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So I am in the process of completing my gaming build and I bought a Kingston SSD and was wondering whether I should use it as a boot drive for Windows 7 or should I use it as a Cache since my Z68 mobo supports Intel's Smart Response.

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Raidmax Iceberg Mid tower case

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ASrock Z68 PRO3

A-data 4GB dual channel ddr3 12800 1600mhz CAS 9

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA 6gb/s

Kingston SSDNow V Series 64GB 2.5"

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post #2 of 17
i would use the ssd as a boot drive and what games i am currently playing and the 500 for storage of.
    
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How would I go by doing that? I read up on Intel Smart Response and it said to put the drives in RAID before installing the OS.
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post #4 of 17
are you doing hardware raid with a pci card or mobo raid?
    
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post #5 of 17
SSD as boot drive, definitely. Watching Windows boot up in a couple seconds is pretty great, and the response from doing random little tasks on your OS is very satisfying. It makes everything feel a lot more fluid.
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post #6 of 17
Quick question, what exactly is your budget?

I considered my build budget with a cost of $550 with windows, however I am quite sure this system is over 600 wihout windows, however I don't feel like going and pricing it out.
    
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STEP 1: Set up UEFI.
A. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY Advanced screen SATA Confi guration.
B. Set the option “SATA Mode” to [RAID].

STEP 2: Use “RAID Installation Guide” to set RAID confi guration.
Reboot your computer. Wait until you see the RAID software
prompting you to press <Ctrl+I>.
Press <Ctrl+I>. Then, the Intel RAID Utility - Create RAID Volume
window appears.
Select the option Create RAID Volume and press <Enter>.
the Create Volume Menu, under Name item, please key-in a unique
name with 1-16 letters for your RAID volume then press <Enter>.
Use the up or down arrow keys to select your desired RAID Level.
You may select RAID0 (Stripe), RAID1 (Mirror), RAID 5, RAID 10, or
Matrix Storage for your RAID level. Press <Enter>, and then you can
select Strip Size.
If you selected RAID 0 (Stripe), use the up or down arrow keys to
select the stripe size for your RAID 0 array then press <Enter>.The
available values range from 8 KB to 128 KB. The default selection is
128 KB. The strip value should be chosen based on the planned
drive usage.
• 8 /16 KB - low disk usage
• 64 KB - typical disk usage
• 128 KB - performance disk usage
After you set disk block size, press <Enter> to set disk Capacity.
After setting up Capacity, please press <enter>.
Press <Enter> under the Create Volume item. The utility prompts a
confirmation message as below.
Press <Y> to complete the setup of RAID.

STEP 3: Install Windows® 7 on your ssd

step 4: update drives with cd.

looked up the manual add pasted it for you in a simpler manor for mobo raid
    
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post #8 of 17
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I will be using Motherboard Raid. Thank you so much for that info Samus.
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post #9 of 17
no problem i know what it is like to build a raid system for the first time. i am glad i could help you.
    
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post #10 of 17
SSD is always great for the boot OS / selected games.
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