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How come the Q6600 will cost only 266$ when the other C2D E's are so expensive?
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they will pretty much all drop on that date, and there will be new cheap models intruduced such as the X6850 at 3.0ghx 1333mhz FSB at $266 as well
    
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I dont; understand why putting them in a raid array can help your performance at a noticable level? I understand for something like a server than needs fast file access, but is there really much of an advantage?
Most RAID setups won't increase your speed, however RAID 0 is different.

For instance, you have a file consisting of 10 bits.
On a normal hard drive they would all be in order 1-10, however raid zero is more like below:

Disc 1--------Disc 2
---1-------------2---
---3-------------4---
---5-------------6---
---7-------------8---
---9------------10---

Having pieces of a file on two drives allows both of the drives to read different parts of the same file, thus improving your speed. This will help with load times. (Most important if you restart you computer a lot or you play any of the Battlefield games)

The other option (though more expensive) is to by a Raptor. These hard drives spin at 10K RPM instead of 7.2K RPM. The read/write is much faster as well as the seek time.
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raid gives double the read/write heads, people have stated they've capped bases in bf2 before others have joined due to their hd speed
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hmm, thats something to cosider then, i just bought a 250gb model of the 7200.10 the other day, can you use two hard drives of different capacity for raid 0?
    
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Thanks a lot for the RAID-0 advice.

Why should I buy X-Fi? Don't the latest mobos have a good one with them?
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Thanks a lot for the RAID-0 advice.

Why should I buy X-Fi? Don't the latest mobos have a good one with them?
The new mobos have decent ones with them, but if you are gaming, you might as well get better also, some x-fi models allow special sound effect modes in some games such as Battlefield 2 etc.
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post #18 of 18
you can use 2 different hd models, but the capacity is: double the lowest and the speed is double the slowest

so better to use identical drives
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