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Old 08-22-2005, 09:29 PM   #11
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I'd recommend you don't overclock, if you're buying an X2, unless you're an expert, and you've been reading some articles giving details on overclocking the X2's, cause they're expensive chips.

Also, looking at your other components, i'd recommend getting a more powerful PSU. Maybe 500-Watt with dual 12v rails. Make sure it's a branded one.
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Old 08-23-2005, 12:03 AM   #12
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alirght, but u think the 3800+ dual core will be fine?
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Yes Very!!!! very good CPU!!!!
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Yep, absolutely. I dream about having ANY X2.

I mean, if you've got really deep pockets and do the heaviest of multi-tasking, then a 4800+ would be the one to go for, but otherwise, i think you're fine with the cheapest model; the 3800+.
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sweet, so how does the set up look?
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Excellent, but i'm not sure about the 160GB Hard Drive. Are you sure you don't want another 74GB raptor instead, maybe having a RAID configuration?
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There are down points to a RAID.....
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what is raid? and SATA and SATA2? am i correct, i never was sure what they were...fill me in?

and i dunno about anohter one cuz i do downlaod alot fo stuff and put alot fo stuff on my hard drives... ive already used 45 gigs on this 160... that would only leave me almost 2 gigs to paly with on the raptor...
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(Redundant Array of Independent Disks) A disk subsystem that is used to increase performance or provide fault tolerance or both. RAID uses two or more ordinary hard disks and a RAID disk controller. In the past, RAID has also been implemented via software only.

In the late 1980s, the term stood for "redundant array of inexpensive disks," being compared to large, expensive disks at the time. As hard disks became cheaper, the RAID Advisory Board changed "inexpensive" to "independent."

Small and Large

RAID subsystems come in all sizes from desktop units to floor-standing models (see NAS and SAN). Stand-alone units may include large amounts of cache as well as redundant power supplies. Initially used with servers, desktop PCs are increasingly being retrofitted by adding a RAID controller and extra IDE or SCSI disks. Newer motherboards often have RAID controllers.

Disk Striping

RAID improves performance by disk striping, which interleaves bytes or groups of bytes across multiple drives, so more than one disk is reading and writing simultaneously.

Mirroring and Parity

Fault tolerance is achieved by mirroring or parity. Mirroring is 100% duplication of the data on two drives (RAID 1). Parity is used to calculate the data in two drives and store the results on a third (RAID 3 or 5). After a failed drive is replaced, the RAID controller automatically rebuilds the lost data from the other two. RAID systems may have a spare drive (hot spare) ready and waiting to be the replacement for a drive that fails.

The parity calculation is performed in the following manner: a bit from drive 1 is XOR'd with a bit from drive 2, and the result bit is stored on drive 3 (see OR for an explanation of XOR).

RAID Levels

RAID 0 - Speed

Level 0 is disk striping only, which interleaves data across multiple disks for better performance. It does not provide safeguards against failure. RAID 0 is widely used in gaming machines for higher speed.

RAID 1 - Fault Tolerance

Uses disk mirroring, which provides 100% duplication of data. Offers highest reliability, but doubles storage cost. RAID 1 is widely used in business applications.

RAID 2 - Speed

Bits (rather than bytes or groups of bytes) are interleaved across multiple disks. The Connection Machine used this technique, but this is a rare method.

RAID 3 - Speed and Fault Tolerance

Data are striped across three or more drives. Used to achieve the highest data transfer, because all drives operate in parallel. Parity bits are stored on separate, dedicated drives.

RAID 4 - Speed and Fault Tolerance

Similar to Level 3, but manages disks independently rather than in unison. Not often used.

RAID 5 - Speed and Fault Tolerance

Data are striped across three or more drives for performance, and parity bits are used for fault tolerance. The parity bits from two drives are stored on a third drive and are interspersed with user data. RAID 5 is widely used on servers to provide speed and fault tolerance.

RAID 6 - Speed and Fault Tolerance

Highest reliability, but not widely used. Similar to RAID 5, but performs two different parity computations or the same computation on overlapping subsets of the data.

RAID 10 - Speed and Fault Tolerance

A combination of RAID 1 and RAID 0 combined. Raid 0 is used for performance, and RAID 1 is used for fault tolerance.


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