Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Hard Drives & Storage › Storage Setup for 3D Workstation
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Storage Setup for 3D Workstation

post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
I'm getting ready to upgrade the storage in my sig rig and was hoping to get some input before I pull the trigger. Right now I'm planning on getting a 64GB M4 and 2 1TB F3's to replace the two 500 gig WD drives. The 2TB WD Green I'll keep as storage/backup until I have steady work and can setup a proper server.

I'm pretty set on the M4 and what's gonna go on that, but I'm not quite sure the best way to setup the F3's. The system is used primarily as a 3D workstation for Maya, Max, ZBrush, etc and secondarily as a gaming system. The key thing for me is speed for reading/writing my project and reference files. Some of my highres Zbrush sculpts can get up to 1GB+ in size, and cache files for dynamic simulations get get ridiculously large. Opening/saving a 1.8GB Ztool on this Caviar Blue is a nightmare . Setting up the F3's in RAID 0 seems like it will probably get me the best results, but how should I partition the drives for optimal speed for reading/writing project files?

One thing to note is that I currently have Steam on it's own 500 gig drive that's damn near full (and isn't even close to all my games) and that I have ~400GB of project/reference/texture files that's constantly growing. I'd also need space for temp/scratch disk files for stuff like Zbrush and Photoshop, but it shouldn't need to be too large because of the large amount of RAM I have. I don't know if any benefits from short stroking would be negated by me actually needing to use a fair amount of space on the drives.

Also, I've got a budget of ~$250, which the M4 + 2 F3's are coming in just under right now. Are there other options that will give me better performance with at least 1TB of storage that I'm overlooking? Ideally I'd get a larger/secondary SSD exclusively for my current projects and scratch/temporary files, but SSD prices kinda prevent that from happening. I can probably push the budget upwards a little bit, but I need to keep it as close to $250 as possible.

Thanks for any input.
Martyn Bootyspoon
(23 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820K Asrock X99M Extreme4 EVGA GTX 780 SC w/ ACX Cooler 16GB DDR4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 830 256GB Seagate Barracuda 3TB Crucial M500 240GB Crucial MX100 500GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 4TB Corsair H100i Windows 8 Pro 64bit Auria EQ276W 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2311H LG IPS266V-PN WASD Keyboard with MX Cherry Browns XFX Black Edition 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Air 240 Logitech G700 Xtrac Pads Ripper XXL Maverick Tube Magic D1 
AudioAudioAudio
M-Audio AV40 Sennheiser HD580 Ultrasone HFI-580 
  hide details  
Reply
Martyn Bootyspoon
(23 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820K Asrock X99M Extreme4 EVGA GTX 780 SC w/ ACX Cooler 16GB DDR4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 830 256GB Seagate Barracuda 3TB Crucial M500 240GB Crucial MX100 500GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 4TB Corsair H100i Windows 8 Pro 64bit Auria EQ276W 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2311H LG IPS266V-PN WASD Keyboard with MX Cherry Browns XFX Black Edition 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Air 240 Logitech G700 Xtrac Pads Ripper XXL Maverick Tube Magic D1 
AudioAudioAudio
M-Audio AV40 Sennheiser HD580 Ultrasone HFI-580 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 3
It sounds like you have a pretty good handle on everything. If you wanted to spend 15 bucks more per drive you could move up to a 2 TB Hitachi/Samsung drives instead of a 1TB. I dont really think it would be all that benificial to short stroke the drives in your case but if you went with 2TB drives you would still have more than you are currently planning on after the short stroke, but you would loose some of the speed since they run <7200RPMs. You would make up some of the speed in areal density and what not so I dont think it would be to much worse off than a 1TB 7200. Since most of the data is paintbrushes and such a RAID 0 setup with your 2TB green drive as redundancy for essential files is a good idea too. With you constatly talking about an increased need for storage I just think the 2TB's would be a better option, especially a 7200 RPM flavor instead of the greens since you also want a RAID array, but the Hitachi 2TB 7200 drive is 120. I guess it all depends on how much money you want to spend though, the more you spend the cooler the toys you buy are.
Numba1Stunna
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 @ 3.8mhz Asus p7p55D E Gigabyte 5870 1GB G. Skill Ripjaws DDR3 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Kingston SSD Now V Series 128GB + 12TB HD Storage 2X DVD Burners Windows 7 x64 24' 1920 X 1280 & 19' Pannel 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G9 Gaming Keyboard OCZ Extreem Gamer 700W Antec 900 Logitec G5 
  hide details  
Reply
Numba1Stunna
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 @ 3.8mhz Asus p7p55D E Gigabyte 5870 1GB G. Skill Ripjaws DDR3 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Kingston SSD Now V Series 128GB + 12TB HD Storage 2X DVD Burners Windows 7 x64 24' 1920 X 1280 & 19' Pannel 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G9 Gaming Keyboard OCZ Extreem Gamer 700W Antec 900 Logitec G5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 
Cool thanks for the input. I looked at the 7200rpm Hitachi's as they were the cheapest 7200rpm 2TB's I could find and they were just too expensive for my budget. It would have cost me ~$200 just for those drives, which would have left no room for the SSD. I decided to just go ahead and get the F3's, since after looking at some more benchmarks/reviews it seems like they're still the best bang for the buck mechanical drive available. They should get here Tuesday. Still, the Hitachi's are good to keep in mind for drives for my server build. I imagine the extra speed would be great for moving hundreds of gigs worth of data around.

One other question though. This is my first RAID setup; I've been doing some reading on stripe sizes and I'd imagine I'd want to go with a larger (64/128kb?) stripe due to the size of the media I'm planning on storing, no?
Martyn Bootyspoon
(23 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820K Asrock X99M Extreme4 EVGA GTX 780 SC w/ ACX Cooler 16GB DDR4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 830 256GB Seagate Barracuda 3TB Crucial M500 240GB Crucial MX100 500GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 4TB Corsair H100i Windows 8 Pro 64bit Auria EQ276W 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2311H LG IPS266V-PN WASD Keyboard with MX Cherry Browns XFX Black Edition 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Air 240 Logitech G700 Xtrac Pads Ripper XXL Maverick Tube Magic D1 
AudioAudioAudio
M-Audio AV40 Sennheiser HD580 Ultrasone HFI-580 
  hide details  
Reply
Martyn Bootyspoon
(23 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5820K Asrock X99M Extreme4 EVGA GTX 780 SC w/ ACX Cooler 16GB DDR4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 830 256GB Seagate Barracuda 3TB Crucial M500 240GB Crucial MX100 500GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Seagate Barracuda 4TB Corsair H100i Windows 8 Pro 64bit Auria EQ276W 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2311H LG IPS266V-PN WASD Keyboard with MX Cherry Browns XFX Black Edition 750 watt 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Air 240 Logitech G700 Xtrac Pads Ripper XXL Maverick Tube Magic D1 
AudioAudioAudio
M-Audio AV40 Sennheiser HD580 Ultrasone HFI-580 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Hard Drives & Storage
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Hard Drives & Storage › Storage Setup for 3D Workstation