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Should I use 60GB Vertex 3 to Boot or Cache?

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Hi there folks. I'm building a new PC for a friend and we both agreed that a SSD was a must for this build.

Currently the PC is up and running on a 2TB F4 Samsung. It's pretty slow but we're not surprised because the F4 was meant for storage.

Right now we're debating between three configurations:
1. 60GB Boot and 2TB Storage (no cache)
2. 40GB Boot and 20GB cache + 2TB Storage
3. 60GB cache + 2TB Storage (no dedicated boot)

First of all, I already know that a SSD boot is fast...because I have had one myself for a couple of years. However, my friend wants to retrieve his other files a bit faster which was why I recommended him get the z68 motherboard so we can cache it. I guess the main question is:

If I were to use the 60GB Vertex 3 for Cache (3rd option), will that enable the PC to boot significantly faster? Has anybody tried it and compared it with using solely the SSD just for booting?
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Edited by Hskaksen - 12/14/12 at 1:13am
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There are some articles up on bit-tech.net regarding caching and how effective it is. I recommend starting there, while I don't remember everything that was covered they do state that 60gb is alright for caching (80gb and you should just use it as a boot).

I'm debating a similar questions and think option 2 is one that you should put more research into (then you can PM with your knowledge biggrin.gif).
Caching on 20gb is a good size (max caching is around 40gb if i'm not mistaken) considering the boost it will give to frequently accessed files from your 2TB and you still have 40gb for your basic Windows + Essentials + Steam/Origin setup. If you run out of boot drive space, stop the caching and you end up with option 1 (SSD boot, still very fast). Option 3 requires a complete re-install of your system if you decide to change the config at a later stage.

My vote: Option 2.
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