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post #1 of 16
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Hey guys

I currently have in my sig rig a single WD VelociRaptor 150GB and im looking to get some more speed out of my system.

Now if i go RAID 0 i double my storage of my main HDD (as i'll get another of the above) and should increase the speed this will only cost me $140.

However i can get a Corsair Force Series 60GB SSD for $150 use this to run my windows and things like 3dmark, gomplayer, office etc.. and install my steam and games etc.. onto the raptor.

question is which is better pros and cons of each?

thanks
Edited by hitoriko - 5/18/11 at 10:40pm
post #2 of 16
SSD > RAID 0.

Especially if you're just gaming. The speed increase you'll see will literally only benefit large file transfers. It's not worth it. Your boot times will be longer, etc, etc.

Just go SSD.

And if you need extra storage, just get a data/media drive for like $50.
    
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post #3 of 16
Do yourself a favor and get an SSD that is >= 80GB.
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post #4 of 16
Totally SSD, although if you really need the storage, you could go RAID. But then again, you could always go SSD with a RAID to store your stuff. RAID is usually cheaper with onboard, but SSD's are always worth it.
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Although RAID0 gives you good transfer rates, it has minimal impact on access times, similar to short-stroking. For most computer use, that's what matters most.

It's like this (slow->fast):

HD--RAID0(HD)
SSD--RAID(SSD)

Boot to SSD, have apps loaded there. Everything else on data disks, possibly RAID if performance there matters.
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post #6 of 16
Because you have storage drives, SSD.
post #7 of 16
Go for an SSD, if you need extra storage get a 500GB 7200RPM hard drive for like £20.
post #8 of 16
SSD all the way.Never had a single problem with mine.Everything is so much faster.Windows boots up in like 15 seconds.Games load alot faster too.As do opening any applications you have on your computer.Plus its alot cooler than a mechanical drive because there are no moving parts.Once you go SSD you will never go back to a mechanical hard drive.Everything is so much snappier on a ssd.Its the best upgrade I have done in the last few years.No question.The only con is that their expensive but are totally worth it once you see how much better they are than traditional hard drives.
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well looks like i know where y next pay check is going smile.gif looks like my new CPU and 2nd GTX560 is gonna have to wait abit longer

looks like a format is coming soon

thanks all
post #10 of 16
You don't have to reformat. You can move your existing OS image over to a new drive, regardless of whether that drive is mechanical or SSD.
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