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I'm trying to decide if I should try out RAIDing 2 new hard drives, buying a ssd, or buying more RAM. My plan was to RAID 2 hard drives and purchase more RAM. SSDs still seem pretty expensive. The reason why I am asking this is because I am going off to college soon and I bringing my PC and I want to reformat it before school starts.
    
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The SSD is going to make more of a performance difference (feel), then you could just use the 1TB for storage / game installation.

I have Raid0 Caviar Blacks, and the performance isn't even close to when I put in the SSD, SSD blows it away
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Right now the must-have SSD is the Crucial C300/M4. Those models have proven themselves when it comes to speed and reliability.

I can't say which upgrade is best. For me, it'd be RAM - but I'm constantly running out of RAM. For you, it's probably the SSD.
     
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Go with the raid0 setup, you will get speed plus faster storage.. thats what brian boitano would do, I mean did go in to the alps to fight grizzly bears after all.

After raiding my hard drives I dont see what all the fuss about SSD's is.. ohh maybe 3second faster boot times for me.. big whoop. my boot time is ridiculously low.

It takes my raid controllers longer to get initiated in bios then it takes my raid0 to boot into windows 7.

1st Raid0
2nd backup drive (I suggest 2tb) then you can also use it for some storage space on top of backup
3rd RAM
4th second raid0


Edited by Killam0n - 8/9/11 at 11:42pm
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Apparently "the big fuss" is that SSD's have faster latencys, and sure raid0 is good for moving large files fast, but moving (really) small files is almost as slow as with 1 hdd
    
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I agree, and have been saying this for a long time, that getting a SSD will be the most noticeable performance upgrade you can make.
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win7 home only supports a max of 8 gig ram

wd blacks in raid 0 is pretty good for mechanical hdd's

ssd is very nice but only get a 120 and bigger ssd. - it is a waist installing on a 60 and then rest on a hdd. what was the point of getting a ssd then??



this is my opinoin and i am sticking to it.

i have tested wd blacks in raid and they are good.

i have a 120 gig ssd and very happy with it

the new std for ram is 8 gig

so if you got the $$$$$ upgrade all of it to what you want
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