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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by random, Feb 5, 2009.

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Which will give me performance boost overall?

  1. WD VelociRaptor 150GB

    9.1%
  2. Corsair Dominator RAM PC8500 1066mhz DDR2

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  3. Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium FATAL1TY Pro Series

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    Hey guys,

    I've recently received a budget for upgrading at about 350AUD. Problem is I don't know what hardware will increase my overall performance so I narrowed it down to my weakpoints which are onboard sound, budget ram and average hdd's.

    Which one would give me the most performance boost out of these three?

    Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS for 319AUD

    Corsair Dominator DDR2 PC8500 1066mhz 194AUD

    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium FATAL1TY Pro Series 245AUD
     
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    You already have PC26400 RAM, so PC8500 would be a huge decrease:laugh:
    Seriously, I'd go with new RAM. It provides better overclockability, too.
     
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    Out of the 3 you would get the best boost from the faster memory.

    Sound card will not Increase performance unless your current card is hanging the system.

    The Raptors cost to much to justify the small increase you would get.

    You should be able to grab that memory and a decent midrange sound card though.

    Hope it helps. :)
     
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    I'd say the ram probably. Sound Blasters have terrible drivers, and you already have a WD AAKS, that gives great performance.
     
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    I just had some serious OCing problems on my last build with OCZ and frankly I think the Corsair's look better ;). My dominators weren't much more than the OCZ sticks and they were worth every penny.

    As far as more headroom, I think most people forget, hdd's are the slowest part of your computer because they aren't solid state yet. You may not see much in the benchmarks with better drives but you will definately notice it in daily use. Don't waste your money on a raptor, get high density platter drives like 2 Samsung F1 1tb and stripe them. Latency you still won't touch the raptors, but on drive benchmarks you are going to see some serious read/write speeds. Finally around here the 1tb drives are under half the priceof the velociraptor and 3x the space, so whats better? 300GB for $300, or 2TB for $300?
     
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    I could really use the ASIO low latency recording, I use my rig for recording and watching movies. So its like 50% gaming 40% music 10% movies

    Hmmm should I be worrying about RAM compatability at this stage? Or as long as its ddr2 it should be fine? ... BTW Where would I plug my 5.1 speakers into that soundcard?!

    +1 for the HDD and dominators. But Reapers and sound card still in the lead.
     
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    All I know is that people have so many problems with creative X-fi's that I will never touch em.
     
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    Hdd.
     
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    Don't get me wrong, Reapers are good too, and you can't go wrong with OCZ's lifetime warranty (used it before). Gaming, ram is your friend far more than hdd's, music, I agree, latency is nice since the file sizes are relatively small but faster read/writes help for swapping larger audio mixes, and recording movies definately hdd's. Watching/listening doesn't really matter as anything can keep up with that. If you can swing 2 get the hdd's and ram, but upgrading your ram from 800mhz to 1066mhz won't show you a difference you notice and I believe the hdd's will show you a difference in everything you do.
     
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    That's a tough poll b/c imho none of those will increase overall performance very much. I would say the veloci raptor, however we're talking a few seconds on load times and boot times, you already have a fast drive in the AAK. As far as I've been able to tell faster memory means nearly zilch as far as performance goes, it just allows you to oc your cpu higher sometimes and use different combinations (of course it depends on what you do w/ your computer). The sound card, although not the one I would choose, would imo be the biggest step up from what you have, but I really wouldn't say that would necessarily be good. In short, I'd say none of those, but if your hitting a wall w/ your oc'ing that's memory related get that, if your impatient about boot times (very impatient) get the raptor, and if you have decent speakers and poor sound get the sound card.
     
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    I've heard OCZ Reapers are pretty bad with p5q pro, the corsair dominators are the only `1066 pc-8500 ram listed for compatability so I'm definitely going for those.
    Thanks for the quick and fast opinion guys, will hit up "YOUR PC ATM" thread once upgrades arrive. :)

    I really need this sound card, I record music with an electric drumkit. I'm choosing the xonar because it comes bundled with cakewalk :) and the other music software.

    So I've ended up going for a new wireless card to stop spikes when playing online and xonar for when i record music, ram to improve my fps a little??? if the RAM wouldn't do much different to generic DDr2 800mhz ram 5-5-5-18 then I would pass on that.
     
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    Agreed, I had OCZ and couldn't get them runnign right on my P5Q-E so I went dominators for that same reason. You won't be dissappointed!
     
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    He's already got a AAK SE16, which is a bit faster than the F1, so if your really wanting a overall gain I suppose adding another one of those for a RAID 0 would offer the biggest all-around boost. Raptors give you response time, which translates usually into faster boots. RAIDs will give you faster sustained speeds, which will speed up everything else.
     
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    Man my choices have changed alot from the start of the poll to now. The only definite buy so far is the Asus Xonar.

    Still don't know if buying the extra HDD and or changing my RAM would be an improvment worth the dollar.
     
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    HDD would offer the greatest potential for noticeable change, I can almost garuntee you you won't see a difference w/ the ram. It may be difficult to notice the change in HDD speed as well though, but it will speed up everything or boot times (depending on whether you go raptor or RAID), the question is will it matter to you. The Xonar for sure though.
     
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    I guess that says it all @farlex.

    Xonar for sure and I may just spend a bit of the money on a better wireless card and put my 2 HDD's in RAID0 for now. And maybe also a ram cooler to make my budget RAM look fast :D.

    Bed time for now.
     
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    Very much agree with farlex :toast:
     
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    Would the Veloci Raptors speed up games if they're installed on it? Like get rid of stuttering and speed up the loading etc.
    I heard virus scans only lasted less than half a minute too and boot times were at 7 seconds.

    I would buy this with the sound card if this is true, current budget rose to 550 but still waiting til next month to order these babies
     

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