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Help me choose a 2.5" setup for game installation

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Alright guys, I know next to nothing about laptop hard drives besides the fact that all the ones I have had are miserably slow. I'm doing a SFF build, and will be using my current 120GB SSD as primary. My plans account for space to fit 2 more 2.5" drives, be they SSD or HDD, but my budget for that is only $200.

I'm going to be using this extra space for game installation, so it needs to be decently fast, no lackadaisical 4200rpm stuff. The way I figure it, I could get another 120GB SSD on sale for around my budget, or I could get something like this: WD Raptor X2 and set them up in RAID 0.

All important files and movies/pix will be offloaded to a NAS setup so I only care about fitting a bunch of games and loading speed. Right now I only have half of my steam games installed and none of my origin games and its taking up 68GB, so I estimate at least 100GB if not more.

Is there a better deal than the two raptors for this use? I'm worried I will run out of space is I go for an SSD which would be the obvious choice for speed.
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Raid won't help loading speed at all. Anyways, would two 64gb SSDs be enough space? You can grab the M4s on today's shellshocker for $75 each if you setup new accounts for the $10 off coupons. For $150, that's the right I'd go if that's enough room for you.
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Intel 80 gb SSD, Raptor 150 Windows 7 Home Premium 24" Samsung LCD Saitek Eclipse 
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Raid won't help loading speed at all. Anyways, would two 64gb SSDs be enough space? You can grab the M4s on today's shellshocker for $75 each if you setup new accounts for the $10 off coupons. For $150, that's the right I'd go if that's enough room for you.
I was just looking at that actually. The point of striping them was to allow for ~600GB not read speed in general. I picked the raptors for read speed

I'm trying to look up all my games and see the required install size and add it up to figure out if 2x64GB will be enough (I have a LOT of games).
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