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saurabhfzd  posted on Mar 06, 2011 10:56:34 PM - Report post

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guys i already am using an Intel i7Core 980x based awesome rig but i'm going put together another rig that's AMD based. here is what i'm putting together:

1. AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2Ghz
2. 8GB DDR3 RAM
3. 2TB on RAID 0
4. 1GB ATI Radeon HD5870

pls let me know what u guys think and pls let me know what Mobo would go well with these specs. thank u.

 
DABhand  posted on Mar 07, 2011 12:03:23 AM - Report post

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Crosshair IV boards from ASUS are very good, latest 890FX chipset.

Although your RAID 0 will be fine, bear in mind if any data is corrupt it will be essentially gone, this is more annoying if its a system file that windows uses then there is the possibility that you won't be able to boot into windows.

2TB is a bit overkill unless you plan on installing everything you own on it :P

get 4 1TB Sata 3's if possible, if not Sata 2's and do a Raid 0+1, quickness and secure at same time.

 
saurabhfzd  posted on Mar 07, 2011 4:46:18 AM - Report post

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quote:
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Crosshair IV boards from ASUS are very good, latest 890FX chipset.

Although your RAID 0 will be fine, bear in mind if any data is corrupt it will be essentially gone, this is more annoying if its a system file that windows uses then there is the possibility that you won't be able to boot into windows.

2TB is a bit overkill unless you plan on installing everything you own on it :P

get 4 1TB Sata 3's if possible, if not Sata 2's and do a Raid 0+1, quickness and secure at same time.

alrite...RAID 0+1 it is. what do think about the processor and the gfx card from a gamer perspective?

 
TalonKarde  posted on Mar 07, 2011 8:37:15 AM - Report post

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the 5800 series is being faded out for the newer more popular 6900 series, i'm having this problem myself right now, i already have 1 5870 card but i'm having trouble finding a second, maybe you have a better selection where you live though.

and what's this talk about raid? i've never heard of that before.

[Edited by TalonKarde, 3/7/2011 8:41:01 AM]

and regarding your question about processors, the quad core series offers sligtly better speed, the fastest in that line that i know of is 3.5Ghz, also the quad cores are less expensive as everyone's hot to buy the new six core processors.

[Edited by TalonKarde, 3/7/2011 8:47:02 AM]

 
DABhand  posted on Mar 07, 2011 12:20:12 PM - Report post

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Processor and GFX is fine. You know me though im an Nvidia buff.

But here is another possible setup for HDD's.

1 60GB(ish) SSD for Windows
2 1TB Sata 3's in Raid 0. That way if something is corrupt you can easily fix it

[Edited by DABhand, 3/7/2011 12:22:42 PM]

 
saurabhfzd  posted on Mar 07, 2011 8:44:29 PM - Report post

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Processor and GFX is fine. You know me though im an Nvidia buff.

But here is another possible setup for HDD's.

1 60GB(ish) SSD for Windows
2 1TB Sata 3's in Raid 0. That way if something is corrupt you can easily fix it

[Edited by DABhand, 3/7/2011 12:22:42 PM]

...yes i do know u and i am too. alrite say i'm looking for an nvidia equivalent of the 5870 with approximately the same level of power consumption what would it be? and yes...i think i'll go for ur HDD config. better to be safe than sorry.

 
Genesis985  posted on Mar 07, 2011 9:03:18 PM - Report post

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The 5870 equivalent from nvidia would be the gtx 460, as for the CPU i would wait for a bit and see just what the bulldozer CPU brings to the table. If your not familiar with the bulldozer, its AMDs upcoming octa-core processor for the AM3 and AM2+ platforms.

Also as to your HDD setup I agree with an SSD as the system drive but id go with a 128GB minimum, as modern OS will take almost 1\3 of your drive space on install+patches if you went with a 64 GB as suggested above. Also if your a steam user it works best on the Main drive rather than one of the storage drives. so make sure that you pick a drive that can accommodate both the OS and any steam games you might have. Also you can store game backups from steam on your storage drives as you uninstall them for space.

[Edited by Genesis985, 3/7/2011 9:12:22 PM]

 
saurabhfzd  posted on Mar 07, 2011 10:08:38 PM - Report post

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The 5870 equivalent from nvidia would be the gtx 460, as for the CPU i would wait for a bit and see just what the bulldozer CPU brings to the table. If your not familiar with the bulldozer, its AMDs upcoming octa-core processor for the AM3 and AM2+ platforms.

Also as to your HDD setup I agree with an SSD as the system drive but id go with a 128GB minimum, as modern OS will take almost 1\3 of your drive space on install+patches if you went with a 64 GB as suggested above. Also if your a steam user it works best on the Main drive rather than one of the storage drives. so make sure that you pick a drive that can accommodate both the OS and any steam games you might have. Also you can store game backups from steam on your storage drives as you uninstall them for space.

[Edited by Genesis985, 3/7/2011 9:12:22 PM]

thanx man. how long till the Octa-Core gets here? and what would its price band be? and yes..i'm an occasional Steam user. does RAID 0+1 sound good to u?

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