Originally Posted by Sillyn00b
Sorry about that. I would actually give you the rep but I don't have any, how does that work? I O U 1 rep when I get it:-) Yeah I've pretty much topped out on the RAM modules, maybe overkill right now, but it gives me head room for the future. I have input the settings you posted in the xls file you posted. I did it in the AI suite that was on my motherboard driver disk and it doesn't seem to have affected anything, but my main goal is to get my head around all this terminology and you've helped me in that. I bought the HDD's with a raid in mind. Do I need an even number of disks for the required RAID and if so, would you recommend SSD or a 10000 RPM sata?
Alright you're attempting to process a lot at once, and thats good!
Ok the AI suite you used probably has a commit button it so that your computer can restart and commit the changes. However, the real way to do it, if you want to be safe, is from the BIOS. This allows you to configure your computer before actually Booting up preventing harm to your files and hardware.
Furthermore the voltages i gave you to tweak SHOULD have required a restart on commitment because your system needs to now cope with the more voltages etc (this is achieved by "save changes and restart/exit in your BIOS after changing the settings.)
Unfortunately, the only way you can really begin getting the hang of overclocking and how your system reacts to settings is by painstakingly trying out each one.
Remember that once you commit to a setting and it APPEARS to be stable, you must run a stress test that maxes out all your cores to determine that it is indeed stable. I would recommend Prime95, with 8 threads running for about 3-4 hours before deeming a mild overclock stable. Without this, you risk a BSOD in the middle of your work losing valuable data. If your system is not stable it will either freeze/hang or BSOD in which case you will have to tweak settings, you can post back here for help or start a thread of your own to help you our on that leg of your computer.
Now with your RAID...There is a concise nice article here
Explaining the different types of RAID and how many disks are needed.
So, when choosing a RAID type, what you must answer is whether you need the array purely for performance or whether you need the array for Storage(long term).
Generally RAID 0 is reserved for those who only want high performance from their drives and not redundancy(safety) as there is no fail safe, when using 2 drives your reliability is theoretically reduced to half.
RAID 1= mirror where two drives mirrors of each.
The rest are in the article. If you are looking for a combination of both speed and reliability, then i would suggest either a RAID 5 or 10 depending on the number of drives you physically have with you.
Lastly, if you can afford it, i'd say go with the SSD because of their ridiculous access times. But if money is an issue then yes a 10k or even a 15k SATA 3 drive would serve you well.
Hope you found this helpful.
P.s You don't HAVE to rep each post(but i''m not complaining if you do