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Hey guys i am looking at getting a SSD for the 1st time.

is it a good idea to get 2x 60gb sata 2 SSD and run them in raid over a single 120 gb sata 3 drive ?
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The only time I would suggest doing that is if the price difference is clearly less. The speed increase in a single SSD is enough, especially with the newer generations, that going to RAID probably isn't going to be worth the hassle and headaches it can cause.

Also, the larger the capacity of the drive, generally the faster it becomes. This is because SSDs already do a RAID of sorts by the way they use their memory chips and so the more chips, the faster the drive. I'm probably completely off on the actual mechanics of how it works but I know the 128GB C300 is faster than the 64GB version.
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Well, if you run them in raid they will be a lot faster but you will lose trim support so the ssd will degrade over time. You will want to use a secure wipe program to keep them going strong for longer. Ccleaner is a good one because it gives you the option to wipe free space on the drive. I would personally just get the 120gb drive to keep the trim support and not have to deal with RAID if I had the choice. Its really your call. If you have the cash, I would consider a vertex 3 which by itself, will be faster than the 60gbs in RAID 0.
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Yea I hope that helped, it really comes down to your decision to whether you want to deal with raid 0 or not and your budget.
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I have 3 SSDs in RAID 0. After 6 months I've seen some degradation in performance because of not having TRIM, though on the whole the array is still really fast.

Here are my results, a bench from a few months back, and a bench from yesterday that show the dropoff. You can see that the writes (predictably) have dropped off more than the reads.

CrystalDiskMark
ICH10R RAID 0
Intel Rapid Storage Technology 10.1.0.1008
3x ADATA 64GB S599 (SandForce-1222) SSDs
Write caching enabled

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