A system for both games AND work...suggestions?

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Joined: 03/02/2010
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Hey Rodney I have a question that I have been dwelling over for a while now. I am building my first rig soon. It will be a Core i7 920, 6 GBs of RAM, and a GTX 460. Its will cost around $1050 USD

I am a student visual effects artist, video editor, and graphic designer, but I'm also an avid gamer. I don't have a lot of money to go around so I can't afford to buy 2 systems for work and play.

My question is, what are some suggestions for maintaining a PC that will be used almost equally for video work and games? Should I create 2 user accounts? I will eventually be expanding to a RAID configuration. RAID 0 or RAID 1? I understand RAID 1 is very secure, but slightly slower in terms of reads/writes. Would this effect games load times significantly?

Any other suggestions? Obviously I want to skew this rig towards the security and reliability for my work. Loosing games won't destroy my future career, but it would certainly suck. Thanks in advance!

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Joined: 06/02/2009
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sounds like you have yourself set as far as a system goes but having graphics design and gaming both would have me buying more harddrives.
if it were me, i would have one harddrive for the operating system and smaller programs, another drive for games, and a RAID1 config for work. RAID1 is only as fast as a single harddrive because it doesnt spread the data between the two drives like RAID0 but instead, it mirrors them, making exact copies of eachother, so if one drive were to fail, you still have all of your work documents.
but even then, in some cases people might call that overkill because there are harddrives out there that are so reliable that you dont even have to worry about a failure 10 years from now. the Western Digital Caviar Blacks are fantastic harddrives, theyre both fast and incredibly reliable.
you will also want to manage your drives to keep them in tip top shape by running Piriform Defraggler once a month and doing routine virus scans and such.
i recommend Norton 360. some people dont like Norton because it can be a resource hog sometimes but with an i7 i dont see a problem with that (it doesnt even effect my 2.7GHz dual core). i have had nothing but good things from norton, after all, it is made from the same company that the military uses so you know it has to be good.
i have hooked computers' harddrives up to my computer through a USB adapter that were running mccafe, avast, and other programs and my computer has caught multiple viruses off of those drives that the other programs didnt catch so i would highly recommend it.