Description

Last year during the summer my Radeon 4850 bit the dust, so I replaced it with a XFX 7950. Shortly after, I decided to upgraded my cpu from an AMD Phenom II 955 to an FX-8350, so I had to get a new motherboard. At this point I had already upgraded the majority of the computer parts and decided to just build a new computer. I purchased a new case and power supply as well.

So far, I am pleased with this build as it does everything I ask it to do. I run 24" and 27" monitors at 1920x1200. I have the SSD with Windows and any other frequently used programs. The 500GB drives are in RAID 0. I install all other programs onto this array. The 1TB drive is purely for media files and saved documents.

I had hoped to run crossfire with my 7950, but it might be better just to upgrade to a newer card and sell my existing card. However, I probably won't do this for at least a year or two.

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Should've gone with RAID 0 on 2 1 TB drives, only $20 more.

But it would make a good game station. :)

More pics please

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Do tell me how easy is it working with the 500R case, I am deciding between this case, the Define R4/windowed, and the NZXT H440.
And would you mind taking a picture of the back of the mobo to see the cable management solutions?

Your Raid setup had me thinking, would RAID 10 be better or would RAID 0 be enough...

Very very neat build.
Cheers Mate!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I added some pictures of the inside of the case. You can see behind the motherboard is a rat's nest of wires. However, the case panel has a bulge that allows for more space behind the motherboard and the side panel, so I was able to squeeze all the wires in there.

I thought of the idea of doing a RAID 10, but I wasn't sure you could create an array like that. Anyway, I wanted to keep the 1TB drive standalone in case I want to transfer my media to another location by simply unplugging it from my system.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

What is that card below the GPU card, network? Or sound? Sorry it wasn't in your parts list and it had its back facing the camera.

Yeah, for your build Raid 0 is plenty, I was merely musing about RAID 10's compromise both in redundancy and accessing speed. However the latter requires 4 HDDs with the same characteristics, costing more.

Your standalone storage drive is a very thoughtful idea, I've seen many builds with just a RAID setup plus some SSDs for boot with no real hotplug storage. Props to you mate!

Cheers!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

The card below the GPU is just a Rosewill wireless card. I currently don't use it as I just connect to LAN, but it's in there just in case.

Thanks for the kind words.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Get the H440

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

The main thing holding me back from that case is its lack of 5.25" drive bays which requires me to purchase external DVD drives, which are substantially more expensive per performance. Other than that, Its got everything I could ever dream of plus more. If you have any ideas in regard to that, please share with me.

Cheers!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. It is a bummer. You might be able to find a external 5.25 bay and put the dvd drive into it, then screw it down and put some rubber feet under it to help with vibration. Just a thought.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

An DVD drive enclosure...hmmm

Could work! That's one more strain of thought.
Thx mate!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya. Might be able to make one your self if you know wood working or metal working.

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  • 68 months ago
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wow can you do that?

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  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

:O

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  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard of being able to crossfire with the new R9 cards, but I don't feel the need to crossfire at the moment.