Best Computer Setup?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by VWW, Nov 21, 2002.

  1. VWW

    VWW Guest

    Hey everyone!
    I've just upgraded my computer and was wondering what you guys thought the best setup for it would be hardware-wise. The motherboard supports RAID and i have had no experience with that at all so any suggestions/comments would be appreciated. My main concern is what configuration i should use to get the best performance out of all the IDE drives.

    The new system:
    Motherboard - Asus A7V8X (5.1 Channel Sound, 10/100 ethernet, AGP8x, Serial ATA, RAID, 2xFirewire, 3xDIMMs, 6xPCI, 6xUSB 2.0)
    CPU - Athlon XP2100+
    Video Card - Leadtek 128Mb Geforce4 Ti4200 A250 VIVO
    RAM - Legend 512MB PC2700 333MHz
    CD Burner - Liteon 48x40x12
    HDD - Seagate Barracuda 30.6GB ATA66 7200rpm
    HDD2 - Seagate Barracuda IV 80Gb ATA100 7200rpm
    DVD Drive - Pioneer DVD-ROM 104 10x Slot
    Case - AOpen H600A Super Midi Tower 300w

  2. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    Put all three drives on separate cables as Master. The DVD can't sit on the RAID controller so I suggest you put it on IDE2 (Secondary). Put your system drive on IDE1 (Primary) and the other on IDE3 (first RAID).
  3. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

    I agree with Zedric; doing that should make it tip top performance.
  4. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Sacramento, CA
    3 drives? i count 4. put your:

    dvd as primary [ide1] master (e:)
    burner as secondary [ide2] master (f:)
    hdd1 as raid primary [ide3] master (this will be your system drive, c:)
    hdd2 as raid secondary [ide4] master (d:)

    this way each drive has it's own bandwidth and isn't slowed down by slaves. this is the exact same setup i have going.