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Hi

I've built up a nice system with a Asus Rampage III Black edition, and I currently have a 600gb Velociraptor as my Boot Drive + programs, and my 1 TB WD Black edition as my storage + programs. I am deciding still, to see if I should install a OCZ Vertex III 120gb and put that as my boot drive?

My enquiries are:
1. Since my motherboard comes with Intel® ICH10R controller :
6 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), black
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
JMicron® JMB363 controller :
2 x eSATA 3Gb/s port(s), red
Marvell® PCIe 9182 controller :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray (which is now both occupied by both HDD)

Is it better for the SSD to occupy the 6GB/s port, and connect the Velociraptor to the 3GB/s port?

2. Is 120gb for Windows 7 enough storage space, including updates/patches?

3. Is there much difference between the velociraptor and the SSD?

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post #2 of 6
1. SSD sata 3 port due to maximum throughput
2. Win 7 uses 15 ish gb
3. The SSD is MUCH faster in seek times
post #3 of 6
I'm using the 120GB vertex 3 on my PC in sig as you can see:
With Windows 7, all the updates, Starcraft II, and Battlefield:BC2, and all your basic programs you'd need (messengers, media players, etc..) I'm at 72.6 gigs free of 111 (39 used)

I have all my movies and music on 1 TB caviar black.

1. YES, vertex 3 is SATA III and DEFINITELY makes use of the speed with transfer rates in the 500 MB/s for larger block sizes.
2. my blurb is your answer to q.2, you have more than enough room on a 120
3. I never had a velociraptor, but i can tell you that startup and installs are INSTANT for me, no more loading bars for installing programs, almost eerie, so i'm gonna say an SSD blows ANY disk drive out of the water, even slower SATA II ones.
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post #4 of 6
I chose the 60GB Vertex for my boot drive since it was the smallest. Even 60GB is more than is really needed for an operating system only drive (even with a few programs that might insist on being installed to the OS drive).
post #5 of 6
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Hi, thanks for the response.

Just lastly, in terms of the longevity of any SSD products, do they have a good lifespan? I've been informed from a few IT blokes that they don't last that long, give or take a couple of years. Is that true?

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They're not as reliable as HDD in my opinion and their more susceptible to random errors (not read/write) that cause them to just die out of nowhere, no warning. They have a higher chance for being defective. For example, my 120 gb Phoenix pro ssd died in 7 months, but that just means its defective. (it was replaced for free, no argument after i sent it into phoenix, but still...)

If you get a normal working drive, they last for years, just luck of the draw, especially for home users who aren't reading/writing 24/7. You should use your HDD for your downloads section and torrents, etc...
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