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  1. Brand new - I fired it up to make sure it wasn't DOA, and it has been sitting in the original box ever since. This is the card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16814122201 Asking $90 + shipping.
  2. FWIW - I've been looking for the past week for a used one to use in a HTPC I'm setting up, with no luck. I ended up getting a new one from the egg for $119 after rebate - not a bad price.
  3. That I don't know. I can tell you that I bought mine about 6 months ago, and it was an A02, so there's a good chance that most of them out there now are at least that revision.
  4. Look on the power supply label - it will tell the revision somewhere.
  5. For me, there is no compelling reason to move to AM2 until quad-core processors come out, and that's not even on the roadmap until sometime in 2007. I'm sure I'll be itching to upgrade by that time. Other than that, there is nothing ground breaking about AM2.
  6. For $20 more you can get a 7800GT. Also, the new 7900GT is supposed to be $299, but most of them are selling for a little more, probably because they are new and in short supply. Once the 7900GT becomes widely available and settles into that $300 price segment, I can't imagine that the 7800GT's won't drop to $250 or maybe even a little lower. If you have to have it now, I would say spend the $20 and get the 7800GT. But I would be tempted to wait a month or so and let all the prices settle from all the new cards that have just come out.
  7. Ok, I'm definitely going with the 3x300GB RAID 0 array. Any suggestions on the best stripe size/cluster size combination for this array? I'm thinking a larger cluster size would be more efficient, since all the files will be very large. Not sure about the stripe size. Any tips?
  8. Thanks for all the advice. I'm going for a little bit more storage than 2x80GB. I currently have 55 DV tapes full of video that I want to store online, at about 13 GB per tape. This past weekend I was at Fry's and they had 300GB Maxtor SATA 150 drives (at least that's what it said on the box) on sale for $99 - no rebate. I picked up 2 of them, and was pleasantly surprised to find that they were actually SATA2 drives with 16MB cache - these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16822144014 Some people were having problems with NF4 boards and needed a firmware update for the drives, but I haven't had any issues - must have got a newer batch or something. I get paid tomorrow and am going to run by there and pick up another one. That will give me 840GB total in that array, which should hold all my video and have room to grow.
  9. Thanks for the tip. I was worried about the bandwidth from a RAID 5 array. I was thinking it might be ok, because I mainly wanted to use the array as a catalog of all my video clips, so I can capture everything once and put all the DV tapes away and not have to mess with them anymore. So the array would be used for reads only 99% of the time. The actual editing - rendering new clips, MPEG compression, DVD generation, etc. - would be done on a single 250GB SATA drive I have set aside as a "scratch" drive for projects. Do you still think the RAID 5 array would be too slow in that situation? If so, I guess I can just go with a 3 drive RAID 0 array using the NVRAID controller like I had originally planned. Worst case, I have to recapture a bunch of video if a drive crashes, but it's not like I'm losing irreplaceable data.
  10. I'm thinking about adding a PCI-E RAID controller to setup a RAID 5 array for video editing. I read some reviews that said some motherboards have problems with these RAID controllers because their PCI-E support was designed mainly with graphics cards in mind. Does anyone know if I will have any problems using this RAID controller on my NF4 Ultra D? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16816115027 I'm already running my graphics card in the second slot because the V-1 cooler interfered with the HSF on the CPU. So when you move the jumper blocks, that sets both slots to run at 8x, right?
  11. Oops - forgot about the disks needing to be the same size. Thanks.
  12. I have 3 SATA drives that read 280GB, 280GB, and 230GB in the RAID BIOS, but when I add them all to a RAID 0 array, it shows the total size as 698GB, so I'm losing 90GB of storage. I tried just adding the two 280GB drives, and it showed 558GB total, which is about right. Is there a 698 GB limit to arrays on the NForce4 RAID controller? I was hoping to eventually push this array up to around 1TB.
  13. I use an XP-120 on my nf4-UltraD mobo and it doesn't obscure the RAM slots at all.
  14. I have two sticks of 512MB Patriot PC4800 XBL RAM for sale. Runs 300 MHz @ 2.5-4-4-8 per spec. I've read it can go higher (~320 MHz) but never tried. I've been running it in my system 260 MHz @ 2.5-4-4-8-1T with no problems. The memory is only 3-4 months old, and in great shape. The only reason I'm getting rid of it is because I want to move up to 2 GB and just ordered a pair of GSkill HZ. NOTE - this is not a matched pair. I bought the sticks about 1 month apart, and the heat spreaders are different but the chips are the same. They work fine in dual-channel mode. Looking for $120 for the pair, plus shipping. EDIT - forgot to mention I would also consider a trade towards a decent 17" LCD.
  15. http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10854
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