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  1. Alrighty... Im going to give it a try over Thanksgiving Break when I go home... that way I can use the family computer to come here for help if I get confused. Ill take a look at the NF4 guides and see what I can learn from them... hopefully doing it with the Intel chipset is somewhat similar. BTW... when I set up this array, do I put connect the drives that Im going to RAID to the white or the blue connectors on the motherboard, or does it not matter? I have a feeling it does, Intel RAID is one color and then the Award RAID (or whatever the other one is) is the other color. I would look in the manual but Im at work trying to waste time before I go to class...
  2. The only experience Ive had with them was me buying a Thermalright SI-128. It went on backorder the day after I bought it and wouldnt be in stock for 2 weeks... needless to say, I cancelled that order. It took them a week and ahalf to refund my money. I would probably buy from them, or try to, again if the price was right.
  3. I bought 2x 80GB Western Digital SATA II drives and a DVD Burner for my mom. What a nice son I am. These RAID drivers... do they need to be on a floppy? My Windows XP Pro CD is going to be in my only optical drive, so I dont think I will be able to put them on a CD and install them that way. Where can I get these drivers? DFI website? RAID is a new thing to me... never done it before. :confused:
  4. Nothin but pictures of my dorm for now. Who needs em? My side, what a mess... lol Desk space Thar she blows!
  5. I see. IIRC, the Raptors have a 5 year warranty. Well, now I might go with the Hitachis because they have NCQ for the same price as WD's without it, so... We'll see... Im going to get these probably the Friday after Thanksgiving and then yank some data cables from my buddy (what the hell... 975X/G only comes with 2? :confused: ) and save myself $10. Unfortunately, after I get these drives, there wont be anything I can do to my computer to make it faster without spending a couple hundred bucks. Bittersweet... makes me save money, but whats the fun in being a computer enthusiast when you cant tinker?... :sad:
  6. What warranty is there on those Hitachi drives you have? Is it 3 or 5 year?
  7. Seems clear enough, Im sure someone will elaborate more. When installing the 3rd party drivers, those would have to be on a floppy, right? I only have 1 optical drive, which the Windows CD will be in. Now, when Im installing this new RAID, should I disconnect my current drive? I have a bunch of stuff on there that I cant back up... no DVD's and not enough CD's. When Im done, Im thinking about moving all of these files onto the new RAID and formatting my 250GB drive and then moving the files back... I cant decide if I should have multiple partitions or just one giant 232GB one. Opinions?
  8. I was wondering if someone could walk me through the steps of setting up RAID 0 on the Infinity 975X/G? Im planning on buying 2, 80GB hard drives for a RAID 0 setup with a 250GB storage drive. Im either getting 2 Western Digitals seen here or 2 Seagates seen here. Pretty much the only difference between them is the Seagates have a 5 year warranty while the WD's have a 3 year warranty, and the Seagates have NCQ. Is NCQ and the 5 year warranty worth the extra $12 bucks? Im in college and I really shouldnt be spending this money, but hobbies do weird things to me. I can afford it, Im not the standard college student whos in hundreds of dollars in debt with his credit card. I can manage my money... dad's an accountant and I half paid attention when we had "money talks" before I left for college. Anyways. I read through the manual but it didnt really help much, its vague I think. :confused: So I appeal to you 975X/G users who have RAID 0 set up, can you walk me through the steps?
  9. I wish thats how my webpage design class was during my junior year in highschool. We first learned extremely, extremely basic HTML in notepad, then used Macromedia DreamWeaver for like, 3 weeks, and after that, it was nothing but Macromedia Flash. I hated it... I wish it was nothing but notepad, I would have learned so much more.
  10. We are doing it just for fun and to see if we can actually do it. If we can actually do it, as in, design our own blocks, mod a case to look somewhat professional and such, and then actually make it work and lower temps, then we will actually do it. When my friend and I were modding our old cases, we had a lot of fun doing it, so we figured why not make a water cooling case just for the fun of modding it.
  11. I look to you watercooling gurus for some advice. Before you recommend a commercial PC watercooling pump, I am not buying one. A friend and I are going to be building a homemade, external watercooling box similar to Koolance's Exos over winter break away from college, possibly starting over Thanksgiving break. We have 2 radiators, or possibly they are small condensors... they will mount a 120mm fan without problem. One can be seen here and here. The ID of the pipes on them appear to be 3/8", so flow wont be half bad. We were planning on using both of them (I only have those pictures of the one, they are very similar). We cant decide on how to orient them - in series or parallel (using Y splits). Then, we dont know if we should just get 1 powerful pump and put that before the rads, and then from the rads, flow out of the case, to the blocks, then back to the res/pump. I think we should have 2 decent pumps, one to pump the water through the rads and then another to pump the water from the rads to the case though about 3 feet of tubing. I will try and get some pictures up of my prelim designs of the layout sometime soon. Now - about the pumps. What is a good flow rate and head for a pump? We were looking into pond pumps because a decent (or so we think) pump can be had for $30. Onto the block design. We are going to be designing and building our own blocks. My friend is working on a mechanical engineering degree, and in his machine tools and machining class, he has access to all the tools and CNC he would need to make some blocks. We were thinking just a CPU block for now to see how well it would work. I dont know how we should orient the fins or passages inside the block to maximize the cooling potential. How should the blocks be machined? Back to the pumps. You may have realized that these pumps will be 120v AC, meant to be plugged into a wall. Yes, those are the pumps we are planning to use. Im working on an electrical engineering degree, and I will have access to tools and parts to create a simple relay that we will use to turn our pumps on when the computer turns on. Im talking with my professor about that so I dont think I need any help with that other than one question - should I use the 12v or the 5v line from the PSU to power the relay? Im sure it depends on the relay in question. The general plan is Im going to use a molex connector to go from the main computer with the components in it, to go to a relay. This relay will be activated, which will turn on a junk 250w power supply in the "water box." This same relay will also power on the pump(s) at the same time. This power supply will then power 4 or 5, 120mm fans to cool the radiators and one to blow on the pumps for good measure. We are also thinking about using it to power some LEDs or ligthing of some sort to keep the load up so the power supply doesnt fry itself. I think thats all you need to know for now... if you have any questions, be sure to ask because Im sure Ive forgotten something. Of course, when we build this, there will be pictures of the entire process. EDIT Here is a picture of my prelim design. I know the case isnt very proportionate, but you get the idea. If one pump isnt enough (is 300GPH & 6ft head enough? Its 3/8" tubing and I dont want to blow it out)... I was thinking mount another pump after the rads join back up and then use that to pump the water to the other case. I know its weird having 2 pumps in the same loop, but with the mixture of 2 rads with 3/8" ID tubing is just, I dont know, restrictive.
  12. Thermalright SI-120 or -128 paired with semi-decent fan will give you great temps. Hell, pretty much any Thermalright heatsink is great.
  13. I almost bought the Tuniq Tower 120, but didnt because it, well, wouldnt fit with the side fan on my case. SI-120 has been good to me.
  14. Just wait till you start pumping in more volts... it will get warm, believe me. I had my E6600 @ 3.4GHz on 1.55v and during an Orthos run in a 65F room with my SI-120, it would hit 68C. I could get a higher CFM fan (currently like, 50ish CFM) and my temps would drop, but I dunno... I just leave my side panel off and thats fine.
  15. Jagged Edge ft Nelly - "Where the Party At?" My girlfriend is behind me on her laptop singing some N'Sync ..
  16. I can use either, it doesnt matter to me. I just have some uber ghetto-looking floppies. Ive never bought one, just salvaged them from old computers, so I dont have an face plates for them, just the bare drives. Im sure I could manage something with a CD as long as it was the first boot device and if I had any blank CD's at all. Ill figure something out.
  17. zkissane, that doesnt explain why my music skips and data transfer between the partitions slows down during ripping. At the time, I had my E6600 @ 3.4GHz and used DVD Decryptor to rip the DVD to my hard drive. My LiteOn was reading at 2x instead of 16x (why? :confused: ) so I know the data transfer from the DVD to my hard drive wasnt maxxed out. What Im trying to eliminate is the skip in songs and the slow data transfer - I have programs on the C partition on my single drive and storage (media and files) on the T partition. While ripping to C and trying to play a song from T, I get crazy skippage in music and near nil transfer rates. If I ripped a DVD to the RAID 0 array (the one Windows and programs will be on), I could play music from the storage drive without skipping. Note: After the ripping was complete, I would use DVD shrink to cut the file size in half of the ripped DVD, and then cut/paste it onto my storage drive. After I get some money (working over Thanksgiving Break from college), Im going to spend the $110 and get 2 Seagate 7200.9 80GB SATA II drives and RAID 0 them for Windows/programs. Im sitting in my engineering lab right now, supposed to be working on this bastard program called MatLab, so I dont have my motherboard manual with me... will I need a floppy drive to set up RAID or do I need to enable it in BIOS and thats it?
  18. I forgot who did it, but someone did on XS. You have to cut the epoxy around the edges and then heat the center of the IHS to melt the solder (about 70C+) and then it should just come off.
  19. The time doesnt matter, its the fact that reading and writing to my current hard drive slows down incredibly. Reading and writing the simplest things like Word documents take forever.
  20. Im going to use the 250GB I have now strictly as a storage drive and probably buy 2x 80GB drives for a RAID 0 array sometime around or after Thanksgiving... maybe Ill hit a sale. Yes, I would use the 80GB array for Windows, programs and probably things I rip from DVD or CD so I can do it quicker. Ill then transfer the ripped media to my storage drive.
  21. I wouldnt notice much difference if I had 8MB or 16MB cache for these 80GB RAID 0 drives? Alrighty... now I just have to suck it up and buy them.
  22. Yeah, I was reading about RAID here and it said that RAID 5 was fast. Ive never seen benchmarks of any, so I havent really taken that info to heart, so. Will there be much difference in a RAID 0 array with 2x 80GB drives if the drives had 8MB or 16MB of cache? Would the RAID itself make up for the less cache?
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