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 Post subject: Which is worth more?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:51 pm 
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Now, which would be a better performance increase/futureproof?
1GB more RAM or a 74GB Raptor (I know they work better in pairs RAIDed but I'm buying them one at a time if that's the route I'm taking).


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:04 pm 
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I'd go for the gig or RAM, you'll find it plenty usefull in all sorts of apps which are increasingly needing more memory, where as the 74 GB Raptor won't really be future proof, since right now the real future seems to be NCQ and SATA II. BTW, what's up with the ultra-x connect?! :? Get an Antec NeoPower, it's also modular...only better...alot better.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:10 pm 
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the ultra has been frying alot of peoples systems


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:20 pm 
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ultra x-connect = MISTAKE!!!!!!!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:30 pm 
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Now that everyone who's responded to this thread has critisized his PSU choice(including myself), could we at least include an answer to his question along withthe critisizm(however you spell it). Just my opinion, thanks.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:03 am 
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i second the 1gig of more ram. with the extra ram, it will be useful for him if he wants to get into video editing and 3d modeling. 1gig of ram is good enough for gaming but with 1gig more, he can get into other stuff and also it will benefit him in other apps.

im not gonna mock the ultra-x power supply but ive been hearing nothing but negative comments too. i have an antec power supply and it works great. antec, enermax, pcpowercooling, and even ocz are some of the best.


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I would go with a GB a of ram!. Because harddrive dosent really increase game performance, so yeah go with the ram :lol:


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i would go with the ram but you should getthis instead


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without a doubt go with the gig of RAM. mushkin RAM is great, i run a gig of mushkin blue and its been great. also if you wanna save money go with just one drive unless you really need two drives. a do it all drive that burns cd's and dvds at good sppeds can be had for just 50 bucks.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 12:30 pm 
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I agree with the ram too if it's an either/or scenario. Honestly though, the power supply is the only weak item I see. Your specs aren't too shabby as it is, hate to see all that nice stuff get ruined.


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*resurrects thread*
I've only heard GOOD things about Ultra-X's. PC Gamer did a review and they loved it...what was MPC's take? I haven't had a problem with it...
And wouldn't the Raptor decrease loading times?


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Sovereign wrote:
*resurrects thread*
I've only heard GOOD things about Ultra-X's. PC Gamer did a review and they loved it...what was MPC's take? I haven't had a problem with it...
And wouldn't the Raptor decrease loading times?


if you've only heard good things then your either deaf dumb or blind. read around the forum a little and you'll get the idea.


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Sovereign wrote:
what was MPC's take?


They gave it a 4 out of 10.

To the original poster, I'd skip both at this point unless you're just antsy for an upgrade. If I HAD to pick one out of the two, I'd go against majority opinion and take the Raptor. Unless you have a specific need for 2 gigs of RAM and/or are using RAM intensive programs, you'll see no benefit. You can always pop more in down the line if/when the need every actually arises (which may be never if this system lasts until it's time for a platform upgrade - think DDR3, etc).

With the Raptor, you should notice a bit of difference just from putzing around. Plus, you'd then have a two hard drive system so you can use the 120g as a storage/backup drive.


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Other options you could (should) take (into consideration):

Upgrade your speakers
Add storage
Replace your PSU
Use the money on something else in life (something you've always wanted)
Save the money


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OK...well my PCs are on a two-year lifespan. I plan to replace the gaming rig every two years unless some technological thing changes my mind. Take that into account.
And I'll have to disagree with all of you who hate X-Connects. It works flawlessly. You people must have lemons. Now, that many lemons is ridiculous but still, I get the point. Leave my PSU alone.


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They're trying to advise you on "future proofing" your system. Don't like it? Ignore it.


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MC-Screwdriver wrote:
Now that everyone who's responded to this thread has critisized his PSU choice(including myself), could we at least include an answer to his question along withthe critisizm(however you spell it). Just my opinion, thanks.


Geez. If you read the top of my post, you'd find that I was asking between RAM and a Raptor. I said nothing about replacing PSUs.


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Sovereign wrote:
OK...well my PCs are on a two-year lifespan. I plan to replace the gaming rig every two years unless some technological thing changes my mind. Take that into account.
And I'll have to disagree with all of you who hate X-Connects. It works flawlessly. You people must have lemons. Now, that many lemons is ridiculous but still, I get the point. Leave my PSU alone.


if it works play harder :)

i went for a 3400+ along similar lines. Good to oc, better bang for buck than 939 systems, i dont plan to upgrade in about 3 maybe even 4 years (look how long the 9700 lasted, and these new cards came out with the bang for new engines) and by upgrade, i usually go for ram, maybe a somewhat better vidcard, for me is a new pc, enough has changed by then to require it.

more ram is always good, but go for the raptor is you want. You wont be using all that ram yet really unless you're really pushing the system, but you can make use of the raptor immediately.

have you tried unlocking the card? nice oc btw :)


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