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January 28, 2011 9:46:43 PM

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

CPU COOLER: CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

CASE: ANTEC 900 MID

POWER SUPPLY: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC

HEADSET: Creative Labs GH0110 Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wired USB Headset

BOSE: SPEAKERS

MOUSE: Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse

APP DRIVES RAID 0: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

KEYBOARD: Logitech G15 2-Tone USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard


2x 1TB drives? Should I just put one in? Raid 0? or Raid 1? I do setup backups to my server.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
STORAGE

1x SSD: OCZ Summit OCZSSD2-1SUM120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
OS DRIVE

3x MONITORS: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor

DVD ROM: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

VIDEO CARD: SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video ...


This is pretty much my PC.

Now I know how to build, and if i have any questions about tweaking i will open a new forum discussion.

However, I am not sure what to do with my drives


SSD drive in SATA 3 port (this will be updated in the near future, maybe around my birthday next month)

2xRAID 0 APP DRIVE (10k raptor drives) - I plan on doing this to increase performance on my games/IT Work.

now - what do i do with my TB drives. I have 2, should I keep on in an external USB? or should i make it into a raid system?

I am not 100% concerned with loosing a drive. That is why i do backups. I move my media over to my server.
I do plan on upgrading this as well in the future with a sata 3 2TB or 3TB drive and knock out the raid array, or create a new one..


Thoughts on the pieces going in ? i will provide benchmarks next week with my new machine.


Coming from a 3ghz Duo Core Processor. 8 gigs of ram. same video card and hard drives.
reason for upgrading is bluescreen win32.sys.


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January 29, 2011 2:21:33 AM

What will be the primary use of this PC?

HEard the Corsair H70 isn't that great considering the price, you would probably be better off with a Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme.

Depending on the use of the PC, the i5-2500K is usually a better value.

Unless you really need the space or already have them, I'm not sure the Raptors would be worth it.
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January 29, 2011 4:01:01 PM

I work with computers all day, usually I will have my three monitors being used. RDPing to this clients computer, remote connecting to my work's terminal server, and Outlook open.

Then through out the day, I will watch movies and play WOW or SC2, or Dead Space 2....

Mostly Movies, Music, and Gaming after work hours, during work outs... Excel Spreedsheets, Word, Remote connections, programming C++, running backups.

I tend to run a lot of applications and have them all in the background, while i do various things on it. I am a heavy Multi Tasker /Gamer


I would play a game and surf the web and watch Movies/TV Shows.
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January 29, 2011 4:17:00 PM

The Antec 900 does not support the CPX form factor PSUs like the CP-850 and CP-1000, it only takes regular ATX style PSUs so you will need to pick a different unit. I suggest an 850W from XFX.

Also, drop the raptor drive and get one of the new 1TB or 2TB WD caviar black drives, the ones with the 500GB platters are actually faster than the raptor for a lot less.
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January 29, 2011 7:45:55 PM

If you don't mind/the size/price for the casing, I would recommend Antec 12000, HAF X or DF-85. They are huge, but you will be able to fit plenty of drives if you want to and it will keep everything well ventilated; I personally have a bias toward the HAF X.

For your kind of multitasking, I don't think the 2600K would give you much of an edge over a 2500K as most of your application, when in the background, will be idle, not actively processing something. Going for the 2500K is 100$ you keep in your pocket (or just spend elsewhere :p ).

For the MB, I would also suggest ASRock P67 Extreme4, Gigabyte P67A-UD4 or Asus P67 Pro for their better support of dual video cards which you might want having 3 monitors.

Coming back to the Velociraptors, the only edge they still have over 7200RPM HDDs is random access. For raw sequential access, most recent HDDs can beat the Raptors. How much GB of apps do you actually need? Depending on your actual, needs, maybe you can just get regular drives or, replace the OCZ Summit and those 2 Raptors for a single Crucial C300 256GB (should end-up costing the same, ~550$); you would probably get the best of both worlds, just with a little less space, but I don't know anyone with more than 100-150GB of applications anyway.
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