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#1 Edited by TheKeyboardDemon (824 posts) -
@AhmadMetallic said:

@TheKeyboardDemon said:

 I really want to go the SSD caching route, but at the moment I can't find a suitable solution for my rig and I can't use the Z68 SRT option as this is only available on the Z68 chipset.

How do you mean? 
What I mean is that SRT was created by Intel and they have only made it availalble on the Z68 chipset, which is the same chipset that powers your choice of motherboard. For the time being Intel have no plans to retrofit it to older chipset, though in time I'm sure we will see it in Ivy Bridge motherboards and for other future processors. Of course this is not something that I would expect to see on an AMD motherboard, at least not the Intel SRT version of this, hopefully someone else will release an SSD caching solution that will work independent of the CPU or motherboard chipset.
 
Using it is easy, set your HDD as a raid drive, instal windows, instal the SSD and then enable SRT, that's it, everything else will be handled for you after some very basic configuration. You never access the SSD directly, it is all handled in the background, just start it up and forget it's there.
 
Here's a review from [H]ard|OCP.
#2 Posted by TheKeyboardDemon (824 posts) -

A Z68 motherboard lets you use an SSD as a cache drive, this not only reduces the boot times to less than 20 seconds but it also caches your most frequently used applications and files so these will start faster. In games like BFBC2 if there are certain maps you play more than others it means that those maps will load quicker. In MP games that might give you the advantage to be first in the game, it also means that you don't have to manually determine which applications should be on the SSD as this is done for you based on usage.
 
I really want to go the SSD caching route, but at the moment I can't find a suitable solution for my rig and I can't use the Z68 SRT option as this is only available on the Z68 chipset.

#3 Posted by TheKeyboardDemon (824 posts) -
@matthias2437 said:

Yeah GPU-Z is really good, also MSI afterburner shows temps in games, you can activate it under the settings. Temps are fine if they are under 70 degrees if you have 2 stock cards. I have the MSI GTX 570 Twin Frozr III and it has never broke 56 degrees under load and overclocked.

Though this is a non-reference design, for a standard GTX570 Reference card 85c is normal under load.
#4 Posted by TheKeyboardDemon (824 posts) -
@AhmadMetallic said:

@Subject2Change said:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052 enjoy

What do you look for in a monitor? Why did you choose that one?

I think he picked it because it has had 1613 reviews, in 75% of the reviews it scored 5 eggs and in 15% of the reviews it scored 4 eggs a total of 10% of reviewers marked it with 3 eggs or lower. I find it hard to believe that you will not like that screen and is perfect for your budget.
#5 Posted by TheKeyboardDemon (824 posts) -

What mobo are you using?
 
Does your motherboard allow you to put a gap between the cards by moving the lower card to a lower slot? 
 
If it does, get a longer SLI bridge and run it that way, that should give the top card more room to breath and will help with temperatures, I think the normal running temperatures for the gtx570 are around 85c, and I use this program to keep an eye on my temperatures.

#6 Edited by TheKeyboardDemon (824 posts) -

In terms of screen resolutions there are so many different options out there, for most PC gamers some of the most popular/common modes are:- 
 

NameResolutionRatioNumber of Pixels
SXGA1280x10244:3
1,310,720
SXGA+1400x1050
4:3
1,470,000
WSXGA (SGI1600)1600x1024
25:16
1,638,400
WSXGA+1680x1050
16:10
1,764,000
HD1920x108016:9
2,073,600
WUXGA1920x120016:10
 2,304,600
WQHD (As used on Dell Ultrasharp 27" IPS screen)
2560x1440
16:9
3,686,400
WQXGA2560x160016:104,096,000
3 screens (3 across for Eyefinity on ATi cards with HD screens - my current setup)
5760x1080
16:3 6,220,800
3 screens (3 across for Eyefinity on ATi cards with WQHD screens)5760x1200
24:5
 6,912,000
UHDTV (I don't know anyone that uses this or has the hardware to support it)
7680x4320
16:9
33,177,600
 
With your setup, if you have the budget, you might want to consider the WQHD or the WQXGA screens. Dell's Ultrasharp monitors are considered to be the best of these monitors by many here are reviews for the Dell UltraSharp U2711 27" screen and the Dell UltraSharp U3011 30" monitor.
 
** Edit ** I know that nVidia also offer some multiscreen support options and 3D options as well, but I have to say I don't know much about these.
#7 Posted by TheKeyboardDemon (824 posts) -

There are two solutions that I know of, one doesn't work with RAID unless I buy two SSD drives, which is beyond my budget and the other is not available.
 
Silverstone HDDBoostand here's an unboxing video with some information about the unit, for RAID I would need two of these which I assume would need two SSDs.
ExpressCache is a software solution (like SRT on the Z68 platform) and this video is of a live demonstration of an ExpressCache laptop versus a non-ExpressCache laptop with identical specs, but it says on the website that it is only available to OEMs for the time being.

#8 Edited by TheKeyboardDemon (824 posts) -

I'm thinking about getting an SSD and wanted to know if anyone knew of a good SSD Caching solution along the lines of the Intel SRT technology, only it needs to work on an AMD system and with two hard drives configured as a striped array. Can anyone help with this?

#9 Posted by TheKeyboardDemon (824 posts) -
@Zidd said:

@TheKeyboardDemon: I'll look into the Z68 chipset I figure an SSD would be more trouble than its worth as far as having it be a system drive. Having to move profiles around and always have to browse for different directories using installers I find is kind of a hassle.

That won't be an issue with the Z68 chipset, SRT technology deals with the SSD management in the background. All you need to do is install the OS onto your HDD, install the software you want, install the SSD and a one time config of SRT will mean you never have to worry about what it does again. A larger capacity SSD means you can have a larger cache but the maximum limit is about 120gb IIRC.
#10 Posted by TheKeyboardDemon (824 posts) -
@Zidd said:

Someone at Tested said that this alternate build is better.

Alternate Build



PartDescURLPrice

CaseCOOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP
$99.99

MotherboardASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67
$149.99

CPUIntel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3Ghz
$219.99

RAMG.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
$54.99

PSUOCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply
$74.99

GPUMSI N570GTX Twin Frozr II OC GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB
$349.99

OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
$91.88

HDD1TBHave$0.00



Total$1,041.82
This is a good build, though I would go for a mobo with a Z68 chipset and add a small SSD (30 to 60gb depending on budget).
 
This is the mobo I had in mind ASUS P8Z68-Vhaving a Z68 chipset and SSD will give you an instant performance boost for bootup time and loading your most commonly used application.