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    Thinking of buying XS Systems Intel i7

    Is this a good set up? I already have keyboard/mouse/speakers and i have dual monitor set up (23 inch and 19 inch).

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    If i decide to order is there any chance i could not have this installed? How do i go about it?

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    Also what raid i should choose.

    Sorry about these questions

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    Re: Thinking of buying XS Systems Intel i7

    In regards to RAID, it depends what you actually want.

    I don't know much about RAID if am honest, one of them things I could never remember.

    All I remember is: -

    RAID 0 This is generally used for speed only as it does not offer fault tolerance.

    RAID 1 Mirroring, two disks, usually of equal size, data is duplicated to both disks. However there are performance drops.

    RAID 3 Striping with parirty (Bit Level), Minimum of three disks, data that is being written divided into stripes. Again some performance issues.

    RAID 4 Striping with parity (Block level) Again, minimum of three disks, Each entire block of data is written onto a disk. RAID 4 can only sustain one disk failure at a time.

    RAID 5 Distributed parity. minimum of three disks is required.

    How did I do?

    Anyway, if you backup on a regular basis, as I know quite a few people on here do, I would personally go for RAID 0 and take the increases speed over the other RAID configurations. If you don't backup regular and require the redundancy, then if I am honest, I don't know which RAID type to take, as I haven't used RAID at all.

    Also, ask yourself, do you actually need RAID, will it be beneficial to you? If not, then I believe you can ask for the disks not to be set up in a RAID.
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    Re: Thinking of buying XS Systems Intel i7

    Ciderman,

    Please don't apologise for asking questions, that's what this forum is for

    Knowing that we clock the CPU's to 3.6Ghz if you go for the 10-20% Overclock (which actually works out at 40% or so) I'd go for that immediately.

    Otherwise, your OS drive has 32Mb of Cache so you'll be nice and speedy in terms of loading times but I'd personally go with an Nvidia card over ATI any day, purely based on performance, current drivers and temperatures. 4800 series still run a little warm for my liking. GTX260's have had a bit of a price drop recently and shall be able to power your resolution in max on most games.

    Most gaming systems have RAID 0 across two drives for speed. I guess the ultimate at the moment is two SSD's in RAID 0 but having two Samsung 750's in RAID 0 would be extremely nippy too!

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    Re: Thinking of buying XS Systems Intel i7

    Thank you for your replys.

    Knowing that we clock the CPU's to 3.6Ghz if you go for the 10-20% Overclock (which actually works out at 40% or so) I'd go for that immediately.
    Sounds like a good idea.

    Otherwise, your OS drive has 32Mb of Cache so you'll be nice and speedy in terms of loading times but I'd personally go with an Nvidia card over ATI any day, purely based on performance, current drivers and temperatures. 4800 series still run a little warm for my liking. GTX260's have had a bit of a price drop recently and shall be able to power your resolution in max on most games.
    I heard so many good things about ATI card so thats why i changed to it. I am glad that i asked.

    Most gaming systems have RAID 0 across two drives for speed. I guess the ultimate at the moment is two SSD's in RAID 0 but having two Samsung 750's in RAID 0 would be extremely nippy too!
    Good to know.

    Now i just need to convince my wife

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    Re: Thinking of buying XS Systems Intel i7

    One more question: Does all the system come with Acronis software already installed?

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    Re: Thinking of buying XS Systems Intel i7

    Yeah, complete with a securezone on your drive with a backup should anything go wrong.
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    Re: Thinking of buying XS Systems Intel i7

    Quote Originally Posted by leepen@scan View Post
    Yeah, complete with a securezone on your drive with a backup should anything go wrong.
    Thank you.

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    Re: Thinking of buying XS Systems Intel i7

    Sorry Ciderman I jumped into your thread thinking you were done, also realised entire forum is made up of "pls advise on my spec" threads so I'm starting my own and deleting my questions from here
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    Re: Thinking of buying XS Systems Intel i7

    Hello!

    Sorry to bother you again. I was thinking about the raid issues. So if i understand correctly i really dont need it especially if the second harddrive is for documents, pictures and music. I would also use it for back ups aswell. I use program called FirstDefense-ISR (immediate system recovery) so i have copies of my c drive backed up on 2 places. D drive and external harddrive.

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    Re: Thinking of buying XS Systems Intel i7

    not to confuse you also - both Starfry and I have had ours overclocked to 4.00ghz ... its like the sound barrier but better

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    Re: Thinking of buying XS Systems Intel i7

    Quote Originally Posted by SonyCloWn View Post
    not to confuse you also - both Starfry and I have had ours overclocked to 4.00ghz ... its like the sound barrier but better
    Sounds good.

    I have done some reading on RAID. I believe as i use my second drive as backup puposes then i shouldnt use RAID at all...correct?

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