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Topic: 2 Builds. Media Server and Gaming.   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 8:54:23 PM(UTC)

Media Server

First off, my current computer is getting old. Instead of selling it off, I have decided to make a RAID 5 server out of it.

Current specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.83 GHz)

EVGA 680i SLI motherboard

OCZ 2GB of DDR2-800

MSI 8800GT

Antec 500W Phantom

Western Digital 250GB HDD

Silverstone TJ07

I don't know much about servers so I only did a little bit of research. I'm hoping someone can help me out and steer me the right way. As far as RAID controllers, what do you guys recommend? I was considering the Intel ones. I think I would start off with a 4-port and 4x 2TB HDD on a RAID 5. Later on, I hope to get an 8-port and how ever many hard drives I can afford. Fill up all 8-ports slowly. For the 8-port, I think it will be safer with a RAID 6. Concerning hard drives, I was thinking of going with the Western Digital 2TB Green drives (can't afford the RAID Edition ones). I am hoping this drive choice works fine in RAID setups. They should offer enough performance. I have a 1.5TB and it plays movies and music fine. They should have more performance in a RAID 5, which really is uneeded but nice. Main thing is that these drives should run quiet and cool.

 

Gaming PC

I already started buying this part by part.

What I have so far:

Intel i7 940

Intel 80GB SSD

Seagate 1TB 7200.12

EVGA GTX 480

Parts I am considering:

Silverstone FT02 (most likely not changing to something else because I am very picky with my cases)

Asus P6X58D-E motherboard

Corsair 6gb DDR3-1600 (CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 or CMP6GX3M3A1600C8 or TR3X6G1600C8D)

Corsair AX 850w PSU (hopefully they don't cost a lot...)

ProlimaTech Megahalem

Any thoughts or alternative recommendations? I do plan on overclocking the i7 940. I probably don't want to spend $300+ on a motherboard. So boards like the Asus Rampage III Extreme is out unless my income changes and I can find it for near $300 (possible because there was a deal on this like a month ago).

Couldn't really figure out the difference between the 2 Corsair Dominator models. Amazone calls the CMP6GX3M3A1600C8 a newer model and Newegg says there is some sort of new connector on it for future upgrades. My only guess is that it could be referring do the Airflow pro that reads temps and memory activity. Sounds great, just not sure why the "newer" one is cheaper. Hopefully, there is no difference in quality of the parts used.

Currently, my budget is pretty much listed by the parts that I am considering. So I won't be going for Dominators unless there is a good reason or sale.

 

Thank you for all your help!

 

Topic: $$$ ENTHUSIAST GAMING RIG   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 8:29:47 PM(UTC)

After looking at the pictures, I too cannot find a way to fit a large radiator into that case.

Not sure how much clearance you have in the bottom section where the PSU is located. If there is enough room, the only thing you could stick in there is probably a 120mm radiator. If it does fit, Swiftech for example has a 120mm radiator that is stackable. Maybe you could make a sandwich of sort: fan>rad>fan>rad.

Other than that, it would be modding your case a little bit and mounting a large radiator to the back. Space it out with a rad box so it can intake air from outside with an inch plus of clearance from your case. In other words, it won't be drawing any air from inside your case. It just hangs on the back of your case.

 

That is all the ideas I have for now.

Topic: Who likes Diablo 3...   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 8:11:21 PM(UTC)

Not sure about Death Spank. I'll wait for a review.

 

As far as Torchlight, that was fun for a while. It all becomes a grind very shortly. After a few quests, I didn't even pay attention to the quests or story. You end up finding the item or killing the boss as you descend the dungeon.

 

I guess I'll just keep waiting for Diablo III....

Topic: Water Cooling Setup by Digital Storm   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 5:13:43 PM(UTC)

Could anyone here do a simple test for me? Just a quick comparison with 1 fan and two + fans on a radiator. One configuration in push and one in pull. Then just hold a piece of paper up and see how far it bends.

 

If there is a difference, then this could be an amazing find. Stack 3 fans to double as a "shroud" and increase cooling performance.

Topic: Water Cooling Setup by Digital Storm   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 8:55:56 PM(UTC)

So I was browsing around and I saw this picture on Maximum PC. I have never seen a radiator and fan combination like this. I've seen push/pull setups but nothing where a few fans are stacked on one side.

Would anyone know what the purpose of this is? I am only guessing that it basically acts as a fan shroud to create spacing between the radiator and the case. Stacking fans may also increase static pressure as well. Like how thicker fans have higher static pressure. Just a guess.

 

 

Topic: EXTREME Watercooling!! *Need advice for Watercooling my Lian Li V2100B* Similar to Vadim Gaming PC's   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, May 3, 2010 12:02:11 AM(UTC)

Since you will stick so many radiators in there, I don't think it should be a problem making it all one big loop.

Topic: Maingear Intros Limited Edition VYBE Gaming PC With Phenom II X6   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 5:18:48 PM(UTC)

rapid1 wrote:

One of the interesting things I see here besides the PC and component's on this price plain is the memory. The 1090T board either user 6 gigabytes in dual channel mode or tri channel mode. This is interesting because until now AMD has been always 4GB. This of course "6GB" will work much better with a 64 bit operating system, but will it cause a bottle neck with 6GB on a dual channel "I am assuming here" platform, rather than 8GB (two 4GB sticks).

 

I don't recall seeing an 890GX board that supported triple channel configurations. I think AMD is stuck with dual channel for now because they are keeping with their backwards comparability. I know the memory controller is on the chip, but I think that if they changed it, they would also have to change the motherboard.

 

Topic: Intel Intelligent Home Energy Management   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 5:10:26 PM(UTC)

that is one sick looking device. I wonder what is up with that notch on the top. Design only? Or does it serve an actual purpose?

Topic: Cub Scouts Can Now Earn "Video Games" Merit Award: Finally, Justification!   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2010 5:08:07 PM(UTC)

They should play a game that involves another activity to see if they can get two badges. Like play an archery game or something. lol

Topic: Sapphire Releases the Fastest Videocard on the Planet   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 2:13:38 PM(UTC)

It might be an $800 card. But it most likely within most people's budget. There will always be cards are different price levels with the hot stuff being in the mid-range (such as the $200 price point). Just nice to see cards like this and drool over them.