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    Greetings!

    My first post here...I've been reading the posts in this forum for a few days now and realize that many of the good people in this forum have far greater knowledge than I do so I humbly ask the following questions:

    1) I'm planning on running a couple VelociRaptors in 0Raid. 600GB 10k RPM. Advantage or Disadvantage. I understand that the performance is improved with these drives as well as running in 0RAID.

    2) This is probably a dumb question but I cannot seem to find the answer. I have a couple GTX460's I want to run in SLI. Should I use the DVI or HDMI connections? Also, I have a couple 24" monitors that I want to run extended. Do I plug in to the two cards or one card?

    3) Many of you guys seem to configure your machines with 6GB of RAM. Is there a disadvantage to having more RAM? I'm going to run the Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600 4GB x 3.

    Thanks for the help!

    Oh...I'll have all my components and will build the system later this week. (Window7 is the long lead item if you can believe it; still waiting for it to come so I guess I should have went to Best Buy.) Nonetheless, if any of you have any other suggestions I'll gladly take them. I do plan to overclock and ordered the Thermalright Silver Arrow yesterday. OMG This system is more exciting than the build up of my last 3 hot rods!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LambOfGod View Post
    Greetings!

    My first post here...I've been reading the posts in this forum for a few days now and realize that many of the good people in this forum have far greater knowledge than I do so I humbly ask the following questions: Welcome to PureOC

    1) I'm planning on running a couple VelociRaptors in 0Raid. 600GB 10k RPM. Advantage or Disadvantage. I understand that the performance is improved with these drives as well as running in 0RAID. There are advantages and disadvantages to running a RAID setup; Yes there much faster and it shows as one large drive, but the more drives you add to the Raid the greater the odds of a failure and loosing all your info stored. Your best bet would to be run a 0 for speed and a 1 for backup in-case of drive failure.

    2) This is probably a dumb question but I cannot seem to find the answer. I have a couple GTX460's I want to run in SLI. Should I use the DVI or HDMI connections? Also, I have a couple 24" monitors that I want to run extended. Do I plug in to the two cards or one card? If your monitor supports HDMI then I would use them.

    3) Many of you guys seem to configure your machines with 6GB of RAM. Is there a disadvantage to having more RAM? I'm going to run the Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600 4GB x 3. Only if your running some heavy 3D rendering stuff otherwise no, more RAM makes it harder to OC.

    Thanks for the help!

    Oh...I'll have all my components and will build the system later this week. (Window7 is the long lead item if you can believe it; still waiting for it to come so I guess I should have went to Best Buy.) Nonetheless, if any of you have any other suggestions I'll gladly take them. I do plan to overclock and ordered the Thermalright Silver Arrow yesterday. OMG This system is more exciting than the build up of my last 3 hot rods!

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    Have fun with the build, make sure to post some pics when your done

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    Quote Originally Posted by smduff View Post
    Have fun with the build, make sure to post some pics when your done
    Oh...thanks! I'll post the pictures when I'm done. I'm running ProTools which is a professional music studio software but plan to play some games. I'm thinking the 12gb of RAM will come in handy. I'm going to go for the 0RAID for speed and save all my DATA to a different disc totally separate from the RAID with proper back-ups.

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    If you haven't bought the second Raptor, consider buying a 60-100G SDD. It can be purchased for about $150 for a good 60G SDD. Load operating system on SDD and use your 600G Raptor for data. Great performance this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    If you haven't bought the second Raptor, consider buying a 60-100G SDD. It can be purchased for about $150 for a good 60G SDD. Load operating system on SDD and use your 600G Raptor for data. Great performance this way.
    Much better performance from a smaller hard drive???? Makes sense. I've already dropped 3G's into this system $800 in hard drives so my wife is about to slap the back of my hands with a ruler....so the two 600gb V-Raptors in 0RAID is what I'm currently stuck with. I think I'll be 'ok' with it.

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    To the unanswered question: Plug both monitors into the same card. Then set up your options in the nVidia Control Panel for the Extended Desktop config.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LambOfGod View Post
    Much better performance from a smaller hard drive???? Makes sense. I've already dropped 3G's into this system $800 in hard drives so my wife is about to slap the back of my hands with a ruler....so the two 600gb V-Raptors in 0RAID is what I'm currently stuck with. I think I'll be 'ok' with it.
    I ran 2 X Velociraptors 320G in raid0. The access time was .5ms and the sustained read speed was about 225mb. The performance was great. Get it setup and when the wife turns her head, get a 60G SDD. You can then use the Raptors for data storage and be cranking! LOL.

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    If your wife can tell the difference between an SSD and a two Raptors in RAID.......inside a case......then she should be here on the forums giving advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyguy View Post
    If your wife can tell the difference between an SSD and a two Raptors in RAID.......inside a case......then she should be here on the forums giving advice!
    Dxdiag is all she needs to know!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    Dxdiag is all she needs to know!!!

    hahahahhaha

    I'll have to keep this Forum under wraps...you guys are a bad (I mean good) influence. Those solid state drives are very cool for sure.

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    Yes...Skyguy and Drdeath are the two bad a$$ guys around here, they do bad things behind the Mrs all the time

    Edit: what they saying SSD outperform two Raptors in RAID0, no noise and run cooler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    Yes...Skyguy and Drdeath are the two bad a$$ guys around here, they do bad things behind the Mrs all the time

    Edit: what they saying SSD outperform two Raptors in RAID0, no noise and run cooler.

    Oooh yea...that too!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    If you haven't bought the second Raptor, consider buying a 60-100G SDD. It can be purchased for about $150 for a good 60G SDD. Load operating system on SDD and use your 600G Raptor for data. Great performance this way.
    Ok...the idiots from Best Buy sent me a 250gb hard drive instead of my Raptor. Now I'm waiting....so how do I make these SDD's work. I currently have about 425gb in programs and store all my data on a separate drive. Are you guys telling me to put Windows on the SDD and the programs on another drive? How does this work? How much better is the performance using the SDD? Do I buy 2 and do a RAID 0?

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    they sent you 250Gb SSD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    they sent you 250Gb SSD?
    Yes...the box said freaking 600gb VRaptor and when I opened the box it had a 250gb blue drive. Only $300 difference WTF. Now its been 2 days and I want to fire up the beast. I have one 750GB Black Drive and one 600GB VRaptor. I planned to use the 750GB for all my data and run all my programs off the RAID0 Raptors.

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    Any what brand of SSD?

    Just to make sure you didn't get ripoff.

    Well, if it's 250GB then you have plenty to install some of your programs, games on it and keep all your data on the HDD.

    You don't need to RAID0 SSD one is fast enough, TRIM is not support by RAID, without TRIM the SSD's performance degrading. There are a workaround but too much hassle so it's better just use single SSD. You will see huge performance differences between HDD vs SSD.

    Just install the new SSD to your current setup as an additional drive, format it.

    You need Acronis True Image program to transfer your current OS over the SSD.

    After you done then remove the old main HDD, reboot enter bios and properly setup the SSD parameters...etc. It's pain less!

    Take a look at our SSD's Guide

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