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Old September 12, 2012, 09:50 AM
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Also, it occurs to me that, if I did still get the 16GB of RAM, I could kepp 8GB for normal system operation and use the other 8 GB for either a RAM cache (to speed up one of my hard drives) or as a RAM drive (I was reading about how some of the RD software does write to an HDD when the system shuts down such that the ramdrive's data isn't lost).
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Old September 12, 2012, 09:27 PM
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Asus has Canadian RMA too as far as I know.

8GB ramdisk is limited in it's usefulness but I suppose it's a start to play with and maybe go to 32GB in the future for a much more effective ramdisk.
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Old September 12, 2012, 09:53 PM
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Okay, I see that MSI has repair centers in both BC and Ontario. It seems to be hte only one, as both Gigabyte and ASUS are sent to California; I didn't find out where Asrock motherboards go to.
Where did you get your info from??? I happen to work at a Asus Repair site we are everywhere in Canada, one on Vancouver Island, 2 in Vancouver, 2 in Calgary and many more in every province. Dont get me wrong though MSI has a great RMA team to, theirs in Canada is #1 at the moment so good for them :)
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Old September 13, 2012, 09:18 PM
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Where did you get your info from??? I happen to work at a Asus Repair site we are everywhere in Canada, one on Vancouver Island, 2 in Vancouver, 2 in Calgary and many more in every province. Dont get me wrong though MSI has a great RMA team to, theirs in Canada is #1 at the moment so good for them :)
<LOL> So you're working at an ASUS repair site, but your tagline indicates that you're looking for work in Calgary area. Either something needs updating or possible workplace issues? :)
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Old September 13, 2012, 09:21 PM
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<LOL> So you're working at an ASUS repair site, but your tagline indicates that you're looking for work in Calgary area. Either something needs updating or possible workplace issues? :)
Trying to move, had enough of the west coast and being a contracted employee haha.

Asus lost most of its high end and great RMA team to the MSI team in the last year and a half. pretty much anyone fun to work with left and most of the teams that are left are contracted out like myself and are getting ready for change and new employment
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Old September 13, 2012, 09:30 PM
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Anyways, it turns out that my communicaiton issues with the NCIX store may turn out to be a lucky break. Using the numbers for their sale that started today, I could save around $150 just by making a few more substitutions...

Processor - i5-3570K
Motherboard - MSI Z77A-G45
CPU Cooler - Corsair H80 Water-based CPU Cooler
Memory - Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 2X4GB
Operating System - MS Windows 7 H.P. 64-bit
SSD - OCZ Vertex 4 SSD 128 GB
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3
Graphics Card - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC
Case - Bitfenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid-tower Case
Case Accessory - Bitfenix USB 3.0 Case Upgrade for Shinobi
Power Supply - PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk.II 750W 80+ Silver

Initial Subtotal for this package - $1356.02
Total including manuf. rebates - $1286.02
Final total including taxes - $1453.20 (!!!)

(For those who advocated a "cool-looking" case.. like I said, I like simplicity -
BitFenix.com » Products » Chassis » Shinobi Window)
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Old September 13, 2012, 09:57 PM
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If you have the budget to spare the only thing I would change would be to bump the SSD to 256GB..
Got a 128 GB about 8 - 9 months ago and am running out of room sooo bad on it and it cost the same as a 256gb vertex 4.. :(
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Old September 14, 2012, 06:27 AM
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When I realized that I would be able to come under $1,500 even with taxes, one of the first things I considered was getting a bigger SSD. However, I wasn't sure whether I needed to get one 256 GB drive or two 128 GB drives in RAID 0. Now, I know that putting SSD drives in RAID 0 takes away the "garbage collection" feature for SSDs, correct? I also know that a RAID 0 set would be faster than one drive alone. The question is whether the speed would be enough of a difference to be worth the loss of GC.
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System purchased & set-up. Now to start with learning how to overclock. :)
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