best hard drive setup hands down?

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yzman

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hey guys,

i am setting up a gaming rig for my boss... no he is not that cool but he is that rich!
the motherboard will support sata6 but they all have 2 sata 6 ports only... so my plan to have 4 drives Raid 0+1 is shot.

what do you guys think the next best thing is?

the largest sata 6 drives are 1TB (caviar black) and so just 2 of those is not enough...
I am thinking either having 2 sata 6 drives 1TB on raid mirroring, and adding 2 more drives on sata 3 as data drives with raid stripping.
or having 2 sata 6 drives 1TB on raid stripping as the data drives, and just having a 128G SSD as the OS on sata 3.

I don't think SSD is worth it on a desktop ( i am all for it on a laptop) especially since for the price of a 128GB drive you can usually raid 2 high end 1TB drives...

what would you guys recommend or suggest?
 

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SATA 6 is a waste of money. Electromechanical drives don't have enough throughput to take advantage of it. You won't notice any difference at all in overall performance using SATA 3 vs SATA 6.

Now, if you were deploying SSD drives, that would be another thing entirely. But SSDs won't last that long in an intense I/O environment.
 

yzman

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hmmm...

so practically you are saying you would go with an SSD on sata 6 for the OS and a raid on sata 3 for the data?

I thought they solved the problem with SSD not being suitable to run an OS because of the frequent writes, and that is why they are so freak'n expensive....
 

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SSDs still have limited write cycles. The firmware on the SSD does wear leveling by writing all over the drive in order to equalize the wear - you don't defrag an SSD. Nonetheless, they still have limited write cycles. The number of writes per location has gone up a bit over time, but they still won't last.
 

yzman

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i ended up getting 2 seagate barracuda Sata III (6Gb/s) drives 2TB each and i am going to Raid them...
at $200 each they ended up costing just a bit less than a 128SSD with 2x 1TB Sata III drives, but this way i am hoping increased lifetime and double the storage capacity will outweigh the (hopefully) slight decrease in performance.
especially since i used to hear that Raid stripping is not much of an improvement for partitions running an OS.

I am surprised not more people have wanted to weigh in on this and take a side... maybe i should have posted this under gaming :)
 
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What we thought was pretty much already stated. SSD's are really not ready for prime-time, and the SATA III's are a good choice.

Sometimes it's hard to have an opinion when the alternatives are very much alike. But I think you got good advice and made a good choice.
 
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