Posted 30 August 2008 - 09:27 PM
SLIX, I think he's more concerned with performance. It's good that you mentioned the option of raid 5 though, which gives you the same performance, but if a hard drive dies you have another set with the
I think the second is the best set up. The only thing I can see wrong with it, is that you will want to get DDR2 pc6400 ram. The pc5300 ram runs at 667mhz which will slightly bottleneck the processor's running at 1600mhz fsb. The Skulltrail motherboard also supports DDR2 ram PC6400 which runs at 800mhz which will mean the rams speed will be in a 1:1 ratio with the processor's fsb.
Hopefully I don't confuse you too much, but it's best if the DDR speed of the ram matches, or is great than the fsb QDR of the processor(s). Ram run's in DDR which is dual-data rate. So 667mhz ram runs at 333mhz DDR, while 800mhz ram runs at 400mhz DDR. Now processor's fsb runs as QDR which is quad-data rate. The fsb of 1600mhz runs at 400mhz QDR. Since you want these to be in a 1:1 ratio, or the ram faster, you're only option for the best performance is DDR2 PC6400 ram (the skulltrail platform doesn't support faster ram).
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