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#153675 4-Oct-2014 16:51
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I'm wanting to upgrade my PC.

Here is what I want to do

1. Add more hard disk
2. Create a RAID -0 for my C Drive 
3. Upgrade my Video Card
4. Check my mother board is strong enough to support this.

My questions are

1. For my RAID, I want 2 1T hard disks, are there any specs I need to get or avoid? 2.5" or 3.5" SCSI, SATA2, SATA3 etc?
2. Video card would be a minimim of something like this; GTX 780 do I need to upgrade my mother board?





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  #1147243 4-Oct-2014 16:54
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Answer to question 3:

Yes an SSD is very good for your situation




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  #1147244 4-Oct-2014 16:56
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Thanks for the reply, what's SSD? I only asked 2 questions so sorry I am confused.

 
 
 
 


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  #1147246 4-Oct-2014 17:03
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Solid state drive.

About 600 times faster when accessing many many small files, about 10 times faster accessing one very large file.

Computer that boots in 5 mins will boot in 30s. Mine boots in 15.




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  #1147248 4-Oct-2014 17:06
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How do I identify these on a site like PB Tech?
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=c&p=hdd



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  #1147250 4-Oct-2014 17:10
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okay they are split on their catelog
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=c&p=ssdrives

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  #1147251 4-Oct-2014 17:11
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You only get those speeds on certain ssd but you need sata 3. Either
Regardless whether you have sata 3, I recommend a 480gb samsung evo 840. Most ssd are slower and more expensive.




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  #1147252 4-Oct-2014 17:12
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Samsung 840 / 850 are the best option for price, value, and performance right now. I got the pro model, it'll last longer, but the standard is fine. Alternately look here. Don't bother with RAID 0, SSD is much faster.

Only reason to get a faster video card is for playing the latest games, or maybe video editing.

You haven't said what motherboard you have. Most should be fine for that video card, but tell us what power supply you have too.

 
 
 
 




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  #1147253 4-Oct-2014 17:16
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How do I tell what motherbaord I have?

What is a SSD exactly? is it a hard drive itself or something in addition to a hard drive?

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  #1147257 4-Oct-2014 17:31
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Google solid state disk. Basically it's full of memory chips instead of a magnetic disk. Motherboard model maybe look in control panel devices, not really sure. It'll be written on it.

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  #1147260 4-Oct-2014 17:38
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timmmay: Seagate 840 / 850 are the best option for price, value, and performance right now. I got the pro model, it'll last longer, but the standard is fine. Alternately look here. Don't bother with RAID 0, SSD is much faster.

Only reason to get a faster video card is for playing the latest games, or maybe video editing.

You haven't said what motherboard you have. Most should be fine for that video card, but tell us what power supply you have too.


You mean Samsung




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  #1147261 4-Oct-2014 17:39
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kiwis: How do I tell what motherbaord I have?

What is a SSD exactly? is it a hard drive itself or something in addition to a hard drive?


It's a hard drive




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  #1147474 5-Oct-2014 07:23
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So can you have your operating system loaded onto a SSD and then in parallel have HDD disks for my data? 



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  #1147476 5-Oct-2014 07:28
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My other question with SSD is;

My current C drive is on a 500GB disk, I have under 100GB free. SSD's are much smaller. How do I manage this now?



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  #1147477 5-Oct-2014 07:34
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I can RAID SSD's together.

The disk space is still small. I would be better making a RAID-0 with 2 2T HDD's and upgrading my motherboard?

I have a AMD Phenom II X4 965 currently.

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  #1147498 5-Oct-2014 08:45
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You can use a 500gb Samsung evo 840/850 as your main drive, and use two 4 tb drives as d: and e: to store your stuff.




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