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February 19, 2012 4:37:37 PM

Case: Antec 900
Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V PRO GEN3
Processor: Intel i7 2600k @4.4
Cooler : Noctua
Memory: Cosair 16gb DDR3 1600
Hard Drive: 2 x 120GB Cosair SSD RAID1
Video Card: EVGA GTX580
Power Supply: Antec 850w
Monitor: 24" Dell @ 1920x1200

I have had a few lockups of mouse and keyboard but I am working on it.

I also need to add some big hard drives.

If you have any comments, ideas, or suggestions let me know.

Thanks.

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February 19, 2012 4:37:37 PM

Case: Antec 900
Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V PRO GEN3
Processor: Intel i7 2600k @4.4
Cooler : Noctua
Memory: Cosair 16gb DDR3 1600
Hard Drive: 2 x 120GB Cosair SSD RAID1
Video Card: EVGA GTX580
Power Supply: Antec 850w
Monitor: 24" Dell @ 1920x1200

I have had a few lockups of mouse and keyboard but I am working on it.

I also need to add some big hard drives.

If you have any comments, ideas, or suggestions let me know.

Thanks.
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February 19, 2012 5:27:54 PM

katman said:
Case: Antec 900
Mobo: Asus P8Z68-V PRO GEN3
Processor: Intel i7 2600k @4.4
If you are doing CAD or other specialized work ok but if you are gaming then you spent money you didn't need to
Cooler : Noctua
Memory: Cosair 16gb DDR3 1600
Normal use including gaming 8gb is more than enough
Hard Drive: 2 x 120GB Cosair SSD RAID1
Why? Not using a Hdd and trying to make two of these do the job of a boot drive and regular storage? Waste of money. The only thing the SSD does is improve load times not performance. Given shorter lives, can't defrag them, etc., can't conceive of why someone would do this but I could of course be wrong
Video Card: EVGA GTX580
Power Supply: Antec 850w
More juice than you will ever need and as such probably wasted
Monitor: 24" Dell @ 1920x1200

I have had a few lockups of mouse and keyboard but I am working on it.

I also need to add some big hard drives.

If you have any comments, ideas, or suggestions let me know.

Thanks.


So you already own the parts and have built the system and are now asking for feedback? Comments above.
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February 19, 2012 5:49:04 PM

I just found this forum. I guess I did not understand Rate my rig.

I have been making a living as a software developer for over 20
years and don't mind over building or spending a little extra.
I am not a hardware guy, you can tell.
I haven't built a pc for a few years.

The extra $50 on RAM was fine with me.
Not worth my time to remove cooler later.

I am not up to speed on the SSD but if a
raid is not needed I have a couple of pc's
that could use the other drive.

You have any info or links on best use of SSD?

I will add a RAID1 of 2TB and another GTX580
at some point, What PSU should I have looked at?

Thanks for the comments. It does help.
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February 19, 2012 8:30:56 PM

katman said:
I just found this forum. I guess I did not understand Rate my rig.

I have been making a living as a software developer for over 20
years and don't mind over building or spending a little extra.
I am not a hardware guy, you can tell.
I haven't built a pc for a few years.

The extra $50 on RAM was fine with me.
Not worth my time to remove cooler later.

I am not up to speed on the SSD but if a
raid is not needed I have a couple of pc's
that could use the other drive.

You have any info or links on best use of SSD?

I will add a RAID1 of 2TB and another GTX580
at some point, What PSU should I have looked at?

Thanks for the comments. It does help.


One SSD as the boot drive and for key programs that you want to load fast (antivirus and similar) and perhaps any of your software. After that SSD is running fine them plug in the storage drive. Do you know that a second gpu will help much? There are several power use calculators on the web you can find adn plug in your power usage by device and get a reasonably accurate number. 750 w is probably fine and if you were paranoid 850w. Make sure its a good quality psu.
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February 19, 2012 10:43:54 PM

Thanks man.

I think I will split the raid.

Would you use the other SSD on
another pc or try a RAID0?

or

Do you like the SSD as a cache with
the intel storage manager program?

The HDD's are this week...

Would you RAID1 the HDD's?

or

RAID0 (or no RAID) and add external backup?

Video card... maybe 6 months... maybe never....


Thanks again.


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February 19, 2012 11:31:41 PM

It's a nice system, but putting SSDs in RAID 1 is useless. You need to be able to run trim.
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February 19, 2012 11:53:30 PM

Thanks! I am going to fix that. I was clueless.

There is another thread that's the same.
Please delete this one.
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February 20, 2012 12:10:08 AM

I don't understand trim.

I just typed this...
C:\Windows\system32>fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify
DisableDeleteNotify = 0

But my Enableprefetcher and EnableSuperFetch are both 3.

EDIT:

I do have a small HDD raid setup also.
I am waiting to order the larger HDD's.
I am on Win7 pro 64
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February 20, 2012 12:21:48 AM

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    February 20, 2012 8:38:21 PM

    So my new build has a SSD RAID1.
    It does have TRIM ON and does
    not show up in defrag list.

    Is it still bad to run this RAID1?


    Ok, So next question....

    What's the best way to split the drives?

    Do I switch from raid to AHCI?

    or

    Do I leave RAID ( It is AHCI ) and
    change the drive to non-raid disk?


    Thanks!

    UPDATE:

    If I go straight AHCI the windows system can not be recovered.
    If I go RAID the use intel storage manager to set the disk is a
    non raid disk it restores.

    I heard RAID in BIOS and non RAID disk really uses AHCI.

    What is the correct way?
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