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Hi,

I'm in a bottle neck now, I know that the best way to fix my issue would be to increase the RAM but I'll loose a lot on timings. And my RAM is not even 1 years old... for me it's not really a good options right now.

So I notice that each time my system slow down is when my ram usage is around 80% and my hdd led is blinking like it's life depending on it...

Therefore I'm pretty sure it's the Windows cache that kick's in and "kill" a part of my performance.

I have more then space to add a other hdd, I was wondering what would be the best for a small cache hdd?

SSD or a Sata 2/3 mechanical hdd?

NB: Raptor are out of the option since my Case doesn't support them.

It's for my Sig Rig.

MB: P67A chipset.

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I suggest you pick up 4GB of RAM a Crucial M4 or similar over another HDD for the OS, the difference is night and day.
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I suggest you pick up 4GB of RAM a Crucial M4 or similar over another HDD for the OS, the difference is night and day.

I agree on that; I've stumble, at my great surprise, on a other set of the same RAM I have... I'll have to check the compatibility at high speed but that would be a way to go...

But my question remain, for personal knowledge.

NB: I was asking more for a Cache hdd (only for that, I have more then enough hdd space on my RAID 0).

I know on a Z68 chipset (correct me if I'm wrong) that you could use a SDD as a cache for the mechanical hdd, is this still possible with the P67 chipsets?
    
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no P67 does not support it, but a single SSD will still be better than SRT anyways.
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no P67 does not support it, but a single SSD will still be better than SRT anyways.

Thank you, for the information.

I'm looking toward memory upgrade right now... Just posted a thread a few hours ago but I doubt I'll have answer soon...
    
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It makes absolutely no sense to ignore your lack of RAM and supplement it with a faster HD.... Pagefiles are a thing of the past and you'd get MUCH more out of upgrading your ram. Memory timings mean almost nothing these days. I wouldn't worry about them at all. As long as they're CAS9 at 1600 you're golden.
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I'm buying the new set of ram and see what will happen... (Same as the one I currently have)

I've received a message on G. Skill forum with hint and tips to get the most out of my new setup.

I'm always learning something new at each bump / question I have.

Thanks to take time to answer and share the knowledge.
    
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