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    Question Complete PC overhaul

    A friend of mine is looking to replace his aging PC with something new and improved

    He upgrades only once every 3-4yrs, buys the best he can and that does him

    does the following list work ok?



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    all looks good, missing a case tho
    just to satisfy my curiousity what specs does he have, the 4 year old pc that he spent alot on 4 years ago
    if you know it that is.

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    Well his mobo died and he sold his cpu, so at the mo he has some of my stuff

    P4 2.8ghz 533
    8INXP Motherboard
    1GB PC3200 & 1GB PC3700 (4x512mb)
    9800XT
    Antec case with PSU
    various hard disks, Dell 21" CRT
    Pioneer DVDRW

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    Looks good, I'd drop the single Raptor, the raided 500gig drives will be faster.

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    He wants a single fast drive for OS/Games and the 500GB drives for storage, music, films etc...

    He isnt into raid etc.. just something else to go wrong and means me fixing it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by madman045 View Post
    He wants a single fast drive for OS/Games and the 500GB drives for storage, music, films etc...

    He isnt into raid etc.. just something else to go wrong and means me fixing it....
    Might wanna drop that expensive RAID controller then

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckskull View Post
    Might wanna drop that expensive RAID controller then


    1TB storage in raid 5 should at least mean his PC still boots unless the raptor dies...

    But i know what your saying, I have two 250gbs in raid 0 running vista, really shouldnt though, HDD failures are a nightmare!

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    Quote Originally Posted by madman045 View Post


    1TB storage in raid 5 should at least mean his PC still boots unless the raptor dies...

    But i know what your saying, I have two 250gbs in raid 0 running vista, really shouldnt though, HDD failures are a nightmare!
    That's what I'm saying that 1TB will be faster than the raptor. If he really wants speed and the backup provided by the RAID5, then RAID0+1 using 4 500gb disks would be cheaper, faster and more stable.

    HDD failures are very rare now. Especially with good drives like WD. Though if any one of his drives fail he can still boot and use his PC in this config.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckskull View Post
    HDD failures are very rare now.
    ***cough***maxtor***cough***
    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    stupid betond belief.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clunk View Post
    ***cough***maxtor***cough***
    LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clunk View Post
    ***cough***maxtor***cough***
    Coming from a guy who's broken more PC parts than some of us have even owned

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    I'd swap out the E6600 for a Q6600 as the multi-core games will come eventually (in the next 2-4 years surely?) and Aria have 4Gb of Patriot RAM as 2 2Gb sticks for £185 which will allow him/her to upgrade their RAM if they need to without having to throw away all four of the current sticks.

    I's stick it in an Akasa Eclipse case too.

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    I think that noise matters alot in computers - when you have been close to a noisy one for a while, you'll get fairly frustrated with it, so i wanted to advise from that perspective:
    Get a good aftermarket CPU heatsink/fan to replace the standard intel one. Also consider replacing the fan on the graphics card, but opinion on the BFG 8800 rates from somewhere between "quiet" and "not that loud", so it subjectively might be fine for you.
    Zalman's website doesn't indicate whether or not the VF900 fits the 8800 series or not. Anyone shed any light?

    Finally be aware that even though 1 modern hard drive might be pretty quiet, having 4 will make a minor racket. Consider a quiet case for them to sit in.
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    I'd dump that IDE legacy and fit a SATA optical drive as they are now about the same price, if you stay away from Plextor.
    Apparently, "Do whatever you like" should NOT be considered authorisation to build my uber rig!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toobad View Post
    I'd dump that IDE legacy and fit a SATA optical drive as they are now about the same price, if you stay away from Plextor.
    Agreed.

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    HDD failures aren't common but RAID failures are. I'd have two Raptors in RAID 0 for OS and games, and two 350Gb drives operating individually for data and backup.

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