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SSD + RAID 0, + Intel srt (ssd caching) what's the best configuration?

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I'm building a new Ivy Bridge gaming rig and I was wondering what the best way to set up the hard drives I have would be.

I have:
2x 1 TB hard drives: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697&Tpk=Seagate%20Barracuda%20ST31000524AS%201TB%207200%20RPM%20SATA%206
1 120 gig ssd: http://www.overclock.net/products/ocz-120-gb-vertex-3-sata-iii-6-0-gb-s-2-5-inch-solid-state-drive-vtx3-25sat3-120g

The configurations I'm considering are:

a) partition the ssd into two 60 gig partitions, use 1 for windows and 1 for ssd caching with the hard drives in raid-0 on the SATA 3g/s ports.
b) partition the ssd into two 60 gig partitions, use 1 for storage and 1 for ssd caching with windows installed on the hard drives in raid-0 on the SATA 3g/s ports.
c) windows on 120 gig ssd (on the non intel 6g/s port) and hard drives in raid-0 on the SATA 6g/s ports with no SSD caching


I was leaning toward option A but I'm worried it will reduce the lifespan of the ssd too much (also I'm not 100% sure it's possible). In the case that A is a bad idea, do you guys think that B or C would be faster in general?

Thanks in advance.
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If you have a decent size SSD (64gb+) then there is no point for using SSD caching. SSD caching just caches the most frequently used applications but you're just wasting 60GB of space because you already have an SSD that will be faster. Caching is only beneficial with a smaller drive (32GB or less) and installing the OS to another drive. It just doesn't make sense to have a Windows install on an SSD partition and then have programs on another drive being fed by smart cache from the same SSD. Hopefully I'm getting my point across, it just really doesn't make sense to do it like that.

You install Windows to the whole 120GB SSD and put on commonly used applications. Also you could put on some games or whatever and swap them out if you need more space at any given time. Then for your remaining two 1TB drives you could either run RAID0 if you want to live on the wild side, but I would probably do RAID1. RAID 0 if one of the hard drive fails you could lose a lot of data (hard drives do fail often, and with 2 striped you are doubling the chances of data loss). SSD is already really fast so putting data on a 1TB drive isn't going to be bad at all. RAID1 would be the best option because it mirrors that drive and will always keep a backup in case one of the drives go bad. If you need more space than 1TB then do RAID0 on the drives but make sure you keep an external hard drive or something to backup important files.
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Ok I guess I'll go for option C then (with backups), Thanks!
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If you buy an sata600 SSD, it is better to use the Intel sata600 port. It is a lot faster (and require less system performance) then slow onboard third party sata600 controlers.

If you don't buy an sata600 SSD, consider one because all the new SSD's outperforms the Sata300 standard.
It wil be faster especially with the read performance.
Maybe it is not an difference from day and night but there will be a difference.

5400rpm/7200rpm spinning hdd's notice almost no difference on an Sata600 controler, and even the 3rd party controler will be fast enough.
So use the Intel Sata600 controler for your SSD.
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