SSDs (I don't remember which one in particular). They use Sandforce controllers that are pretty much the fastest out there.

Do you really have 600GB of other games? Even then, it's a waste to put them on a Velociraptor; they'll be fine on a standard 7200RPM hard drive (I run all of mine off a 500GB and nothing lags and load times are fast). You're not going to gain anything from it and the money may as well be saved or spent on something else.

I also wouldn't get a Seagate hard drive; many of them have been failing lately, and they never had a solid reputation to begin with. Go with the Samsung Spinpoints - they are faster than the Seagates and WDs and are very reliable. Also, you aren't going to see a large improvement (if any) from SATA 3; the drives themselves are the limiting transfer at the moment, and the price isn't worth it.

Do you have a case picked out?
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November 13, 2010 3:58:27 AM

I have a case picked out and it is from my prior build. CM Cosmos 1000 modified for better cooling.
I do have over 600 GB's of games, but may not install them all. I am a Gameserver provider and do alot of testing.
I read about the Seagate's and you are 100% right. Are you sure about the SATA 3 over the SATA 6?
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 13, 2010 3:10:54 PM

So far, I've really only heard of a lot of improvements in the SSD realm because the controllers are currently capable of sending more that 3 Gbps of information (they have 6 Gbps SSDs, so that may be another boot drive option).

The hard drives just aren't quite there yet, since SATA 3 is just being adopted now. It will come about within the next year though, but I personally don't think it's worth the money yet.
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