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Any final thoughts?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Monstermunch, 9 Mar 2006.

  1. Monstermunch

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 7 Mar 2005

    Posts: 1,597

    Location: Eating PI

    So here we are after weeks of reading and catching up on new stuff, just looking at my spec's before the big plunge!

    MO-009-NE NEC MultiSync® LCD20WGX2 20.1" Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black/Silver (MO-009-NE)
    £349.95 £349.95
    CP-153-AM AMD Opteron UP 175 Dual Core San Diego 2.2GHz 2MB Cache (Socket 939) - Retail (CP-153-AM)
    £329.95 £329.95
    FG-000-AR Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro CPU Cooler (Socket 754/939/940) (FG-000-AR)
    £12.95 £12.95
    MB-014-DF DFI LanParty UT NF4 Ultra-D (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-014-DF)
    £79.95 £79.95
    MY-000-MK Mushkin 2GB DDR XP4000 Extreme Performance Dual Channel Kit (2x1GB) CAS3 (991483) (MY-000-MK)
    £144.95 £144.95
    GX-048-HT HIS Excalibur ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB GDDR3 AVIVO TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express) - Retail (GX-048-HT)
    £279.95 £279.95
    HD-000-HI Hitachi Deskstar 7K80 NCQ 80GB SATA-II 8MB Cache - OEM (0A30356) (HD-000-HI)
    £32.95 £131.80
    CD-026-NE NEC ND4551 16x16 DVD±RW Dual Layer LabelFlash ReWriter (Black) - OEM (CD-026-NE)
    £27.95 £27.95
    CA-045-LL Lian-Li PC-61 Black Aluminium Midi-Tower Case (No PSU) (CA-045-LL)
    £66.95 £66.95
    CA-008-TG Tagan TG530-U15 530W ATX2.01 Easycon SLi Compliant Modular Silent PSU (CA-008-TG)
    £59.95 £59.95
    Subtotal £1,484.35
    VAT £259.77
    Total £1,744.12
     
  2. Explicit

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Feb 2006

    Posts: 2,186

    Great rig, I can't fault it! :D
     
  3. Squidge

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,185

    Nice rig, but why only a 80GB Deskstar? Why not something more like

    Samsung SpinPoint P SP1634N 160GB ATA-133 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-009-SA)

    Just £20 more. (but the SATA version, I copied the wrong line. doh!)

    Hmmm, just noticed that you actually ordered 4 Hitachi Deskstars. Any particular reason?
     
  4. Monstermunch

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 7 Mar 2005

    Posts: 1,597

    Location: Eating PI

    Gonna have 2 x 80gb in raid0+1 & 2 x 80gb in raid0. This is the only real way to utilise the 3gb/s SATAII speed. Although by doing this I will only have 160gb usage space as 1 raid channel will be mirrored.

    This setup will beat raptors!
     
  5. 9761

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2004

    Posts: 4,143

    Location: Brentwood, Essex

    Nice Spec's
     
  6. Squidge

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,185

    It'll give you a nice transfer rate, sure, but it normally doesn't give you equivalent seek times. Thats why I use 2x150GB Raptor in raid 0, and a completely seperate (in a different room to the PC) 300GB NAS with it's own power supply and battery backup / surge protection. It does mean the data isn't as upto-date as a mirrored setup though, but I think it's more secure - if your PSU goes bang for example, its unlikely, but possible, to take out all your harddisks at once if it decides to increase the 5V or 12V rail by a sufficient amount with its dieing breaths.
     
  7. Alexrose1uk

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 26 Apr 2004

    Posts: 8,648

    Location: Milton Keynes

    Excellent spec...let us know how it runs...you're jumping to something pretty comparable (although a bit faster) to what I'm getting.