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Will be awesome. In that price range I'd have probably gone with one of the G.Skill kits, myself, but the OCZ Gold is also a popular choice. Between the different 1600 MHz sticks there's not going to be a huge difference, it mostly just comes down to headroom and which brand you happen to trust more. I don't think you can go wrong either way.
Yeah I would probably go for the G.Skillz IF they were priced equally. BUT, the Golds have a nice rebate right now to bring them down to $119 so the price reduction outweighs the very minor preference haha. I've used G.Skillz to improve my college lappy with great results.

The one problem that I'm finding is most people recommend parts/brands off of past experiences. So, without any experience I don't know where to start
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well in that case, its a good start to begin with someone elses experiance
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Hmm, I'm about $200 over budget. Can't really think of where I can cut corners. Maybe try a different cpu/mobo combo then change RAM as needed? This might be taboo on this side of the forums buuut, what about trying an AMD/mobo combo? Remember, this will MAINLY be a gaming rig.

EDIT: Everything actually fits under $1k, the parts that i forgot to add to the budget was OS and cooler.
Edited by Boss Mosely - 12/27/09 at 5:48pm
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Maybe you could pawn a few things off on eBay or something?
    
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Maybe you could pawn a few things off on eBay or something?
What's the going rate for kidneys now?

But in all honesty, I made my switch to an AMD CPU/Mobo combo. I was able to save $200 with the 955BE/Crosshair III combo deal on newegg. Plus, no one ever told me about the deal for students with windows 7 haha so that saved me $70 as well.
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If you're going with the X58 chipset then you don't want 8 GB of memory. You want to run it in triple-channel, so you're looking at 6 GB (3x2GB).

To be honest, with what you're using it for, you don't need more than three DIMM slots. The Bloodrage would work out just fine. As far as gaming goes, you could even cut back to 3 GB and you'd only see a 1-2 fewer frames per second. Unless you're doing intensive HD video editing and the like, 6 GB will be perfect and will last you long into the future.

Get a nice 6 GB kit and you won't have to touch it again. =)

Edit: I agree about the HDDs, too.. don't put your OS/vitals on a 160GB Caviar Blue. The two 500GB Black drives in RAID0 would be a lot faster.

great post, agree 100%
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Can't fault anything on the build. Although do you have another drive that you can back stuff up onto? If one of the drives fails or something goes wrong with the array(both unlikely to happen but do happen) you'll loose all of the data on the array unless you can recover/rebuild it.

Nice avatar btw, one of the original Rogue Trader 1st ed models right?
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Can't fault anything on the build. Although do you have another drive that you can back stuff up onto? If one of the drives fails or something goes wrong with the array(both unlikely to happen but do happen) you'll loose all of the data on the array unless you can recover/rebuild it.

Nice avatar btw, one of the original Rogue Trader 1st ed models right?
Yes, I was planning on running a raid0 with a OS/vitals HDD.

And nice eye, but I can't take credit for it. And I think it's a 2nd edition SM modd'ed to look like a rogue trader.
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Yes, I was planning on running a raid0 with a OS/vitals HDD.

And nice eye, but I can't take credit for it. And I think it's a 2nd edition SM modd'ed to look like a rogue trader.
Not to sound like a broken record but RAID 5, RAID 5, RAID 5.

A Raid 0 is a good boost in performance and runs very well on WD Black drives (they have a larger percent performance gain than the Caviar Blue drives).

However RAID 0 HALF your stability because if either drive fails (corrupt data, mechanical failure, etc) then essentially all data on both is gone. In a RAID 5 you use 3 identical disks (also works very well with WD Blacks) and you get the storage of two of them, about the same performance as a RAID 0 (about 140% the speed of one HDD) but ANY OF THE THREE drives can fail (in any way) and no data is lost - plug in another drive and rebuild the array to re-establish your redundancy.

With a RAID 5 take your three 500GB drives, RAID them and partition it into two 500GB drives (or however you want them divided; 200GB OS partition, 800GB data drive, etc). Now both the data and OS drives have the performance gain, both are redundant, and you'll be one of the only people who owns a RAID 5 (or knows what they are for that matter).

I can't stress data protection/redundancy enough. I've lost a 750GB HDD that had 600GB worth of TV shows on it, and I lost every single one of my 1,500 episodes. Redundancy, Redundancy, Redundancy.
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