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  1. So I recently built my computer and everything checks out fine except for the mushkin ram I purchased.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820146785

    Also here is my setup:

    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWi...Number=13378388

     

    I checked on CPUz and it shows the ram as PC2-6400. I bought the ram labeled as PC2-8500. I quickly sent mushkin for some support but am still waiting for a response. I don't know why it is not showing and I'm posting here for some clarification on this issue. I like to receive what I paid for. Is there any settings that I have to configure with my motherboard or any of that sort? Any help is greatly appreciated of course. :thumbs-up:

     

    CPUz:

    cpuzmemorypic.jpg


  2. I'm planning on running 2 WD 500GB HDD. I've considered doing RAID 0, but a little hesitant on losing data. Right now, I'm thinking of not running any raid, just split the hard drives like this:

     

    ----500GBHarddrive

    -200GB O/S Programs

    -300GB DATA

    ----500GBHarddrive

    -250GB DATA

    -250GB DATA

     

    -Note: I am also an avid gamer and like to have fast load up times. Where would I place my games and such? Another thing is I'll be having a lot of media on it so where would you consider putting that also? Any input would be greatly recognized. Thanks. ^_^


  3. Why 2 500GB harddrives? A single terabyte is going to be cheaper.

     

    That memory is pretty expensive as DDR2 goes (not saying it won't be good), but, if you save $40 on hard drives and $10 or $20 on the memory (say, here), it would put you in the GTX 275 or HD 4890 range - for full lifetime warranty cards. There are also some less expensive 4890's like the sapphire

     

    The only reason why I planned to buy 2 hard drives is to run Raid 0. Do you think running raid is worth it, or just go buy a single drive?


  4. Will do on the aftermarket cooler. One question though, do you think that flashing the P45-UD3P bios is worth it? This'll be my first build and I don't want to take the chance and mess up the bios chip. Even though it has the double bios chip feature. I checked on the site and I don't think the updates will benefit me in anyway. Thanks for the fast responses too, I can always rely on the overclockersclub forum to help me out. :)


  5. Yes. That's what I do, as you can see. Just because it makes formatting / reinstalling easy.

     

    No RAID set up on my desktop though. If you wanted RAID-1, set that up that before any partitioning. It will be "seen" by Windows as a single 500GB drive (since one drive is a mirror, you'll lose half the space). Partition that in to OS and Data as normal.

     

    Your method was exactly what I wanted to do for simplicity. I was fogged up by all the guides creating partitions of "organization". I think it just makes it more complicated. Thanks markiemrboo.


  6. If you're concerned about data loss one option would be to create a RAID 1 array using both drives, assuming they are identical, and partition the array into one volume for the OS and another using the remainder of the drive for data.

     

    One concern is that restoring a RAID 1 array from a drive failure using the controller on the motherboard can be problematic. Although the data is protected and can continue to function on the remaining drive, you may not be able to rebuild the array.

     

     

    Sounds good to use RAID 1. What is type of RAID is mostly used with a 2 HDD setup?


  7. I plan on having for my new rig 2 HDD containing 500GB each. I am also worried about data loss so I looked researched partitioning. I need some tips on what to divide up for the OS partition and the rest of the data. Also what to do with the other drive/ and should I run RAID. Any help is appreciated. :)


  8. Yeah I agree on the 2 500gig HD, should I use RAID? o.O Also on a side note this is mainly going to be a gaming computer with some photo and video uploading/watching.

     

    Edit: Updated the Hard Drive and the Processor to a Q6600. Any other suggestions? :)


  9. I completely agree with you guys on the graphic card and the power supply. Do you have a power supply in mind?

     

    Edit: Updated list, tell me what you think :)

    I swapped out the 9800 GTX for the 4870, and a OCZ StealthXStream 500W ATX12V for the Rosewill.


  10. Okay my parents gave me the okay to use their money to build them a HD/Blu-Ray computer. This build is meant for their hi-def pictures/videos and such. But I also want it to be a good gaming computer so I can play competitively like I always do. The price range has to be around 1,200. I'm not sure on the power supply as it is out of stock and the motherboard. I don't know the requirements to run blu ray besides a good monitor/videocard.

     

    https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedW...spx?ID=10043326

     

    Any suggestions would be a great help. I plan on purchasing parts as soon as tomorrow. :)


  11. Anybody? And to save some time asking questions I'll just go ahead and ask it right now if everything I chose is compatible. Here's the final list.

     

    1-Motherboard ~GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128345 102.99

     

    2-Case ~The NZXT LEXA: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811146038 99.99

     

    3-RAM ~CORSAIR 4GB(2x2GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR2800 (PC2 6400)DualChannel http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...-L1C-_-20145184 54.99

     

    4-CPU ~C2D E8400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115037 164.99

     

    5-CD Drives ~ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A3T - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827135176 22.99

     

    6-Hard Drive ~HITACHI Deskstar 7K160 HDS721616PLA380 (0Y30006) 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822145162 40.99

     

    7-Power Supply ~Antec Neo Power 500 500W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817103940 54.99

     

    Totals out to 541.93 and 572.24 w/ shipping

     

     

    I plan to install XP with this build btw.


  12. Only reason I put in an 8600GT is b/c I'm trying to save some money. I'll probably upgrade later on.

    Almost Finalized Rig!

     

    1-Motherboard ~GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128345 102.99

     

    2-Case ~The NZXT LEXA: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811146038 99.99

     

    3-RAM ~CORSAIR 4GB(2x2GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR2800 (PC2 6400)DualChannel http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...-L1C-_-20145184 54.99

     

    4-CPU ~C2D E8400 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115037 164.99

     

    5-CD Drives ~ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A3T - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827135176 22.99

     

    6-Hard Drive ~HITACHI Deskstar 7K160 HDS721616PLA380 (0Y30006) 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822145162 40.99

     

    7-Power Supply ~Antec Neo Power 500 500W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817103940 54.99

     

    I have pictured this from start to finish and the only problem now is XP recognizing the SATA. In other forums they say XP does not recognize it right away and has to set it from AHCI to IDE when installing OS. They also said you can change it from IDE to AHCI after your done installing the OS. Is this possible or do I have to go Vista. I'm pretty stubborn on changing my OS so yeah, it's only for gaming though.


  13. Okay I have decided on the power supply and only need help with one more thing, the mother board. It is between the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard or the GIGABYTE GA-EP45C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

     

    I'm leaning towards the DS3R just cause it can hold bigger amounts of memory such as DDR3, but that's about it. It's a little more expensive than DS3L. What do you guys think? Here's the comparison link on newegg.

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