Memory, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive
Memory: Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) Dual-Channel Memory Kit PVS34G1333LLKN
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Phenom processors like low memory latencies, and this kit is a good deal at $85 when you consider that it sports relatively low 7-7-7-20 latencies at 1,333 MHz.
It had just gone out of stock when we ordered it, but we were able to buy Patriot's PVS34G1333LLKN anyway as part of a kit, although it was priced a little higher (probably due to the included 2GB USB key with the full version of FutureMark's 3DMark software).
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 32MB Cache
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A single drive is more cost-effective than a RAID setup, and a striped RAID array won’t offer a perceptible performance increase for the typical user. Of course, a redundant array is appealing for data protection, but it wouldn’t easily fit within our $1,250 price ceiling.
We went with the Western Digital 640GB with 32MB of cache. Now at $75, this drive is a good choice with decent speed and a good amount of space, allowing us to stay within budget.
Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc AD-7240S-0B
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We've used Sony's Optiarc drives to good effect before, and the OEM model was so reasonably priced we couldn't resist. We didn't have room in the budget for anything fancy like a Blu-ray drive, so we settled for this 24x DVD/CD rewritable combo unit.
I agree. I mean, props for quadfire, but it's not really the best choice for the best performance.
An i5 750 build probably would have turned out better numbers on the whole, I would probably call this a last hurrah (and the $2500 too, im sure that'll be a quad) for quad CF/SLi based systems being used to run a single 30" monitor.. I'm sure we'll start to see the high end gamers moving over to eyefinity and whatever equivalent nVidia comes up with.
Interesting but frankly not a huge fan of multi gpu set ups to being with let alone a quad fire set up i mean at least with nvidia you have decent scaling, but who am i to complain for that price and it seems to run high rez just fine.
But that is a *** load of load power draw, noise(not too much nice zalman heat sinks on those cards) and heat coming out of that thing.
bit surprised when i saw the load Wattage you got i thought the older 1300 rig was a i7 with 2x260's in sli which should come out to be less power draw under load even with a modded 4870 cards
Little risky build but on the bright side you could run 8 monitors lol
Conventional would have landed this price in the i5/i7 build with 2x4890's or a bit more powerful cards really depends on which cpu you settle with. Ofc ionno how long ago you order this. Would have came out a bit more rounded but not as great for higher resolutions and AA AF settings.
This build is more of a high resolution gaming specialist. Personally i've never built a system with just gaming in mind i've always been a man that favors a more rounded system where you spend at least 3/4th of what you put into your gpu into your cpu
Thomas Soderstrom's $2,500 AMD build tomorrow
bah $2,500 and no i7 not like the budget couldn't fit very expensive gpu card and cpu in there. Oh well it wont loose out too much in games even with mutli gpu set ups...best have a sound card in there it be very refreshing for tom's builds to sport one. Interesting what monstrosity he has made to share with us.