two drives running in tandem
Don't think I'll need it... I'm buying a 160GB HD because it's so inexpensive. I can't even fill up with 40GB if I wanted to.
How about a nice red mainboard such as ...
MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR (nForce2 Ultra 400)
or a yellow/black mainboard like this Chaintech ...
Chaintech 7NJS Zenith (nForce2 Ultra 400)
Just to show that you can't always rely on reviews, here are two reviews of the new Gigabybe 7NNXP mainboard. In one review it comes top and they say that it was the best overclocker, while the other says that it isn't a good overclocker. Go figure.
Gigabyte 7NNXP (best overclocker in this review - Tweaktown.com)
Gigabyte 7NNXP (doesn't do so well here: poor overclocker - TBreak.com)
The thing to bear in mind is that there are many things that can affect overclocking ability (e.g. memory, cpu, component variations, etc) so you can't really rely on reviews too much. I am sure that all reviews are honest evaluations of a product, but not necessarily reprasentative as they don't take into account component variations and other important parameters. Hence they end up comparing apples with oranges and aren't really fair. Best to give more weight to mainboards that have good features that support overclocking.
I was looking at this one thread, "Anyone explain RAID ?" and yeah it's explained but I don't know what and why it would be used for and why anyone would want it. Can this be cleared up please?
RAID can either be used to increase performance, and/or improve fault tolerance. Basically you can configure a group of drives to either share the burden of data transfer and/or maintain extra data so that in the event of one of your hard drives failing, the data can be restored from the remaining drives (i.e. there is redundant data stored).
Obviously, storing extra data is going to use up space that can otherwise be used for other purposes, but at least you won't lose everything should you experience a single drive failure.
Different RAID configuration can be supported by many RAID controllers (check the specs) and so you can optimise the various trade offs how you choose (performance vs hard drive space).
If you want more detailed info, then take a look at this article ...
Thanks for clearing that up. Though, I won't imagine myself using that, I like reformatting my computers every 6 months or even less if I screw them up. I lose the data, I get it back, no problem though. But I do see why this could be and advantage and safe step for businesses.
www.gamespy.com have an okay building your own ultimate pc rig although I feel TechSpot could do a much better one.