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#41 Huntn

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 11:48 AM

Critiques are good bobbob. Keep'm coming! I'm just throwing stuff out there for reference. I have my own ideas about cases, hard drives, and such. :)

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 12:57 PM

View Postteflon, on January 10th 2008, 02:48 AM, said:

yes it does, its pointlessly expensive for next to no real benefit other than a couple of seconds. not vital if youre gaming.
Id just stick a pretty standard 250gb or 320gb hdd in there. games dont take up that much space.

The higher capacity drives actually tend to perform better. If you are looking at a Raptor, it makes more sense to go with a 1 TB drive because you get almost 7x the storage space and most of the speed.

Now those 320 GB 15k RPM SAS drives... DO WANT!
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 04:01 PM

View Postteflon, on January 10th 2008, 01:48 AM, said:

thats quite excessive for the case, I feel, but a good cooling profile is very important.
Get an Antec Sonata III, then. $100 for a good case with a very efficient 500W power supply. It's not worth spending more than $150 on a case and power supply, unless you need redundancy or mad bling.

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as for the psu, you need to make sure you have at least 10% more than you need so that youre not straining it. so 600W would have been more appropriate really

Ok then, if you want to go by order of use (most to least):

8800 GT - 110W (max)
Q6600 G0 - 95W (max)
P35 express motherboard & RAM - 49W (empirical)
DVD burner - <30W max
1TB Hard drive - <15W max

What's that, 300W? Much less than 350W with more RAM and a few other components? Even with a 40% margin you're still looking at less than 500W. I don't think you understand what your needs actually are.

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 03:20 PM

Ok I am  taking notes - good thread

What about optical drives - I have seen some gaming rigs with 2 opt. drives? Is this a benefit? - I would like to use a blue ray/ HD.

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 03:30 PM

View PostHoovka, on January 11th 2008, 04:20 PM, said:

Ok I am  taking notes - good thread

What about optical drives - I have seen some gaming rigs with 2 opt. drives? Is this a benefit? - I would like to use a blue ray/ HD.

A hybrid drive would be cheaper than buying one of each. The main benefit to having two drives is easy disc copying. Or you could just leave the disc from a current game your playing in one drive while being able to use the other for other things. I'd say it's not essential, but it can be handy.
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 03:46 PM

Here's a calculator to check power supply needs. Most of the time PSU needs are exaggerated, but I find this tool to be pretty accurate - for the same system bobbob outlines it gives 305W.
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 05:45 PM

thats a pretty nifty little calculator there.

i managed to get around 450W for a decent SLI set up with a quad core... so if youre aiming at an SLI set up, then really youll need to get 500w. if you never intend for a second GPU then 400W would be plenty to include any extras you might want.
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