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Old April 20, 2011, 06:10 PM
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Default New Core i7 build - $1,500 CAD budget - raid0...?

Hello, thanks for helping me make the right choices.

I am planning to build/upgrade the PC with a $1,500 CAD budget. I will use the PC mainly for gaming but the wife will also use it for webcam Skyping and making family videos on DVDs. All and all (and sins I’m the one coughing out the entire $1,500…) the PC will be oriented 70% for gaming and the rest for multimedia usage.

I am planning to use 2 x 500GB (1TB total) hard disk in raid0 for the OS and installed software. There will be a single 1TB none-raid drive for the user’s files. Is there a real performance gain for gaming or video encoding by having 2 disks in raid0. I read a 2004 review saying that there was no gain in “real world” usage but I am wondering if it’s still the case with today’s technologies. A single 500GB disk would be more than enough to create the 3 Windows 7 partitions (game, wife and kids) so if there are no advantage in a raid0; I could maybe invest the $60 HDD in better hardware instead (and would not need a motherboard with 4 SATA 6g/s plug).

I already read reviews on most of the parts I’m planning to buy but I don’t know if there are better parts I could buy instead. Here is what is in my current basket; if some parts are overkill i can downgrade that part and invest in better other hardware:

2 x WD Caviar Black 500GB SATA 6.0Gb/s HDD (1TB total raid0)

WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s HDD

LITE-ON 24X SATA DVD Burner LightScribe

ASUS SATA 24X DVD Burner LightScribe

Intel Core i7-2600K CPU

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD

ASUS P8P67 PRO motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Windows 7 Pro x64

Parts that will be carried over from my current PC:

Antec P182 case (with 4 120mm fans)

XFX Black edition 750W PSU

Thanks so much for any help!

Last edited by rachpoil; April 20, 2011 at 06:15 PM.
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Old April 20, 2011, 06:16 PM
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get a 60 or so gig ssd for around the same price,itll be faster

get one of the 2500k combos at ncix, the gd65 is nice

the gtx570 is not that great bang per buck. 6950 or 560 are.

hr-02 for cooler

ps welcome aboard
ps2 wd 2tb for storage
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Old April 20, 2011, 06:29 PM
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Thanks _dangtx_

I looked at the SSD drives but i would need at lease 250 GB for the 3 OS partitions in dual boot; and a 250GB SSD drive is really not cheep... I think SSD drives can help loading games level faster but i heard that it does not help performance once you are inside the game. Is that the case?

If SSD drives only help for loading Windows and application faster it does not really bother me.

I will definitely conciser your hardware alternatives.

The GTX 560 is very interesting. I thought the 570 had more than an average 15fps over the 560. If over time the 560 is not enough, i could always get an other 560 and SLI them up.

Withe the $100 difference from the video card think i will go with a 2TB drive. I think down the road with all the video encoding my wife do, 2TB will be safer. At the moment she can work on only one project at a time.

Last edited by rachpoil; April 20, 2011 at 07:31 PM.
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Old April 20, 2011, 10:40 PM
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Location: Québec, Canada
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raid0 blacks for gaming and media is more than enough, ssd is more of a luxury than a need! i got some but its just for the snappyness when im actually doing work/rebooting/loading games but imo it is far from needed!

all the parts you picked out look good, but i would do one minor tweak by changing to the asus directcuii 570 if u want a 570 (way better and costs about the same, if not cheaper than the evga tax) and upgrade the mobo to a sabertooth (not rly needed as the pro is a rly good mobo too but i just love the ST for its price)

one thing tho? is that 2dvd burners u are putting in ur system and 2x 500gb + 1tb or just options as i would suggest taking only 1 burner and go either 2x 500gb if thats enough otherwise 2x 1tb as the 1tb blacks are actually faster due to higher density.

and one last thing, unless its rly ur preference id suggest shopping from ncix and using search engines such as shopbot/etc to find best deals and pricematch! (for example you could get an NH-D14 for 50$ pricematched last week)
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Old April 21, 2011, 12:19 AM
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should just get a 1tb black for games / os and programs and a 2tb green for multimedia storage then at a later date get an ssd and transfer your windows over to that, so you will end up with an ssd for windows black for games / programs and a green for multimedia
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