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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by UrbanShark, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. UrbanShark

    UrbanShark New Member

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    All this for £950 and can handle Crysis at 1280x1024 with 2xAA on high settings with no slow FPS. I love the machine I built and it would be worth considering!!!


    Xclio PLUS Black Midi Tower Case, 36cm SLIENT Side Panel Fan

    ASUS P5KC iP35, 2x PCI-E (x16), DDR2 1066/800/667 MHz or DDR3 1333/1066/800
    Supports Intel P4, Core 2 Duo (New 45nm), Core 2 Quad and Extreme.

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 SLACR, 95W, 2.40GHz,1066MHz FSB, 8MB Cache
    (Mine 3.0GHz with an ASUS Arctic Square CPU Cooler)

    Sapphire HD3870 X2 PCI-E (X16), GPU 825MHz, Mem 1800MHz, 1GB GDDR3 and x2 320 streams

    4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-8000C5 (1000MHz) Dual-Channel

    150GB WD Raptor, SATA, 10,000RPM, 16MB Cache and 4.6ms Resp

    750W Xclio Greatpower Modular, SLi & Quad ready, Quiet 14cm Fan, 4x SATA, 4x PCI-E

    LG Lightscribe SATA 16xDVD±RW, Reads Blu-Ray/HD Discs


    If you click on my System Specs it will tell you what else I have and would be happy to answer any Questions about hardware.


    Happy to answer any Questions!!
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    Seems like a pretty nice rig - the only one thing you could have done different would be to get two raptors and put them in RAID, but the specs are still pretty impressive anyway.
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    Im looking at getting another WD Raptor as they are fast, but not enough space lol and thanks for the tip about getting 2 of them in RAID.
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    nice rig but i just cant afford that stuff
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    Save up lol :)
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    Definitely agree, very nice but very expensive and usually expensive = nice. :)
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    Nice rig, but Raptors are last years "best thing"

    Samsung F1 in RAID is faster than RaptorX and bigger, cheaper, quieter, cooler.
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    very nice system although i personally would have gone for two hd370's instad of the more expensive x2 version
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    By buying 2x HD3870 in crossfire will = 2GPU in sync, But when I get another I will have 4GPU's in sync with 2GB Mem
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    WD Raptor - Spin Speed 10,000rpm, Seek time 4.5ms

    Samsung F1 - Spin Speed 7200rpm, seek time: 8.9ms

    So when I get another WD Raptor (x2) wouldn't that be better in RAID?
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    nice build kinda similar to mine :)
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    No. Seek time is no better in RAID. It still takes the HDD head the same time to get to the right place on the disk. The RAID benefit is to pull data off two drives at the same time, theoretically doubling the bandwidth (internal transfer rate).

    Take a look at these benchmarks: http://techreport.com/articles.x/14200/2. I think you will be surprised at the performance of the F1's. A lot more for your money.

    Remember that DATA DENSITY x Spin Speed PLUS is a better estimate of bandwidth. The F1 beats the Raptors hands down on that statistic. In theory the Raptors have better seek time. But so what? One seek, then lots of read = bandwidth + cache. So day to day desktop performance will be better with the F1's. You MIGHT get better performance with Raptors if you are running heavy-utilisation database searches. But I think your PC is a gaming machine, not a database cruncher, right?

    Oh yes, and the F1's are cool and silent.
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