Ok so one of my friend wants me to help him build a comp whaat do u think??
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+
ASUS A8N-SLI Socket 939
GeIL Value 2GB (2 x 1GB) duel Channel
ASUS Geforce 7800GTX PCI x16 (always can go to SLI later when programs become SLI compatible)
NEC Black DVD Burner
SAMSUNG Black CD Burner
Western Digital 120gb (has externals so only wants small on inside)
X2Gen MG19VT 19in (does the brand matter)
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These are my recommendations:
Get a BFG, XFX or eVGA or even MSI 7800GTX instead of the ASUS one.
Get a DFI Lanparty SLi board or a MSI K8N SLI Platinum board instead of the A8N-SLI
If you want the dual x16 SLI instead of x8 and x8 when in SLI board, you need the A8n32-SLI not the A8N-sli
Ditch that "value" ram and get some better quality stuff
Yeah check out those new WD Caviar RE16's they have SATA II and 16mb cache, and best of all thier Western Digital's, yeah, i WANT 4 of them, the 500GB ones, in my comp, right now.
And yeah get a good monitor, biggest mistake i ever made was buying a 15" Dell lcd, and my 10 year old Compaq 17" CRT isnt much better. I would kill a man for a nice 19" LCD with a fast refresh rate (8ms or better) like one of those Viewsonic VX924 or the new VX922, 2ms response time!!!
RAID 0 can be implemented with IDE, SATA, or SATA 2, depending on whether your motherboard will support it. It usually is on most new boards, I believe.
Check out that link for more information, but RAID 0 takes one file and shares pieces of that file across 2 or more hard drives. That means, as it's writing or reading to or from the hard drives, it is accessing all of the hard drives at once. Since all of this is happening at the same, instead of one at a time in order, it is speeding up the process greatly. More hard drives in the RAID 0 means even more of a performance boost.