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February 17, 2005 12:44:44 AM

i been asking a few questions here and there lately, but i want you guy's opinions for the whole system. whats the best performance setup(perferably a64 939) for gaming that i can get for 2000 US dollars. keep in mind that i won't be accually buying until maybe july, so if the prices go over a lil (i.e. 2100) it wouldn't matter too much. and also, if you think a component will drop it's price in the period of time, please say so, i'll be on the look out. also, i was thinking about getting a water cooling system, so keep that in mind when posting... all in all, thank you guys for helping me out, here's the system that i'm thinkg about

athlon64 3500+ winnie

Black Ice Pro III
Danger Den DD12V-D4 pump
PolarFlo 1/2" Blue TT Series CPU Water Block
PolarFLO TT Series 1/2" Universal VGA water block(not sure)
Tundra Dual 3.5" Bay Reservoir
PrimoFlex 1/2" ID PVC UV Blue Tubing

CORSAIR XMS, Xtra-Low Latency

MSI K8N NEO2 PLATINUM
Antec SX1000II ATX Full Tower Case

BFG nVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra Video Card
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SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON X800 XT PLATINUM EDITION

(x2) Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive (in RAID 0)

Antec 550W Power Supply

Inspire T7700

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February 17, 2005 1:39:43 AM

Good setup all in all. Between 6800GT and X800 XT PE, I'd go X800 XT PE, and instead of the 2 7200RPM SATA drives, why not one 74GB 10000RPM Raptor drive (or maybe 2)... course that would be teetering on the edge 'lots of f'n cash', but by the time July hits you should be able to fit all that into a $2k budget.

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February 17, 2005 1:51:27 AM

but they are in RAID 0... if prices go down, i'll consider the raptor
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February 17, 2005 1:56:59 AM

very similar to what I'm also doing in july. nice setup. Can you install windows on a raid 0 configuartion or does it need to be installed on a separate drive, instead of being striped on the raid setup? understand my question?
February 17, 2005 1:59:44 AM

i am not 100% sure, but my guess is that once you have setup ur RAID 0, it should work as "one" hardrive, so i would expect the installation of windows on a RAID 0 setup to be jsut fine.
February 17, 2005 2:28:11 PM

That's correct !
If you use hardware RAID 0 then Windows won't be even aware that two drives exist.
February 17, 2005 2:41:34 PM

If gaming is your primary use, you won't notice any appreciable gain from RAID 0. Working with large files (video editing, etc.) is where RAID 0 shines.

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February 17, 2005 8:58:15 PM

Basically, what I was saying is get one Raptor drive now and save up for another later.

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February 17, 2005 9:33:58 PM

which one will provide the best performance? i'm not a memory guru =P
February 17, 2005 9:49:06 PM

will the pc4400 g.skill work well with an AMD system? or should i just get a 3200 patriot, also, what about the latest ocz sticks?
February 18, 2005 2:33:25 PM

yes g.skill pc4400 should work properly with amd
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February 18, 2005 11:36:20 PM

i hear that OCZ is even faster OC

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February 19, 2005 2:39:31 AM

I hear mixed things about this, I am reserching the two now. I think that Gskill has the edge in DDR. Im looking at DDR2

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February 19, 2005 5:47:59 AM

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Personally, I wouldn't allow different metals in my water loop. Well maybe a bit of brass or chrome? but definitely not aluminum. I find it very strange that PolarFlo mentions nowhere on their site the dangers of <A HREF="http://www.overclockers.com/tips1153/index03.asp" target="_new">battery effect.</A>.

Ever go to <A HREF="http://www.dangerden.com/" target="_new">http://www.dangerden.com/&lt;/A>

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February 20, 2005 4:40:36 AM

Quote:
i hear that OCZ is even faster OC

technically TCCD based ram should OC the same, slight difference would appear as a result of the external factors added :wink:
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