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November 29, 2001 12:33:58 PM

Well, my PC is turning 6 months old next month which means it's time for a minor upgrade to keep it top of the line. I have 600CDN to work with. I'm thinking of getting a second 40GB WD 7200RPM Hard drive and setting up a RAID as well as a Radeon 8500 to improve my graphics performance. I have an Abit KT7A (no RAID). Should I get a new motherboard with RAID (and perhaps DDR) or get a Promise RAID card and upgrade my mobo and CPU 6 months later?

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November 29, 2001 4:26:05 PM

get a Promise RAID controller card. this way you can save later by buying a non-RAID board, and you can even switch platform (to Intel) if you choose, retaining the RAID card.

save a little for a later CPU upgrade, you board looks fine right now. later you can upgrade to a DDR board with a faster processor.

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November 29, 2001 4:49:17 PM

"Girlish", sorry Girish wrote:

"and you can even switch platform (to Intel) if you choose, ..."


Wise guy, getting ready for the real stuff. :-)

/Copenhagen
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November 29, 2001 5:13:27 PM

Hey, why not? I'll go with a Northwood later, if they live up to the hype. Right now, I'll stick with my AMD platform.

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November 29, 2001 5:20:39 PM

Copenhagen, why do you insult someone when you're agreeing with their post?

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November 29, 2001 5:24:39 PM

Because you write books and forget about them.

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November 29, 2001 6:35:46 PM

Insult; that's a strong word. Do you think females are inferior to the rest of us ?

/Copenhagen
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November 29, 2001 6:54:08 PM

AMD_Man, I would get a PCI RAID controller, a second HD and maybe a new graphics card if you need fast graphics performance. I wouldn't bother with a new mobo with RAID, as someone else said: you can use a seperate controller card with any mobo.
As for the new CPU, it isnt really worth it. I still have a P3 500 and use it for very intensive tasks like compiling, video editing (Video editing without RAID is very sloooow) rendering etc... I am not going to buy a new system until Brookdales are at 2.5GHz+. Then I will decide which CPU to buy, AMD or Intel, whichever one suits me best( the fastest hopefully :)  ).
Remember also that when upgrading a mobo or memory like that, you are left with redundant parts - unless you have a use for them. If you go with a RAID controller card and a 2nd HD you get left with no spare parts, double the HD space (well, double if you use a striped array), a seperate RAID controller that is not stuck on your mobo and a nice performance boost.

PS
What do you use your system for?

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November 29, 2001 8:49:40 PM

Good response, but purposefully changing someone's name in any way is insulting in most circumstances. If you called me FatNuts or something (don't ask why I thought of that, I don't know), then that would be insulting. If you called me Fatty, that could also be insulting (based on your intent). If someone else I know better called me Fatty (and many do), or FatNuts (and nobody does), then it's insulting.

I could be wrong, but I haven't observed the type of relationship between you and girish that would warrant calling him Girlish.

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November 29, 2001 9:00:35 PM

No insult intended FatBurger, but if you replace that g with an n, you get FatBurner!

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November 30, 2001 7:37:16 PM

FatBurger wrote:
"..., but purposefully changing someone's name in any way is insulting in most circumstances."

You are probably right, but the rest of my post doesn't confirm the assumption you make about me insulting Girish.

You know, it's just the name Girish (which I initially thought was a psudoname) that gives me the association Girlish.

I know now that Girlish is from India, and he/she is using his/her real name. I didn't know that, because most people use psudonames. Sorry about that Girish. No offence intended, at most a little teasing.

/Copenhagen
November 30, 2001 8:17:05 PM

I'd get the RAID card and then upgrade the MB later.

Getting the RAID card now instead of an integrated one means you won't have to worry about it posibly for several upgrades to come.

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November 30, 2001 10:26:20 PM

It was also the condescending way you complimented him on "getting ready for the real stuff", but no big deal. Girish hasn't commented though, and if it doesn't bother him, it doesn't bother me.

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December 1, 2001 12:48:09 AM

Huh?
your pc is only 6 month old and you are planning to upgrade it
December 1, 2001 1:14:10 AM

Yes...I didn't exactly buy the most top-of-the-line parts 6 months ago so now I'm making a couple of upgrades to complete my investment. Plus, computers are my hobby. I'm planning on working over the holidays and make a bit of money to upgrade.

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Anonymous
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December 1, 2001 12:40:14 PM

then get something up to date
December 1, 2001 1:36:01 PM

FatBurger, you forgot or overlooked the smiley after "stuff".

and

FatBurger wrote:
", but no big deal."

You got that one right.

/Copenhagen
December 1, 2001 1:44:22 PM

You forget that I'm only 15 so my budget is very limited.

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Anonymous
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December 1, 2001 2:01:13 PM

then save 800cnd
BTW i was thinking about upgrading my system , but then i decided to wait untill next year.
BTW WHAT's your system spects Amd Man
December 1, 2001 5:04:56 PM

My current system specs:

AMD Athlon-C 1.2GHz overclocked to 1.33GHz (266MHz bus)
GlobalWin WBK38 + 2 case fans + PCI slot fan
Abit KT7A
256MB Micron CL2 RAM (might upgrade to 512MB)
40GB WD 7200RPM Western Digital
Asus V7100 Pro 32MB GeForce2 MX-400 (200/200 default, overclocked to 260/260)
Linksys Network Card
ATI TV Wonder
Windows XP Home Edition
Office XP Pro
(all retail LEGAL editions)
Turtle Beach Santa Cruz
Altec Lansing ACS54
Microsoft Internet Keyboard Pro
Microsoft TrackBall Optical
Logitech Gamepad
Xerox XE88 Digital Copier/Laser Printer
NEC FE950+

I bought all this stuff 6 months ago except for Windows XP which I bought 3 weeks ago (I had Windows Me before)

AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by AMD_Man on 12/01/01 02:11 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
December 1, 2001 7:55:50 PM

Quote:
If someone else I know better called me Fatty (and many do),



I call you either fatty or burger, do those terms insult you coming from little old me?

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December 2, 2001 2:28:51 AM

your system looks great compared to mine
December 2, 2001 2:48:14 AM

Girish is right, RAID card will save you money later.

Don't forget that when you buy mobo, buy one with DDR. It will improve performance.





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December 2, 2001 6:32:53 AM

I also believe the second 40GB WD 7200RPM Hard drive and the Promise RAID card would be the best choice for now. It will give you something to experiment with till you decide about the next upgrade. You may want to stay with AMD or might want to go the Intel route when Northwood arrives. Hobbies are almost like money pits.

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December 2, 2001 8:47:39 AM

RUH ROH!

just mentioning the title "fatnuts" has forever open the floodgates ;) 

lol j/k

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December 2, 2001 11:12:58 AM

but, if you change the g to an n and the f to a c, you get catburner :/ 
December 2, 2001 12:07:07 PM

sperm express!!!

AMD technology + Intel technology = Intel/AMD Pentathlon IV; the <b>ULTIMATE</b> PC processor
December 2, 2001 8:38:03 PM

hey AMD man...

just do what i did

get a MCX-462 and overclock another step or so.
breathes new life into that athlon 1.2C :) 
i guarantee u could get to at least 1.4

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