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people are having issues with the Nvida drivers. the only thing i bothered using from the motherboard cd was the Asus Probe II, which is a temperature and voltage utility. there are a lot of people that are reporting issues with the IDE drivers from Nvidia. download the chipset drivers and the Gigabit Lan drivers ahead of time and use those instead.

granted this is GT roundup, but i'm sure it will get the point across.

as for storage i would do one 150GB Raptor for OS/Apps and twoWD4000YR for storage. if you don't want to read the whole review skip to the conclusion.
Awesome... Thanks..!

Reading up on it now...
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post #22 of 88
You really don't need X16 SLi, as no card out there uses the full bandwith a 8x slot provides. A regular SLi Motherboard is just fine.
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Ok now I'm really gonna show my ignorance... lol

Say I get two identical Raptors so I can run raid on the OS drive...

Can I then run a second raid, or a second IDE channel, for 2 more storage drives? The kind of storage I need wouldn't neccesarily need to be all that fast... just really big.
running 2 raptors in Raid 0 to strip won't give you as much of a performance increase as you think. plus you have the problem of having another drive that could potentially go bad so where does that leave you if you have a striped array?
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post #24 of 88
Everything in that setup looks really nice, except it looks like you may have skimped out on the PSU and the case. These two things are usually the most commonly overlooked items in a rig.

The PSU, that PSU may look good because it has 680 Watts of power, but wattage is not everything. For one, it has three twelve volt rails which is good, I guess but most people will never use three. And because there are three the two 'good' rails get a mere 15A and the third one gets 8A. Which is really not up to par. Two, namebrands are another important thing in PSUs, don't get me wrong Thermaltake is a good company, but they are not known for their PSUs. I own one, and have been displeased with it. As soon as I get the money I am getting a new one. So, instead of that I would recommend the OCZ Powerstream 520W or the PC Power and Cooling 510W.

For a case, I really do not think that the CoolerMaster WaveMaster is sufficient for all of the stuff you are going to have in this rig, to say the least it is going to be very crowded inside. By the looks of your rig so far I would say money is not really an issue, so I would say go with a top of the line. This case is really nice, the Lian-Li V1200B Plus, it's huge, quiet, has great cooling, and is top-notch quality. It is a little expensive, but definitely worth it in the long haul.
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post #25 of 88
The Coolermaster "Wavemaster" design is about 5 years old and doesn't breath well as some newer cases. Your case needs to breath well front & back.
120mm fans work better than 80mm fans. They move more air at lower speeds, (more quieter and more efficient).
Look at the Coolermaster "Stacker" or cases that can fit 120mm fans.
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post #26 of 88
Why not go Opteron 170 or 175? I heard it is a great overclocker and it's dual core
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Why not go Opteron 170 or 175? I heard it is a great overclocker and it's dual core
Why spend that amount of money when you could buy cheaper and oc on by?
I'd go top of the line if I had more $.
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post #28 of 88
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Awesome. You guys have sent me back to the drawing board, for sure.

HUGE help!!!

I wasn't too sure about the case, either. And the PSU I was worried about being able to support SLi.


I have one general question and one question directed at one43637...

The general question is

What would you say the differences are between the...
AMD Opteron 180 Denmark 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor
and the...
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor?
(both run at 2.4ghz)


And the second question is directed at one43637, because youre using the same MB that I want to get... Are you satisfied with it? Any advice on it?
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post #29 of 88
i would stay away from cases that mount the motherboard upside down if you plan on getting a fanless motherboard like the A8N32.
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post #30 of 88
Opteron 175 at over $500. seems spendy to me.
Whatever you do, the more Cache the processor has, the more performance you'll get as it helps your memory.
You really cant go wrong with any of the dual cores though, they are all better than Intels.
Good links for helpful articles:
www.tomshardware.com
www.madshrimps.com
www.xbitlabs.com
and many others available listed in our forums here. Our search tool is also very helpful. Happy shopping!
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