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Lanshire   Posted 7th Jan 2011 3:02am
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Hey guys..

I am getting ready to build a new rig and i am gonna be using this board

(ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX AMD Motherboard) gonna also be using the (AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor) also gonna have the (SAPPHIRE 100290SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Eyefinity 6 Edition Video Card).. and i am gonna have 2 western digital 500 gb (7200 rpm) drives (sata 2 3gb/sec)
my question is even though the board supports raid.. i was talking to a friend the other day and he said that instead of buying a VelociRaptor or a ssd..that if i buy 2 of the same drives and put them in raid 0 you would get the same speed as buying a raptor or a ssd. he said the key is to buy 2 of the same exact drives and buiing the right raid controller card.

so my main question is..which is the best raid controller card that i should buy for max performance?

Lan    Modified Jan 7th, 03:11am by Forum Moderator
Assman15    Posted 7th Jan 2011 12:48pm
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I think the onboard controller will have such a small performance hit compared to a dedicated one that you should be just fine using it. Sure, a dedicated one will give you better performance, but it's likely to be too minimal to really matter, or even be noticeable. Unless you're planning to run a server, in which case you've chosen the wrong type of motherboard.
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Lanshire   Posted 7th Jan 2011 2:00pm
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Thanks assman!
Lanshire   Posted 8th Jan 2011 12:23am
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i will take that into consideration!
Lanshire   Posted 8th Jan 2011 4:45pm
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Thanks for the considerationable advice frog. well with the setup i am gonna have.. what card do you suggest i use?. i just need it for some Hard core gaming..thats really all.. I am only using 1 LCD monitor (22 inch).

Lanshire   Posted 9th Jan 2011 12:16am
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Frog.. so u are suggesting that i stay with the card that i plan to buy?

also.. i don't have a clue what "Tesselation performance" means..can u please explain it?

I dont play crisis or metro2033..never even heard of the metro2033 game. and not a fan of crysis. i plan on dong alot of video editing..and will try to run most everything in 64bit mode..9 except red faction)
Lanshire   Posted 10th Jan 2011 3:50pm
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Frog..thanks for the explanation. I understand it a bit better now. could you link me to the card either on newegg or on 's site?

also..can u help me with this?

one last thing...

here are the parts i am gonna be buying.... Buying most of it from

I am open to suggestions.

2.Asus Crosshair IV Formula Socket AM3 890FX ATX AMD Motherboard
SKU: 660571
1 new in stock: $219.99 ($80 less than newegg)

3.Sapphire Technology ATi Radeon HD 6950 2048MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.1 x16 Video Card 100312SR
SKU: 194522
4 new in stock: $329.99 ($50 less than newegg)

4.Earthwatts 750W ATX Power Supply Our Price:      $149.99
SKU      101675
Mfr Part :      27750
UPC:      761345277501 ($100 less than newegg)

5. Original Price:      $369.99 You Save: $140.00
Our Price:      $229.99 ($46 cheaper than newegg)
SKU      658633
Mfr Part :      628123
UPC:      730143267557

6. OCZ Technology Gold XTC 6GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) ...
SKU: 043133

8 Caviar Blue 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD5000AAKS - OEMOriginal Price:     $59.99 You Save: $15.00 ( i already have the same drive at home, and these are the ones i want to put in raid o ) so i ned help finding the right raid controller card.

Our Price:     $44.99
SKU     249177
Mfr Part :     764050
UPC:     718037720302

9. LG 10x Internal Blu-ray Disc Rewriter- OEM
SKU: 604629
20+ new in stock: $139.99 $109.99 (+ 10 more than newegg)

10 Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler Original Price:      $69.99 You Save: $10.00
Our Price:      $59.99
After Rebate:      $39.99 after rebate savings
SKU      652891
Mfr Part :      CLP0564
UPC:      841163036570 ($13 less than newegg)

11. OS Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM
SKU: 749838

12. Raid controller card ??

13. Thermal-Star LCD Media Panel 7-in-1 Card Reader / Fan Controller / Temp. Display
Our Price:     $35.19
SKU     581678
Mfr Part :     BUS-175
UPC:     444555666722

If u cant find the parts.. just copy and paste the "SKU" numbers in the search area. the board was on BO untill wednesday.
Lan    Modified Jan 10th, 04:01pm by Lanshire

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