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Which Of These Are Better?


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#1 dragon18007

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 01:41 PM

Hi

Still just looking around and wanted to know which of these you guys think is better, it doesnt matter what the price is so I wont include it but I want something that will be able to play the latest games and video edit etc for about 5 years at least (although probably update a few things over the years)

here goes -
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™2 Extreme QX9770 (4 X 3.2GHz) 1600MHz FSB/12MB Cache

Memory (RAM)
4GB CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 1600MHz DDR3 - LIFETIME WARRANTY (2x2GB)

Motherboard
ASUS® STRIKER || EXTREME: DUAL DDR3, S-ATA II, 3 x X16 VGA

Operating System
Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium 64-bit Edition + SP1, CD (£59)

USB Options
8 x USB 2.0 PORTS (6 REAR + 2 FRONT) AS STANDARD

Memory - 1st Hard Disk
300GB WD VelociRaptor® SATA 16MB CACHE (10,000rpm)

2nd Hard Disk
300GB WD VelociRaptor® SATA 16MB CACHE (10,000rpm)

RAID (HDD 1 & 2)
RAID 0 (STRIPE) (£9)

1st CD/DVD Drive
20x Dual Layer LightScribe DVD Writer ±R/±RW/RAM

2nd CD/DVD Drive
6x BLU-RAY Writer & HD-DVD ROM Drive, 16x DVD ±R/±RW (£149)

Graphics Card
1024MB GEFORCE GTX280 PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

2nd Graphics Card
1024MB GEFORCE GTX280 PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT

Sound Card
Sound Blaster® X-Fi Titanium - Fatal1ty Professional Series (£89)

Network Facilities
ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT

Memory Card Reader
INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (READS XD, MS, CF, SD, etc)

Case
CoolerMaster Cosmos S Black Aluminium Case

Power Supply & Case Cooling
1200W Thermaltake Toughpower Modular + 120mm Case Fan (£169)

Processor Cooling
ASUS SILENT KNIGHT II PURE COPPER ULTRA COOLER (£36)

OR -

Specification
2x Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme Edition QX9775 3.20GHz clock speed
Akasa Infiniti Zor Case - Black
Tuniq Tower 120-LFB CPU Cooler
Intel D5400XS Skulltrail" Intel 5400 eATX (Socket 771) PCI-Express FBDIMM DDR2 Motherboard
Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 PC2-5300C5 ECC Registered Dual Channel Kit
ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2048MB GDDR5 TV-Out/Dual DVI/HDMI
ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 2048MB GDDR5 TV-Out/Dual DVI/HDMI
Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 10000RPM SATA-II 16MB Cache
Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 10000RPM SATA-II 16MB Cache
RAID 0 Configuration
LG Blu-Ray Rewriter & HD-DVD ROM Drive
Enermax Galaxy 1000W SLi Compliant Power Supply
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit

so which would you go for??

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 03:02 PM

Hi dragon18007

Re hardware

I am running 4GB of Corsair XMS2 RAM and am verry happy with it. Crucial RAM is also good but I would put my money on Corsair.

Re RAID

Why RAID 0? It doubles you're chances of losing all your data if a disk fails. If you want to protect your data go for RAID 1 (Mirroring). Its slower to write to disk (as you have to write to both disks) although its quicker to read from disk as you are reading from both disks.
If you definately want striping, buy another disk and go for RAID 5 (striping with parity check). With RAID 5 if one disk fails you will still be able to recover your data.

Hope this helps.

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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
information saved.

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).

If you need more help, feel free to ask!
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