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Old August 13, 2008, 06:51 AM
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It looks like prices are coming in around where I would like them lately.
So I’d like your guy’s opinion on these parts and the best place to purchase, etc.
I’ve never used ncix price match so any ideas or strategies on doing this successfully would help.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz
MB: Gigabyte X48T-DQ6
RAM: OCZ Platinum or ReaperHPC 4GB(2x2GB) PC3-12800 DDR3-1600
HDD: 2x300GB Velociraptor RAID0
Video: EVGA GTX 280 SSC
OS: Vista Ultimate 64

I already have a number of other items;
2x DVD burners, 2x 750GB HDD, 6600GT 2nd monitor, Case, 850W PSU, Fans, CPU cooler, Razer Sound, 24” monitor, KB/Mouse, etc…
I’m only planning a modest OC, 3.4 or 3.6 GHz, if I could get to 3.8 stable, I’d drop it to 3.6 and be happy. (just to be safe)
The computer will be used for gaming, software development, movies, photo, and office. Just about everything.
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Old August 13, 2008, 07:36 AM
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Looks like an awesome setup though I'd go with the HD4870X2 and then you could add another one down the road for some Crossfire action.
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Old August 13, 2008, 08:22 AM
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ya, I thought about that, a 4870x2 is $550, but you can get a 280 for around 450.
but id never be able to sli in the future. it a tough one.....

its the raptors that are bothering me the most.
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its the raptors that are bothering me the most.
So run dual WD 640GB drives in RAID0. It'll still be nice and fast and costs a $100 less than the price of a single Velociraptor.
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Old August 13, 2008, 11:38 AM
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those V raptors are great great drives but the 640's are nice and cheap but if you can afford it the vraptors are a better choice.
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ya, I thought about that, a 4870x2 is $550, but you can get a 280 for around 450.
but id never be able to sli in the future. it a tough one.....

its the raptors that are bothering me the most.
Given the recent reviews, the extra hundred would be well spent on the 4870x2. Especially since you have a CF board. I would abandon the RAIDed Velociraptors to make up for the cash.

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Old August 14, 2008, 03:26 PM
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Ya, you got me to re-read Sky’s reviews again, that’s always fun!
Even though it is a good trade off, I want to do some CUDA programming, and besides
both home and work are all Nvidia and having different ones to deal with is a pain.

The two Velociraptors for RAID0? Here’s a little how to;
First stop at the beer store and pickup a six-pack, chug one, have a smoke, grab another beer, go online, and order everything!

Anyways, Done Deal…. I went with the OCZ Platinum’s. I hope tddirect doesn’t give me any problems….
*crosses fingers*
They did call me on the phone (20min after I submitted) thou, to confirm, hope that's a good sign.

Cheers
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