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Thread: Got Raid? Newbie Overclocker




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    Hello,

    This is my first time at this forum so please bare with me!!! I just recently built up a new computer and am wondering about RAID and overclocking. I have searched allot of sites as to how much faster it is when you set up two or mutiple hardrives in a raid configuration or boost your computer CPU by overclocking it, But most of that is pretty new to me and I just do not no where to begin. Reading the manual is like studying GREEK...I have not a clue. Any Ideas? My current setups are as listed:

    P4800c Deluxe
    P4 2.8 GHz
    Kingston khx3500/512r (2)
    2 Serial ATA Western Digital (Rapter) 36Gigs 10,000 RPMs
    Sony DVD +/-RW
    Lite On CD-R
    Thermaltake Case
    Windows XP Pro

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    Unless ya constantly doin' large file tranfers (video editing and the like) then RAID will show little difference in ya normal day to day usage but overclockin' will if ya setup ya system properly.

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    I do plan converting some big video files such as mpeg2 to a NTSC format (approxamatly 1.5 Gigs) so it is viewable on DVD and VCD's. But for know it is mostly serve up Games and Didital Photography!


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    Yea, you will not see any improved game load times with RAID.
    "In their capacity as a tool, computers will be but a ripple on the surface of our culture. In their capacity as intellectual challenge, they are without precedent in the cultural history of mankind." - Edsger Dijkstra

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    If you have a ATA HDD can you buy a converter thingy ma bob that enables RAID, I've seen these before on a American website. I think they cost around AU$50, anyone know about them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tql162003
    I do plan converting some big video files such as mpeg2 to a NTSC format (approxamatly 1.5 Gigs) so it is viewable on DVD and VCD's. But for know it is mostly serve up Games and Didital Photography!

    I've got two Maxtor SATA drives in RAID 0, which I use for all sorts of things, including video editing. I do notice the speed increase of having the drives in a RAID array. With those Raptors, I definitely suggest it. ;)

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    As a gamer, I really have to question the statement that there is no reason to go RAID. When you are running a system with a powerful graphics card, you're going to turn all the graphics options up to high, you will wait 5 minutes for levels to load. I have one system GF4 4600 (non-RAID) and another ATI 9700 (RAID Stripe), and I can tell you, RAID is the way to go! Especially if you don't want to wait to play. YOUR GAMES WILL LOAD FASTER! In fact, I ordered two more 40G Maxtor drives today, DOOM 3 is on the way, you know. ;)

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    just setup your raid in Raid 0 with 32 kb block size while the machine still for game. After you're ready for video editing/any graphic editing(working with big files). Just go to the raid setup again. Delete your current setup(it won't delete any file), then create a new array with the same setup, except change the block size into 64kb, since you will often create a file larger than the size. when you create a file smaller than that, the file would be safe in either one of hdds.

    note: do not add any hard drive into your raid channel, as they the structure would be unrecognize. My suggestion, decide now how much size you would need.
    For me, i use 4*80gbseagate in raid5 and 1 raptor as os.
    the setup is never giving me any problem!
    GOOD LUCK!!
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