I'm definitely thinking the Raptors would be good and your the
ump***th person who's sung praise. I want to use a couple of them in
a RAID for my primary. I'm thinking a couple of big (500+) drives for
storage internal, or maybe a TB or 2 external.
I don't game either (at least not enough to justify a gamer graphics
card). And 2GB memory is minimum. I've been running 1GB since the
start on this almost 5 year old machine... One of my better
If I get this thing built this Summer, I'm probably going to stick
with XP Pro. Until Vista has been out awhile, it scares me.
If youve not used them, check out newegg.com.
> I just finished building a new vista box. Here are the components I used:
> CPU: Core Duo E6600 conroe core running at 2.4ghz. Overclockable but I'm not
> into that.
> MB: I chose an Asus P5NSLI based on an Nvidia 650 SLI chipset. I wanted SATA
> with RAID 0/1 support and the Nvidia chipset for a low price. Didn't want to
> spend the extra for the 680.
> Hard drives: Spend a little more and get WD Raptor drives. 10k drives with
> 16mb cache. If you can't afford raptors then get a raptor for your boot
> drive and then a pair of 7.2k class drives and run them in RAID mode 1 if
> you want more bandwidth.
> Video... I'm not a gamer so I did not drop a bunch of money on a DX10 card.
> If you are into *** then you HAVE to have an Nvidia 8x series card
> running DX10. The results are breathtaking. I instead chose a 79x Nvidia
> based half gig card. You could go with a pair of these cards in SLI mode and
> still be dollars ahead of what you'd spend on a 8x card.
> For memory I chose two 1gb sticks at 667mhz.
> For DVD I chose a liteon burner with lightscribe.
> Check outwww.tomshardware.comfor good information on what's screaming
> fast... You know, the stuff for the money is no object gamer crowd kind of
> fast. Tom's also has good information on where the current performance /
> value sweet spot is at... This is what I usually try to hit when I build up
> a new machine.
> The raptor hard drives are sick fast. Of all the components I picked the
> raptors provided the biggest bang for the buck. I'm running the 32 bit
> version of vista ultimate. No problems with drivers. I'm happy with vista
> and even though I despise gratuitous eye candy user interface the
> "window-tab" mechanism with the aero interface is very cool AND useful.
> Hope this helps.
> P.S. I've had good luck with tigerdirect.