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Gooch

New Build, need help with RAID

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Howdy gang!

I am building a new system, it will be an Intel 2.8 or 3.06, I am having problems deciding what Motherboard to buy. Here is a short list of what i have already, Lian Li case, WD 120g HD and Sony DRU500a DVD burner,,...this is all that will be used in this new build. In order to give you some insite I am into ripping and burning DVD's and play alot of games online. Ok, here come the questions.........

1. Should I buy 2 WD800jd's and RAID or just 1 drive and not set the RAID up.....I dont want to sacrifice stability for performance.

2. Motherboard? even if I dont do RAID I would like a raid board I think because I would need no controller card, I like my dvdrom and dvd burner on the primary and secondary.

3. RAM? I was thinking 2 sticks of 512 of a good quality ram.

Please feel free to make any suggestions that you feel would make this a good system and explain why.

Thank you for taking time to help me out!

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Guest russofris

1: Just go for a single drive. Ripping, burning, and gaming are not reasons to go with RAID 0.

2: The current generation of MB's is absolute crap. Many P4T533's have problems as do the new Abit boards (TH2?)

3: RAM.... This is dependant on the MB you buy. If it is a dual channel DDR MB, obviously you would get 2 sticks. One recommendation that I do have is that you only buy RAM which is Certified for your MB. You will have less headaches because of this, but will pay a 20% premium.

Thank you for your time,

Frank Russo

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Are you sure you're gonna need more than 512MB RAM Gooch? OK, it's not so terribly expensive but you might give that money somewhere else.

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yes, I want to be able to multi task when burning dvd's or using winrar.

I have 2 sticks of 256mb of crucial pc133 ram running winxp and I have never had a problem using winrar and burning cd while editing a photoshop files plus listening to winamp.

I think that I would follow Prof Wizard idea of getting just 1 quality stick of ram and save the money up front

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I do a lot of DVD ripping with Nandub www.doom9.org

I am using 2 IBM 45gb, 2 WD 120jb on an Adaptec 2400a.

The drive speed does nothing for you in ripping or writing DVD's only if you are doing run time video capture.

The motherboard chip set i suggest is Intel® 845GE, 845PE and 845GV Chipsets for home users (due to the Hyper-Threading Technology advantages).

Go with one memory dimm unless your board supports interleving and never mix memory unless they are from the same PCB and Dram chips.

I hope this helps some.

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